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.
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
- 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.
- Build a network of diverse leaders driving socio-economic, mamlachti, widespread and sustainable changes.
- Direct involvement in socio-economic development via accelerators for leaders within its Network.
Jeffrey Swartz (Chairman)
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.
Previously, Yacov served as Senior Vice President in the Ministry of Health and in a number of senior roles in the IDF within the field of human resources, among them as Adjutant Officer of the Northern Command and as Head of Human Resources of the Combat Forces (GOC Army Headquarters). Yacov was discharged with the rank of Brigadier General.
Today Yacov is involved with a number of organizations connected with public service, creating training and leadership programs that will develop the next generation of Israel’s public leaders. As such he currently sits on the boards of MAOZ, Cadets for Public Service and Kriat Kivun.
Yacov holds a B.A from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Master’s degree with distinction in Political Science from Haifa University and is a graduate of the National Security College (of the Israel Defense Forces). Yacov and his wife Agi have two boys and six grandchildren and live in Herzliya.
Yodfat Harel Buchris
Yodfat is currently a partner at YP and 6 partners LTD. She also serves as an Employer Representative in Israel’s National Labor Count, a role that she has served since 2014. She is on the Board of Directors at Israel Discount Bank Ltd as well as Eltek Ltd a public company listed on Nasdaq USA, and Protalix bio-therapeutics Ltd a public company listed on Amex USA.
Previously, Yodfat was the Managing Director of Tamares Capital Ltd, a private investment fund where she managed relationships with major international corporations from the commercial, financial and technology sectors. Prior to her work at Tamares, Yodfat served as a Corporate Director at Orbotech LTD, a world leader in hi-tech and as a Managing Director at Harel-Hertz Investment House Ltd. Yodfat was appointed as Chief Advisor to ITX-Corporation, a leading Japanese public company listed on Nasdaq Japan which seeks strategic business opportunities in the fields of IT and Life sciences.
Yodfat brings her extensive experience as an executive business strategist to the emerging technology sector and non-profit field. In addition to her involvement with MAOZ, Yodfat is on the Board of Trustees of the Israel Tennis Centers, ITC teaches life skills of self-reliance, perseverance and focus, fostering sustainable values of self-esteem, character and tolerance as well as Beit Hagalgalim Foundation which supports Israelis who suffer from impaired mobility, mainly due to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
Yodfat received an Executive MBA from Bradford University in Great Britain where she focused on marketing and business development. She holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from Bar-Ilan University. She has also completed programs in Mitigation and Business Mitigation.
She lives in Israel with her husband and three children.
Isaac established a number of private equity funds. He has been a senior advisor to global private equity funds and is a partner at aMoon Fund. Together with two partners, he initiated, with the Weizmann Institute and with Israel Prize winner Professor Ruth Arnon, a biotech company that is developing a universal flu vaccine.
In the social sphere, since the year 2000, Isaac has been committed to advancing the establishment of a critical mass of public-sector leadership programs that help meet a number of current and future challenges facing Israeli society. With an emphasis on creating leadership pipelines, he co-founded a national talent management program called Atudot Le’Israel. He was a member of the Goshen Committee for corporate governance that advanced, among other things, the Economic Court and he assisted in the planning and implementation of structural reforms in the capital market that led to a growth in capital and credit for the government, private companies and the general public while reducing systematic risk. Isaac holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. He founded and serves as the president of both the Wharton and Harvard Business School Clubs of Israel.
Isaac did his military service as an Officer in the Artillery Corps during the First Lebanon War.
Isaac and his wife Anna live in Tel Aviv and are the parents of three children.
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.
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.
Growing up in a family of eight children in Afula, Israel, Barbivai is the daughter of Tzila, a Jewish immigrant from Iraq, and Eli Shochetman, a Jewish immigrant from Romania. She was drafted into the IDF in 1981 and has spent her entire career as an officer in the Manpower Directorate. Barbivai holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and Humanities from Ben Gurion University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Haifa University. She is also the graduate of the “Turn-point” administration course for senior military officials. Barbivai was the first female to hold the IDF positions of Chief Adjutant Officer of a Command, Chief Adjutant Officer, Head of the Ground Forces’ manpower section and head of the Individuals’ Sector in the Manpower Directorate.
On 26 May 2011, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved her appointment as head of the IDF’s Manpower Directorate, replacing Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir. The promotion of Barbivai, a mother of three, to the rank of Major General was praised by Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni who said that “there is no rank that is too heavy for a woman’s shoulders, and there is no doubt that Brig.-Gen. Barbivai was appointed because of her talents.”
