Orly is senior director of social tasks at Living Together, and is in charge of educational trips for participants in the Israeli Hope program (President Rivlin’s social initiative). She grew up on Dalton, a Galilee moshav of immigrants from Libya who came to Israel in the 1950s. From a young age, she was interested in justice, equality, and society, and found her way to the study of law followed by work with the State Attorney’s Office – Tel Aviv District. She completed her master’s degree in law at Bar-Ilan University in the mediation and conflict resolution track. She founded and ran Neve Schechter, a center for education, culture, and Jewish arts in Tel Aviv aimed at promoting pluralistic Judaism in Tel Aviv. The former founding Chair of Shaharit’s Board of Directors, Orly recently completed four years as an emissary in New York, where she was in charge of the Shlichut (Israel Engagement) program of the UJA – New York Jewish Federation.
Orly Dabush Nitzan
Liat currently works in the Atid school network, developing and promoting socially conscious employment initiatives in the Haredi sector. The first Haredi woman to serve as a member of a municipal religious council, she previously served as an advisor to former minister Eli Yishai on education. A member of the first cohort of the 120 program, she works to develop curricula for Haredi teachers’ colleges, promote technological education, and to establish a vocational training center for Haredi teenagers and adults.
Boris “Beri” Rozenberg
Beri was born in Latvia in 1982 and made aliya with his family in 1990. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s law school, where he was Chairman of the Law Students’ Association, Beri is now a certified lawyer as well as an experienced hiker, enthusiastic cook and passionate video maker, and previously worked as an adviser to the Mayor of Jerusalem on students and young adults. In 2015, with his friend Alex Rif, he founded the Cultural Brigade, a project of Shaharit’s Generation 1.5 group of young Russian speaking Israelis. Together, they created Israeli Novy God, a nationwide project to expose the Israeli public to the tradition of the Russian New Year. The project was a great success, reaching nearly one million people on social networks, and was widely covered by national and international media and in which thousands of non-Russian speaking Israelis participated. He is currently leading the “Dibur Acher” initiative in partnership with Google, the Lautman Foundation, and Shaharit. This initiative seeks to impact the online discourse in Israel for the purpose of promoting cooperation among Israeli society’s diverse communities while encouraging tolerant and respectful discussion, familiarization, and collaboration.
Rabbi Bezalel Cohen
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bezalel Cohen, is dean of Hakhmei Lev, a Haredi yeshiva high school in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership at the Mandel Leadership Institute and has worked to promote employment for Haredim as well as their integration into the IDF and institutions of higher education. He writes and lectures on the Haredi community and leads discussions and dialogues with individuals and groups both within and outside this community.
Lila Margalit is a lawyer, and since 2001 in charge of protecting the rights of criminal suspects and convicts at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and advocating for legislation on their behalf. Lila holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University, and her law degree is from Bar Ilan University. She lives in Modi’in with her husband Ohr and their two children, Hai and Yefet.
Suha Mer’ei lives in the village of Mashhad in the North and is the mother of Jawan and Khalil. She has been a elementary and high-school science teacher for the past 12 years, and is also a diagnostic psychologist. She is interested in all things spiritual and in the connection between body and soul. She is a person who searches for truth who is active in several social and spiritual areas, and who practices the Marshall Rosenberg method for nonviolent communication. Non-violent communication is prepared to go to the greatest lengths to create a new world order in which no one is in charge of anyone else, there are only people who live peacefully and respectfully together.
Avraham, a member of Cohort I of Shaharit’s “120” program, heads the intergroup dialogue department at Sheatufim (the umbrella organization for Israeli NGOs); previously, he was deputy director of the Jewish Statesmanship Center and held planning and and administrative posts at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor. Avraham founded MAAS, an organization to help young Israelis serve in positions of influence, and serves on the organization’s board. He is also a member of Lev HaGalil 2050, which supports the strategic development of the Galilee. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis on the Israeli identity of graduates of programs to train public leaders. He is married to Ronit and is the father of three boys.
Dr. Ariel Picard
Dr. Ariel Picard is the educational director of the Be’eri Program at the Shalom Hartman Institute, which addresses teaching Jewish-Israeli identity in secular Israeli high schools. He is a research fellow at the Hartman Institute and studies the modern philosophy of Halakha. His doctoral dissertation was published as a book,The Philosophy of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in an Age of Transition: Study of Halakha and Cultural Criticism,by Bar-Ilan University Press in 2007, and an appendix,Halakha in a New World, was published by the Hartman Institute in 2012. Ariel previously served as the rabbi of the religious Kibbutz Shluchot in the Beit Shean Valley and taught at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa. He studied at the Har Etzion yeshiva and was ordained as a rabbi by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He is married to Shelli with five children; they live in Jerusalem.
Katya has been a Jerusalem resident for nearly a decade. She immigrated to Israel in 2000 at the age of 16 as part of the Selah (Students before Parents) program. She is a professional spokeswoman and media advisor with a master’s degree in international relations from the Hebrew University She is active on social issues and politics. She is one of the founders of the Generation 1.5 group of young Russian-speaking Israelis. She previously did a great deal of work in informal Jewish education and was an envoy of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Yaron Rosenthal holds a bachelors degree in Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology as well as an MBA, both from Bar-Ilan University. Since the mid-1990s, he has been involved in tour guiding in the Judea area, and, since 2002, he has been the director of the Kfar Etzion Field School. The school, located in the heart of Gush Etzion, offers field trips for young people and adults, soldiers and teachers, tourists, students and schools to Gush Etzion, the Judean Hills, Jerusalem, and the Judean Desert. Over the past decade, Yaron has been involved in social and environmental movements, such as the opposition to the West Bank barrier in Gush Etzion, the Judean Desert and Judean Hills; the campaign to save Wadi Fukin; and more.
Yaron served in the IDF paratroopers special forces; he is married to Racheli and the father of Omri.
Channa Pinchasi is a leading Orthodox feminist. Hannah heads the Beit Midrash Isha el Achota (“Woman to Her Sister”) at the Yaacov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies. She writes for the daily press and periodicals, including writing a column on feminist issues for Ynet, the website of the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, and for the Haaretz newspaper. She holds a master’s degree in Jewish studies and a teaching certificate from Kerem Seminary for Humanistic and Jewish Education. Hannah just completed her doctoral dissertation in the Department of Gender at Bar-Ilan University. She is also a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. She lives in Efrat with her husband, Gili, and their two sons and two daughters.
Tammy is the professional director of the Center for Clinical Legal Education in the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University, and she also directs the clinic for women’s rights in the workplace. Previously, Tammy worked as the coordinator of Democracy and Identity Programs at Shatil, and before that at as an attorney at the TMURA Antidiscrimination Legal Center, which specializes in filing damage suits in cases of sexual assault and ethnic discrimination. She also served as a group facilitator at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Amnesty International.
Alongside her professional work, Tammy volunteers for various activities related to promoting women’s rights and a multicultural and egalitarian discourse in Israel
Yuvi Tashome-Katz is a social activist who made aliya from Ethiopia with her extended family in 1984, as part of Operation Moses, when she was five years old.
When Yuvi completed her military service in the IDF Education Corps in 1998, she was recruited to work as a summer camp counselor at Camp Ramah in New York. Upon her return to Israel, she worked as a youth counselor and regional director for Ethiopians for 7 years, directing dozens of staff members and developing culturally sensitive educational programs.
Yuvi, mother to Shaked, completed her Bachelor Degree in Israel Studies and Education, and is continuing her studies as a Parents Group Counselor at the Adler Institute. In 2005 Yuvi founded Friends by Nature, which she continues to run.