Board of Directors
Yosef Weiss – Chairman
Yosef Weiss is the founder of ‘Olami’ Travel, the Chairperson of the Israel Association of Travel Agencies, and the Honorary Consul of Hungary in Israel.
Dr. Zvi Feine
Dr. Zvi Feine served as deputy director of JDC Israel for thirty years where he initiated services and meaningful partnerships to develop personnel in the fields of welfare, education, and health services, and to work in the community, with the elderly, at-risk youth, and others.
He was also responsible for welfare, health, Jewish education, and leadership development programs in Jewish communities in Europe and North Africa and lectured in social work at Hebrew University.
Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi David Rosen is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and currently the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) International Director of Interreligious Affairs. Rabbi Rosen is a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Commission for Interreligious Relations and serves on the board of directors of the KAICIID
interfaith organization established by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. President of ‘Religions for Peace’, he serves in honorary roles in many other interfaith organizations, and has received numerous awards and decorations for his endeavors in the field of interfaith relations, including two knighthoods from the Pope and Queen Elizabeth II.
Gita Hazani-Melchior is a strategy consultant for corporations and municipalities in Israel’s Arab sector. The founder and former executive director of Mosaica – The Religious Peace Initiative, which she headed between 2003-2014. Gita is developing and promoting a new paradigm for relations between Israel and its Arab citizens, based on new partnerships between Arabs and the right wing of the Religious Zionist camp.
Gita holds a master’s degree in conflict research, management and resolution from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Shmuel Berkowitz has served in various management roles in the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council where he lives, and as director of finances of the Moshavim Movement.
Shmuel was one of the founders of the Achva Academic College and served for many years as chairperson of the college’s board of directors.
He also served as chairperson of the ‘Nir Shitufi’ Agriculture Workers Union and as chairperson of CAL Cargo
Moshe Saville is the Deputy Director of the ADI network that provides care for disabled people.
Previously he served as the acting Head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council. Moshe is married and has five children.
Rabbi Eran Daum
Rabbi Eran Daum is the rabbi of the Shimshoni community in Modi’in, a doctoral student in education at Hebrew University, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the IDF reserves.
He lectures in education and Jewish studies at numerous colleges and seminaries and furthers the professional development of high school teachers.
The Sapir center Team
Dr. Hagit Hacohen Wolf – CEO.
Dr. Hacohen Wolf is a social-organizational psychologist and holds academic degrees in psychology, contemporary Jewish studies, and education.
For the last three decades, Dr. Hacohen Wolf has engaged in research, evaluation, academic teaching, and management and consultancy in fields of social/collective identity, Jewish identity and Jewish renewal in Israel and abroad, Jewish education, spirituality and religion, intercultural and interfaith encounters, leadership development, immigrant absorption, development and training of managers and workers, and community development.
Noa Feller – Projects Coordinator
Noa is an organizational consultant and experienced in managing organizations and projects. She has also advised local authorities and social and educational institutions, focusing on the civic sector, primarily in the fields of Jewish-Israeli education.
Noa holds a master’s degree in climate and environment studies, directed the Association for Spiritual Care in Israel, and works as a holistic therapist.
Hagit Bartuv – Website Manager.
Hagit has been working for many years in the field of Israeli Judaism, as programs director, facilitator, and a writer. Among others, Hagit founded and directed the ‘Midreshet’ website of Israeli Batei Midrash, directed programs for youth, women, Russian speakers, Jews in the Diaspora, and various community programs. Hagit participated as a writer in the ‘929’ project and holds a master’s degree from the Institute of Contemporary Judaism at Hebrew University.
Shoshi Za’afrani – Administrative Director/Manager.
Shoshi has served as the administrative director of the Sapir Center for Jewish Education and Culture since 1983.
Danny Nisani – Maintenance and Logistics Director/Manager.
Danny has worked at the Sapir Center since 1997.