Debbie is also on the board of CJP, the Jewish Federation in Greater Boston and currently serves as a co-chair of Acharai, CJP’s pre-eminent volunteer leadership development program.
After attending Brown University, Debbie received her Master’s Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and did further post-graduate study at Lesley University. Her background as a teacher and her university education inspired her to become an advocate beyond the classroom. She is a former Chair of PEJE: The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, a national organization supporting and promoting Jewish day school education in North America, as well as a past Chair of the Board of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. She also invests time supporting the Maimonides School, a K-12 Jewish day school in Brookline, MA.
Debbie and her husband, Jeff Swartz, are the parents of three sons and two daughters-in-law, and divide their time between Boston and Jerusalem. They both actively work to advance and build strategic capacity in non-profits. In addition to MAOZ and CJP, areas of focus include American and Israeli organizations working to address issues of hunger, poverty, education and Jewish identity. Currently on a quest to improve her Hebrew language skills, Debbie recently completed an intensive language course at the Brandeis Hebrew Summer Institute as well as a mini-ulpan in Jerusalem.
Scott joined Battery in 1997 and currently leads investments in Israel, the US and Europe. His investments include Active Path, Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), Anobit Technologies (acquired by Apple), @stake (acquired by Symantec), Champions Oncology, Istra Research, ITA Software (acquired by Google), Kashya (acquired by EMC), The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE; acquired by Euronext), MetroPCS (NYSE: PCS), ProfitLogic (acquired by Oracle), Pursway, Sabre, The Tennis Channel, Ximian (acquired by Novell), and ZeRTO.
Scott was named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks top venture capitalists from around the world and in 2009 relocated to Battery’s Israel office to build the team there and to lead the firm’s expansion into Israel, the Middle East and Europe. Prior to joining Battery, Scott spent time in corporate finance and was previously the Director of Corporate Development at Future Vision, a venture-backed software company that was sold to Soft key International.
He graduated with honors from Brandeis University with a BA in International Relations and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Scott and his wife Jennifer live in Ra’anna and are the parents of five sons.
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.
Sarale Oster, Accelerators Programs Coordinator
Frida Elraheb, Advot Program Coordinator
Frieda joined MAOZ after receiving her bachelor’s degree in government and society from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.
She interned at the Business and Environment Department of the Peres Center for Peace, where she participated in a project to reduce gaps between Arab and Jewish society through the hi-tech industry.
Over the last seven years, Frieda has taught spoken Arabic at Café Yaffa, a family-owned café in Jaffa, using an original method that she developed.
Dr. Yoav Heller, CEO
Yoav 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.
Adv. Michal Lehner, VP Resource Development
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.
Dr. Liat Basis,Measurement & Organizational Processes Director
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.
Osnat Meron-Betzalel, 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.
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.
Shirel Dagan-Levy, CFO / COO
Shirel holds a Bachelor of Laws from Tel Aviv University and has been a member of the Israel Bar Association since 2002. She is a graduate of International Trade and Finance course from New York University.
Prior to joining MAOZ, Shirel served as Global Acquisitions Manager at Verint. While at Verint, Shirel was responsible for negotiations and trade agreements worth millions of dollars annually and played a key role in the company’s corporate responsibility division. Prior to that, Shirel spent five years working for the Defense Ministry’s acquisition delegation in New York. She began her career as an attorney for the high-tech and international contracts department of Ross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co.
Hila Ganor Schindel, Knowledge & Strategy Center Director
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
Moran Elhanan, Admissions & Evaluation Lead
Moran holds an MA in Organizational and Social Psychology from Ariel University and a BA in Psychology and Literature with honors from Bar Ilan University.
Moran specializes in recruitment, evaluation and content writing. She is highly experienced in full diagnosis of candidates including intelligence, personality, and performance tests along with conducting interviews, group experiential activities and facilitating assessment centres.
Moran volunteered in the Bnei Akiva youth movement’s year of service in Talmon and Tzur Yigal. She grew up in the Shomron area and currently lives in Givatayim.
Tom Lahad, VP Business Operations
Prior to his current role at MAOZ, Tom established the “Kriyat Kivun” program creating a preparatory program for public service for university graduates. Tom also worked as a Jewish and Biblical Studies teacher at a high school in the upper Galil. Simultaneously, he led educational workshops in schools on the processes of changes in north of Israel on behalf of the Institute of Democratic Education as part of the ‘Halutz Educational Pioneers’ program.
