ADVOT is a joint venture between the Ministry of Education and MAOZ, whose goal is to create a management pipeline for tri-sector professionals across Israel’s education system. The program endeavors to create a shared language around the education system’s core challenges, to increase trust between senior and diverse players in the system’s various focus points of influence, develop existing leaders within the educational system and create a network of change-making leaders that collaborate to create meaningful change.

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ADVOT Joint Venture Vision

Educational leadership that is collaborating to tackle the challenges facing the education system in Israel, while striving to create a shared language and prepare the system for a dynamic, unexpected and changing future.

Program Goals

Network of Influential Leaders

Building a network of influential leaders that promote mamlachtiut (common good behaviors and actions) in the education system.

Effective Change Processes

Leading and promoting effective change processes in the education system.

Systemic Vision and Trust

Promoting a systemic vision and trust between different organizations and communities within the education system represented by tri-sector fellows and network members.

Professional Skills

Developing fellows and network members’ personal and professional skills, with an emphasis on leadership capabilities and systemic organizational management skills

Program Content

Approximately seven weeks of intensive learning spread throughout the year, including two weeks in the U.S., one of them at Harvard Business School (or another prestigious academic institution).

“Training on the job” format that allows the fellows to continue working while participating in the program, allowing them to immediately apply their knowledge and skills to real-world situations.

Getting to know the public sphere at the community, municipal, national and international levels, while addressing identity issues with an emphasis on the world of education.

Familiarity with various influential government agencies in the education system, conducting lectures and workshops on leading change, etc.

Peer learning and shared consultation about challenges faced by the fellows in their professional positions.

Dedicated accelerator program that includes the provision of professional tools, resources, and expert consultation to accelerate change-process projects.

Admissions process

A synchronized admissions process across the ADVOT, MAKOM and MAOZ Employment Venture, in order to pool resources and enable an ideal match between candidates and programs, will open in Spring 2020.

 

  • Physical attendance on the assessment day and the admissions committee is a prerequisite for continuing the process! At the advanced stages of the process, applicants will be asked to present a supervisor’s approval to join the program.
  • The admissions process dates (evaluation days and admissions committees) are not final and are subject to change.

For more information

If you have any questions, please contact: education.admissions@MAOZ-il.org

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ADVOT Fellows

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Ori Arbel-Ganz

Consultant and mentor systems and educational institutions in policy planning, systemic-organizational development and pedagogical development

About

Uri is 44 years old, originally from Tel Aviv and father of Lia and Adi. He loves Israeli music, enjoys singing and, when no one is looking, he plays acoustic guitar. Uri spends what little free time he has reading and watching TV.

Education

Uri is a senior lecturer, with a PhD in public administration from the Tel Aviv University, a master’s degree (with distinction) and a BA in public administration. He studied education at Kibbutzim College and holds a teaching certificate in history with a specialization in Hebrew Literature. Uri studied organizational development at Bar Ilan University and psychodrama with a specialization in art at Bar Ilan’s School of Education.

Yael Neeman Barak

Executive Director, Lautman Foundation

Professional background

Yael is the executive director of the Lautman Foundation, a role she has held since 2008. The foundation promotes collaboration and equality between Israelisubpopulations with a focus on education. Yael chose to pursue a career in education after serving as an attorney in the private and administrative sector. Yael worked as ahomeroom, civics and Judaism teacher at a local high school before serving as a facilitator for organizations focused on Jewish identity. She managed the Haifa andnorthern district branch of the Gesher organization and worked as the programs manager for children and teens with special needs at the Ashalim Association of JDC Israel.

About

Yael grew up in Haifa and spent many years living in Jerusalem. Currently she resides in Nirit, a cooperative community. She is married to Yorai and is the mother of Omer, Ma’ayan and Shira. In 2012 she published a book titled If Only He Would Not Say That Word.

Education

Yael holds an LL.B. and master’s degree in criminology both from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is certified to teach civics and graduated from the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. Yael also holds a certificate in mediation and is a graduate of a leadership course for executives.

Ester Kalmarski Binder

Chief Inspector of the Ultra-Orthodox District, Ministry of Education

About

Etty is a married mother of four and lives in Bnei Brak.

Education

Etty holds an MA in public administration from the Hebrew University and a B.Ed. with a specialization in linguistics from the Talpiot Academic Teaching College. She also holds a certificate in mediation from The Gevim Group.

Lina Boulos

Board Member, Sakhnin Academic College Head of the Quality and Excellence Unit Head of the Regav Program Management of the Prism Program

About

Lina resides in Kafr Yasif with her husband Ibrahim and their three children, Lim, Halil and Ely.

Education

Lina holds a PhD in social cognition from the Tel Aviv University, an MA in the psychology of reading and reading disabilities from Haifa University and a BA in psychology from Ben Gurion University. Lina is at work completing her post doctoral studies at The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa.

Gil Chadash

Director of the Education Department in Sderot

About

Gil resides in Modi’in, is married to Dandy and is the father of Alon and Tamar. In his free time, he likes to hike, camp out, and cook on an open fire.

Education

Gil completed the thesis track for an MA in Hebrew and comparative literature from Haifa University. He holds a BA in Hebrew literature and philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a certificate in teaching.

Pazit Gabay Elgi

Director of the Elementary Education Department in the Beer Sheva Municipality

About

Pazit was born and raised in Dimona. She is married to Adiel Algi and is the mother of three children: Harel (8), Itay (5) and Neriah (10-months).

