Leadership & Staff


Morton L. Mandel

Chairman & CEO, Mandel Foundation

Professor Jehuda Reinharz

President, 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. Noa Apeloig

Faculty Member

Dr. Noa Apeloig is an anthropologist and researcher in the field of identity and education. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and her doctorate in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s department of sociology and anthropology, and also holds a diploma from the Group Facilitators Training Institute. Her research examines the link between ethnic identity and motivation to acquire a higher education, using Native American culture as a test case. She currently lectures in the department of behavioral sciences at the Ruppin Academic Center, and is responsible for student training at the Center’s social engagement unit. In addition, Noa tutors and trains faculty members in academic frameworks such as Tel Aviv University’s Dov Lautman Unit for Science Oriented Youth and the Van Leer Institute, having accumulated extensive experience in this area as the founder and director of the Workshop Unit at the Hebrew University’s Teaching and Learning Center, dedicated to improving the quality of teaching at the university. Over the years she has been voted Outstanding Lecturer several times at the higher education institutions at which she has taught.

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.

Yuvi Tashome-Katz


Yuvi Tashome-Katz is a social entrepreneur and activist, with twenty years’ experience in community work and counseling. She has worked as a youth club coordinator; as principal of the Israel Society for the Protection of Nature’s Sorek Field School; and as a developer of young leadership training programs for youth at risk. In 2005 she was among the founders of the NGO “Friends by Nature”, which works to create “garinim” (community action groups) of both Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian Israeli members, in order to empower the local Ethiopian-Israeli community as well as other communities. For eight years she has directed the first of these garinim, operating in the town of Gedera. She is currently continuing her work in Gedera as a council member, as a volunteer for the garin, and as a facilitator of workshops on a range of issues, including identity, organic agriculture, parenting, and the narrative of Ethiopian-Israelis. Her bachelor’s degree studies, at Bar-Ilan University’s Ashkelon campus, focused on Land of Israel studies and education. In recognition of her social activities, Yuvi was chosen to light one of the ceremonial torches on the 2011 Independence Day celebrations. Later that year she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Initiatives and Innovation and the Matanel Prize for Groundbreaking Leadership.

Nir Atar

Human Resources Deputy Head

Anat Bardarian

Human Resources Coordinator

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