A social entrepreneur and an organizational psychologist. As an organizational psychologist he has been working since 1980 in promoting processes of change in organizations, business, government and NGO sectors. Co-founder of Oganim – an enterprise that promotes organizational effectiveness through promoting profit, spirit and wellness. Specializes in working with large groups to promote life giving and short term systemic changes in organizations and communities. Uses OST (open space technology), AI (appreciative Inquiry), Future Search, conflict resolution and coaching as tools for bringing people and organizations to their full human and business potential, and bringing all the dimensions of the system to a fruitful dialogue and action. As a social entrepreneur, one of the founders and former chairman of Besod-Siach, an NGO that promotes dialogue between groups in conflicts within the Israeli society. The initiator of the establishment of the JICC and serves as its Chairman. He focuses today on numerous projects together with Israeli, Palestinian and international partners in order to promote Jerusalem as an open, shared, equal and prosperous city. He has an M.A. in clinical and social psychology and a B.A. in economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Adina Bar-Shalom is the founder and CEO of the Haredi College in Jerusalem and Chair of its Board of Directors. She is active in social, non-political endeavors, and is deeply involved in efforts to increase the mutual understanding between the different social, ethnic, and religious sectors in Israel. She is particularly pro-active in rapprochement efforts between haredi (ultra-Orthodox) and secular Jews. Ms. Bar Shalom is active in: Hazon for creating inter-religious bridges, the Jerusalem Venture Forum, and the Jerusalem Start-Up organization. The daughter of the spiritual leader of the Shas Party and former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, she was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement for her efforts in advancing higher education within the ultra-Orthodox sector.
Shay Ben-Yossef, PhD
Ph.D. in Sociology, Bar-Ilan University; M.A. in Management of Nonprofit and Community Organizations, Schwartz Program, School of Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Areas of interest: Community, Complexity, Emergency. Navigating Complexity Consultant & Facilitator to organizations and communities. Partner at Oganim Open Space in Organizations. Tel Aviv University, Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration organizational consultant program, Ben-Gurion University E.M.E program, Former chairperson of ‘Be’Sod Siach’ for promoting dialog in the Israeli society. Board member at: Herzog Jewish Study Center, Brit Olam for humanitarian aid.
Director of the Municipality of Jerusalem's Public Building Department and one of the Jerusalem Intercultural Center's founders. BA in Education and Geography. Married and father of three.
Formerly the Chair of Directors of the Israel Railways, Ltd. and previously the CEO of the Israel Lands Authority. Previous to that appointment Yaacov was the CEO of the Ministry for National Infrastructures, as well as CEO of the Ministry of the Interior. Prior to his service at the national level, he was a senior official in the Jerusalem Municipality, from its CEO to its Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer. Yaacov holds a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. in Business Administration, also from Hebrew University.
Shaike El Ami has been the Executive Director of the Ginot Ha'ir Community Council since 1998. In 2011 Shaike was one of the founding partners of the Yeru-Shalem Coalition for an Inclusive Jerusalem. Shaike believes that, of all places, Jerusalem is the place where the full spectrum of Israeli-Jewish culture can and should bloom in all its hues. Born on the religious Kibbutz Sa’ad, today Shaike lives with his wife and four children in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. in History and Jewish Philosophy and a teaching diploma from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the Schechter Institute.
Shimon (Shimku) El-Ami
Audit Committee Member
The Head of the Pre-Army Mechina in Jaffa, operated by the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, and a Jewish educator. Previously served as the as the Unit Manager of the Center for Lay Leadership in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's (JDC) office in Jerusalem. He was an organizational consultant, and for many years he worked as Jewish educator and facilitator in leadership development programs. Shimku received his M.A. in organizational social psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his B.A. in sociology, finishing at the top of his class. He is now finishing his M.A in Jewish Studies, from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.
Bony Goldberg, MSW
The Director of the Community Services Administration in the Jerusalem Municipality. Her main responsibilities at the Jerusalem Municipality include welfare, public health, immigrant absorption and employment. In the past she directed the municipal welfare department, and also directed the Jerusalem and South region of the Israel Ministry of Welfare and Social Services. Today she serves on the boards of a number of public organizations. During her work she has received additional training in a range of fields regarding management of social services. In addition, she has lectured at a number of local and international conferences. She holds an M.S.W. and M.A. in Criminology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a graduate of JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance.
Serves as an Education Adviser to the Israel Foreign Ministry and different projects. She is an executive board member of the Branco Weiss Institute and the Hebrew University High School, of which she was principal until August 2003. She has been working for over 40 years in education, in different frameworks, as a counselor, teacher and principal. Today she mentors new principals in high schools in both the Jewish and Arab sectorS in Jerusalem.
One of the founders of the Jerusalem Intercultural Center, an electrician by trade. Former chairman of the Silwan Islamic Center and director of the 'Rifadi' Institute in East Jerusalem.
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm
Became Archbishop, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in September 2016, after serving as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante since June. Had served as Custos of the Holy Land from 2004 to 2016. Born in 1965 at Cologno al Serio (BG), Italy. Was ordained as a priest in 1990, and entered in service at the Custody of the Holy Land in 1999. After his philosophical and theological studies, he obtained a Licenciate Degree in Biblical Theology at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum of Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem he was a lecturer of Biblical Hebrew at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem, and was Vicar General of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem for the pastoral care of Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel. Since 2008 he is a Consultor in the Commission for relations with Judaism of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Unity among Christians.
Speaks Italian, modern Hebrew, English, and French.
Rabbi David Rosen
Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, currently the International Director of Inter-religious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). He is the honorary interfaith adviser of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and is past President of the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations (IJCIC). Among his honorary positions, he is President of the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews; and serves on the Board of Directors of the KAICIID Dialogue Center founded by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia together with the governments of Austria and Spain and the Vatican. In November 2005, Rabbi Rosen was made a Knight Commander by the Pope, and in 2010 he was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Has co-directed the Jerusalem office of Search for Common Ground (SFCG), the world’s largest conflict transformation organization, with 50 offices in 33 countries, since 2008. She brings to the position over twenty years of managerial experience in the non-profit world and expertise in interfaith relations, leadership development, strategy planning, counseling and conflict resolution training. Born in London, England, Sharon has lived in Jerusalem for 31 years, holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Hebrew University and has served communities with her husband, Rabbi David Rosen, in South Africa and Ireland.
Senior school psychologist. Director of school psychological services for the city of Modi’in Ilit. He is a Narrative Therapist. He is also a Co-Director of the Kesem Center – ‘Listening to preferred stories’, a center for teaching / instruction / treatment. He also has a private clinic and facilitates workshops and lectures in the area of narrative therapy, Appreciative Inquiry, multi-cultural dialogue and more.
Rabbi Matityahu Yitzhak Tanenbaum
One of the Haredi community’s senior authors and newspaper editors. He is a member of the Editors Committee, an informal forum comprising the editors and owners of the main Israeli media. He is also a member of the governing board of the Israel Press Council. He served for 13 years on the Religious Council of Jerusalem as a department head, and then became the Editor of the Ultra-Orthodox daily newspaper, Hamodia. Rabbi Tanenbaum is a sixth-generation member of the Karlin sect of Hasidism. He was born and raised in Jerusalem, and was ordained as a rabbi. He also served in the army, became an officer, and served for 17 years in the reserves as a Lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps. Today, after his retirement he continues his work in literature and the press.
Audit Committee Member
Representative of the Joint - Russian Divison - in the CIS. In the past he was the Director of a Community Center in Jerusalem, Director of the Jerusalem Community Center Association, Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, Director of MATAN-Arts and Culture Projects for Youth.