Education

בPazit holds a BA in behavioral science and an MA in educational psychology both from Ben Gurion University. She is currently completing her PhD in educational psychology also at Ben Gurion.

Rana Fahoum

CEO of YMCA Jerusalem and the Three Arches Company

About

Rana lives in Jerusalem. She is married and the mother of three children. She enjoys reading, swimming and studying and is a social and feminist activist

Education

Rana holds a BA in international relations and English linguistics from the Hebrew University. She holds an MA in English linguistics also from the Hebrew University and another master’s degree in political science from Tel Aviv University. Rana is a graduate of the 21st cohort of Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Muhana Fares

Vice President and Head of the Technology Education Administration at the Ministry of Education

About

Muhana holds a BA in mathematics and statistics as well as a master’s degree in managing educational systems both from Haifa University. He is also a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Education

Muhana resides in the village of Hurfeish. He is married to Ghaida and the father of three. In his nonexistent free time, he enjoys reading about the philosophy of science.

Shai Fruchtman

Director of Education Department, Even Yehuda Municipality

Professional background

Shai is the Director of the Education Department in Even Yehuda Municipality and is responsible for all the ages in the education system.Shai was the director of the elementary and junior high schools’department in the Netanya Municipality. He managed 53schools that serve the city’s diverse population groups.Prior to this role, Shai served as the principal of the AshalimSchool in Holon for eight years and, together with theschool’s staff, was awarded many prizes. Shai was also alecturer and pedagogic facilitator in the history subspecialtyat Kibbutzim College and an educator at the A.D. GordonSchool in Tel Aviv.

About

Shai holds a PhD in history and education from Tel Aviv University. He holds a certificate in management of educational systems and management of educational divisions. Shai received an MA in American Studies (education in the 20th century and the influence of social processes) with honors, and has a certificate in teaching history from Kibbutzim College.

Education

Shai holds a PhD in history and education from Tel Aviv University. He holds a certificate in management of educational systems and management of educational divisions. Shai received an MA in American Studies (education in the 20th century and the influence of social processes) with honors, and has a certificate in teaching history from Kibbutzim College.

Tamir Gabay

Director of Business Development and Partnerships at the Democratic Institute

About

Tamir holds a B.Ed. and a teaching certificate from the Kibbutzim College. He has a master’s degree in political science from the Bar Ilan University and he studied for an MA in education administration at Tel Aviv University.

Education

Tamir holds a B.Ed. and a teaching certificate from the Kibbutzim College. He has a master’s degree in political science from the Bar Ilan University and he studied for an MA in education administration at Tel Aviv University.

Israel Golomb

Executive Director of the Kindergartens, Agudat Yisrael

About

Yisrael received extensive religious education and is a graduate of a mediation course with the Gevim Group.

Education

Yisrael received extensive religious education and is a graduate of a mediation course with the Gevim Group.

Michal De Haan

Pedagogic Vice President, Religious (Mamlachti-Dati) Education Administration, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Michal manages the Education Administration’s programming and pedagogic approach to ensure content and curriculum are in line with Ministry standards andobjectives. In this role Michal leads two key initiatives focused on special education programming and the absorption of new immigrants. She also develops emotional-social value based education and develops content for training andenrichment activities. Prior to this role, Michal managed the religious, mamlachtidati,education unit at the youth and society administration in the Ministry of Education with a focus on fostering a religious Zionist identity in participants through theintegration of a value-based educational curriculum. Michal also served as a supervisor in the central district and managed the leadership field in the religious, mamlachtidati, education administration.Michal began her career as a teacher in the Shomron Ulpana in Elkana where she worked as a homeroom teacher, social education coordinator and matriculation coordinator before being promoted to vice principal.

About

Michal and her husband Yehoshua reside in Peduel. They have eight children and three grandchildr

Education

Michal holds an MA in education leadership from the Lights of Israel College and BSc from Hebrew University. She is certified in teaching, organizational development and coaching.

Moshe Hershkoviz

Director of Education, Yaba Network & Seminary Head, Be'eri Seminary in Pardes Hanna-Karkur

Professional background

Moshe is the Principal of the Pardes Hanna Agricultural School. For the past 4 years Moshe has managed the ORT Zeil in Lod. Before joining ORT, Moshe managed the legal clinic for monetary law in Bar Ilan University and was a member of the Board of National Clinicians. Previously, he taught at the Hesder Yeshiva in Petach Tikva and in a kolel, an institute for full-time, advanced study of the Talmud and rabbinic literature in Mevaseret Zion. Moshe is the founder of a religious study program, Beit Midrash, for Hebrew law in the Academic Center of Law and Science. 

About

Moshe resides in Nehalim. He is married to Tamar, a social worker, and together they have seven children. Moshe is the author of two books; one about teaching Talmud in Rabbi Kook’s Mishna, 2007 and the second is a compilation of the work of Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog on the main institutions of Jewish law 2016. Moshe is at work on his third book, which will explore the spirit and values of the IDF. In addition, Moshe lectures on Jewish philosophy, law and education at local colleges.

