Rafael Balulu is the director of the film A Song of Loves – R. David Buzaglo, and Levantine – The Story of Jacqueline Kahanoff. He is currently working on a monumental documentary series recounting the history of the Jews in the Muslim world. Rafael teaches film studies at the Technion’s department of architecture, is a member of the board of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum, and is a member of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television. He holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School.
In the books, catalogues, and articles that Ron Bartos has published, as well as in the exhibitions that he has curated, he explores the history of art in Israel and examines contemporary local art. Ron holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University’s department of art history, and is a graduate of the fellows’ program at the ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture in Tel Aviv.
Livnat Ben-Hamou is a senior broadcaster at Galgalatz, an Israel Army Radio station, and is a member of the station’s playlist committee. She presents the Night-birds show on the main Army Radio station Galei Tzahal, and was awarded the station commander’s prize in 2014 for editing and presenting Ars-Poetica, a program that explored the link between poetry and social issues. She also writes on culture and society for the Makor Rishon newspaper, lectures on media studies and the periphery, and organizes encounters with women artists in order to increase women's involvement in the arts in Israel. Livnat is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Honors Program in the Humanities and Arts, and of the Tidreshi Beit Midrash for Women's Social Leadership.
Rachel Elitzur is an ultra-Orthodox screenwriter, researcher, director, and filmmaker. She has directed the ultra-Orthodox branch of the Maaleh School of Television, Film and the Arts since 2013, and her documentary movie Covered Up premiered at DocAviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, in 2018. Rachel grew up in an ultra-Orthodox household and studied in Bais Yaakov schools until the age of 20. She is a graduate of the Maaleh film school.
Noam Enbar is the founder of the band Habiluim, the ensemble Oy Division, and the Great Gehenna Choir, a cooperative collective. He has appeared at numerous festivals worldwide. Noam has written music for theater and film. He collaborated with playwright Yonatan Levi on two productions: The General and the Sea (2014) and the trilogy Giants (Nefilim) (2016). His solo exhibition, Preaching to the Choir, opened at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2017. Blindsight, his work for multiple participants, was presented at the 2018 Mekudeshet festival. Since 2012, Noam has taught music composition and performance and has been a choirmaster at Musrara – the Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art and Society in Jerusalem.
Rachel Gets Salomon is an artist, a curator, and a member of the Department of Plastic Arts of Israel’s Council for Art and Culture. She lectures on design and experimental curation at the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture, and lectures on culture and politics at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College’s Department of Political Science. Rachel was the creator of the plays Don’t Say “Water Water,” Thinly, Thinly Sliced, and Beat Disorder, and was one of the actor-creators in the production Observation 1976, which won first prize at the Akko International Fringe Theater Festival. She is also a member of the artistic committee of the Metulla Poetry Festival. Rachel is a graduate of the Department of Fashion at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and is a doctoral student at the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture, where she is conducting research on gender, design, and ethnicity.
Esther Ishayahu is a treatment coordinator for victims of family violence at the Kiryat Bialik municipal welfare department, and founder of the Tiferet Synagogue for Ethiopian Jewry, a nonprofit that works to conserve Beta Israel traditions. Esther immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1984 during Operation Moses. She is involved in the "Story along the Way" (Sipur Al HaDerech) project, which brings the immigration and absorption stories of Ethiopian-Israelis to the broader Israeli public. Esther holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology, both from the University of Haifa. Her master’s thesis, titled “Black on White,” focused on the conspiracy of silence surrounding a marginalized minority group within the Ethiopian community.
Ronen Izhaki is the director of Between Heaven and Earth, a nonprofit organization that runs the Kol Atzmotai Tomarna dance school, the Ka’et Contemporary Dance Ensemble for men, and the Between Heaven and Earth dance festival, as well as an inter-disciplinary arts project. He has taught movement and dance at the department of theater and dance at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's department of theater studies. Ronen holds a master’s degree in composition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Yair Kochav is a businessman, social entrepreneur, musician, and performer of piyyut (classical Jewish liturgical poetry). He was born in Bat Yam and has lived in Jerusalem for over a decade. As a child, Yair learned the roots of piyyut and Mizrahi music at synagogue. He later continued his studies at the Renanot Jewish Music Institute and at the Center for Middle Eastern Classical Music in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Musrara. In the summer of 2013, Yair founded the Tahrir Bar in the heart of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market as an enterprise combining his business talents with his artistic and social inclinations. Since then, Tahrir has been the base for many events that have been bringing the lively Mizrahi music scene to a wider audience.
