The Social Cohesion Leadership Program

Leading organizations work to strengthen the cohesion of Israeli society

The program was launched in 2019 by The Ted Arison Family Foundation, in partnership with Merchavim and Ruach Tova.

Background

Strengthening the cohesion of Israeli society is a central challenge for Israel and its future. Alongside its success in many areas, Israel scores very low on international measures of social cohesion,’ relative to most developed democratic countries. The objective of the program is to advance social cohesion through leading 1st, 2nd and 3rd sector organizations. Participants formulate long term plans to advance the goals of their organization and aspects of social cohesion across Israeli society at large. 

The program’s activities:

Each cohort of the program has 20 representatives from 20 private companies, non-profits and government agencies. Organizational representatives are are selected on the basis of their ability to lead organizational change that serves both their organization and Israeli society. The ten day initial program includes lectures, workshops and visits that strengthen the bonds between the group’s members and the their understanding of social cohesion. Additionally, the program’s leadership team works with each organization to create a long-term plan of action to advance the organizational plans and aspects of social cohesion. Participants also join the program’s growing alumni community to continue their learning, collaboration and networking, to increase social cohesion.

Who do we work with?

We work various organizations including corporations, government organizations, educational institutions (schools, higher education etc.), municipalities and civic organizaitons.

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The program in numbers

90

משתתפים ב4 מחזורים

75

ארגונים

80

ימי סדנאות

The people who make it happen

Ilana Sarig Hughes
Director of the Fellowship Programs

Ilana was born in Israel on Kibbutz Ramot Menashe and today, lives on Kibbutz Evron. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology and an MA in Organizational Sociology. She worked for many years as VP of Human Resources in Industry and Organizational Development. In 2012, she changed her professional direction and transitioned into the social arena and took on the leadership of Ahada – an organization supporting the families of children with special needs in the Kibbutz movement. She graduated from the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, where she focused on the lives of people with disabilities in the community. Ilana has extensive experience in leading organizational processes and social change. She joined Merchavim in 2018.

To contact Ilana: ilana@merchavim.net

ילידת ישראל, קיבוץ רמות מנשה, מתגוררת בעברון. בעלת תואר ראשון במדעי המדינה וסוציולוגיה ותואר שני בסוציולוגיה ארגונית עבדה שנים רבות כסמנכ”לית משאבי אנוש בתעשיה ובפיתוח ארגוני. בשנת 2012 עשתה הסבה לתחום החברתי, עמדה בראש ארגון “אהדה” התומך במשפחות ילדים ובוגרים עם מוגבלויות בתנועה הקיבוצית. בוגרת בית ספר מנדל למנהיגות חינוכית שם התמקדה בחיים של אנשים עם מוגבלויות בקהילה. בעלת נסיון רב בהובלת תהליכים ארגוניים ושל שינוי חברתי. עובדת במכון מרחבים משנת 2018.

To contact Ilana: ilana@merchavim.net

Samer Far
Workshop Leader

Samer was born in Nazareth and makes his home in Haifa. He holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology. He has gained extensive experience in France and Israel in the field of organizational consulting including guidance and consulting for managers. In addition he is an expert in ergonomics (human factors engineering) and has very rich professional experience in accompanying people with disabilities and assisting them with their integration into the corporate world with an emphasis on adapting the organizational and physical environment.
Samer joined Merchavim in 2018.

יליד נצרת, מתגורר בחיפה. בעל תואר שני בפסיכולוגיה ארגונית, הוא רכש ניסיון רב בצרפת ובישראל בתחום הייעוץ לארגונים, כולל הדרכה וייעוץ למנהלים. בנוסף, כמומחה להנדסת גורמי אנוש (ארגונומיה), לו ניסיון מקצועי עשיר מאוד בליווי אנשים עם מוגבלויות ובשילובם בחברות העסקיות, עם דגש על התאמת הסביבה הארגונית והפיזית.

במכון מרחבים משנת 2018.

Libby Levin
Workshop Leader

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.

ילידת ברית המועצות, לטביה, מתגוררת במודיעין. בגיל 15 עלתה ארצה עם משפחתה. מנחת קבוצות ויועצת ארגונית. בעלת תואר ראשון בפסיכולוגיה ותואר שני בפסיכולוגיה ארגונית. בעלת ניסיון רב בהנחיית קבוצות בנושא השוני הבין-תרבותי בצה”ל, ובעבודה עם קבוצות עולים ועם המגזר הדתי. במכון מרחבים החל משנת 2004.