Education

Moshe has a PhD in law from Bar Ilan University with a focus on the philosophy of law and Jewish law. Mos

Yarden Ben Horin

Director of Young Leadership and Excellence in Science, Davidson Institute of Science Education

Professional background

Yarden is the Director of Young Leadership and Excellence in Science, Davidson Institute of Science Education.  In his last position he led the Students’ Division of the Davidson Institute of Science Education. Yarden’s department managed targeted science education activities for high performing students, broader activities for the general student population and additional programs for atrisk students.Before joining the Davidson Institute, Yarden managed the Six Year Schools’ Network at the Branco Weiss Institute and ran the first Branco Weiss school for at-risk youth. He continues to work as a facilitator for various workshops and is the author of the book Inventive Thinking published by Branco Weiss. Yarden taught chemistry at the Israel Center for Excellence through Education and in schools throughout Jerusalem including a course for teachers-in-training for Hebrew University’s education  epartment. Before transitioning to education, Yarden worked in high-tech as a programmer and project manager.

About

Yarden has an MA in analytical chemistry from the Hebrew University and a BSc in chemistry from Ben Gurion University in the Negev.

Education

Yarden has an MA in analytical chemistry from the Hebrew University and a BSc in chemistry from Ben Gurion University in the Negev.

Adel Khatib

Deputy Director Northern District, The Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC)

About

Adel is a resident of the town of Tamra. He is married to Yasmin and has three children, Yazan, Malik and Sara. He is a nature enthusiast and in his leisure time he plays sports and makes honey.

Education

Adel holds an MBA and BA in mathematics and computer science both from Ben Gurion University in the Negev. He is a graduate of the Hesche

Einav Luke

Director of Senior Psychology Counseling Services, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Einav serves as Director of Senior Psychology Counseling Services, Ministry of Education. Previously, Einav served as Director of the Department for Support and Prevention Programs, Psychological Counseling Services Division, Ministry of Education. In that position, Einav was in charge of the development of holistic programs that advance psychological well-being and minimize risk behaviors in the education system. These programs aim to optimize the schools’ environments, reduce violence and bullying, prevent sexual abuse, prevent alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse as well as promote healthy sexuality and safety online. Programs also encourage partnerships between parents and the education system. Previously, Einav served as the manager of the Unit for the Prevention of Violence and Advancement of Optimal Environment in the Psychological Counseling Services Division. In that role she was responsible for developing and updating the systematic program operated in Israel in the fields of environment, violence and handling of behavioral problems. She had to continually make cultural adjustments for populations across Israel in order to adapt to a changing reality and the unique needs of each group. Einav began her career in education as a school counselor at a secondary school in Be’er Sheva. Later she served in the southern district as a counselor in the program to reduce violence and advance optimal environments. In this role, she led municipal processes and advised numerous schools for all age groups including Bedouin schools.

About

Einav resides in Lehavim. She is married to Ofer and is the mother of three children.

Education

Einav holds an MA in educational counseling from Tel Aviv University and a BA in education and linguistics from Ben Gurion University.

Eilat Cohen Melkman

Legal Advisor, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Eilat has served in the Ministry of Education’s legal department since 1999. She began working as an attorney, was promoted to unit manager and then to deputy legaladvisor. Prior to these roles, Eilat worked as an attorney in the private sector. She completed her legal internship in the criminal division of the State Attorney’s office and at a private practice

About

Eilat lives in Jerusalem and is married with four children.

Education

Eilat holds an LL.B. degree from Hebrew University and is currently studying for her LL.M. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Walid Mgadly

Education Department Director, Baqa al-Gharbiyye Municipality

Professional background

Walid oversees the entire education system in the Baqa al- Gharbiyee municipality with schools serving children ages 3-18 in the mainstream education and ages 3-21 in the special education system. Today, the education system in Baqa al-Gharbiyye boasts a thriving system in line with international technological developments. Walid was a principal for ten years until his promotion to his current role, and prior to that, Walid worked as a teacher and as a coordinator for the mechanical engineering department.

About

Walid resides in Baqa al-Gharbiyye with his wife Lamis, a social worker. He is the father of three children, twins who are studying toward their BAs and a son in 10th grade. In his leisure time, Walid enjoys exercising and extreme sports such as rappelling as well as reading and tutoring stude

Education

Walid holds a BA in mechanical engineering from the Ben Gurion University in the Negev and an MA in mathematics and science teaching from Tel Aviv University where he completed his thesis with distinction. He received his teaching certification from Haifa University and attended the directors’ course of the Federation of Municipalities in Israel. Other coursework includes an empowerment and educational renewal course taught by the Federation of Municipalities among others. Currently Walid is studying for his PhD in technological education

Michael

Deputy Director, Perach Network (Education Ways)

Professional background

As the Deputy Director of Perach Network (Education Ways), Michael oversees the Elad, Ramat David- special education and Meonot Bishvili day care centers. In the 2016-2017 academic year the Network provided 343 classes, served 7,524 students and employed 1,528 staff for programs across the country. In this capacity, Michael is responsible for strategic decision-making, managing every day operations, and for representing the organization to various government offices. In 2004, Michael served on the development and implementation team that built the Education Ways Network centers and infrastructure.Michael is a member of the Sitrin Youth Village Board of Directors and until 2013 served as the director general. Sitrin offers targeted programming to students who immigrate to Israel from the Former Soviet Union through the Naale Program, which supports children who make aliyah before their parents. While director general, Michael initiated and founded guiding principals for ultra-Orthodox teens thatcombined religious studies with core general studies. Prior to this role, Michael was the VP of the Or Avner Education Network in Israel, executive director of Or HaMelech and the CEO of the Diskin Institutions Network in Jerusalem

About

Michael resides in Beitar Illit. He is married to Rivka and has four daughters. In his leisure time he enjoys reading verdicts and laws.

