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

Professor David Dery

Faculty Member

​Professor (Emeritus) David Dery holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master's degree and PhD in public policy from UC Berkeley. Since 1995, he held a variety of positions at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and in the Mandel Graduate Unit, and was the director of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North from 2016 to 2020. Professor Dery served as chair of the political science department and as founding dean of the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He later established and chaired the graduate program in public policy at Sapir Academic College. He has also served in several public service positions, including as a senior policy analyst at the office of Deputy Prime-Minister Yadin, chief scientist of Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, and chief scientist of Israel’s Civil Service Commission. He also held research appointments at the Israel Democracy Institute and the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Professor Dery has held visiting and teaching appointments at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University. He has authored numerous books and scientific articles on public policy and public administration. In recent years, his research has focused on the question of leadership. He proposes to move away from the traditional association of leadership with position, power, and influence and to concentrate instead on the responsibility to care for fellow human beings and to act outside the boundaries of what is known and safe in order to serve humanity.

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

Eti Kondo

Operations Unit Coordinator

Oshry Isschar

Maintenance Supervisor

Mosa Abu-Nagma

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Khalid Abu-Nijmeh

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Ruchama Avraham

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Gorget Cohen

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Shlomi Merchavi

Maintenance and Housekeeping

Eli Rabani

Receptionist and Maintenance

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

Alex Lerman

Digital Infrastructure and IP Telephony

Shai Shapira

System Administrator

Merav Sharabi

Administrative Assistant

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