Fellows

Dr. Hanin Majadle

Senior Fellow

Hanin is a social worker, educator, and social activist. In recent years, she served as a lecturer at Al Qasemi College of Education in Baqa al-Gharabiyye. Before that, she directed the Jerusalem Foundation’s work in East Jerusalem for four years, working on the development of the city in the areas of education, health, and welfare. She also ran the East Jerusalem residents’ rights center and worked as a social worker at the Ellin children’s hospital. She helped found an NGO to promote volunteering in the Arab community, and has a teaching certificate in psychology and sociology, a BA in social work and an MA in NGO management, and a PhD in social work which focused on the relationship between religion and gender, all of which are from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Today, she is a Fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Natalie Levy

Coordinator of Senior Fellows Program

Natalie was born and raised in Jaffa. She is a PhD student in sociology at Tel Aviv University and a social activist. She holds a BA and Teaching Certificate in political science and an MA in sociology and anthropology, both from Tel Aviv University. She has worked in the field of conflict resolution, community development and education for the past decade in a variety of non-profit organizations, with her doctoral work, for which she received the President of Israel’s Prize for Dissertation Research, focusing on comparing intentional versus “accidental” Jewish-Arab schools. For the last three years, she has led the organizing efforts of lecturers and adjuncts at Tel Aviv University, and she is active in organizing university and college lecturers in Israel to improve their employment conditions.

Adam Tsachi

Senior Fellow

Adam is a PhD candidate in film at Tel Aviv University, and researches fair representation in Israeli documentary film-making. He holds a BA in education and Israeli thought and an MA in comparative literature, and is a lecturer in film and education at Herzog College in Gush Etzion as well as a musician, screenwriter, and creator. He served as the spokesperson for the Gush Etzion municipality and worked as an educator at the Rashit school. A resident of Tekoa,he is married and the father of four.

Malki Rotner

Senior Fellow

Malki, a Belzer Hasid, a writer and journalist as well as a project manager for a real estate firm, lives on the seam line between two worlds – the Haredi and the Israel. A social and communal activist, she works to create shared communities that cross sectarian boundaries. A resident of Ashdod, she grew up in the Haredi community of Tel Aviv, where she also served as the community connections coordinator for the Shorashim center for Jewish Identity.

Dr. Shlomo Fischer

Senior Fellow

Dr. Shlomo Fischer is a Senior Fellow of the Jewish People Policy Institute and teaches sociology and education at the School of Education in Hebrew University and at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include religious groups, class and  politics in Israel and the  relations of religion, citizenship and education.  He has published extensively on religious Zionist ideology and on the Shas movement and he is currently editing a book  on religion and social class in Israel.

Fischer has worked in the field of education for the past 30 years. He is the founding director of Yesodot – Center for Torah and Democracy which works to advance education for democracy in the State-Religious school sector in Israel and a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem

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.

Nazier Magally

Senior Fellow

Nazier Magally is a writer and journalist who lives and works in Nazareth. He served as editor-in-chief of Al-Ittihad, Israel’s only Arabic-language daily, and taught at Ben Gurion University. He presently is a columnist about matters of Israel for the London-based newspaper Asharq Alawsat, and frequently appears on Arab-language TV to discuss Israel and its relationship with the Arab world. He is a long-time activist in matters concerning the relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel and the region. In 2003, together with Father Emile Shofani he led a delegation of Arab and Jewish notables to Auschwitz.

Dr. Ofer Sitbon

Senior Fellow, Head of Program in Economics and Society

Dr. Ofer Sitbon heads the Corporations and Society Clinic in the College of Law and Business, and is a lecturer in law, society and social change. He holds a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law. His dissertation focused on an attempt to include corporate social responsibility considerations during the recent Company Law Reform in England. Sitbon holds a first degree (magna cum laude) in law and philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LLM (summa cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. He was the editor (2007-2012) of the academic journal Ma’asei Mishpat, which he co-founded. Since January 2018 he has served as co-director, together with Prof. Dani Filc and Dr. Eilon Schwartz, of a joint research project of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Shaharit entitled “Towards a Popular Classes-Based Political Economy,”