Education

Michael studied law at Uno Academic College and completed his religious education in the High Yeshiva, Netzer HaTorah in Jerusalem

Lara Mubariki

Head of Arab Education Division, the Jerusalem Education Administration, Jerusalem Municipality

Professional background

Lara began her career in education in East Jerusalem where she worked as a special education teacher and then later as a principal at a school for children with cerebral palsy.After six years as principal, she went on to serve as deputy director of the Arab Education Department for the Jerusalem municipality and in 2010 was promoted to the role of director. Today Lara represents the Jerusalem municipality on the board of directors of the East Jerusalem Electrical Company, the Jerusalem Theater and the Jerusalem Waste Water Treatment Company.

About

Lara holds an MA in public administration in the managers’ program of the Hebrew University. She also has an MA in the sociology of education from Hebrew University and a BA and teaching certificate in special education and learning disabilities from the David Yellin Academic College of Educatio

Education

Lara holds an MA in public administration in the managers’ program of the Hebrew University. She also has an MA in the sociology of education from Hebrew University and a BA and teaching certificate in special education and learning disabilities from the David Yellin Academic College of Educatio

Shira Navon

VP of Strategy and Marketing, Tel Aviv University

About

Shira resides in Ramat HaSharon where she lives with her husband Guy and three sons. She loves to read and to travel.

Education

Shira has a BA in economics from Tel Aviv University and received an MBA with honors from Hebrew University.

Ilana Nulman

Head of the Administration for Residential Settlement Boarding School and Youth Aliya Youth Village, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Ilana is the Head of the Administration for Residential Settlement Boarding School and Youth Aliya Youth Village in the Ministry of Education. Previously, as director of the Education Department, Ilana focused on educational programs for high-performing youth as well as strategy development for excellence in the education field.She also led an innovative educational program in Ariel. Prior to this role she worked in Jerusalem as the principalof the Israeli High School for Arts and Science, a national residential facility for gifted and students. Ilana founded and managed the Yovel Junior High Schoolin Ariel and, during her tenure, the school received specialrecognition fro m the Ministry of Education and the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust. Ilana was also among the designers, writers, and leaders of the Oz LaTmura, the reform in the high school education system centered on pedagogy, management and teacher benefits.

About

Ilana is married with three children. She resides in Ariel and is a singersongwriter and composer. She is the author of a book about her family’s experience raising a child who suffers from illness.

Education

Ilana holds a BA in education and the history of the Jewish people and an MA in education administration both from Hebrew University as well as a certificate in teaching.

Dana Pynik

CEO of Hotam

About

Dana is a member of the Dor Israel Movement and lives in Tel Aviv with her partner, Oded.

Education

Dana has served as the executive director of the Dror Educational Centers since 2010. In this capacity, Dana established a boarding school for youth in Mitzpe Ramon, and a school in Ramla for Arab youth who have dropped out of school. She developed change-making models in public schools, the social school and the Hevrutaim Program. Dana founded Yiftah, a pre-army preparatory program for at-risk youth, helped to open ten kindergartens, led the development of colleges for training of socio-emotional caregivers of the elderly, and helped to launch the Dror Galilee schools for the professionals of the future. Prior to these roles, Dana coordinated and led the construction of ten group homes for children and youth and participated in the establishment of the Human, Society and Nature School in Karmiel and the Eshbal residential facility for at-risk youth. Dana began her career as a homeroom teacher, grade coordinator and a social coordinator in the Ofek School. In 1997, Dana was a part of a group of young adults who founded the educational kibbutz, Eshbal.

Osnat Saporta

Hadera's deputy mayor and a member of the Kfar Saba city council

About

Osnat is married to Mulie and is the mother of three daughters: Mai, Omer and Gal. She resides in Kfar Saba and dedicates most of her leisure time to her family

Education

Osnat has a PhD in education policy and an MA, with distinction, in administration and leadership in education from Tel Aviv University. She holds a B.Ed. and a teaching certificate in mathematics from Beit Berl College. Osnat is also a graduate of the directors’ course of the Magid Institute founded by the Hebrew University.

Yair Shahal

Secretary-General, Bnei Akiva Movement Israel

Professional background

Yair serves as the secretary-general of the Bnei Akiva youth movement in Israel. In this role, he manages the movement’s ideological and educational focus. The Bnei Akiva youth movement is the largest religious-Zionist movement with nearly 60,000 participants. Before taking on the secretary general position, Yair served as deputy secretary in charge of graduates’ administration and finances. Yair started his career as the coordinator of the southern district and oversaw the activities in the movement’s branches.

About

Yair lives in Carmei Tzur in the Gush Etzion Regional Council. He is married to Raheli and is the father of three boys and three girls.

Education

Yair holds an MA in bible studies from a multidisciplinary perspective from the Herzog Academic College, and a BA with a teaching certificate in bible studies and oral Torah law.

Benayahu Tvila

Post-primary coordinator, Ultra-Orthodox district, Ministry of Education

About

Benayahu lives in Jerusalem with his wife Ahuva, an educator, and their four sons. He enjoys reading and writing.

Education

Benayahu is ordained as a rabbi and holds an MA in philosophy from Tel Aviv University and a BA in liberal arts and the history of the Jewish people. He completed both degrees with distinction. He is the graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Lead

Fares Tweel

Director of Authorized Non-Official Education Institutions Licensing Division, Ministry of Education

Professional background

In his current role, Fares oversees the licensing division for known educational institutions that do not have the official permits in the Ministry of Education. He also supervises all psychometric and language preparatory courses. In 2013 and 2015, Fares’ division was recognized as the Ministry of Education’s outstanding division. He is on the board of Jerusalem’s Council for city development. Prior to joining the Ministry of Education, Fares served as controller of municipalities on behalf of the Ministry of Interior. He completed his IDF service in the 8200 unit of the intelligence cor

About

Fares resides in the village of Usafa. He is married and has a daughter. He is a sports fan and enjoys playing soccer.