Tom holds a B.A in biblical and Jewish Studies and a teaching certificate in Jewish Studies from the ‘Revivim’ program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Tom Lives in Ayelet Hashachar in the Upper Galil, is married to Tahel and father to Imri, Ziv and Ori.
Soubhieh Abu-Shhadeh, MAOZ Network Members Coordinator
Before joining MAOZ, Soubhieh served as the human resource coordinator for the Osem Group, where she worked in recruiting, receiving, supervising and advising managers in human resource related fields. Soubhieh is the graduate of the Rothschild Ambassadors organization, where she volunteered in several social-oriented organizations such as Israel Social TV, Education for Excellence and others. In her third year at the organization she was an employment coordinator, where she developed and advised ambassadors in the employment and academic fields. Soubhieh was born and raised in Jaffa, and earned her BA in politics and society with a focus on civil society from the Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College. During her studies, she interned for Physicians for Human Rights.
Arit Ansbacher, Advot Program Facilitator
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.
Itamar Avivi, ECHO Coordinator
Itamar has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Tel Aviv University.
Itamar serves as coordinator of the Echo Division, including event management and various training programs. In his prior work, he was responsible for projects and conferences at Yesh Atid.
Itamar was born in Givatayim, where he continues to live today. He worked as a Hapoel Givatayim basketball coach for 10 years and initiated several successful athletic projects in the city. During his service in the IDF, Itamar was a combat soldier and commander in the Golani Brigade.
Sela Avishai, Private Sector Lead
Sela is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science and Jewish philosophy at Hebrew University. He is an alumnus of the Jewish Statesmanship Center.
Sela served in an intelligence unit of the IDF, where he attained the rank of major.
He and his wife, Lior, live in Tel Aviv.
Galit Avivi Gross, Controller
Galit is an accountant by profession and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in financing from the College of Management in Rishon Letzion.
Immediately before she joined MAOZ, Galit worked at Hot Mobile Ltd., a HOT Group company, where she worked as an accountant, and at subsidiary 017 HOT Mobile International Calls Ltd. and sister company HOTnet. Galit previously worked as an accounting assistant at Mirs Communications Ltd. She interned at KPMG Somekh Chaikin.
Galit has a wealth of experience in financial reporting, bookkeeping, implementing internal control procedures, and writing and implementing work procedures.
Galit lives in Kiryat Ono with her husband, Amir, and their children, Afek, Omri, and Rom.
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.
Alona Cohen Rosen, Executive Assistant
She has worked in a number of high profile administrative roles at in the public sphere, including executive assistant to Yuli Edelstein, an as an executive assistant at the News unit of Channel 1 and as an assistant manager of Office of Director of the President’s Residence. Alona also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Hebrew University.
Alona was born and raised in Tiberias. She is married to Ori and currently resides in Tel Aviv.
Meir Ben Chamo, Head of Recruitment and Advot Program Coordinator
Shimrit Bainhorn, Meiz Accelerator Director
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.
Efrat Darf, 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.
Adaya Elrom, Personal Assistant to the Board Chair
Adiya came to MAOZ from the private sector, after accumulating rich experience in banking and cyber fields over 15 years. Amongst others, she served as the officer manager and personal assistant to several senior CEO’s in some of the largest hi-tech companies in Israel. Adiya holds a BA in social sciences from Bar Ilan University.
During her army service Adiya served as a non-commissioned officer in charge of soldiers’ welfare on a base with some of the most difficult and weaker populations in the Israeli society.
Adiya comes from a veteran agricultural family on Moshav Nechalim. She is married to Asaf and has four wonderful children. She loves to cook and bake, and is quite good at it. She plays throwball on MAMA-NET and jogs through the moshav fields.
Moran Gottlieb-Mor, MAOZ network members’ lead
Moran holds a bachelor’s degree in business specializing in human resources, from Ruppin Academic Center.
Moran has vast knowledge in human resources and the non-profit sector. From 2008, she took an active role in medical clowning, an area which inspired her to participate, for three years, in a unique initiative “Good Company” to increase happiness and the well-being of employees and encourage them to be ‘Ambassadors of Joy’ volunteering in the communit.
Prior to that, Moran served as head of career development and employment at Kfar-Saba Youth Center and was responsible of the entrepreneurship field and the internship program. Prior to that Moran worked in recruitment for conferences and exhibitions. In addition, she worked as marketing and public relations representative in company “Y.Gottlieb.”
Moran is married to Adir.
