Our Story

The socio-economic resilience of Israel depends largely upon the quality of its leaders. In 2010, MAOZ’s founders envisioned a network of values-driven leaders working together on tangible initiatives to transform the Israeli public sphere. Today, MAOZ develops and networks change-makers to confront the fragmented nature of Israeli society; the lack of social cohesion across sectors and populations; the absence of long-term planning; and insufficient talent pipelines to produce high-quality and principled leaders.

With close to 200 in the MAOZ Network, we are beginning to witness the transformative work of the Network members in areas such as health, education, employment and more.

Strategic Activities

Training and Development of ethical, professional and mamlachti (common good) leaders, through meaningful learning whilst continuously balancing the friction between theory and reality. Our training programs: MAOZ Fellows for senior tri-sector (public, private, and social) leaders; Inbar, a joint venture with the Ministry of Health to train the next generation of healthcare leadership; and Advot – a pipeline leadership joint venture with the Ministry of Education for mid-level educational professionals.

Networking – The Network is at the heart of MAOZ’s theory of change. Program graduates (Network members) continue to advance their work in Israel’s core challenges. At the same time, the network creates platforms for continued personal development, integrating a language of mamlachti (common good) leadership and tri-sector partnerships.

Accelerators – the Accelerators, Meiz and 100YOM, accompany network members in leading social processes of change, by giving them tools, knowledge, a methodological network, advisors, content experts, and learning from international models that are needed to advance their challenges in reality.

Pipeline Leadership Programs provide an infrastructure of support and counsel, to create or expand leadership programs in varied industries and diverse organizations.

What Makes us Unique

  1. Mamlachtiut as the organizing idea and as a compass. Mamlachtiut is an approach that emphasizes the common good, and actions that drive it forward, through an understanding of the narratives and needs of the various groups in Israel.
  2. Build a network of diverse leaders driving socio-economic, mamlachti, widespread and sustainable changes.
  3. Direct involvement in socio-economic development via accelerators for leaders within its Network.

Our Board

Jeffrey Swartz (Chairman)

Jeff spent 26 years at The Timberland Company, a publicly traded (NYSE) global brand of footwear and apparel, the last 15 years as CEO. He was the third generation of his family to lead the Company. During that time, Jeff served a variety of leading edge social changes organizations, including 10 years as the Board Chair of City Year, and as a director on the boards of Share our Strength, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and the Climate Group. Jeff was also active in the Jewish community, serving for 7 years as Board Chair of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and as a board member for Boston’s CJP. In 2011, he led the sale of Timberland to VF Corporation, and refocused his professional efforts on sustainable social change. Jeff currently invests his efforts in helping social entrepreneurs build scalable, sustainable organizations and social movements that aim to solve real, thorny civic challenges, both in Israel and the United States.

In the United States, he partners with Share Our Strength on their national campaign to end childhood hunger, and with Partners in Health to make sustainable health care solutions available to every human on Earth.

In Israel Jeff‘s efforts aim to strengthen Israel as a Jewish democracy. As well as being the founding board Chair of MAOZ, he serves on the Executive Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and on the boards of American Friends of Latet and Hashomer Hachadash.

Jeff received his MBA from Dartmouth in 1984, and a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown in 1982. He is deep into his third learning of the Babylonian Talmud.

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Yodfat Harel Buchris

Yodfat is a managing director at Blumberg Capital, based in Tel Aviv. Yodfat is an experienced investor and board member with a track record in management, business development, marketing and strategic planning in North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Yodfat ran her own investing and consulting business. Previously, she was managing director of Tamares Capital Ltd, a large international private investment fund with holdings in technology, media, manufacturing and real estate. Earlier, Yodfat served as corporate director and head of the medical and venture capital groups at Orbotech LTD, a world leader in automated inspection for printed circuit boards and panel displays.

She also previously served as managing director at Harel-Hertz Investment House Ltd. managing investment and business development for Japanese and Israeli corporations and as chief advisor to ITX-Corporation, a leading Japanese electronics conglomerate listed on NASDAQ Japan.

