Ada has been a Jerusalemite since age 7, after making Aliya from Romania, where she was born. She is married to Natan, with 4 children and 5 grandchildren (and counting), and is raising 10 rescued cats. She recently moved from the Gilo neighborhood to Har Homa. Ada is a certified accountant with 18 years of experience. She previously managed accounting for “Mother to Mother”, an organization that supports mothers from birth up to one year. For the last 6 years she has focused her energies on raising her grandchildren. She began working for the Yerushalmit Movement in March 2017.
Racheli Hazon Tesler is married to Yahav and together they live in Jerusalem. She holds a BA is Community Theater from Tel Aviv University. She is a facilitator, writer and director of community projects for young people, the elderly, prisoners at the Rimonim Prison, and “Schunat HaTikvah”, where she produced community theater based on the lived experiences of local families. For the past two years, Racheli has coordinated “Zikaron b’Salon” which holds alternative and intimate living-room events all over Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The initiative give a platform to Holocaust survivors and their descendants to tell their story and generates discussion on the Holocaust and Israeli society. Racheli also writes and produces the weekly magazine of the community television station in Maale Adumim and coordinates projects of the Yerushalmit Movement.
Martins served as board member of the Yerushalmit Movement. He directed Jewish, Zionist and Israeli Society programming at the Reut Institute and was CEO of Meitar, the Jewish Cultural College. A Mandel Institute Fellow, Martin was a member of Kibbutz Nirim for many years, serving in various positions in the National Kibbutz Movement. He held a BA in General and Israeli History and a teaching certificate from the University of Haifa. Born in Scotland, Martin is survived by his wife and two children.
Shira is Program Manager for the Israel office of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She served previously as Executive Director of the Yerushalmit Movement, and is a current Borad member. During her tenure at the Yerushalmit Movement, Shira lead grassroots campaigns, advanced policy and secured budgets for improving education, public parks and infrastructure, employment, and early-childhood care. She holds a BA in Social Work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a specialty in the area of at-risk youth, and an MA in Public Policy from the Hebrew University. In 2015, Shira was named by a leading daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot as one of Israel’s 50 most influential social activists. She is a former Gesher Fellow, an alumnus of the Gvanim leadership program, and a member of the ROI community. She lives in Jerusalem with her family.
A resident of Tzur Bacher, Ziyad is an accomplished medic and has served as the Magen David Adom Coordinator for East Jerusalem since 2002. Identifying a lack of first aid and emergency medical services in the Eastern section of the city, he started an initiative to create an East Jerusalem office of Magen David Adom, building emergency service depots, training teams in emergency medicine and hospital transfer. Ziyad serves on the Board of the Yerushalmit Movement and is working closely with our partners to expand the Movement’s activism in East Jerusalem. Ziyad is married with 5 children.
Faigi Cohen is Superintendent of the Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox school district for the Israel Ministry of Education, overseaing 30 ultra-Orthodox girls elementary schools. Faigi is responsible for implementing honors student programs in technological innovation in the ultra-Orthodox education system in Israel. She has taught in ultra-Orthodox girls’ schools for 15 years, and is an educational consultant. Alongside her husband Bezalel Cohen, Faigie advocates for ultra-Orthodox social entrepreneurship, and is involved in educational programs, welfare issues, labor market participation and dialogue within the ultra-Orthodox community and between the ultra-Orthodox community and Israeli society. She holds a BA in Special Education and Counseling and an MA in Conflict Management and Resolution program from Ben-Gurion University. Faigie is dedicated to promoting the beautiful aspects of her community, and lives in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem with her husband and six children.
Efrat is married with three children and has a joint MBA from Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University of Chicago, and a BA in Industrial Design and Management from the Tel Aviv University. Efrat worked in strategic management at Intel for many years until she decided to dedicate the rest of her career to social education, becoming a Mandel Leadership Institute Fellow. Efrat serves as Public Director at the René Cassin Association and facilitates employment workshops for youth in distress at ELEM.
Yifat is Director of the Beit Midrash and “Learning Together” program of Elul. She graduated from the Bezalel School of Art and holds an MA is Public Policy from the Hebrew University. She earned a certificate in group facilitation from the Adler Institute and served as an art teacher at the Pelech High School and for adults and parent groups. Yifat is a dedicated social activist engaged in a variety of community initiatives. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Yifat is a mother of four and one of the founding members of the Yerushalmit Movement, with a permanent position on the Board of Directors.