Ayal Gal, “Makom” Program Coordinator
Ayal is a nonprofit activist in the fields of culture, agriculture, and education. The bulk of his professional experience is in planning, production, operations, and logistics. In his previous position, he served as the national logistics coordinator of Bnei Hamoshavim.
Ayal has a bachelor’s degree in culture, creation, and production, with a specialization in culture management, from Sapir College.
He was born and reared in the western Negev.
Pnina Frieder Leibovitch, Admissions and Evaluation Coordinator
Pnina holds a Master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications summa cum laude – both from the Bar Ilan University.
Most of her experience lies in the fields of practical and research-related selection and evaluation. Her thesis focuses on decision-making processes in the realm of selection. Pnina has experience in evaluation, research, workshop development and facilitation. In addition, she served as an organizational development intern at Amdocs.
During her studies she participated in public diplomacy programs and trainings, amongst them the fellows program at StandWithUs, which works to advance Israel’s image, and at the Bar-Ilan Center for International Communication (CIC).
Pnina is an alumnus of the “Bnei Akiva” Youth Movement. During her National Service, she served as an instructor for new immigrants and as an emissary in the Los Angeles Jewish community, where she instructed teenagers on behalf of “Bat Ami” and “World Bnei Akiva”.
Pnina is married to Yonatan and lives in Givat Shmuel.
Inbar Fuhrer, INBAR Program Coordinator
Inbar comes with professional experience in informal education, social entrepreneurship and the third sector. Among her previous positions, she served as the operations manager of KEDEM Association, training and content coordinator for the management training program of the Interdisciplinary Center, and the training coordinator of the youth movement Bnei Hamoshavim.
Inbar graduated with a BA, summa cum laude, in government, diplomacy and strategy, specializing in leadership, communication and government. She is a graduate of the youth movement, “Bnei Hamoshavim,” LEAD, the Rabin leadership program of the Interdisciplinary Center, and “Kriat Kivun”. Inbar served in the IDF through the Nahal Core, a program where soldiers also serve time in their local communities working with at-risk populations. Prior to the Nahal Core, she completing a volunteer service year volunteered with the Oded core through her youth movement.
Yali Wolfshtat, Head of Measurement and Evaluation
Yali has a B.A in psychology and management from Ben-Gurion University and an M.A in organizational social-psychology from Bar-Ilan University. Her professional experience is focused on the research and development of measurement and evaluation tools, specializing in the recruitment, selection and training of employees.
Yali spent the last three years in Atlanta, GA where she worked at the Israeli Consulate as the Director of Accounting and Adminstration. Yali is married to Dror, mother to Ofer and currently resides in Hod Ha’Sharon.
Noa Grushka, “Makom” Program Coordinator
Noa holds an MA in educational systems management and a BA in education and management both from Ben Gurion University.
Much of her experience is in the field of informal education. Noa served as the coordinator for the Tzofim – the Israeli Scouts Movement branch in Lod where she responsible for the youth movement’s service year volunteers in the entire Shfela region. Today, Noa remains active in the Tzofim movement in various facilitation capacities.
In the past, Noa worked as the operations manager for the Ben Gurion University’s students’ union where managed and produced cultural events geared toward thousands of students.
Noa lives in Yafo and in her free time enjoys touring the country and reading.
Sharon Hadad, MAOZ Fellows Program and Echo division Facilitator
Sharon has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in human resource management from Derby College.
She is an alumna of the group facilitator training program of the Zippori Center.
Over the last 16 years, Sharon has amassed experience as an organizational consultant at a range of leading business consulting firms, while specializing in management development and in leading processes of organizational change.
She has also served as the national coordinator of education for the Israeli Scouts Movement (Tzofim), and spent an extended period in New York on business for the movement with her husband.
Sharon and her husband, Rafi, live with their two daughters in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Ziv Harel, Accelerators Programs Facilitator
Ziv holds a Bachelor’ Degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the Open University’s “Tafnit” School of Management Group Facilitators Course. Over the past 11 years, Ziv has gained experience in a variety of positions within the four sectors and especially in the public sector. Amongst his various positions, he served as the Head of the Nofei Prat Executive Committee and was one of the founders of the Gush Adumim Regional Council. In addition, he is one of the founders of “Macademia” and is currently a senior facilitator and personal career management consultant. Over the past five years, he served as one of the founders of a new governmental authority under the Ministry of Defense, the Israel Mine Action Authority and established the Information Management and GIS Departments. Ziv was born, raised and educated in Jerusalem and he served as a combat soldier in the elite IDF Combat Engineering Corps Unit, “Yael”. He is married to Sarit and together they have four children, Eviatar, Carmi, Elisha and Ruth and live in Nofei Prat in the Judean Desert.