Yodfat serves on the board of directors of Israel Discount Bank and serves as an industry representative on the National Labor Court.

Yodfat earned her executive MBA from Bradford University School of Management in Great Britain and her B.A. in communications and political science from Bar-Ilan University. She has also completed advanced programs in director studies, mediation, advertising and marketing.

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Doron Livnat

Doron Livnat was born in 1955 and was a member of the national leadership “Youth for Youth” program in high school. During this period, he was active in assisting youth, new immigrants, young offenders and more. Doron completed his active service in 1977 as an Officer and continued to serve as a Reserve Company Commander.  Doron graduated in economics, international trade and logistics from a university in Germany and a senior management course at Harvard Business School.
Doron owns and manages a group of international companies in the Netherlands specializing in the rental and sales of telescopic booms, scissor lifts, telehandlers, aerial work platforms and other access equipment. He sits on the board of a number of companies, was on the advisory board of the RABO Bank in Rotterdam, co-chair of Keren Hayesod in Holland (CIA) and on the management of the Israel Information Center (CIDI) in The Hague until 2012.
Doron is a social entrepreneur who supports innovation in the fields of education and youth at risk through long term strategic impact organizations such as Beit HaShanti, Ayalim, Sapir College, Matan Israel, Nalagaat Center, Bialik Rogozin School, peace project in Brazil, project Millenium Ghana, Peres Center for Peace (program with Palestinian children and doctors) and was a founder of Insights in Education. Doron also sits on the board of the Sapir College and the advisory board of Access for All. Doron is a proud father and grandfather of three and lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife Marianne.

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Doron Latzer

Doron is a founder of Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz and the Senior Partner of the law firm’s Corporate Group. Doron has over 25 years of commercial and corporate law experience working with international companies, both as in-house and outside counsel.

In his career, Doron has also advised on joint ventures and investments in new technologies. He is the chairman of Aktiva Holdings BV, a private equity holding company in the Netherlands, and is a director in D.G.S. (Energy) Consulting & Entrepreneurship Ltd., a consulting firm primarily in the renewable energy and the project finance fields. Doron serves as the Secretary of the MAOZ board. He is active at 8200 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Program which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation among alumni of elite units of the IDF. He is a mentor at the Microsoft Accelerator program in Israel that assists selected startup companies in the IT and software fields.

Doron worked as an in-house attorney for Kansas Power & Light (KCPL), concentrating on joint ventures and technology-related investments. He served as counsel at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Missouri, and as a visiting professor of International Transactions at UMKC Law School. He also served as an in-house attorney at Elbit Ltd, a leading international contractor in the defense field. Doron is a Barrister at Law of the Middle Temple, London. Doron has three children, he and his wife live in the North of Israel and are currently taking a sabbatical year in New York.

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Debbie Swartz

Debbie is involved in a variety of non-profits where she works to build strategic capabilities and to advance social impact. In addition to MAOZ, she invests time in Israeli and American organizations that focus on hunger, poverty, education, and Jewish identity.

Formerly a member of the board of CJP, the Jewish Federation of Greater Boston, Debbie focused on leadership development and chaired their signature program Acharai from 2015-16. She has an extensive track-record in the education field including serving as the board chair of PEJE: The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, a national organization which supported and promoted Jewish day school education in North America; as the chair of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston; and as a member of the development committee of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Debbie divides her time between Boston and Jerusalem. She is married to Jeff and they have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 3 grandchildren and counting!



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Eli Paley

Eli is a Businessman and social activist, alumnus of the Chevron Yeshiva; holds a BA in Talmud and Jewish history from the Hebrew University.

Since 1990 he has served as owner and publisher of Mishpacha Media Group, which targets the Haredi sector and publishes weekly magazines in Hebrew and in English, with distributorship throughout the Jewish world.

