Guidance and Facilitation
Supervisor of the Let’s Talk and the Arab Teacher Integration in Jewish Schools Programs
Ola was born in Moscow, the former FSU, and presently lives in Ra’anana. She immigrated to Israel with her family at the age of 5. She is an Arabic teacher and pedagogical instructor. Ola holds a BA in Arabic and Middle East studies and MA in Language Instruction. For many years she served as the Regional State Supervisor for Arabic instruction at the Ministry of Education and as a pedagogical lecturer at The Levinsky College of Education. She has extensive experience in teaching literary and spoken Arabic. Ola joined Merchavim in 2005.
Naomi Avivi Weisblatt
Program Manager for the Arab Teacher Integration in Jewish Schools Program
Naomi was born in Kiryat Haim, Israel and today, lives in Kfar Saba. She is an Arabic language and Arabic literature teacher. Naomi holds a BA and MA in Arabic language and literature and is presently a doctoral student in this field. For many years, she served as the chief inspector of Arabic studies at the Ministry of Education. In this role, Naomi was very involved with the effort to integrate Arab teachers in Jewish schools. Naomi has been with Merchavim since 2014.
Abeer was born and lives in Daliyat al-Carmel. She is a Social Worker and group facilitator. She holds a BA and MA in Social Work. She has extensive experience in leading groups of women and conflict groups. Abeer joined Merchavim in 2004.
Amit was born on Kibbutz Gesher Haziv and makes his home on the neighboring Kibbutz Cabri. He holds a B.A. in Geography from The Hebrew University in addition to a diploma in group facilitating. Amit worked in the field of education for many years particularly with socioeconomically challenged children. He joined Merchavim in 2010 and has been a full-time farmer (growing bananas and avocados) since 2012.
Born in Israel and a resident of Kfar Vradim. Dror is a clinical psychologist by training, an organizational consultant, and group facilitator. He has extensive experience in consulting business organizations, the education system, and the security forces. He has a rich background in the design and delivery of experiential learning processes, with an emphasis on video integration consulting and training processes. Over the last two years, Dror has focused on management development processes and working with instructors at the ” Avney Rosha” – The Israeli Institute for School Leadership. Dror joined Merchavim in 2003.
Esti was born in Boston, USA and now lives in Beit Shemesh. At age 17, she immigrated to Israel alone and completed national service. She is an educational consultant, group facilitator and a national instructor with the Ministry of Education. Esti has a BA and MA in Educational Counselling and is a Doctoral student in the field. She has extensive experience in leading groups, interfaith dialogue and working with the Haredi society. Esti joined Merchavim in 2008.
Hawazin is a resident of the village of Ara. She holds a BA in behavioral science and an MA in organizational consulting. Hawazin is a doctoral student in the Anthropology Dept. at the University of Haifa, in addition to being a trained group facilitator and organizational consultant specializing in employment and career development, project management for women’s empowerment specializing in employment and leadership. Hawazin joined Merchavim in 2010.
Libi was born in the FSU (Latvia) and now makes her home in Modiin. At age 15 Libi immigrated to Israel with her family. She is a group facilitator and organizational consultant. She holds a BA in Psychology and MA in Organizational Psychology. She has extensive experience in leading groups dealing with cross-cultural differences in the IDF and working with immigrant groups and religious groups. Libi joined Merchavim in 2004.
Liora was born in Haifa and is member of Kibbutz Kfar Aza. She is a group facilitator and holds a BA and a MA in the History of Israel. Liora taught high school history for many years. She has extensive experience in leading groups focusing on secular-religious dialogue dealing with Jewish identity and writing programs in this field. Liora joined Merchavim in 2007.
Michal was born on Kibbutz Ein-Zvi, Israel and makes her home in Zichron Yaakov. She has a BA in Education and MA in Educational Counselling from the Oranim Academic College. Michal is an educational counsellor and group facilitator. She has extensive experience in the administration and implementation of educational programs focusing on values, and the emotional component, for elementary schools and kindergartens. Michal lectured in special education at the Tel Hai College. She has been with Merchavim since 2007.
Miguel Israel Cal-Shoval
Born in Israel, lives in Givataym. Trained as a Teacher, Group facilitator and social educator (social pedagogy). Miguel is highly experienced in working with the disadvantaged: special needs, teenagers, parents and educational staff. He has been working at Merchavim since 2011.
Ohad was born in Rehovot, Israel and lives in Karmei Yosef. He holds a BA in political Science and History and MA in History and Philosophy of Science from the Tel Aviv University. Ohad has extensive experience in teaching Civics and History in high school, providing learning skills and the facilitating of multi-cultural groups. He was an integral part of the establishment of the Democratic High School in Kiryat Ono. Ohad has been with Merchavim since 2008.
Orna was born on Kibbutz Givat-Oz, Israel and presently lives in Haifa. She is an educational counsellor and group facilitator. Orna holds a BA in the History of Israel and MA in Curriculum Development. Additionally she is a continuing education graduate in Educational Counselling. She is an experienced multi-cultural and women’s group facilitator and specializes in using theatre technique. Orna joined Merchavim in 2007.
Ruth was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and makes her home in Hemdat in the Jordan Valley. She is an Educational counsellor and group facilitator. Ruth has a BA in Educational counseling and Bible Studies and is a graduate of the Jeanie Schottenstien Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women – Nishmat. She has an MA in Therapy and Movement from the Leslie College. Ruth is experienced in working with women and girls from religious society. She joined Merchavim in 2008.
Simon was born in Cyprus and today, lives in Bat Hefer. He is a civics teacher, an educational consultant and group facilitator. He holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Educational Counselling. Simon has extensive experience facilitating groups in conflict, crisis groups and groups undergoing organizational changes. Simon has been with Merchavim since 2007.