Yael Honig, MAOZ Fellows Program Coordinator
Yael holds a BA in political science and Jewish history from Hebrew University. She is a graduate of the tour guide course at the nternational School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem and, for several years, served there as a tour guide.
Yael has joined the MAOZ Fellows program. She has built her career in the formal and informal education sphere. She managed the Jerusalem House of Culture and Humanities and worked at the KEREM Institute (KIAH–Kol Israel Haverim) where she designed enrichment programs, built annual courses and managed the cultural center for young adults. Prior to her role at KEREM, she worked at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center where she produced and managed international projects featuring prominent artists and thought leaders from Israel and abroad.
While serving in the IDF, Yael was stationed at the Michve Alon Education and Instructional Center where she was a platoon and company commander focused on new immigrant recruits. She also commanded companies of soldiers struggling with language and other disabilities, in particular those whose army service was a step toward leading a more independent adult life in Israel.
Yael lives in Kfar Eztion with her husband Ohad and their children Anat, Itai, Maya and Noga.
Inbar Michelzon Dror, Digital and Content manager, Echo division
Inbar is a PhD candidate in the field of digital sociology. Her doctoral research is focused on gender and socio-economic disparity among teens in digital social networks in Israel. She was recently awarded the University President’s Scholarship for Excelling Doctoral Students and first prize from the Israeli Anthropological Association for her thesis work on Mizrachi teens and prevailing stigma.
She holds an MA in the sociology of education with a focus on gender from Hebrew University. Inbar has over 10 years of experience in content development, training and facilitation in the social impact sphere. She worked for Kev Hasina (Rothschild Ambassadors Program), running their long-term leadership development program and at the Center for Educational Technology (CET).
She specializes in content development on issues such as identity, social justice and connection to the digital sphere. In addition, she builds and designs websites with a social justice bent including a recent project for the Forum for Young Women’s NGOs that provides information about the rights of young women at-risk using accessible language and design.
Inbar is the mother of two girls and lives with her partner Yasir in Tel Aviv. Inbar is originally from Carmel.
Bentzi Cohen, Research & Development Coordinator
Bentzi holds an M.A. in Organizational and Social Psychology, and a B.A. in Psychology and Jewish Philosophy, both summa cum laude and both from the Bar-Ilan University.
Bentzi has experience in theoretical and practical research. He was an intern in the Behavioral Sciences Department at the Israel Prison Service and a research assistant at a lab studying the interpersonal differences in social behavior at the Bar-Ilan University.
Bentzi is a graduate of Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. In the IDF he was responsible for the computers at the Intelligence Corps Officers’ Course.
He currently lives in Holon.
Chen Leder Ivgi, “Makom” Program Facilitator
Chen is an occupational psychologist with ten years of expertise in the field of employment. Before joining MAOZ, Chen was a senior employment advisor at the Adam Milo Institute. Chen continues to work as an independent consultant specializing in recruitment, screening, selection and strategic career counseling. She offers workshops and tailored training programs as well as executive coaching for managers.
Chen enjoys long-distance running, cooking, baking and reading historical novels. Chen lives in Kfar Saba with her husband Roni and their children Talia, Ofri and Maya.
Ido Levita, Analyst, Knowledge & Strategy Center
Ido has a bachelor’s degree from the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program of Hebrew University.
During his studies, he served as a coordinator at the Planning and Strategy Division of the Ministry of Education, where he took part in the modification of depth processes in the school system. Ido previously worked as an analyst at Meidata, a market research and business intelligence firm. He served as a researcher in the research division of IDF Military Intelligence.
In his free time, Ido plays volleyball and volunteers as a counselor at the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization.
Michal Yaacov, MAOZ Fellows Program Coordinator
Michal holds an MA with honors in Educational Sociology and a BA with honors in Education and Sociology-Anthropology from the Hebrew University.
Previously, Michal worked in Branco Weiss Institute as the Chief of Staff for the schools preceded by roles in the Institute’s assessment and research unit. Much of her experience has been with informal educational programs. Michal worked for Zahala, the social engagement department at Hebrew University and as a youth and community coordinator in the regional council of Mateh Yehuda.
Michal was born and raised in Nes Harim and currently lives in Mevaseret Zion. She is married to Avishai and the mother of Roee, Yoav and Ya’ir.
