Our staff brings together a range of religious and ethnic backgrounds, languages and experiences from five different continents, thus providing us with a model for international, multicultural educational community.
Prof. David Mittelberg, Chair of the Steering Committee, International School, is Associate Professor for Sociology on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and former Chair of the Department of Sociology at Oranim. He also serves as an Adjunct Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Kibbutz Research at the University of Haifa, where he formerly served as its Director. Professor Mittelberg is the author of four books, and has numerous published articles on ethnicity, migration, gender, tourism, kibbutz education, Jewish Peoplehood education, and the sociology of Diaspora Jewry. He served as a visiting scholar at Harvard, Brandeis, and Monash Universities. He received his B.A. from Monash University, M.A. from University of Haifa, and Ph.D. from Hebrew University.
Dr. Roberta Bell-Kligler, Director, International School, has been at Oranim since 1991 and served as Director of the Shdemot Department of Jewish Peoplehood since 1999. Prior to 1999, she was the director of Project Oren, which specialized in educational programs in Israel for participants from all over the world. She is a lecturer in Education at Oranim on the topics of identity and Jewish Peoplehood. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, M.A. from University of California at Berkeley, and doctorate from Jewish Theological Seminary in Jewish Education. She has written articles and presented at international conferences on Jewish Peoplehood and Israel education.
Dr. Janina Kahn-Horwitz, Associate Director of Academic Collaborations, is a senior lecturer at Oranim. She teaches in the undergraduate English Language and Literature Department, as well as the graduate M.Ed. Language Learning program and the M.Teach program. Her research interests include individual differences in language learning and foreign language literacy development, and she publishes and presents at international scholarly conferences in these fields. She is an adjunct investigator at the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa. She has a B.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Haifa.
Jackie Levi-Atias, Associate Director of Programming, directs the School to School initiatives and promotes new partnerships. She has been at Oranim since 2005. Prior to that, Jackie coordinated the educational curriculum for the Mandel Leadership Institute’s Jerusalem Fellows program. She also served as the Ma’aleh Program Coordinator at Hebrew University’s Magid Institute for Continuing Education. Jackie has a B.A. and an M.P.A. from the University of Haifa.
Lori L. Abramson MAJE, Program Director, Educational Tourism and Evaluation, has worked at the Shdemot Department of Jewish Peoplehood since 2007, and is also a lecturer in Oranim’s English Department. She has published articles and presented at conferences on the subjects of Israel education and Jewish Peoplehood, and published Jewish educational curricula. Lori has a B.A. from the University of California at Davis and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College. Before making aliyah, Lori was the Head of Yavneh Day School in California.
Gabi Farberov, Program Director, Jewish Community Partnerships has worked at Oranim since 2007, leading programs for teens, university students, young adults, and families from Israel, the Former Soviet Union, Germany, and the United States. She is also a lecturer in Inclusive Education and Community Studies at Oranim. Gabi has a B.A. from Hebrew University and an M.A. in Educational System Development from the University of Haifa.
Shiran Dzibli, Administrative Assistant, is a graduate of Oranim College with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. She is a translator and editor in diverse fields including economics, psychology, business, and art. Shiran has extensive administrative experience working in insurance and commerce.
Hamutal Ariel Lavi, Budget and Logistics Coordinator, worked as Director of Research and Development at a psychometric exam preparation company before joining the staff at Oranim International School. She also served as a tutor, administrator, editor, and curricular developer for the company. Hamutal has a B.A. in Economics and Management from Tel Aviv University.
Kristina Kruzhkova, Educational Coordinator, has served as a Jewish educator in a variety of different contexts in both Russia and Israel. In Russia, she coordinated and facilitated educational seminars for the Jewish Agency and ICHEIC (the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims) Humanitarian Fund. In Israel, she facilitated Jewish educational seminars for children and young people. Kristina has an M.A. in Sociology, and has worked in early childhood education and, more recently, in human resources management.
Eden Eini, Educational Coordinator, facilitates educational tourism groups from abroad and educational workshops for young people. Eden is a fourth year student at Oranim College in the Department of Inclusive Education and Community Studies, and is the Vice Chairman of Oranim’s Student Union. She is a graduate of the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship, a public diplomacy program of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her experience as an educator includes facilitating the Yachdav program in Haifa for five Israeli schools and five American Jewish communities and serving as educational coordinator at Kibbutz Meggido.
Rachael Gelfman Schultz, Communications Coordinator, has worked as a Jewish educator and writer in the United States and Israel. She has written student books and teachers’ guides, published by Behrman House, for congregational schools and Jewish day schools. She also writes donor communications for the JDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee). Rachael has a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University.
Hanin Beidas, Academic Collaborations Coordinator, is a lecturer at Oranim in the School for Continuing Professional Education and at the Open University in the Department of Teacher’s Advancement. Her research interests include bilingualism, dyslexia, and linguistic development. Hanin has an M.A. and Teacher’s Certificate from Haifa University and a B.A. from Macalester College.
Dr. Etti Gordon Ginzburg, Academic Consultant, teaches in the English Language and Literature Department. Her research interests include nineteenth century American women writers and children’s literature, as well as language teaching and education. She publishes and presents at international conferences in these fields. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Hebrew University and her Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University.
Shahar Bendory, Budget and Logistics Coordinator, has extensive experience in management, marketing, and budget administration. Prior to joining the staff at Oranim, he worked in the customer service department at Silverbyte and as operations manager of a hotel. Shahar has a B.A. in Economics and Management from the Open University of Israel, and is completing a second B.A. in Accounting.
Karen Brustein, Coordinator of Educational Tourism and Community Partnerships, facilitates educational tourism groups from abroad and educational workshops for young people. Karen is a B.A. student at Oranim College studying secondary school education, focusing on Sociology and Bible. Prior to studying at Oranim, she served as an officer in the IDF air force and as shlicha (emissary) of the Jewish Agency in New Haven, Connecticut.
Sagie Milman, Masa Program Coordinator, is leading the Masa ATI Intensive program at Oranim. He is a tour guide and speaker for a wide variety of groups from Israel and abroad. Before working at Oranim, Sagie coordinated an environmental education program for the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel. He trained as a tour guide at the University of Haifa, and studied at the Rimon School of Music and the Open University.
Natalia Ryabyshenkov, Masa Program Coordinator, is leading the Masa M. Teach program at Oranim. She has experience in developing and implementing informal Jewish educational programs for teenagers and young adults, including a project for Charity Foundation CAF supported by the UJA-Federation of NY. She has a certificate in facilitating Informal Jewish Education from Russian State University for the Humanities, and a B.A. in Economics and Programming. Natalia is currently an M.Teach student at Oranim College.
Florence Touati-Wachsstock, Educational Coordinator, is leading the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Haifa. She has extensive experience as an educator, group facilitator, and curriculum writer. Florence has taught in formal and informal educational frameworks in France, Canada, and Israel, including Mizrach Shemesh’s Beit Midrash for Women’s Leadership, the University of Winnipeg, the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and more. She has a B.A. and M.A. in History from Paris-Sorbonne University.
Greta Gershovitz, Administrative Assistant for International Student Registration, is a student in the M. Ed. program in Language Education at Oranim College. She also teaches English and is the Coordinator of the English Language Department at the Leo Baeck School in Haifa. Greta has taught English at several high schools in the Haifa area, and served as Administrative Assistant for Oren: The Department of Jewish Peoplehood at Oranim. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Oranim.