Tehila Friedman-Nachalon is a founding member of the Yerushalmit Movement and a permanent member of the Board of Directors. She is the director of Kolot’s Center for Jewish Leadership and a fellow in Shaharit, a think tank promoting a new social covenant in israel. She was a fellow in the Mandel Leadership Institute and former Chair of Ne’emanei Torah ve’Avodah, a modern Orthodox movement promoting pluralism and democracy. She previously served as Director of the Israel office of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, a grant officer at the Rothschild Foundation, and an adviser to Natan Sharansky. Tehila is a leading voice in the liberal religious zionist movement in Israel. She lives in Jerusalem with her family.
Marik is a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, a lecturer at the Open University, and an activist building common ground in Jerusalem. He founded “Al HaMakom” which provides socio-political lectures and tours of historica and present-day Jerusalem. Previously, Marik worked as a strategic and communications consultant for various organizations and social movements, as well as headed the successful municipal campaign of Rachel Azaria and the Yerushalmim party. He helped found Generation 1.5, Hashgaha Pratit, and other initiatives. Marik was the founding Executive Director of the Yerushalmit Movement and served as CEO of the Yuri Stern Foundation. He holds an MA in Municipal Geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a Doctoral candidate at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and son.
Alon is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Yerushalmit Movement. He also serves as board member of the Beeri program of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Alon heads the Institute’s Jewish Experience Education Department and serves as a facilitator for the Jewish Federation of San Francisco’s Gvanim program for the promotion of Jewish pluralism in Israel. Married with 3 children, Alon lives in the Beit Hakerem neighborhood of Jerusalem and holds an MA in Sociology and a BA in Psychology and Sociology.
A dedicated community activist in heart and soul, Nir serves as Chief Community Organizer for the Yerushalmit Movement. His work focuses on empowering residents from diverse communities to work together in advocating for shared needs, becoming their own agents-of-change. Nir has devoted himself to public service in various roles over the past decade including as Director of the “Zofim” Youth Movement and as Chair of the Parents Committee in various schools in the Gilo neighborhood. He leads the Yerushalmit Movement’s partnership programs with the Shaharit Institute. Nir is a skilled freelance marble construction specialist, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children.
Sarah is passionate about Israel and transforming conflict through dialogue and social activism. She serves as Development Director of the Yerushalmit Movement as well as heads the “Meeting Place” project. She speaks in Israel and abroad on conflict transformation and the intersection of LGBT and religion. Sarah was recently chosen by Yediot Aharonot as one of the top 50 social change-agents of Israel for 2016. She was selected by A Wider Bridge as one of the top 10 Israeli LGBT activists to watch in 2017. On her free time she runs the Woman’s Gathering, a volunteer organization building Jerusalem-based LBTQ women’s community. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Hebrew University. Sarah lives in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem with her partner and two children.
Yaara was born in Jerusalem and lives and breathes Jerusalem life together with her husband and daughter. Stemming from a deeply rooted desire to preserve and strengthen Jerusalem as a pluralist, open and tolerant city and create a shared language for Jerusalem’s varied communities, Yaara directs operations and manages finances for the Yerushalmit Movement. She formerly managed the Municipal Youth Council, facilitating young leaders to engage in social responsibility and action in the City. She served as an officer in the Education Unit of the Israel Defense Forces was responsible for the integration of soldiers from underprivileged and other special backgrounds. Yaara holds an MA in Non-Profit Management and a BA in Economics and Business Management.
Einat is an organizational consultant with professional specializations in leadership development and alliance building between coalitions and civil society. She has extensive experience in consulting work in the non-profit sector. In her years at Shatil, she led the adaptation of Facilitative Leadership techniques to the Israeli market and the development and execution of “Lowering the Walls – Jerusalem Leaders Combating Racism”, a leadership program in which public officials and activists formed alliances to reduce manifestations of racism in the city. A resident of Jerusalem, Einat received her MA in Organizational Sociology from Bar-Ilan University in 2007, is married and a proud mother of three boys.