Chanan Cohen, Research & Strategic Lead
Chanan is in the process of completing his doctorate on Jewish–Arab relations in the local politics of mixed Israeli cities. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from Hebrew University, and his dissertation on the causes of civil wars in Latin America was recognized for excellence by the Israel Political Science Association. Chanan’s research interests include society and politics in Israel, local government, social science methodology, violence and political conflict, and social identity.
Chanan served as a public opinion researcher at the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute. During his time at the center, Chanan coauthored the Israeli Democracy Index reports for 2014 to 2017, the 2014 National-Religious Sector in Israel report for 2014, and the 2017 study Jews and Arabs: A Conditional Partnership. Chanan has served as a lecturer, counselor, and teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science and Rothberg International School of Hebrew University, and has worked at the Van Leer Institute, the Davis Institute, and Gesher Educational Enterprises.
Chanan lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Lilach, and their children, Eitan, Roni, Hodaya Bar, and Shachar Raz. He loves to write, cook, and sleep; hates small talk; and is a passionate admirer of the muddle that is Israeli society.
Adi Levison, MAOZ network members’ lead
Adi received her master’s degree magna cum laude in organizational consulting from Bar-Ilan University, and her bachelor’s degree in sociological and anthropology from Hebrew University.
She is certified as a group facilitator by the Magid Institute, and as a youth career counselor by Tel Aviv University.
Adi has been working in the social sector for more than a decade. Most recently, she served as manager of guidance and content at Mifalot Education and Society Enterprises and as director of the alumni organization of Aharai. She has experience in organizational leadership, organizational change facilitation, content development, and strategic thinking, and brings creative thinking, initiative, and thoroughness to her work.
Adi lives in Rehovot with her husband, Udi, and their daughter, Omer.
Aharon Karish , Mulit-Sector Collaboration & MAOZ Fellows Program Manager
Itzik Miller, ECHO Programs Lead
Izik holds a BA in Psychology and MA in Educational Psychology from Ben Gurion University. Much of Izik’s career has been in the educational system. He has extensive developing and integrating strategic processes within schools and continues to teach classes at a night school near Mir Yeshiva.
Previously he worked at the Nezah Yehuda Foundation (Nahal Haredi), coordinating programs in southern Israel. During that time he also worked closely with Haredi soldiers who serve in the IDF.
Izik graduated the Nahlat Halevyim Yeshiva in Haifa and studied at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem for fifteen years.
He is married and the father of six.
Dr. Gila Melech, Outcome Driven Planning Manager
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.
Elad Peer, “Makom” Program Facilitator
Elad comes to MAOZ from the world of education. He completed his B.A. in education and history at the Kibbutzim College of Education and received a Facilitator’s Certificate from the Program for Group Facilitation in a Multicultural Society at the Beit Berl College. Before joining MAOZ, Elad worked as a facilitator at the Institute for Democratic Education in schools, communities and authorities and trained students pursuing their BA in education. Elad works as a tour guide for youth and adult delegations to Poland.
He is a member of Kibbutz Barkai, married with two children and a dog owner.
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.
Dvora (Debi) Rada, ECHO Programs Lead and INBAR Program Coordinator & Project Lead, Echo Division
Debi holds an MBA in the Mandell leadership program from Ben Gurion University and a bachelor’s degree from Sapir College in communication.
In her last role, she managed employer and volunteer relations at TechCareer, and also developed and manager partnerships with outside organizations. In addition, she was responsible for recruitment, screening and placement of volunteers and graduates of the vocational training. Prior to that, she worked in counseling and guidance of applicants at Sapir College.
Debi graduated the “Olim beyachad” program and is a social activist in the Ethiopian community.
Debi currently resides in Kiryat Malakhi, is married to Avi and is the mother of Hadar.
Reut Zuriel, Training & Content Coordinator
Reut has a BA in Operations and an MA in organizational consulting with a focus on the third sector both from Bar-Ilan University.
Reut comes to MAOZ from the third sector with an extensive career in organizational consulting. She recently worked at the Inbar Association which promotes opportunities for social integration and marriage for adults with disabilities. As the program manager, Reut organized programs and events.
She also worked at Am Yisrael Echad, an informal education program that organizes values-based experiential tours on topics ranging from Jewish identity and tradition to unity and tolerance between religious and secular populations, Jewish holidays and more.
Reut and her husband Yosef are happily raising their daughter Shohan in Lod as part of the Garin Torani (Torah-based Group). In her spare time, she likes to bake and travel around Israel and the world
Mosheet Wollis, MAOZ network members’ lead
Mosheet has built her career within the social sector. During her years as a student she lived and worked with Ayalim in the Ashalim village as a coordinator for both culture and marketing projects before moving on to become a project manager for Negev Development at the Merage Foundation. Upon her graduation Mosheet spent two years as the Director of Volunteering and Social Involvement in the Kfar Saba Youth Center. Mosheet has a certificate in tour guiding and spent three years as a freelance guide for groups and individuals around the country.