Education

Fares is completing his MA in public administration at Haifa University. He holds a BA in political science and Middle Eastern studies. He is a graduate of the Atidim Cadets Program for public service.

Ilan Ben Yaakov

Pedagogic Director, MindCET

Professional background

MindCET is an organization that focuses on innovation and technology in education. In his role as pedagogic director, Ilan works closely with startup companies in the ed tech field and coordinates the Center’s educational activities which include: an entrepreneurship accelerator program for teachers, the technology early adopter teachers community, and the integration of innovative pedagogical practices through pilots at schools. Before joining MindCET, Ilan served as a teaching and education shaliach (emissary) in Toronto, Canada, developed educational programs at the Ben Gurion Heritage Institute, and taught Jewish studies in various formal and informal institutions. Ilan is the graduate of the 1st cohort of the Hesder Yeshiva in Yeruham and served in the Givati Brigade.

About

Ilan lives in Yerucham with his wife Michal and their five children. He likes solving logic-crosswords, listening to podcasts and Balkan music.

Education

Ilan has a PhD in Jewish studies from Ben Gurion University, a master’s Degree in Jewish studies from the Hebrew University and a B.Ed. and teaching certificate from the Herzog College.

Yafa Yashar

District Inspector of the Jerusalem Education Administration, Ministry of Education

About

Yaffa is a married mother of three She lives in Modi’in and enjoys reading and traveling.

Education

Yaffa holds an MA in pedagogic administration from the Liverpool University and a B.Ed. with a teaching certificate from Levinski College.

Meirav Zerbib

Director of R&D, Experimentation and Entrepreneurship Department, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Meirav oversees the R&D and entrepreneurship department in the pedagogic unit of the Ministry of Education. Meirav works with the central government, educational institutions, municipal leaders and entrepreneurs to develop and implement innovative pedagogic practices. Previously, Meirav served as the national supervisor of an education program that was used in 700 schools. In addition, she was a lecturer, researcher and the coordinator of an R&D department in the Academy

About

Meirav resides in Nitzan with her husband Nati and their five children: Britel, Yuval, Dorel, Nesia and Ilay. Her favorite pastime is reading.

Education

Meirav completed the master’s program in educational leadership and the principal’s course through the Ministry of Education and holds a BA in economics from Bar Ilan University. Meirav is certified in mediation, group facilitation and organizational developme

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Lea Abutbul

Director of the Center for Teaching Staff Development, Ministry of Education, Haifa District

About

Lea lives in Zichron Yaakov with her husband Yehuda and their children, Erez, Tomer and Oren. In her free time, she enjoys playing Newcomb ball.

Education

Lea has a graduate degree in public policy for managers (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and an undergraduate degree in science education from Levinsky College of Education. She graduated from a certificate program in managing innovative education systems, a certificate program managing education departments and a board of directors training course.

Jaber Abu Alkian

Authority Supervisor, Ministry of Education, Social and Youth Administration, South Beer Sheva

About

Previously Jaber lived in the past in Um Elhiran. He recently moved to Hura. He is married and a father of four boys. Jaber is an avid sports fan, he especially enjoys football and basketball, and likes nature and hiking.

Education

Jaber has a Doctorate of Educational Administration from Yarmouk University Arbad Jordan, a master’s and bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental development, both from Ben Gurion University. In addition, he holds certificates in teaching, specifically geography, Shalach and Land of Israel studies.

Ido Barkan

Director of the Mandel Program for Academic Leadership

About

Ido lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Yehudit and their children Ori and Ofer. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming and painting.

Education

Ido holds a graduate degree in education policy (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and an undergraduate degree from the Amirim program for exceptional students and the Cognitive Science Department of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also holds a teaching certificate from Beit Berl College.

Mordechai Ilarov Cohen

Supervisor of the Settlement Education Administration

About

Mordechai lives in Ashkelon with his wife Avigail – an educator and an art therapist - and their four children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Education

Mordechai is a graduate of religious studies and a certified rabbi (with honors) from Heichal Shlomo. He holds a master's degree in educational systems administration and organizational development from Bar Ilan University and a bachelor's degree in special education and Torah teaching. He graduated his studies with honors. In addition, he completed emotional-cognitive therapy studiesand CBT.

Dafna Dor

Manager of Co. Lab - The Essay Lab, The Jewish Federation of New York

About

Dafna lives in the Moshav Bnei Atarot with her two children Uri and Romi. She is veryactive in the social sector and is among the original organizers of CEO’s in the socialsector. Dafna is a graduate of the Israeli Scouts Organization which greatlyinfluenced her life.

Education

Dafna has a master's degree in Communications and Journalism and a BA in Law – both from Hebrew University. She also holds an MBA (with a focus on entrepreneurship and technological management) from the Israeli branch of the New York Polytechnic University and graduated from the Program for Directors of Non-profit Organizations of Lahav, Tel Aviv University. Dafna is certified to practice law and is certified to do mediation by the Courts Administration. She participated in projects of Kolot (voices) – (Social Leaders, Tehuda and Amitim), Gevanim of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and the Community program of Gesher.

