Leadership & Staff


Morton L. Mandel (1921–2019)

Founder | First Chairman & CEO, Mandel Foundation

Stephen H. Hoffman

Chairman of the Board, Mandel Foundation

Professor Jehuda Reinharz

President and CEO, Mandel Foundation

Moshe Vigdor

Director General, Mandel Foundation-Israel

Annette Hochstein

President Emeritus, Mandel Foundation-Israel

Avi Katzman

Faculty Member

Dr. Tamar Abramov

Senior Advisor to the President

Gila Ben-Har

Pedagogy and Digital Learning

Lior Peri

Program Director

Lior Peri served in a variety of command and headquarters positions during some 25 years in the Israel Defense Forces, completing his service with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded operational units in the Golani Brigade and the 7th Armored Brigade, and held other posts in the IDF ground forces. Lior also set up the IDF’s only reservist battalion made up of Haredi soldiers and served as the commander of that battalion for eight years, during which time it was awarded a certificate of excellence from the president of Israel. In his final role in the IDF, Lior commanded the Or Etzion military boarding school, which is part of the IDF’s military college system and prepares high-school students for significant service in combat command roles. Lior holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Land of Israel studies and archaeology, both cum laude, from Bar-Ilan University. He is a graduate of the IDF’s battalion commander’s course and command and staff course, and of the Mandel IDF Educational Leadership Program.

Dr. Amichai Amit

Visiting Faculty Member

Amichai Amit researches and writes on ethics and is a lecturer in the philosophy department and the international BA in liberal arts program at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on issues ranging from questions about the nature of values and moral justifications, to questions about meaning in life, to topics in applied ethics, such as our moral responsibilities in the face of the climate crises. Amichai is a founding partner of two educational ventures: the first, "Mashma," aims to integrate the study of philosophy into the community through discussing questions relevant to everyday life and guiding small study groups. The second, "Maalot," is an educational non-profit that aims to increase the public's understanding of the climate crisis, its complexity, and its multisystemic nature. Amichai holds a master's degree in philosophy from Tel Aviv University and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he taught until the summer of 2018.

Eitan Kehati


Eitan joined the staff of the Mandel Foundation–Israel following his graduation from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program, which is conducted in cooperation with the Mandel Foundation. Eitan's first position at Mandel was that of a coordinator and research assistant at the Mandel Graduate Unit. He now is the coordinator of the Mandel IDF Educational Leadership Program. While studying for his degree, Eitan directed a non-profit organization that runs educational projects in elementary schools. Prior to that, he served as an educational-social coordinator for a national organization for children at risk, worked as a social coordinator at a military boarding school, and coordinated a program that integrated overseas students into educational frameworks and prepared them for meaningful service in the Israel Defense Forces. Eitan holds a bachelor's degree in education from Orot Israel.

Nir Atar

Operations Manager

Mirjam Silberman

Operations Coordinator

Mosa Abu-Nagma

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Ruchama Avraham

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Gorget Cohen

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Shlomi Merchavi

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Lali Simonian

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Emmie Tsadik

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Anat Bardarian-Manshuri

Human Resources Supervisor

Rivka Shmueleviz

Salary Controller

Noa Padan

Head of Information, Art and Sites

Ben Dansker

Head of Planning, Process, and Archive

Alona Burger

Planning Coordinator

Natalie Geiler

Archive Coordinator

Doron Leitner

Archive Coordinator

Shira Pasternak Be'eri

Website Coordinator

Eyal Talmon

Writer and Content Editor

Merav Uziel

Digital Media Designer

Suzannah Cohen

Executive Assistant

Ariella Freedman

Administrative Manager

Valerie Cohen


Moran Haim-Zada


Orit Mendell