For the last decade, Sharon Mayevski has been involved in producing theater, mainly at fringe theater festivals in Israel and around the world. She runs workshops and lectures on feminism, with a particular focus on religious feminism and sexual violence. She worked at the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel for many years, as both a volunteer and an employee. The majority of her work today takes place online, whether as the viral video character known as Rabbanit Pashmina, or through her writing on issues close to her heart. Sharon also officiates at marriages on behalf of the Havaya organization. She is married to Ariel, has two daughters and a son, and lives in Jerusalem. Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in theater direction from the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts and a master’s degree in gender studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the screenwriting program at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School.
Oded Mazor is a Reform rabbi, member of Kibbutz Hannaton, and a Jewish educator at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa and the Hannaton Educational Center. He provides guidance to individuals and families regarding life-cycle events and is involved community building. Oded edited Hasimcha Shebalev, the festival prayer book of the Israeli Reform movement, and is involved in creative liturgical renewal. He teaches and writes on Jewish halakhic thought, particularly Reform halakhic thought. Oded holds a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Michal Prins is a graduate of Israel's national religious school system. She served as an education officer in the IDF, and is now a mental health officer in the IDF reserves. She lives on Moshav Sde David in the Lachish region, and is a married mother of four. Michal is the founding director of Merkaz Yahel – The Center for Jewish Intimacy, which provides relationship guidance and sex education in the religious community. The center’s focus is cultural rather than treatment-oriented, and it works toward broad social change rather than focusing on specific therapeutic work. Michal writes a column for Makor Rishon’s women’s magazine Nashim, and teaches at the College of Management Academic Studies. She holds a master’s degree in gender studies from Bar-Ilan University, and is currently writing a doctorate dissertation on the sexuality of religious women.
Alex Rif is one of the founders of the Cultural Brigade, a group of young Russian speaking men and women from “Generation 1.5,” who immigrated to Israel with their families as young children. The Brigade works to make the story and culture of immigrants from the former Soviet Union an integral part of Israeli culture by means of projects such as the "Israeli Novy God" project, “Operation Veteran,” “Tusovka” immigrant poetry evenings, and more. She immigrated to Israel with her parents in 1991 at the age of five. Alex is a graduate of the screenwriting program at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and of the Helicon Poetry School. Her first book of poetry is to be published this year by Pardes Publishing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration and a master’s degree in public policy from the Civil Service Cadet Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Jennie Rosenfeld serves as the manhiga ruchanit (female spiritual leader) of Efrat and as the director of the Beit Din for financial matters in Efrat. She received permission to issue halakhic rulings (heter hora’ah) from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Rav Shuki Reich, after completing studies at the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbam. Jennie co-authored Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy (Gefen 2011; Hebrew translation 2013), and was named one of the “36 under 36” by the Jewish Week in 2008. A graduate of Stern College for Women, she completed Yeshiva University's graduate program in advanced Talmudic studies for women, along with a master's in Jewish education at the Azrieli Graduate School. Jennie holds a doctorate in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she wrote her dissertation on “Talmudic Re-readings: Toward a Modern Orthodox Sexual Ethic” as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.
Avishay Wohl is a co-director and teacher at the BINA Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva and at the Beit Yisrael and Masbaha pre-army programs (“mechinot”). He was born in Karkur and grew up in Jerusalem, and has taught at the Rene Cassin high school and the Nativ program for immigrant soldiers. Avishay holds a bachelor’s degree in general literature and Bible studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the Kerem Institute for Jewish Humanistic Education, where he trained in teaching literature and Bible. He studied film and television in a joint program of the Maaleh School of Film and Television and the Lifshitz College of Education.
Omri Arzi is the educational director of the HaShomer HaChadash youth movement. Prior to this, he ran the youth division at the Yaacov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies and served as a counselor at a pre-military academy. He also founded an independent business that provides environmental education in schools, and is involved in facilitating groups on Jewish identity and Israeli society. Omri is a keen student of history, and promotes knowledge and love of the Land of Israel in his educational work. He is married and lives in Zichron Yaakov.
Yoav Braver is in charge of municipal discourse at the Rashi Foundation’s Cyber Education Center, which is active in Israel’s social and geographical periphery. From 2016 to 2018 he was the northern director of Magshimim, Israel’s national program for cyber literacy. Previously, he worked for the Israeli Scouts Movement, serving in several positions over a period of some seven years. Yoav holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Haifa. A graduate of the Gvanim program for Jewish pluralism in Israel, he is married and a father of two, and lives in Yokneam.
Hen Buganim is director of partnerships and volunteers for "Aharai!" – Youth Leading Change. She has participated in the leadership program of ISEF – Israel Scholarship Education Foundation. She has also completed an internship at the Center for Local Government, and has been involved in several projects promoting local authorities and their residents. She has served as a counselor for college students, with a focus on educational leadership, and mentored school students of varying ages from different population groups. Hen holds a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. She lives in Kiryat Yam.