In 2014 he established the Paley Family Foundation in memory of his father Yehuda Paley.

The Foundation supports and promotes institutions and social initiatives in the Haredi community. He is also a member of the Jewish Funders Network and is active in several philanthropic organizations.

He is Founding Chairman of the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs, the first Haredi research institute of its kind, which endeavors to promote systematic, professional dialogue on social policy issues relating to Haredi society.

Since its establishment the Institute has recruited key players from the intra-Haredi professional ranks and leading academics, alongside a team of Haredi and secular researchers with expertise in a variety of disciplines.

The Institute works in collaboration with various government ministries to advance work plans and policy documents in a variety of fields. The Institute is funded mainly by the Paley Family Foundation and with the assistance of various philanthropic partners.

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Scott Tobin

Scott is a general partner at Battery Ventures, a firm he first joined in 1997. He leads investments in the United States, Israel and Europe. Scott has focused on a variety of deals at Battery, including venture- capital and private equity investments in sectors including enterprise infrastructure; materials science; application software; business services; media; and financial services. Scott has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks top venture capitalists from around the world. He graduated with honors from Brandeis University with a BA in International Relations and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.  He and his wife are proud parents to 5 wonderful sons.


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Michal Cohen

Michal Cohen served as Director General of the Education Ministry for four years, and previously filled different managerial roles in the public service, most recently as the Ministry’s Senior Deputy Director and Director of the Pedagogic Administration. During the course of her professional career, she has led significant, large-scale pedagogic and structural reforms and innovative initiatives. Michal holds an MA degree in education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a diploma in Organizational Consultation for Education Systems from Tel Aviv University, as well as MA in Law from Bar Ilan University. She serves as General Director of Rashi from September 2017.

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Aiman Saif

Aiman Saif served until recently as the director of the Authority for the Economic Development of the Minorities Sectors in the Ministry or Social Equality. In this role, he was responsible for the implementation of the relevant government decisions, including strategic and organizational planning, the establishment of an advisory committee for the authority. In addition, he advanced a variety of economic projects such as a private equity fund for the business sector, projects promoting women’s employment, the establishment of Kav Mashve (jobs for Arabic speakers, employees and academics) joint venture, the opening of vocational counseling centers, the creation of MATI – the Galilee Business Development Center, and aid to potential investors.

Aiman also advocated the legislation of the authority for the economic development of the minorities law. He represented the authority in conferences, and in the various committees that are related to the economic development of the Arab society.

Before that, he held various positions including a senior manager in the economic division in the Prime Minister’s office, a lecturer at Derby University, an economist in the Ministry of Economy and Planning, and a marketing manager in Hawaii company in Germany.

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Our Staff

Dr. Yoav Heller, CEO

DSC_6277Yoav recently returned from four years in London where he completed his PhD in History from the University of London, Royal Holloway College Holocaust Research Institute. While in London, Yoav also lectured in History, served as an advisor to various local Jewish organizations and was the Director of the “Israel Connect” European Young Leadership Program. Prior to that Yoav was the Deputy General Manager at the Branco Weiss Institute where he was responsible for executing large scale educational projects and working with government agencies including the Ministries of Education, Absorption and Welfare and a number of large philanthropic organizations.

Yoav was a Senior Editor at YNET, Israel’s largest online newspaper, is an experienced tour guide for Jewish groups in Poland and was the Chairman of the national student campaign to reduce university tuition in the late 1990’s. Yoav received his M.A. in Management and Education and B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Tel-Aviv University, is a Reserve Officer in an elite Air Force combat unit and lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and two children.

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Adv. Michal Lehner, CFO & COO

Michal is a lawyer who completed her internship in the Public Defender’s Office at the Ministry of Justice. After being admitted to the Israel Bar Association, Michal served as a buyer for a Ministry of Defense delegation to the U.S and managed the procurement field of the Israeli Air Force transportation system.

Following that, Michal worked at Nokia Siemens Network’s (NSN) post-merger integration department (PMI) and was co-responsible for various areas in the merger of Atrica into NSN.