Nimrod Dotan

VP Education, Educating for Excellence

Professional background

Since 2012, Nimrod has served as VP of education for Educating for Excellence an organization committed to bridge the opportunity gap. Educating for Excellence operates programs in Israel’s social and geographic periphery to support children and adolescents. Couple of months ago, Nimrod was appointed as Deputy CEO of the Education For Excellence Organization. Nimrod grew up in the Israeli Scout (Tzofim) movement, where he developed professionally in a variety of roles: chapter (shevet) leader, district education coordinator, district director and went on to serve as the movement's national education director. These days, he continues to volunteer in the Tzofim’s audit committee. During his military service, Nimrod served as a combat engineering officer, and he continues to actively serve in reserve duty in the Israeli Northern Command as a lieutenant colonel.

About

Originally from Haifa, Nimrod resides in Tel Aviv.

Education

Nimrod holds a graduate degree in sociology and anthropology with a focus on organizational development as well as an undergraduate degree in political science, both from the University of Haifa. He also has a teaching certificate from Kibbutzim College. Nimrod is currently working to finish his doctoral thesis at Bar Ilan University.

Adoreh Eless

Representative of Education - child online protection bureau Israel ministry of education,Ministry of Education

About

Adora lives in Ramla with her daughter Nadia (9). She is passionate about writing and reading. She likes to travel around the country and the world, to discover new cultures and learn languages, and has participated in the Desert Queen Journey in Kirgizstan.

Education

Adora holds a master’s degree in Educational Counseling with honors, from the Center for Academic Studies and a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Developmental Aspects in Education, from the Educational Counselling program from Tel Aviv University. In addition, she has a teaching certificate in the SocialSciences from Tel Aviv University. Adora participated in the Lahav Directors’ Program for the development of management skills at the Faculty of Management at Tel AvivUniversity. She has also studied in training programs in the fields of sexuality and gender, and social, public and community leadership.

Hanadi Gabin

Director of kinder garden department ,Municipality of Rahat

Professional background

Since 2016 Hanadi has been the Director of the Early Childhood Department for the Rahat Municipality. As such she is responsible for 200 kindergartens in particular,managing the institutional activities, registration and class assignments as well as fostering pedagogical and social solutions in the system, administration of summer programs and management of human resources. Prior to joining the Ministry, Hanadi directed a kindergarten and coordinated the Pisga in Rahat, the center for the professional development of teachers.

About

Hanadi was born in Tur’an and moved to Rahat after getting married. She and her husband have a son Suliman. In her free time, Hanadi enjoys traveling and getting to know new places.

Education

Hanadi has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Achva College, and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education specializing in the sciences from Ohalo College.

Yona Goodman

VP Education & Pedagogy, Yeshivot Bnei Akiva Hemed Council Member

Professional background

Yona previously served as Director of the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network's Education Department. He is also a member of the mamlachti religious education council, the statutory body that oversees Israel's mamlachti religious education policies.Over the years, Yona has worked both in formal education and informal education. For 12 years, he was active in a national nonprofit organization that assisted communities in processing loss and trauma, especially in the context of terror attacks and wars. He also coordinated a national rehabilitation project for youth displaced from the Gush Katif settlement bloc, served as secretary general of the Bnei Akiva youth movement and more.Yona worked in a variety of management and teaching positions at the Orot Israel College of Education, including training educators and establishing and managing of the institution for developing educational leadership.

About

Yona was born in the United States. He lives in Peduel with his wife, Bracha, and their six children.

Education

Yona studied in the HaGolan Yeshivat Hesder in the Golan Heights and in the local Kollel. He has a doctorate in education from Hebrew University School of Education.In addition, he has taken dozens of continued education professional courses on a variety of topics from a certification in mediation to annual courses on coping with trauma and disasters.

Shay Gueta

Director of Procurement and Computing Contracts, Energy Team

About

Shay lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Hagar, and their three children, Nadav, Tamar and Ron.

Education

Shay has a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from the Hebrew University.

Limor Bermann Harms

Abroad due to relocation

About

Limor lives in Even Yehuda with her husband and three daughters.

Education

Limor has a graduate degree in administration and education policy (magna cum laude) and an undergraduate degree in education and Jewish history, both from Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate from the Mandel Program for Educational Leadership.

Daniel Hurshberg

CEO, Daat Organization

About

Danny was born in Tel Aviv, and lives in Talmon with his wife Noa and their five children. He is also the grandfather of two. In his free time, he researches the Holocaust and leads youth trips to Poland.

Education

Danny graduated from a Yeshivat Hesder. He has a master's degree in Jewish History from Haifa University and a B.Ed in teaching from Jerusalem College. In addition, hecompleted studies toward a teaching certificate and completed the Cornerstone Program for Managers. Danny was certified as a guide for youth delegations to Poland.

Raz Karni

Owner of a solar renewable energy company

About

Raz lives in the Shimshit local community with his wife Limor and their four children, Nave (19), Noam (17), Noya (14) and Nitay (11). In his free time, he enjoys adventure sports and community service. He likes reading, traveling in Israel and abroad and meeting new people and cultures.

Education

Raz holds a graduate degree in public administration and an undergraduate degree in Israeli studies and Middle Eastern history, both from Bar Ilan University. In addition, he is a graduate from the Mandel Program for Educational Leadership.