Mosheet’s responsibilities in MAOZ include coordinating projects within the Fellows and Alumni programs, Admissions process and ensuring that the organization’s values are present in all aspects of its work.
Mosheet has an MBA with a focus on Finance and an MA with distinction in Hotel Management and Tourism, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She spent her military service as an infantry instructor. Mosheet is married to Itamar, was born and raised in Kiryat Shmona and currently lives in Moshav Neve Yarak.
Ruthy Shonkor, Research and Admissions Assistant
Ruti holds a BA in psychology from the economy and management division at Ben Gurion University.
While at Ben Gurion, Ruti volunteered with children with ADHD, tutored in ane afterschool program in Kiryat Gat and operated a summer camp for children with ADHD. Before her studies, Ruti worked for Branco Weiss’ National Project, where she provided academic and social support in a Be’er Sheva school. Ruti’s experience in education dates back to her years in National Service during which she volunteered in the Yad Shimon special education school in Kiryat Gat and at the Meitarim-Netaim school in Be’er Sheva – a pluralistic school for religious and secular children based on mutual respect, tolerance and study of their joint Jewish heritage.
Ruti is a proud Kiryat Gatian who tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She keeps Kiryat Gat and the south close to heart.
Nadav Perlov, Economist, Knowledge & Strategy Center
Nadav received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Hebrew University, where he studied the effects of change in income on the health and life expectancy of adults.
He previously was a research assistant at the Department of Economics in the fields of health economics and public economics, and worked on pension benefits and budgetary pensions at the Ministry of Finance.
Nadav lives with his wife, Yael, and their daughter, Anna, in the clear air of scenic Mata. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and tending his garden.
Micha Fraind, Strategic Lead
Micha received his bachelor’s degree in law from Hebrew University, where he was enrolled in the Amirim Interdisciplinary Honors Program in the Humanities. His second degree, also from Hebrew University, is in public policy.
After a brief legal internship, Micha began working as a strategic consultant and spent three and a half years at Shaldor Strategy Consulting. For the eight years since then, he has worked as an independent consultant.
He has provided strategic development, socioeconomic, and other consulting services to a variety of nonprofits (mainly associations and foundations), public corporations, and organizations that operate on the border between business and public affairs.
Micha lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Roni, and their three children.
Vered Flaisher, HR & Organizational Development Coordinator
Vered has a master’s degree in organizational consulting and development with a specialization in group leadership, as well as a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences with a specialization in human resources.
She has seven years’ work experience in human resources and organizational development. Before she joined MAOZ, she worked at the Ashdod municipal employment center as a facilitator and professional coach in STRIVE, a program of JDC Israel–Tevet. Previously, she accumulated some three years’ experience in various roles at Teva. During her studies, she volunteered and later worked at Educating for Excellence.
Vered served in the IDF as a basic training instructor at Zikim and later as the office manager of the base commander and as a public affairs specialist.
Vered was born in Ramla. She now lives in Yavne with her spouse, Ofir; their daughter, Hila; and their two shih tzus dogs, Shugi and Shuka.
Shai Shaked, Networking & Accelerators Division Coordinator
Shai has a Master’s Degree in American History from the Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor’s Degree (magna cum laude) in General History and Education from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Prior to MAOZ, Shai worked at Ben Gurion University in a series of management and coordination positions (sounds a little fluffy-could add one department of two) for the past five years.
In her military service, Shai served as an instructor at a boarding school for adolescents who recently immigrated from the former Soviet Union. She was tasked with supporting them through the enlistment process and throughout their time in the army.
Shai grew up in Tzur Hadassah, and now lies in Be’er Sheva. In her free time Shai practices yoga and travels around Israel and the world.
Rasha Sharkia, “Makom” Program Facilitator
Rasha holds a JD in Human Rights Law from the University College London, and a BA in political science and communications from Tel Aviv University.
Rasha has vast experience in the advertising and marketing industry with expertise in strategic planning. Prior to that, she held a variety of positions in communications and media consulting and served as consultant to the Israeli media for the President of the Palestinian National Authority. In addition, she co-founded an initiative to encourage International commerce between Israeli and Palestinian trade companies.
Rasha lives in Tel Aviv, enjoys good food, the beach, traveling, cinema and books.