Netanel Gabay is the director of activities for boys in the Ariel youth movement. Previously, he served as the head of the volunteering unit at the IDF Recruitment Center in Jerusalem, was a member of the Helkat Hasadeh center for Land of Israel studies, and chaired the Ariel youth movement’s counselors forum. A student of engineering, industry and management at the University of Ariel, Netanel believes that youth movements are the life preservers of Israel society. He is married, has two children, and lives in Alon Moreh.
Basel Hazemi is the director of volunteering in the Arab sector for the Ofek association, and leads numerous volunteering projects for national-civic service in the Arab sector. Previously, he worked for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel as the director of the educational field school in Maghar. Basel has extensive educational experience as a school teacher, coordinator, director of Arab programs for the Ma’ase Center, and mentor of volunteers in national-civic service and community service programs in Arab society. A volunteer and social activist in the town of Maghar, Basel holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Oranim Academic College.
Khalil Homeidi has been the director of the "Barriers to Independence" program of ELEM, a non-profit organization that provides support and counseling services to young adults who were previously residents of children's homes, since 2017. He has many years of experience as an educational counselor and has worked as a social worker for the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority. Khalil began his work at ELEM in 2013, when he was the founding director of the organization's work in the Arab sector. He believes in partnerships and in collaborative leadership as the basis for change. Khalil holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. Married and the father of two, he was born and still lives in the village of Mashad in the Lower Galilee.
Jonathan Lavy is the Jerusalem district manager for "Hugey Sayarut", KKL-JNF’s Green Horizons Outdoor Leadership School, which offers educational outdoor activities for youth in Israel. Over the years, he has worked as a hiking guide and has created experiences in nature for youth in various frameworks, including afterschool nature clubs, the High School for Environmental Studies at Midreshet Ben Gurion in Sde Boker, and Arab-Jewish encounters. Jonathan is a strong believer in unmediated encounters between people, nature, and the environment, and in the power of these encounters to cultivate abilities, responsibility, independence, friendship, cooperation, and curiosity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and ancient Near Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lives in Jerusalem.
Mayssam Ledawi is the coordinator of Ajyal, the Arab division of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. She has also worked since 2013 in a middle school as a counselor for youth at risk and violence-prevention counselor, as part of the national "Cities without Violence" project. Mayssam believes that young people have the power to reshape society and lead change. She is married, has one child, and lives in Kalansuwa.
Ori Lowis is a regional coordinator for the Bnei Akiva youth movement. He studied at the Ateret Kohanim yeshiva, the Shavei Hevron yeshiva, and the Bnei David yeshiva, and taught at the Beit Meir pre-military program. He has taught religious studies and prepared students emotionally for service in the IDF. Ori is interested in creating diverse communities and developing local leadership among youth in the periphery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in government and public policy, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is married and a father of five, and lives in Or Akiva, where is a member of a garin (social activism cooperative).
Monia Mansour is director of the Neurim Program's youth center at the Ma'ase Center in the Druze town of Usfiya. The center develops and promotes leadership, volunteering, excellence, and equal opportunities. Monia also works at two high schools in the Carmel region as a group facilitator for the “Next Step” program, which aims to foster leadership and volunteering, raise awareness of social issues in Israel, and increase access to the performance of a meaningful year of volunteer work. For two years, Monia was a counselor working with children with disabilities. Married and the mother of a daughter, she lives in Usfiya and is completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education at the Open University.
Rinat Mazoz is the human resources director for the Ezra youth movement. Previously, she worked for Ma’agalim, a national educational non-profit organization, as a counselor for female high-school students in national-civic service programs, as well as those who aspire to perform meaningful service in the IDF. She was one of the founders of a religious garin (social activism cooperative) in Yavne, which now has 30 active families and operates charitable services, a beit midrash, workshops for parents, and more. She has also run roundtable discussions in Yavne for young leaders and national service volunteers, on behalf of the Tzav Pius organization. Rinat holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Michlalah Jerusalem College, and has studied at the Oriya women’s seminary. She lives in Jerusalem.
Marta Nassar directs the Ma'ase Center's Duroob (Arabic for "Ways") program, which runs centers for female national-civic service volunteers in the Arab sector, in order to advance the status of women and improve society. She is a member of the Na’amat women’s movement, and is a social activist in Jish. Marta is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in human resource management at the Zefat Academic College. She is married and the mother of two, and lives in Jish (Gush Halav).
May Qadah is the director of the Sanabal Leadership Institute, a post-high school leadership training program for Arab high school graduates. She has worked in informal education for many years, and was the national coordinator of the Ajyal youth movement – the Arab division of the Hashomer Hatzair movement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and highschool history teaching from Beit Berl College. May is married and lives in Hajajra.
