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Management

Heli Tabibi Barkat

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.

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.

Rani Yavin

Founding Partner and 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.

Ayala Shani

Member of the Board of Directors

Vice President of Tmura Israeli Judaism: the Institute for the Training of Secular Humanistic Rabbinate and center for entrepreneurship in the field of Judaism as a culture. Ayala holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and Jewish Studies from the United States, and is certified by the secular rabbinate, a representative of Meretz Givatayim and a partner in leading the pluralistic community in the city, and has held marriage ceremonies for couples of all kinds for more than fifteen years. Ayala hosts workshops in the field of secular Israeli Judaism; she is an organizational consultant, therapist, and trainer, expert in personal empowerment and facilitator of hundreds of workshops and lectures in Israel and abroad. A resident of Givatayim with Tel Aviv roots. Ayala is  married and the mother of three sons.

Michal Muszkat-Barkan

Member of the Board of Directors

Michal Muszkat-Barkan is an Associate Professor of Jewish Education in the Parallel Track at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is the Director of the Department of Education and Professional Development at the HUC-JIR Jerusalem campus. She heads the Rikma MA program in Pluralistic Jewish Education in partnership with the Melton Center for Jewish Education at Hebrew University. Michal is the founder and head of the “Teachers’ Lounge” in memory of Shira Banki , a professional development program for Arab and Jewish educators in Jerusalem. Her fields of research include professional development for teachers and rabbis. She is a teacher in ideologies and pluralism in Jewish education.

Regev Ben David

Member of the Board of Directors

Regev is one of the founders of Rashut Ha’Rabim. He is a researcher of Jewish identity, a lecturer and facilitator, an activist and social entrepreneur in the field of Jewish-State relations. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Bar-Ilan University and a BA in psychology from the Hebrew University. Regev led a Shabbat project in mixed Jewish communities within the framework of the “Marcom”, led Limmud Jerusalem, initiated and led the “YHW” Conference for the Advancement of Pluralism in Jewish-State Relations, and for several years taught in various frameworks including  ‘Beit Prat Jerusalem’, ‘Elul’, ‘Mabua’, and the “Beit Midrash HaTahal”. Regev frequently conducts marriage ceremonies which bypass the official rabbinate. He is further a member of the international ROI community for entrepreneurs. Regev is married and the father of two.

Ariel Levinson

Member of the Board of Directors

Born in Jerusalem, a teacher of Hebrew literature and Jewish culture, Ariel completed his doctorate at the Department of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University. Ariel is the winner of the Warburg Prize and the Rotenstreich Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students in the Humanities, 2013-2016 as well as winner of the Hoffman Fellowship for Leadership and Social Responsibility for Outstanding Doctoral Students at Hebrew University. He is a lecturer and the director of special workshops in Jewish culture for artists in various fields: dance and choreography, cinema, design and screenwriting, poetry and music. A member of the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Cultural Season and the “Sacred” Festival and Academic Director of the Gesher and AviChi Foundations Studio for Senior Film and Television Creators for the Study and Inspiration of the Hebrew Story and Jewish and Israeli Culture. Ariel is also the artistic director and director of cultural activities in Jerusalem, leading and teaching delegations in Jewish cultural centers.

Laura Gilinski

Member of the Board of Directors

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.

Team

Inbar Bluzer Shalem

Director

Inbar Bluzer Shalem is one of the founders and the director of Rashut Ha`Rabim. Previously, Inbar founded and directed Haifa Hillel and  was the first Hillel shlicha to the University of Massachusetts; she holds a BA in economics and an MA in humanitarian affairs through a joint program of Israelis and Palestinians in Italy. Inbar is the alumna of six pluralistic Batei Midrash programs in Israel. She has recently been ordained as a rabbi following completion of her rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College. She also received an MA in pluralistic Jewish education from Hebrew University. Inbar is married and lives in Jerusalem with three of the most amazing children in the city.

Elana Silver

Director of Development

Elana Silver is Rashut Ha’Rabim’s Director of Development.

She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College in her native New York City. Upon making aliyah in 2005, Elana joined the resource development team at Shatil where she held the portfolio for religious pluralism. She went on to lead the development efforts at Bimkom-Planners for Human Rights and in 2016 Elana returned to Shatil as Associate Director and Director of Development. Elana is a proud long-time resident of Kiryat HaYovel where she is a prodigious activist on behalf of neighborhood rights. Among her community-based activities, Elana helped to establish Kehilat HaDror, Kiryat HaYovel’s only reform community. She also helped lead efforts in the struggle for local planning rights and initiated a successful transportation campaign which vastly improved the public transportation opportunities for residents. Elana lives on the aptly named Zionism Street where she and her husband are raising three of Israel’s future Zionist social activists.

Bat-El Amster

Director of Projects and Communications

Born in Be’er Sheva, Bat-El currently lives in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat HaYovel with her husband Jonathan and their three children. Bat-El is a social worker and a dance-movement therapist, and is also a student in Public Administration and Policy. She managed the education and training department at the organization Aharai! following years of work in the field with the alumni association  and the vvolunteers of the national service program in preparation for the army. Bat-El managed the Southern and Central District of the Beit Midrash for Social Leadership for Me’Mizrach Shemesh. She strongly believes in dialogue among people of all ages, genders and affiliations. “And you shall love thy neighbor as thyself” (Leviticus 19:18) is Bat-El’s guiding principle.

Tom Yogev

Communication Coordinator

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.

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