Michal was then accepted to the policy tract at the Cadets’ Course of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was posted to Central America where she served as a temporary replacement for the Consul General and Secretary at the Israeli Embassies in Costa Rica and Columbia. Afterwards, Michal worked in the International Organizations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Michal completed her military service as a psycho-technical evaluator at Jerusalem’s recruitment bureau and received her Law degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Michal was born in Jerusalem and currently lives in Raanana with her husband Yonatan and son Eitan.

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Dr. Liat Basis,Chief of staff

Liat is a social and industrial psychologist who received her doctorate from Bar-Ilan University. She has upwards of fifteen years of experience in the field of admissions and evaluation focusing on aspects of developing professional tools, constructing processes, research, implementation and building and leading practical workshops.

Liat is a member of the Israeli Association for Psychometric Testing and lectures in courses of ‘Admissions Testing’ Masters’ students in the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University. Liat has also worked with the IDF, Ministry of Education and other organizations in the private, public and social sectors.

Her role at MAOZ is to manage the subject of admissions, evaluation, impact measurement and also to be responsible for guiding Fellows and Alumni with their projects and reforms. Additionally Liat is building the organization’s CRM system.

Liat is married to Eyal, the mother of three daughters and lives in Ramat Hasharon.

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Osnat Meron, MAOZ ECHO Director

At MAOZ, Osnat manages the Networking division. She is responsible for the continued training and development related to the members of the MAOZ Network (130 from the MAOZ Fellows Program and 78 from Kriat Kivun).

In the past, Osnat has been a producer and a project manager for 18 years and served in various production roles in television including Channel 2 news, “Friday Studio” news magazine, and as the executive producer of “Uvda”. Osnat is a member of the founding team of Channel 10 and Channel 10 news, as well as a production and operations manager of the “Tchelet” channel and Or-Media company. Osnat was also the producer of “Now-Beyond” events that produced Shimon Peres’ 80th birthday celebrations.

Osnat is a graduate of “Gvanim” (Shades) – a program for pluralistic Jewish leadership and of the Bertelsmann Foundation German-Israeli Young Leadership Exchange. She has since been working for the foundation as a project manager and is responsible for all activities and seminars in Israel. Over the past three years, Osnat has also managed “Israeli Horizon,” the alumni forum for Israeli fellows of the Bertelsmann program. Osnat graduated with honors from the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She served her military service as an instructor at the IDF’s School of Artillery. Osnat is a mother to three children, was born in Jerusalem, and currently lives in Ramat HaSharon.

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Amit Persiko, MAOZ Network Manager

With extensive experience in government, Amit joined MAOZ to manage the Network.

Amit is trained as an attorney and holds an LLM (cum laude) and a LLB in Law and International Relations (cum laude), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Immediately prior to joining MAOZ, Amit worked in the Ministry of Education where he served as the Senior Professional Advisor to the Minister of Education and the Chief of Staff to the Chairman for the Council for Higher Education. Amit was responsible for developing and implementing higher education policy for the Ministry and served as the liaison between the Ministry and other government offices.

Earlier in his career, as Professional Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Amit oversaw issues related to employment and advanced of special needs populations. Before that Amit served as Chief of Staff for the chairperson of the Public Utilities Authority.

After receiving his law degree, Amit practiced international law for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as a legal clerk to Deputy Supreme Court President Salim Joubran. Amit interned with Deputy Supreme Court President Justice Hanan Melcer. Before, he interned in Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates, and at the Office of the President of the United Nations’ The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Over the years, Amit has volunteered in a variety of roles including offering pro-bono legal representation, supporting at-risk youth, and working as a tour guide, journalist and a member of the HUJI Law Students Association.

Amit lives in Mazkeret-Batia with his wife Dikla and their children Yonatan, Tamar and Yoav. In his free time he likes to cook and travel.

