Board Members

Dr. Hanan Mandel

Dr. Hanan Mandel

Chair

Lecturer in Law and Conflict Resolution, Bar-Ilan University and Ono Academic College

Rabbi Dr. Ronen Lubitch

Rabbi Dr. Ronen Lubitch

President

Rabbi of Nir Etzion, lecturer at Shaanan Academic Religious Teachers’ College and Haifa University; served as campus rabbi in Capetown; specializes in religion, philosophy and Jewish thought.

Tehila Friedman Nachalon

Tehila Friedman Nachalon

Board Member

Director, Center for Jewish Leadership at Kolot. Former fellow at the Mandel Center for Jewish Leadership. Former Director of the Israeli office of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey.

Efrat Garber-Eran

Efrat Garber-Eran

Board Member

Content, Evaluation, and Measurement Coordinator at Panim —The Union of Jewish Renewal Organizations in Israel.

Dr. Einav Mayzlish Gati

Dr. Einav Mayzlish Gati

Board Member

Head, The Israeli GeneBank—Agriculture Research Organization.

David Roth

David Roth

Board Member

Executive Director, Yoreinu Foundation.

Shlomit Stern Hazan

Shlomit Stern Hazan

Board Member

Coordinator, the International office at Bar-Ilan University. Coordinator, Kolech leadership training center. Co-founder, “Kulana,” women’s beit midrash in Givat Shmuel.

Rabbi Zuri Levy

Rabbi Zuri Levy

Board Member

Director of the Amit Pre-army Technological Mechina Program.

Dr. Jonathan Benarroch

Dr. Jonathan Benarroch

Board Member

Lecturer, Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University

Roni Hazon-Weiss

Roni Hazon-Weiss

Board Member

Lecturer in history, literature, and Israeli culture.

Efrat Shapira Rosenberg

Board Member

Project officer, AVI CHAI Foundation.

Rabbi Dr. Ori Noyvirt

Board Member

PhD in Jewish philosophy; engaged in education and teaching.

Joseph Benarroch

Board Member

President of the World Sephardic Union. Formerly a diplomat in Israel’s Foreign Service. Editor and director of Division for External Relations in the Hebrew University.

Aluma Monnickendam Lau

Board Member

Coordinator of “Encounters” Program and group mediator at Gesher.

Prof. Asher Cohen

Board Member

Lecturer in Political Science, Bar-Ilan University.

Assaf Benmelech

Board Member

Partner, Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. Law Offices.

Shlomit Naim Naor

Board Member

The Jewish Agency.

Program Staff

Shmuel Shattach

Shmuel Shattach

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, Shmuel oversees all programming. Shmuel holds a BA in education and logistics and a degree in public management. He served as an envoy in Chicago and as a parliamentary assistant in the Knesset.

Tani Frank

Tani Frank

Religion and State Projects Coordinator

Tani has a BA in philosophy, economics and political science from Hebrew University and is currently writing his thesis on public policy. He previously served as parliamentary aide to MK Elazar Stern and ran the Giur Kehalacha project. Tani drafted many of the bills that are currently being discussed in the field of religion and state - including the conversion bill, the Shabbat bill, the kashrut bill, the religious councils bill and more.

Ariel Horowitz

Ariel Horowitz

Editor of De’ot

Ariel is a graduate of the Hesder Yeshiva in Petach Tikva, a student in the departments of literature and philosophy of Hebrew University and a writer and editor for Makor Rishon.

Idit Tubi

Idit Tubi

Office Manager

Idit has a BA and a teaching certificate in Jewish and Israeli literature and archaeology from Bar-Ilan University. Idit served as director of training in Cellcom’s sales center from 2009 until 2011.

Orit Lasser

Orit Lasser

Head of Education
Hagay Oren

Hagay Oren

spokesman
Rabbi Aviad Sanders

Rabbi Aviad Sanders

Rabbi at Midreshet Lindenbaum.

Eran Ben Yehuda

Eran Ben Yehuda

Gila Berkovits

Gila Berkovits

רו"ח גדעון אלטשולר

ועדת ביקורת

Past Board Members and Staff

Rabbi Ilay Ofran

Rabbi Ilay Ofran

Former Coordinator

A graduate of Yeshivat Hakibbutz Hadati in Ma’aleh Gilboa and Beit Morasha in Jerusalem. Ilay has a BA in psychology and Talmud, is a Rabbi certified by Israel’s chief rabbinate and teaches in a military seminar and in the Yaacov Herzog Center. He is the Rabbi of the Yavneh Group.

Rabbi Dr. Shuki Friedman

Rabbi Dr. Shuki Friedman

Former Religion and State Projects Coordinator

Responsible for drafting the Bill for the democratization of religious services. Rabbi Dr. Friedman is a professor of law and has worked closely with the Prime Minister’s Office and as a legal adviser in Israeli parliament. He specializes in international law, state and religion, legal history, law and national security and Islamic law.

 Dr. Hadar Lipshitz

Dr. Hadar Lipshitz

Former Director of the Communal Model

As the Director of the Communal Model, he has focused in his research on religious services and the funding of religious and haredi educational institutions. He teaches at Ashkelon College and Himmelfarb high school. He headed the public committee on religious services in Israel.

Ariel Finkelstein

Ariel Finkelstein

Policy and Research in Education Coordinator

He is a graduate of the philosophy, economics, and public policy program at Hebrew University and served as education reporter for the “Mida—Articles, Research, and Analysis” website. His book, The High Road: A Halachic and Meta-Halachic Alternative to the Book “Torat Melech,” was released in 2011.

Netanel Dayan

Netanel Dayan

Technical Coordinator

Mr. Dayan is a graduate of the Hesder Yeshiva in Petach Tikva and holds a BA in economics, political science and sociology from Bar-Ilan University. He ran the Yerushalmim campaign for Jerusalem’s municipality and continues to run Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz’s alternative kosher certification program.

Carmi Yinnon

Responsible for implementing the Communal Model pilot in the Zevulun regional council. Mr. Yinnon has spent the past eleven years working with Jewish communities and in the field of education.

Lea Gesundheit

Lea Gesundheit

Youth Movement Leaders Program Coordinator

Lea is currently completing her BA in Jewish philosophy and Hebrew literature at Hebrew University. She is also studying for a teaching certificate from the Kerem Institute and works at a non-profit organization that supports young women in National Service.

Zohar Moyal

Zohar Moyal

Coordinator of Communities

Zohar spent two years as a youth movement leader in Hadera and is currently in her final year of a BA in communal social work at Hebrew University.