Tom is a native Jerusalemite. She holds a BA in Politics and Government and Gender Studies from Ben Gurion University. Tom is currently studying for a master’s degree in Creative Writing at the Department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University. Tom began her professional career in social change as spokesperson for the Association of Rape Crisis Centers. Later she became involved in communications and production, especially in the cultural and music arenas. Tom writes, plays music and sings. She believes that music is among the most important connecting and healing forces.
Sophia made Aliyah in 2014 from the U.S. where she grew up in a Conservative Jewish congregation. She was very active in her Jewish community at home. Since her aliyah, she has worked for youth movements in Israel and abroad. Sophia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and Yiddish from the University of Michigan, and is currently completing a degree in informal education at the Beit Berl Academy in Kfar Saba. Sophia currently resides in Kiryat Yovel.
Meirav Shuiki Fishman
Director of Global Educational Tourism
Meirav Shuiki Fishman has been developing content and educational tours for groups from North America for many years. Her extensive experience includes excursions for groups of rabbis, leaders of Jewish Christian and Muslims communities, campus fellows, students and others. In her volunteer activities, Meirav has initiated the “Green Pilgrimage” tour programs – a journey that seeks to create a new message coming out of Jerusalem, which connects between people, their historical heritage and the natural environment, in a way that leaves a “positive footprint” within themselves and in their surroundings.
Meirav is a graduate of the “Rikma” MA program – a master’s degree in pluralistic Jewish education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hebrew Union College and a bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University in Jewish philosophy and Art History. Meirav is the eighth generation of her family in Jerusalem, married and a mother to a son and two daughters.
Heli Tabibi Barkat
Initiator, Founding Partner, Former Chairperson of Rashut Ha'Rabim
One of the founders of Rashut HaRabim Heli is a member of the Executive Committees of several social action organizations, and member of the Committee on Society and Culture of the Jerusalem Municipality. Hali began her career at Hillel in 1999 and went on to direct Hillel Jerusalem for 13 years. She holds a BA in Jewish History from the Hebrew University. She is the founder of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Singers, an interpretive commentator on the educational television series Ibn Gabirol and Yehuda Halevi, an advisor to the Mifal Hapayis Arts and Culture Council and a member of the steering committee of the site “Invitation to Piyut”. She is currently setting up the “Jewish Holiday Project – Setting Dates for Generations”. Heli is married and the mother of six. She lives and works in Jerusalem.
Initiator, Founding Partner, First Chairperson
Rani is a doctoral student in Jewish thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva. Her research is in the representation of women in the male discourse in the Babylonian Talmud. She holds a BA in History of the Jewish People and the Middle East and an MA in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rani is a lecturer and facilitator in educational and cultural projects on Israeli Jewish topics. She worked for 17 years in the educational system, of which she was a member of the management of the Experimental High School in Jerusalem. She served as the Director of the Beit El Midrash, where she co-founded the Beit Midrash network with the directors of other organizations, and initiated the establishment of a network of civil society organizations in Jerusalem. In cooperation with the Jerusalem City Council member, Rachel Ezaria, Rani founded the Association for the Preservation and Restoration of the Old Synagogue and headed the Education and Culture Division of the National Library for a year and a half. She is married and the mother of three.
Initiator, Founding Partner
Former Member of the Knesset, Chairman of the Knesset Reform Committee, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and Member of the City Council. Azaria has led and participated in over fifty campaigns and movements for social change. Her book, The Guide to Revolution, which teaches how to make social change, was published in 2020 by Kinneret Zmora Dvir. It is the first book in its field in Hebrew.
Azaria teaches social change in a variety of institutions and organizations, and imparts the knowledge to the general public and social activists. Azaria has led social change in a variety of areas including religion and state, environment, democracy, young families, feminist struggles, and in the field of Jewish renewal. Azaria is a publicist at Haaretz and serves as chair of Life and Environment, the umbrella organization of environmental organizations in Israel, which includes 130 organizations. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hebrew University.
Today, Azaria is leading a social change on the issue of democratic renewal, and an attitude towards animals. Azaria is a graduate of the School of Educational Leadership in Mandel, with a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution, both from the Hebrew University. Azaria is married, a mother of 4, and lives in Jerusalem.
Shlomit Ravitzky Tur-Paz
Former Chairperson of Rashut Ha'Rabim and Director of Beit Midrash Elul
Shlomit is a native Jerusalemite. She has an extensive background in promoting Jewish pluralism and culture in Israel. Shlomit founded and managed the Itim Center – Resources and Advocacy for Jewish life – where she dealt with issues of religion and state. She has appeared before the religious courts on issues of conversion, marriage, divorce and more. In addition, Shlomit founded and managed Sha’arim – a pluralistic Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Ma’aleh Gilboa, she worked with the Israeli Ministry of Education to train educators that focus on pluralistic Judaism and Israeli identity and culture, and she sat on the board of the religious feminist organization ‘Kolech.’ Shlomit served as a commander in the IDF and studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she received both an L.L.M. and an L.L.B. Shlomit lives on a kibbutz near Jerusalem with her husband and five children.
Former Chairperson of Rashut Ha'Rabim
Laura Gilinski is VP of Philanthropic Partnerships at Start-Up Nation Central. In this capacity, she is responsible for all Start-Up Nation Central’s development related issues including partner cultivation, retention, and support. Prior to Start-Up Nation Central, Laura served as Deputy Director for Development and International Relations at the Israel Museum (IMJ), where she was responsible for development operations including cultivation and growth of 16 international friends’ organizations; and direct fundraising from foundations, and individuals.