BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dani Danielli is a partner at the “Mentors” organizational consultating company. He founded and directed the Beit Avi-Chai cultural center in Jerusalem and served as Deputy CEO of the Avi-Chai Foundation. Dani volunteers at multiple cultural facilities in Jerusalem. He has three children together with his wife, Liora, and is a grandfather of three as well.
Chair of Kolot’s board of directors, Debra is President of ArbaOne Inc., a company that invests in Israeli start-ups. She was previously Vice President of Pell Development Company, a lawyer with Bronson, Bronson and McKinnon and the Women’s Chair of UJC’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. Debra holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Boston College. She lives in Beit Zayit with her two daughters.
Married and a father of three, Zeev works in the high-tech industry and lives in Tel-Aviv. An alumnus of Kolot’s Fellows Program, Zeev formerly served as CEO of Comverse-NICE, and he currently serves as the chairman of companies Galil Software and Talentim, in addition to investing in many startup companies. Zeev holds a BA in Math and Computer Science and an MA in Computer Science and Business Administration.
Hanan has over 30 years of expertise as a lawyer in the fields of business and commercial law. Until 2016, Hanan was a chief partner at Salinger, Conffino, Ben-Tzvi, Luchtenstein and Partners, a firm specializing in commercial and business law. He has served chairman of the Board of Directors at Mercantile Discount Bank since 2012. Additionally, he chairs multiple foundations in the areas of culture and social causes such as the Howard Gillman Foundation, the National Betty Walter Foundation and the Israeli Tennis Association. Hanan holds a bachelor’s degree in law, with honors, from the Tel-Aviv University and a master’s degree from New-York University.
Former Mayor of Kadima – Zoran (Israel) local municipality, certified mediator specializing in municipal and business disputes, former Chief of Staff – Minister of Justice, with extensive and versatile experience in the business and public sectors.
Shavit holds a master degree in Public Policy (MA) from Tel Aviv University, and a bachelor degree in Business Administration (BA) from the College of Management Academic Studies.Graduate of the Leaders of the Local Authorities Program at Kolot. Deputy Commander of the Dan District Population Center, Home Front Command – rank – Major (Res.)
Combines in his position the two areas where he has worked for the past 25 years: Local Governments and Jewish Identity. His doctorate deals with Leadership development in general and sport in particular. Lately worked as a strategy and organizational development consultant. Since 1998 volunteers in jewish community development areas, including a JAFI emissary in Minneapolis. Married with 3 kids. Lives in Ramat Yishai
SHOSHANA STEINER SARFATI
Holds master’s degree in non-profit management and bachelor’s degree in Israel studies from Hebrew U. Has experience in managing and empowering the social NGOs, community development, advising to community professionals and parents. Alum of multiple Beit Midrash studies. Lives in Kibbutz Saad (Gaza region). Married with 4 children
Tomer serves as the Academic Director at Kolot and a member of the senior management team. His fields of expertise include contemporary spirituality, Jewish modern identity, Jewish renewal, and forms of secularization and religiosity in Israel. His first book, The Jewish Meditative Tradition (Hebrew) was published by Tel Aviv University Press, and his second book, In God’s Image: the Making of the Modern West (Hebrew) was published by Yedioth. From 2018-2021, Tomer was the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor at the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, and he is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.
LEON WIENER DOW
DIRECTOR, BEIT MIDRASH
Leon serves as Director of Kolot’s Beit Midrash and a member of the senior management team. Creator and host of the podcast Pod Drash, Leon received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Professor David Hartman and his doctorate in Philosophy from Bar Ilan University. His most recent book, The Going: A Meditation on Jewish Law won a 2018 National Jewish Book Award, and his Your Walking on the Way [Hebrew] was published by Bar Ilan University Press. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their five children.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Holds a bachelor’s degree in management and economics. Worked for the NGO Israeli Journey (Masa Israeli) Married, lives in Jaffo
Dotan Arieli is a seasoned facilitator at the Midrasha of Oranim, in addition to other groups, specializing in Jewish identity and gender. A graduate of the Hartman-HaMidrasha Israeli Rabbinate program, Dotan has an MA in Jewish Thought and Midrash. She also leads lifecycle ceremonies in an egalitarian Jewish spirit. Dotan lives with her two children in Kibbutz Shaar HaAmakim.
REGEV BEN DAVID
Regev has lectured and facilitated learning in a variety of batei midrash for over a decade, including Beit Prat, amongst others. Currently a doctoral student in Jewish Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, his research focuses on Zionist writings and their relation to Jewish tradition. Regev’s area of expertise also includes the field of modern Jewish identities, mostly in Israel, as well as Israeli Jewish Renewal organizations. Regev is a member of the third cohort of the Program for Israeli Rabbis, operated jointly by the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Midrasha at Oranim.
Tzurit Buskila facilitates various batei midrash, principally in Israel’s south, where she lives, including: “Daroma” at Ben Gurion University; Bina’s Secular Yeshiva in Beer Sheva; “Karimon,” a community beit midrash in Mitzpe Ramon, and she was a member of the founding team of “Kulana” in Yeruham, a culture and identity center that gives prominent place to the voice of Mizrahi Jews. Certified as therapeutic facilitator in the use of psychodrama, Tzurit is married and a new mother.
Liraz Froman was born and raised in Teqoa, where she lives with her two sons. Beginning her career in social work, working with individuals struggling with emotional difficulties, she then transitioned to education. After shepherding soldiers in the IDF’s “Nativ” conversion program, Liraz taught literature, Tanakh, and Talmud at the ‘Pelech’ school in Jerusalem. Liraz writes prose, teaches writing, and is currently working on a film script. Her book Eight Minutes of Light [Hebrew] was published by Yediot Books.
A facilitator in Kolot’s “Amitim” and alumni programs, David received his degree from the Hebrew University in literature and Talmud. He is a founder of a The “Makor Chaim” experimental Yeshiva, where he was responsible for integration of Western culture and the Jewish sources, and he was former Director of the “Elul” Beit Midrash. David also works as a Narrative Therapy coach. g and ran the “Elul” Beit-Midrash. In his academic work, David focuses on the integration of Jewish sources with Western culture and the connection between Halachic issues and modern day social awareness.
KOLOT THANKS THE FOUNDATIONS, ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PARTNERed WITH US DURING THE LAST 21 YEARS:
ALAN B. SLIFKA FOUNDATION
AVI CHAI FOUNDATION
ELEANOR M. AND HERBERT D. KATZ FAMILY FOUNDATION
FRAN GORDON IMMERMAN
GENESIS PHILANTHROPY GROUP
HELLMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
JEFF AND DEBBIE SWARTZ
JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES
GREER FAMILY FOUND
KLERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
LIPPMAN KANFER FOUNDATion for living torah
MICHAEL B. RUKIN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
ziering family foundation
PRITZKER FAMILY FOUNDATION
ROBERT A. IMMERMAN PHILANTHROPIC FUND
ROSENBLATT CHARITABLE TRUST
THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL