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.
Swiss-born, Yariv served in the IDF for over a decade in multiple active commanding positions. An alumnus of Kolot’s Fellows Program, Yariv is a graduate of the Hebrew University’s philosophy and international relations departments and holds a master’s degree in public policy and administrations from Columbia University and Sciences Po in Paris. Yariv interned with former president Jimmy Carter and worked at multiple organizations throughout four continents. In recent years Yariv has served in multiple managerial roles, and today he manages the consulate of Julius Baer Bank in Israel.
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.
Professor Miriam Faust, Rector of Bar-Ilan University, is a professor in the Psychology and Cognitive Psychology Department and Directory of the Neurology and Linguistics Lab at the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center. An alumna of the Kolot Fellows program, Miriam was a board member at I-CORE and is now a member of the Brain and Language Journal. Her research focuses on deals representation of language in the brain, language processing, and irregular semantic connections. Miriam is married and mother of four.
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.
A lawyer and graduate of the Hebrew University’s Law School, Moshiko was certified by the Executive Program in Public Policy of Tel Aviv University and the “Maoz” Program for Executives’ in the public sector. Former Chief Executive of Tzoran-Kadima Local Council (2015-2019), Moshiko currently works in municipal real estate initiatives and serves as a legal counsel to Chief Executives of Local Councils. He is also actively involved in municipal issues across Israel, and served as a fellow at “NSI”, Harvard’s Negotiation Strategies Institute. During his military service, Moshiko served as a Major in the special forces. Originally from Or-Yehuda, he currently lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and three children.
GALI SHACHAR EFRAT
Gali began her professional path in the high-tech world, where she held a variety of positions ranging from software development, project management, business development, sales and business operations. After two decades in the business sector, she moved to the social sector in 2014 and managed the Gvahim NGO, which strengthens Israel’s human capital through assistance in absorbing academic immigrants. Gali thenestablished the Social-Business Development Division at the Rashi Foundation and served as the Foundation’s VP. In her most recent position, prior to joining Reichman University, Gali Served as Customer Business Executive and led the P&L and operations with clients in Israel and Europe in Amdocs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Integrated Social Sciences at Bar Ilan University, and a master’s degree in government with a specialization in public policy from Reichman University, with honors.
As Director of Executive Education and External Studies at Reichman University, Gali is responsible for business development, sales and management of courses, workshops and training for organizations and individuals.
Gali has been a member of the “Maoz” chain since 2015 and is active in a variety of social organizations. Since 2019, Gali is serving as deputy mayor of Raanana and as a member of the city council, holding the economic development portfolio, road safety and chairing the finance committee.
Idan Tendler is VP of the DevSecOps product line in Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW). Idan was previously co-founder and CEO of Bridgecrew, a pioneer in cloud security solutions for developers, which was acquired by Palo Alto Networks in 2021. Idan also previously co-founded Fortscale, a leading User Behavior Analytics startup, which was acquired by RSA Security in 2018. Before that he was founder and head of the cybersecurity business unit at Elbit Systems, Israel’s leading defense integrator, and served as a commander in the IDF’s elite Intelligence & Cyber Unit, 8200. Idan lives in Even Yehuda with Dana and their 3 kids.
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.)
Nella holds a Master’s in Math, English and English literature. She made Aliyah in 1990 from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Nella previously served as Executive Vice President at the JAID (a fundraising arm of the Jewish Agency); as an advisor to the Chairman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky; and as Senior Development officer at the UJA of Toronto in charge of work with Russian-speakers and Israelis. Prior to that, she developed on behalf of the Jewish Agency and North American Federations projects with Russian–speakers in North America. Nella volunteered as a member of the Executive Committee of the board of the Israeli Forum and currently serves on two boards: “Women Wage Peace” and “2B Friendly,” and she adopted 11 children from the Naale project.
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.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, HEAD OF MEASUREMENTS AND EVALUATION, AND DIRECTOR OF KOLOT ALUMNI NETWORK
Sarit holds an. M.A. in Management and Leadership in Education from Tel Aviv University, a B.S. in Political Science – Security Studies from Bar Ilan University, and a teaching certificate from ‘Seminar Hakibbutzim’. Prior to joining Kolot, Sarit directed the ‘Jerusalem Unity Prize’ for 2019, served at BINA as Director of Seminars and Training for senior commanders in the IDF and as Director of the ‘Beit Midrash’ for the general public. A Captain in the IDF Education Corps (res.), in her mandatory service, Sarit served in the area of command and development training in a senior command unit. She lives in Rosh HaAyin, where she is married to David and mother of Gur.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
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 TZARFATI
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
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Holds a bachelor’s degree in management and economics. Worked for the NGO Israeli Journey (Masa Israeli) Married, lives in Jaffo
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.
Ilana serves as a facilitator for programs and alumni courses at Kolot. For years she served as a guide and community worker at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. An alumna of the “Tehuda” Program for Jewish Social Leadership and of the “Oranim” Midrasha, Ilana facilitated both youth and adult Jewish identity groups at the Atid-Bamidbar, where she coordinated their Southern District and was responsible for facilitator training. Ilana also serves as a facilitator the Shalom Hartman Institute’s “Beeri” program.
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