Orly Shafir, Resource Development Officer
With over 10 years of professional experience in the third sector, Orly’s work has focused on philanthropic investor cultivation, support programs for individuals in crisis, and informal education and experiential programming for young adults . Prior to joining MAOZ, she worked at SELAH- Israel Crisis Management Center in resource development, fundraising and donor and partner relations. Orly also co-founded, Keren Baktana, a social venture encouraging the involvement of young professionals in philanthropy through giving circles. She has a master’s degree in non-profit management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a bachelor’s degree in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona.
Orly made aliyah from Phoenix, Arizona and lives currently in Tel Aviv.
Ariav Yust, “Makom” Program Facilitator
Ariav holds an MA in Hebrew law from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Bible and Talmudic Literature both with distinction from Hertzog College. He was ordained as a Rabbi by the Rabbinate and is a graduate of the Mandel Institute for educational leadership.
In recent years, Ariav served as the head of the educational wing of the Mateh Asher regional council. Beforehand, he served a s facilitator and the manager of the training program for beginner principals in the Avnei Rosha Institute.
Ariav served as the Rabbi of the religious Zionist community and principal of the Avnei Rosha high school and girls’ high school in Antwerp in Belgium. Ariav also served as a Jewish Agency shaliah (emissary) and as the Rabbi and educator at the Bnei David preparatory program in Ali and in the army veterans’ Beit Midrash.
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.
Asher Steinberger, Research and Admissions Assistant
Asher is pursuing a dual degree in computer science and psychology at the Open University while studying for rabbinic ordination.
He has previous work experience in the fields of technology, software testing, and technical support.
Asher lives with his wife, Reut, and their daughter, Hadassah, in Petah Tikva.
Orit Zommer, MAOZ Fellows Program Facilitator
Orit is an expert organizational psychologist and senior leadership development consultant with two decades of experience in management development and building managerial teams, both in the military and in civilian organizations. She received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in psychology and education from Tel Aviv University and her master’s degree magna cum laude in organizational psychology from Bar-Ilan University, is an alumna of a two-year group leadership program, and is nearing completion of a two-year cognitive behavioral therapy study program.
For the past decade, Orit has been a driving force behind personal, group, and systemic leadership development processes at the IDF School of Leadership Development, where she guides leadership development processes at elite IDF technological units; provides guidance to senior commanders and professional teams in regular and reserve units of legal, engineering, human resources, and educational specialists; and coordinates teams of consultants. Orit’s articles in professional publications have discussed mentorship, leadership development in peer groups, and other topics. She previously served as a commander in the IDF, worked in the school system, and helped to establish and manage an interactive science museum.
Orit lives in Ramat Gan with her husband, Ron, and their children, Naamah, Yoav, and Ella.
Shira Kahalaon, Brand Coordinator
Shira holds a BA in Social Work and is completing her MA in Public Policy, both from Tel Aviv University.
Shira served as Director of Social Engagement in the youth center of Kfar Saba’s municipality, coordinating various programs targeted to volunteers, students, scholars, and initiators while supervising and producing social and communal initiatives for the city’s young professionals. In addition, Shira served as a Program Director in a joint project with Kfar Saba and the Jewish Agency. In her military service she was a squad leader after volunteering for a year of service at LEAD organization.
Shira grew up in Kfar Haruzim and Kfar Saba and currently lives in Tel Aviv.
Dr. Yair Schindel
Governmental Partners and Philanthropic Foundations:
Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Justice
One 8 Foundation
Klarman Family Foundation
UJA Federation of New York
Russell Berrie Foundation
Rothschild Caesarea Foundation
Friend Family Foundation
Morris Family Fund
Aronson Family Foundation
Lion Family Foundation
Fisher Family Foundation
Paley Family Foundation
Anonymous Israeli Foundation
Philanthropic Investors - Individuals:
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
Jessica and Chuck Myers
Harley and Eli Ungar
Mordechai RosenbergRivka Saker and Uzi Zucker
Ellen and Steve Segal
Samantha and James David
Yodfat Harel Buchris and
Ongi and Danny Ungar
Beth and Larry Greenberg
Linda and Michael Frieze
Hagit and Oren Zeev
David and Jessica Aronoff
Chuck and Jessica Myers
Dan and Elizabeth Jick
Adi and Heather Rabinowitz
David and Sarah Nanus
Steve and Benay Taub
David Perla and Jody Rochwarger
Lori and Matthew Sidman
Hope and Adam Suttin
Leslie and Alan Crane