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Hadas Lahav, Storytelling Director

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Hila Ganor Schindel, VP Knowledge & Strategy

Hila recently joined MAOZ to build and manage the Knowledge and Strategy Center; providing support for MAOZ’s various programs. Her experience is tri-sectoral: In the nonprofit sector she consulted nonprofits and philanthropists on strategy and planning and was the Israel Manager for the Jacobson Family Foundation (now ONE8). In the private sector she was a consultant to Fortune 500 companies at Compete (Boston), an online consumer behavior analytics company and was a research associate at Harvard Business School writing cases on marketing and market research. Prior to that, Hila spent eight years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and government as an Intelligence Officer. 

She graduated (Summa Cum Laude) in Government and Diplomacy at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and holds an MBA (Cum Laude) from Boston University. 

Hila lives in Bnei Dror with her husband Yair and three wonderful children Yonatan, Or and Yali

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Arit Ansbacher, ADVOT Joint Venture Manager

Arit serves as a facilitator for the Advot and Ashmoret programs. Prior to joining MAOZ, Arit served as the deputy director-general of A.V. Israel, a nonprofit that uses the auditory verbal method to teach language learning to children who are deaf and learning impaired. Arit has extensive experience in facilitation and management, particularly with leading change processes. Arit has a B.A (magna cum laude) in communications and education from Sapir Academic College and is at work on her MA in public policy at the executive program at Hebrew University. Arit lives on Moshav Gitit in the Jordan Valley, a joint religious-secular community where she is involved with local politics. Arit is married to Ariel and has three children.

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Shimrit Bainhorn, Accelerators Manager

Shimrit Klein is 35 years old and lives in Maskeret Batya. She is trained as a lawyer and mediator and has extensive knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. She founded a number of different ventures in diverse fields.

From 2009-2015, Shimrit also worked at the Gevim Group, an organizational consulting firm as a senior facilitator and the Director of Business Development and Marketing. She comes to her new position with vast experience in facilitation, organizational processes, and guiding and advising managers and senior officers through professional experiences.  She brings creativity, ingenuity, and the ability to drive and create partnerships.

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Hadas Bracha-Kleider, INBAR Joint Venture Manager

Hadas has vast experience in developing and conducting workshops in the business sector, the non-profit sector and the IDF. For the past three years, Hadas worked at BISLAM – the IDF’s school of leadership development. Her role included consulting and accompanying units and commanders, team development, facilitating workshops and skill content and diagnosing the challenges of leadership and implementing interventions at the organizational level.

Hadas holds a master’s degree in social and industrial psychology from Bar-Ilan University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human resources from Haifa University.

She worked for six years at Basis Evaluation as a facilitator and workshop developer for various organizations and HR managers. Her role included developing professional tools, and building practical workshops.

Hadas currently resides in Even-Yehuda, is married to Eyal and is mother to Maya, Amit and Roy.

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Aharon Karish ,Employment Joint Venture & MAOZ Fellows Program Manager

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Efrat Darf, HR & Organizational Development Manager

Efrat comes from the world of organizational psychology, in particular the fields of recruitment, admissions and organizational consulting. Following her bachelor’s degree, Efrat spent two years working as an evaluator at the human resources firm Pilat following which she moved into the hi-tech sector where she recruited and placed candidates for technological positions within startup companies both in Israel and overseas. During her studies, Efrat interned at Lotem Sensing as an organizational consultant, giving workshops to clients within management positions. Efrat served in the military as an evaluations and research course Officer at the IDF’s center for behavioral sciences.

Efrat completed her Master’s degree in Social and Organization Psychology at Bar-Ilan University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Efrat was born and raised in Kiryat Ekron and currently lives in Kadima.

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Malak Msalha, Admissions & Recruitment Manager

Malak holds a master’s degree, cum laude, in gender studies from Bar Ilan University and studied towards a master’s degree in psycho-biology from the psychology faculty of Tel Aviv University. In addition, she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication from Tel Aviv University.