Shaul Kastelanitz

Supervisor of schools in the Jewish Orthodox District, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Since June 2011 Shaul has served as the senior supervisor of the Haredi Section in the Ministry of Education. Previously he was the principal of a Haredi boys’ school (Talmud Torah) in Beitar Illit.At the same time he lectured on the Holocaust and was a tour guide at Yad Vashem, in the Haredi Unit of Yad Vashem. Shaul also interviews Holocaust survivors, as part of the Edoot Project (Testimonies).He also served as an emissary to Ukraine and headed a school there.

About

Shaul lives in Beitar Illit. He is married, has 9 children and 3 grandchildren.

Education

Shaul holds an MA in Judaism, with specialization in education and history, from the Lander College. He is a senior qualified teacher for both regular and special education. In addition, Shaul is a graduate of the tour guide course at Yad Vashem and leads tours to Poland – Haredi Yeshiva (Kollel) in Beitar Illit and Yeshivas inJerusalem and Bnei Brak.

Dalia Lin

Director General of the Ganei Tikva Regional Council

About

Dalia lives in Ramat Efal with her husband, Ilan, and their three sons. She also hasone grandson. In her free time, she likes to play sports.

Education

Dalia has a master's degree in Educational Administration from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Education as well as a teaching certificate also from Tel Aviv University. In addition, she is a certified personal coach specializing in working with youth with ADD.

Bitya Malach

School Director, Bnot Jerusalem

Professional background

Bitya has served as the principal of the ultra-Orthodox mamlachti Bnot Yerushalim School in Jerusalem since 2014. Bitya develops programs tailored to ultra-Orthodox girls and teens, and combines high level religious studies with secular subjects including technology. Earlier in her career, Bitya worked as the director of special education kindergartens and as an instructor for special education kindergartens teachers on behalf of the Ministry of Education. Bitya also volunteered for Em Ha'Banim (mother of boys), an organization that offers support to mothers and single parent families.

About

Bitya lives in the Bait Va'Gan neighborhood of Jerusalem with her husband, Aharon, and five children aged 9 through 19. In her free time, she likes to travel to new and interesting places in Israel and abroad.

Education

Bitya holds both a master's degree in educational systems administration and a bachelor’s degree in special education from Jerusalem College. She also studied pedagogical management at the Avnei Rosha Institute.

Liat Malka

Director, Social Value Education & Ultra-Orthodox Development, ATID Network

About

Liat lives in Zichron Yaakov with her husband Menashe and their five children. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Education

Liat is a tax consultant and a senior accountant. She has an undergraduate degree in education and society from the Ono Academic College.

Raied Masarwy

General inspector, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Raied is the senior supervisor of high-school education in the Arab sector as well the technological education referent in the central district for the Ministry of Education. Previously, he managed the Taibe Municipality’s education division and led the ransition to a six-year module in the high schools. Raied managed the Atid technological high school in Lod, and a six-year Branco Weiss high-school. Raied was awarded a prize for educational innovation, and launched a nanosatellite to project at the Herzliya science center. Previously, Raied founded the Nesher Programtargeted to at-risk youth to develop self-efficacy and minimize drop out rates.

About

Raied is a retired soccer player.

Education

Raied holds a master's degree in educational systems management and a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

Miri Navon

Director of Senior Division Implementation of the Special Education, Inclusion and Integration Law, Ministry of Education

About

Miri lives in Jerusalem with her husband Shimon and their children Reut, Yonatan and Nitzan.

Education

She holds an MA in Contemporary Judaism from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in General and Comparative Literature and Jewish History. She also has a teaching certificate in history and civics.

Debbie Niderberg

Founder and CEO, Hidden Sparks, director of the Rohr Foundation

About

Debbie is married to Ben Zion and is the proud mother of six children plus a son-in- law. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, to work- out in the gym, to hike and read a good book.

Education

Debbie has two Master’s degrees: an MSW from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA from Stern College, Yeshiva University. In addition, she took a course in Educational Leadership in Columbia University and received the FEREP Prize from the UJA Federation.

Sigal Pariente

Direcor of the Southern region, Israeli Association of Community Centers

Professional background

Since 2018, Sigal has served as the director of the Southern District for the Israel Association of Community Centers. In this role, she is responsible for the development and promotion of community centers and programs in southern Israel. She also is charged with implementing the Association’s visions and goals and managing all content and administration.Since 1994, Sigal has worked for the Israel Association of Community Centers, and  has held various positions. First, she worked as a community center director in Kiryat Gat. In 1998, she was promoted to CEO of the Kiryat Gat community center network.In this role she led organizational and community-based initiatives. In 2003, she was honored as an exceptional manager in the Southern District, and she also received the municipality's Pioneering Woman award. In 2005, Sigal was appointed deputy to the director of the Southern District and also served as his stand-in. In addition, she held a city-wide position in communitydevelopment and served as member of forums and think tanks for strategy building as well as the development of organizational culture, instruction models and more. Sigal began her professional career in the Social Services Department in Kiryat Gat as a social worker for at-risk girls. In this role, she established a transitional house project for girls, and later managed the Community Work Unit in Kiryat Gat.

About

Sigal was born and raised in Kiryat Gat. She currently lives in the Sgula moshav in southern Israel with her husband Dror and their three children, Amit, Ilai and Liav. She is active in the local community as a committee member and chairperson of the education forum, and she also volunteers in the parents committee. In her free time, Sigal enjoys reading and traveling in Israel and abroad.

Education

Sigal has a graduate degree in administration, organization and community work from the School of Social Work at Bar Ilan University and an undergraduate degree in social work from the School of Social Work at Hebrew University.

