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לורם איפסום דולור סיט אמט
Michal Pinchuk
Executive Director

Adv. Michal Pinchuk has been active in the civil society field for over 20 years. She began her professional career as a human rights attorney at the Center for the Defense of the Individual and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. At the Association for Civil Rights, Michal was also a facilitator in the Education Department. During these years, Michal dealt with significant issues in Israeli society and was involved extensively in legal and public activities. Michal comes to the Merchavim Institute after serving as director of the ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel with great success for eight years. Michal has a deep and long-standing acquaintance with Israeli society in its various shades and a strong desire to continue working towards a society with greater cohesion and fairness.

Adi Gilboa
Director of Educational Programming

Adi is an educator who lives in Jerusalem. She holds a BA in psychology and philosophy and an MA in education from the Hebrew University. She is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. For 13 years she was the director of the Ofek School – an enrichment center for gifted and outstanding students in Jerusalem. In this role, she promoted the emotional and social response for gifted students, as well as the integration between secular and religious students studying together at the Gifted Center. She participated in the joint education program that brings together Jewish and Palestinian school principals in Jerusalem and led joint study programs together with the Gifted Center in East Jerusalem. Adi joined Merchavim in 2023.

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.

Wendy Davis
Resource Development Director

Wendy made Aliyah from England in 1993 and currently lives in Even Yehuda. She holds a B.Sc. in Management and Psychology from Leeds University. Prior to her work in the resource development field, Wendy managed her own business for over a decade. Wendy has accumulated more than five years of experience in resource development with Beit Issie Shapiro and Krembo Wings prior to joining the Merchavim team in 2023.

Myriam Darmoni Charbit
Principals Accompaniment Coordinator, Arab Teacher Integration Program

Myriam grew up in France and immigrated to Israel in 1984. She is married to Denise and a mother of four. She served as an officer in the Air Force for seven years, and following Rabin’s assassination, she decided to become a civics teacher. She served for many years as director of the Department of Citizenship and Shared Society Education at the Center for Educational Technology, was a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, and specialized in developing and implementing programs that bring together teachers from different groups in Israeli society. In 2021, she expanded her education with a master’s degree in environmental studies from Tel Aviv University. She dealt with climate change education, with an emphasis on Bedouin society and the issue of climate justice. She also dealt with the role of religion in creating an increased affinity for the climate crisis among traditional populations. Miriam joined Merchavim in 2023.

Kamal Aggbriyah
Head of Arab Teacher Integration

Kamal was born in Yafo, Israel and continues to live in Yafo. He holds a BA in Political Science. He is an experienced group leader and has extensive experience in leading empowerment groups and Arabic/Jewish leadership development. He previously served as the Chairperson of the Student Council of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Currently, he serves as the Chairperson of the Ajami neighborhood of Yafo. Kamal specializes in the process of instruction and preparation for cross-cultural integration of Arab teachers in Jewish schools. He joined Merchavim in 2004.

Noah Mentesnot
The Ethiopian-Israeli Teacher Placement Program Director

Noah was born in Ethiopia, immigrated to Israel in 1984 at the age of 8, and makes his home in Kfar Galim. He has a BA in Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology and Masters in Public Administration for Managers from the University of Haifa.

Elinoar Ganani
Resource Development Associate

Elinoar was born in Haifa, Israel, and lives in Kfar Vitkin. She holds a BA in economics and an MA in linguistics. She has experience in marketing in various fields, writing, and content and language editing. Her literary writing has been published and won awards. She joined Merchavim as part of the Resource Development team in 2021.   

Fatmeh Badarna
Coordinator at the Arab Teacher Integration Program

Fatmeh lives in Arraba in Lower Galilee and is a mother of four. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in language teaching, specializing in English. She has taught English in the education system for the past 12 years. Since 2020, she has taught English in junior and senior high schools at the Hebrew State Education Campus at the Misgav-Asif Educational Campus. English-Hebrew translation student at the Oranim Academic College. She joined Merchavim in 2023.

Moshe Yeshayahu
Coordinator of the Circumstantial Mixed Schools Program

Moshe was born in Ethiopia and made his way through Sudan to Israel at the age of 11, today he makes his home in Afula. He holds a BA in education with a teaching certificate and an MA in public administration from the University of Haifa. He previously served as a high school teacher and is currently the coordinator of a program at the Kibbutzim College of Education that combines teaching and the integration of students into the employment market. Moshe is a social activist and volunteers to promote disadvantaged populations in the periphery. Moshe joined Merchavim in 2018.

Bader Abbas
Shared Society Programs Manager

A lawyer and educator, Bader holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching technology and science from the Technion and an additional bachelor’s degree in law from Haifa University. She has over a decade of experience in project management, informal education, and establishing and accompanying social initiatives. She has extensive experience working with local authorities in Arab and Druze society and with civil society organizations. One of The Marker’s 40 most promising young people for 2014 and a leading candidate for the 2015 Rappaport Prize for groundbreaking and transformative women’s work in Israeli society. She is a graduate administrative public law student at the University of Haifa. Bader joined Merchavim in 2023.

Ilanit Haramai
Shared Paths Program Manager

Born in Israel, Haifa, Ilanit lives in a moshav in the Sharon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA in marketing from the College of Management. She began her career in marketing in the private sector and, at the same time, lectured in academic institutions on event productions and tourism.  She started her career in the field of social tourism as a volunteer at the initiative of Sikkuy-Aufoq to promote tourism in Arab localities in the Sharon region. Ilanit has been developing social tourism at Shared Paths in the Southern Triangle area and other communities throughout the country and has managed the Ramadan Nights project for years. Joined Merchavim in 2023.

Souher Esawi
Human Resources Coordinator and PA to the Executive Director

Souher was born in Israel and makes her home in Ramle. She studies The Open University of Israel. Souher began her professional career as a medical secretary at Ichilov Medical Center and later on worked at the Dept. of Municipal Taxes of the cities of Ramla and Lod. Souher joined Merchavim in 2019.

Lina Haddad
Finance and Operations Coordinator

Lina was born in Ramla, in Israel and continues to live in Ramla today. She holds a certified bookkeeping and payroll diploma with experience in administrative work. Lina has been with Merchavim since 2014.

Hikmat Moassi
Coordinator and responsible for training - Arab Teacher Integration program

Born in Israel, she lives in Baqa al-Garbiya.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching, specializing in science and mathematics. A science teacher and spoken Arabic, she taught for 13 years in Hebrew schools in Ganei Tikva and Herzliya. She holds a master’s degree in social sciences and art and a diploma in group facilitation. She is a graduate of an education course for a shared society, facilitator of dialogue groups at the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace in Givat Haviva, a graduate of a basic photography course, a graduate of a design and flower weaving course and the owner of a flower shop “J’adore”.

Hanan Hleihel
Coordinator, Arab Teacher Integration program

Born in Israel, lives in the village of Gush Halav. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a master’s degree in visual arts therapy, and holds a teaching certificate in Arabic and teaching mathematics. Hanan taught for 13 years in Hebrew schools, and there gained experience in forging a social climate in classrooms and reducing violence in schools through games and dialogue circles. Hanan is a group facilitator, and NLP therapist and facilitator.  Joined Merchavim in 2023.

Board
לורם איפסום דולור סיט אמט
Moshe Shemesh
Chairman
Mike Prashker
Founder
Reuven Shmaya
Vanessa Rakin
Hezi Mualem
Dr. Roni Porat
Eliav Moshe
Liat Keisary
Zoharia Azab
Eden Israeli
Orit Schreiber-Shattah
Moshe Brenner
Rana Eseed