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.
Dr. Samuel (Muli) Peleg Incoming Director, is a political sociologist trained in the fields of comparative politics and international relations. His areas of expertise are peace-building & reconciliation, social sustainability, justice & human rights, and conflict resolution. His research focuses on intercultural and interfaith dialogue in deeply divided communities. Dr. Peleg participated in various ongoing workshops and training sessions at the UN as well developing relations with leading universities in Japan, Germany, France and Israel/Palestine, where he regularly sent his students for internships and research.
Dr. Peleg taught at the Peace and Justice Studies Program of Fordham University and at the Rutgers University Business School. Between 2010-2013 he was a visiting faculty member at the negotiation and conflict resolution program (NECR) at Columbia University. He is the author of several books and articles, among them are Spreading the Wrath of God: From Gush Emunim to Rabin Square (1997, Hebrew), Zealotry and Vengeance- quest of Religious Identity Group (2002, Lexington Books); If Words Could Kill: the Failure of Public Discourse in Israel (2003, Hebrew University Press), Fighting Terrorism in the Liberal State (2006, IOS Press) and Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue for Peace (IGI Press 2019).
Dr. Peleg has an extensive practical experience as a negotiator and peace-maker in addition to his academic career. His main focus is on intercultural and interfaith dialogue in deeply-divided societies. In this capacity, Dr. Peleg led a team of experts in a Columbia University funded project in the town of Ramla (2011-2013), which brought together Jewish and Arab community leaders in an effort to establish a shared identity. Similar projects were pursued by Dr. Peleg and his team in Cypress, Tanzania and the Basque Country. In 2005, Dr. Peleg was invited as one of the Academia experts who participated in the Club de Madrid founding gathering. In 2003, Dr. Peleg was a founding member of One Voice, an organization which promotes reconciliation between the various factions of the Israeli society as well as between Israelis and Palestinians.
Dr. Peleg served as a top advisor on leadership and negotiations to the Peres Center for Peace. In this capacity he had taken part in several rounds of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians as well as Israelis and Jordanians. He has also counseled the Prime Minister’s office, the Foreign Office and the National Security Council.
In the US, Dr. Peleg has worked with the Martin Luther King Foundation and their social initiative branch–Realizing the Dream on social justice projects. He is involved with intercultural and interfaith dialogue initiatives in the Middle East and Africa with the Counter Extremism Project.
Lastly, Muli writes poetry. He published three award winning poetry books, all in Hebrew, the last one came out this January. He has a wife, Tzofnat, and two daughters Efrat and Ad-El.
Dr. Roberta Bell-Kligler,Outgoing Director, 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, Deputy Director of International School, 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, Associate Director of Jewish Peoplehood, 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.
Irit Shaked-Windholz, Office Manager, has extensive administrative experience in the field of higher education, with expertise in managing international projects. She has worked as an administrator at Haifa University’s Research Authority, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Galilee International Management Institute. She also served as Director of the Information Center for the Israeli mission to the European Union in Brussels. Irit has a B.A. from the University of Haifa and an M.A. from Hebrew University.
Monique Hayes, Administrative Coordinator, was Office Manager of the Social Services Department of the Kiryat Motzkin municipality prior to joining the staff at Oranim International School. She has extensive administrative experience in a range of fields, including human resources, home health care, and insurance. Monique has a B.A. in Psychology from the Open University of Israel.
Ora Rachel Dajan, Budget and Finance Coordinator, previous to Oranim Ora worked as a development assistance in the security field operations and billing manager in a plastic factory and as a teller in the Bank of Israel. Ora has a B.A in Economics & Management from the Bar-Ilan University.
Hanny Fuks, Education Manager, leads Boston Haifa Connection educational programming for Oranim and teaches in Oranim’s Masa programs. She also is the director of the Young Mentors program, Oranim English Clubs, and Oranim Summer School. Hanny has worked as an English teacher and English department coordinator at elementary and high schools throughout Israel. She is an English counselor for the Ministry of Education, and an international tour guide. She was also a teacher and guide in Washington D.C. Hanny has a B.A. and M.A. from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She is writing a thesis for her M. Ed. in Language Teaching, researching EFL reading and vocabulary acquisition.
Martina Ezias, Academic Collaborations Coordinator, worked as HR Manager at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in New York City before joining the Oranim International School. She has extensive experience in human resources, marketing, and customer service. Martina has a B.A. from Bar Ilan University.
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.
Ahava Steinbauer, Pedagogical Consultant, has more than 30 years teaching and educational leadership experience. Ahava shares her love of educating students to become strong, critical thinkers and passionate learners. Her pathway includes teaching English, History, and Humanities from preschool to 12th grade in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, San Mateo, California, and Chicago, Illinois. She has administrative experience as K-12 Chair of Special Education and Assistant Director in Special Education. Ahava is currently a lecturer in Oranim’s English for the Workplace Program and teaches writing in Oranim’s A.T.I. Program. Ahava is also Pedagogical Consultant on a team at the International School at Oranim Academic College of Education who supports MASA Israel’s Teaching Fellows (MITF) programs. Ahava holds a B.A. in Elementary Education as well as an M.Ed. in Reading and Learning Disabilities from DePaul University as well as advanced certifications in Building and District Leadership from New York State and a Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College.
Prof. Emeritus David Mittelberg, 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.