Malak has 8 years of experience in recruitment and placement including running workshops, developing training and content, managing projects and teams and creating new partnerships through her deep knowledge of diverse populations in the labor market.

In her last role, she served as manager of the career center of “Kav Hamashve”, which promotes the integration of Arab academics in Israeli business world. Prior to that, Malak worked as a diagnostic and placement consultant.

Malak was born and raised in Kafr Qara and has resided for more than a decade in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

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Dr. Gila Melech, Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning

Gila holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Gila has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing evaluation programs for the social and public sector, in particular with organizations that focus on reducing gaps and advancing excluded populations into the workforce. Gila founded and managed an internal assessment and evaluation unit at the Israel Venture Network (IVN) and at the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation. In addition she created a toolbox for examining investment candidates for Israeli philanthropic foundations. In recent years her focus has been on the development of evaluative thinking and its implementation in large-scale initiatives such as the: 5×2 Initiative and at the and at the National Insurance Institute Funds Department.

Gila is a lecturer in the course Assessment and Evaluation in the Social Field for Master’s students in the Department of Social Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. She is a volunteer mentor at NOVA: Professional Volunteerism and a member of the steering committee of the Be’haaracha Raba Conference steering committee.

Gila lives in Kfar Saba with her husband Paul and their children Avishai, Michal and Hila.

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Ella Ringel, MAKOM Joint Venture Manager

Ella holds a master’s degree in occupational and organizational psychology from Haifa University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology & political science from Tel Aviv University, cum laude.

Ella has 8 years of experience in various roles of management and guidance in IDF’s school of leadership. In her last position, she served as a consultant and team leader for a number of different courses for command positions. As such, she consulted and accompanied long-term processes in combat units of the Ground Forces and the Navy as well as guiding officers.

Prior to that, Ella worked as an occupational consultant and diagnostician at “Rom” institute for occupational consulting and diagnosing learning disabilities.

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Our Partners


Dr. Yair Schindel
Yotam Dagan

Governmental Partners and Philanthropic Foundations:

Ministry of Interior

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Justice


One8 Foundation

Klarman Family Foundation

Schusterman Foundation

Maimonides Fund

UJA Federation of New York

Russell Berrie Foundation

Rothschild Caesarea Foundation

Friend Family Foundation

Morris Family Fund

Aronson Family Foundation

Lion Family Foundation

Azrieli Foundation

Fisher Family Foundation

Gutwirth Foundation

Paley Family Foundation

Anonymous Foundation

Philanthropic Investors - Individuals:

Swartz Family

Terrie and Brad Bloom

Marianne and Doron Livnat

Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine

Barbara and Ed Shapiro

Jennifer and Scott Tobin

Tracey and David Frankel

Sarah and Mark Zimman

Dan Farb

Jessica and Chuck Myers

Rom Company

Harley and Eli Ungar

Mordechai Rosenberg

Rivka Saker and Uzi Zucker

Ellen and Steve Segal

Samantha and James David

Benny Levin

Benny Schnaider

Itzik Danzinger

Yodfat Harel Buchris and Pinchas Buchrs

Ongi and Danny Ungar

Beth and Larry Greenberg

Linda and Michael Frieze

Hagit and Oren Zeev

Alan Schall

Christine and Robert Small

Jen and Jon Block

Alyssa and Gregory Pool

Jessica and David Aronoff

Joseph Gitler

Jonathan Koshitsky

Elizabeth and Dan Jick

Heather and Adi Rabinowitz

Mike Rashes

Sam Wilderman

Seth Finkelstein

Ben Bloomstone

Lori and Matthew Sidman

Debra and Eitan Milgram

Sarah and David Nanus

Erez Ofer

Ben Abram

Pamela and Meir Ukeles

Jeff Kupietzky

Rafi Musher

Ilan Rubinstein

Barbara Hellen and Phil West

Adam Suttin

Wil Rukin

Kevin Waldman

Steve Krichmar


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