Elchanan Rozenfeld

Rabbi of the "Shira Hadasha" youth village for ultra-Orthodox girls

Elchanan Rozenfeld

Rabbi of the "Shira Hadasha" youth village for ultra-Orthodox girls

Hila Segal

Head of the "school climate and violence prevention unit" at the psychological and counseling services, Ministry of Education

About

Hila lives in the Kidron agricultural community with her husband, Shimmi, and their three children Omri, Goni and Yair.

Education

Hila has a master’s degree in educational counseling from Tel Aviv University and a bachelor's degree in education and literature from the University of Haifa.

Orna Mitmiger Setty

Head of Purchasing and Tenders Department, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Orna has served in her current position since 2007. In this role, she is responsible for procurement, operations and formulation of purchasing policies for the Ministry. In her previous position she worked in the Secondary Education Division in various administrative positions, among them managing and carrying out the Division’s budget, managing teams, organizing conferences and trainings among other tasks.

About

Orna lives in Jerusalem. She is the mother of three sons and in her free time she likes to read.

Education

Orna holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and the History of Islam and the Middle East from Hebrew University. She graduated from the program for the advancement of senior staff in the Mandel Leadership Institute.

Revital Shapira

Director of the Raanana Education Department

About

Revital lives in Petah Tikva with her husband and three children. She is a cinema enthusiast, and in her free time, she enjoys cooking.

Education

Revital has a graduate degree in the thesis track from the Department of Labor Studies of Tel Aviv University and an undergraduate degree in educational administration and supervision and Tanakh from Bar Ilan University. In addition, she graduated from a school principal course at Tel Aviv University and a training course for authority department heads. She has a teaching certificate and a teachinglicense.

Moshe Shriki

All of Israel are Friends - Director of Training and Evaluation in Education Ono Academic College - training for teachers and multicultural education.

About

Moshe is a devoted Jerusalemite. He has three children: Omer, Itamar and Maya.

Education

Moshe has a graduate degree in democratic studies from the Open University of Israel and an undergraduate degree in Islam and Middle Eastern studies from Hebrew University.

Daphi Biran Singer

Program Director, Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North

Professional background

Dahpi serves as Program Director, Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North. Previously she served as the CEO of the Edmond De Rothschild Partnerships, which she founded in 2016. The Rothschild Caesarea Partnerships aims to develop young leadership in the periphery. Included in the programmatic portfolio are the Kav Ha'Zinuk program, the prestigious Rothschild Ambassadors program and a Cadets program. Previously, Daphi managed the Rothschild Ambassadors Program and earlier still, managed the Branco Weiss Institute's department committed to promoting personal and social excellence in the social and geographical periphery. Earlier in her career, Daphi taught immigrants Hebrew, with an emphasis on Ethiopian immigrants.Throughout her career, Daphi has been intent on taking part in the effort to tackle the periphery's social challenges and making her own personal and professional contribution to the betterment of society.

About

Daphi lives in Haifa with her husband Gil and five children (two are Gil's from his first marriage, two are Daphi's from her first marriage and one is theirs together).

Education

Daphi has a master's degree in the Administration of Educational Systems University and a BA in Geography and Education both from Haifa University. In addition, she holds certificates in group facilitation and management coaching from the Technion as well as an additional certificate in teaching from Oranim Teachers’ College.

Rivka Taub

Director of Hemdat HaDarom College

About

Rivka lives in Yad Binyamin with her husband Eliav, and their five children.

Education

Rivka holds a doctorate in computer science education as well as a master’s degree from the Weitmann Institute of Science. Rivka completed her undergraduate studiesin computer science and psychology at Bar Ilan University. She also holds a teaching certificate.

Tami Umansky

Director of education- child online protection bureau Israel ministry of Education,Ministry of education

About

Tammi holds a graduate degree in educational consultancy with a focus on developmental psychology as well as an undergraduate degree and teaching certificate in special education, from Tel Aviv University. In addition, she also received training in organizational consulting and supervising as well as in mediation training and mindfulness facilitation.

Education

Tami lives in the Tzur Yigal local community with her partner Efri and her children, Nadav, Amit and Itay.

Inna Zaltsman

Senior Vice President and Director of the Pedagogical Administration at the Ministry of Education

About

Inna lives in Kedar with her three children. Her hobbies are reading, music and aerobic exercise.

Education

Inna has an MA in Educational Administration from Hebrew University, and a BA in Bible studies and General Studies also from Hebrew University. She graduated fromthe Merhav program for furthering shared spaces of influence in government and civil society at the Elka Institute for Leadership and Government – JDC Israel andthe Ministry of Education.

Yoav(Zimi) Zimran

Deputy Director Jerusalem Education Authority, Jerusalem Municipality

About

Zimi lives in Jerusalem with his wife Idit and their three children: Moran, Ziv and Raz. In his free time, he likes to go out with a backpack to the desert and connect tonature through hiking.

Education

Zimi has a master’s degree in Educational Administration and a BA in History from Hebrew University. In addition, he graduated from the Wilderness Therapy Program.

Reem Zreiq

Director of Education Department, Raina Local council

About

Reem grew up in Haifa. She currently lives in Nazareth with her husband, Saeb and their two children. She spends her free time with family and friends.

Education

Reem holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Haifa University; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-School Education from Oranim College; a teaching certificate from Beit Berl College; and an organizational consulting training certificate from Oranim College.