Roni San Werthaim is the manager of the southern region for the Ezra youth movement. She has held a variety of positions in Israel's Civil Service Commission and in the Ezra youth movement. She believes that educational and civil service professionals are central pillars of the country’s leadership, with major impact on the lives of all Israeli citizens and Israeli society. Roni holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Bar-Ilan University, and is a graduate of the Midgal Oz Beit Midrash for Women of the Har Etzion Yeshiva. She is married and lives in Alon Shvut.
Shlomo Schwartz has worked at the Erez pre-military academy in Jerusalem – a project supported by "Aharai!" – Youth Leading Change and the Jewish Agency for Israel – since 2013, and has been the director of the academy since 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is married and has a daughter, and lives in Jerusalem.
Maly Shany is the social responsibility coordinator for the Department for Immigrants and the Periphery in the Israeli Scouts Movement (Tzofim). She was previously a coordinator in the movement’s Hagshama (Fulfillment) Department, a young leadership coordinator for the municipal youth department of Netanya, and a homeroom teacher for fifth and sixth grades at the Yuvalim elementary school in Tzuran. Maly holds a master’s degree in migration and social integration from the Ruppin Academic Center, and was certified as a teacher through the retraining program for academic graduates at Beit Berl College. She lives in Tel Aviv.
Gonen Shaul is the director of community partnerships and government relations for IGY – the Israel LGBTQ Youth Movement. He completed a year’s national-civic service for KKL-JNF and then served in the Israeli Air Force, reaching the rank of captain. Gonen oversaw KKL-JNF’s local national-civic service groups for three years, led workshops and seminars at the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and was operations director for "Aharai!" – Youth Leading Change. Gonen is a graduate of the Aviv program of BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, and is an active member of the BINA alumni community. He holds a bachelor’s degree in politics, government, and management from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and lives in Tel Aviv.
Itamar Sluk is a lawyer and educator who has worked in informal education for the last decade, and has headed the Ma’ale Adumim municipal youth department since 2015. Previously, he ran a residential facility for youth in Mevasseret Zion for several years, and was the CEO of the Kedar community settlement. Itamar volunteered with the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, and completed his legal internship at the office of the Israeli Patent Registrar in the Ministry of Justice. He is a great believer in informal education, and in youth movements in particular. Itamar holds a bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) from Sha’arei Mishpat – the Academic Center for Law and Science. He is married and a father of three.
Avi Tayeb is the director of the Ma'ase Banegev pre-military academy. Previously, he directed the field activities of Hibburim, an initiative designed to strengthen the family unit. Avi has founded and directed several educational and social projects in Sderot, including a soccer school for children that taught values of "love your neighbor as yourself." For five years, Avi worked at the AMIT therapeutic-educational youth village in Petah Tikva as a coordinator of a home-group of 16 young men. He then coordinated a life skills program at the village, which combined technological studies with preparation for military service and adult life. Next, he was a member of the management team and the director of the community center at the youth village, which has some 400 residents. Avi is a member of Madrimim, an organization that promotes social, educational, and economic enterprises in the Negev. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Peres Academic Center. Married and a father of four, he lives in Shokeda, a religious moshav in southern Israel.
Naama Weiner is the director of youth centers and external training of ELEM–Youth in Distress. Previously, she has held a variety of educational and teaching positions, including coordinator at the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Student Administration and at the education center in the Ma’asiyahu Prison. She has worked at ELEM since 2012, and began by founding and directing the Lighthouse Center for youth at risk in Lod. Naama holds a bachelor’s degree in law, and is completing a master’s degree in rehabilitative social criminology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is married and lives in Emek Hefer.
Noa Zamir directs the Hagshama department of the Masorti Movement's NOAM youth movement, where she is responsible for young people in national-civic service programs and in Nahal (Pioneering Youth) units in the IDF. A graduate of NOAM and its Nahal track, she has worked for the movement in various roles since 2012. Noa seeks to inspire young people to engage in meaningful educational activity via volunteering, encounters and discourse, and group and communal living. A lifelong resident of Jerusalem, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a diploma in group facilitation.
Tamar Zarmi is the head of the Israeli Society Desk for BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, and has been involved in developing informal education programs since 2002. She held several positions in the IDF Education and Youth Corps, and rose to the rank of captain. In the years since, she has worked for a range of educational institutions including the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the Diaspora Museum, Friends of Atidim, and ALMA – Home for Hebrew Culture. Tamar holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, anthropology, and philosophy, and a master’s degree in curricular development, both from Tel Aviv University. She is married, has two children, and lives in Ramat Gan.
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