NATIONAL STAFF IN ISRAEL

Israel National Office, Jerusalem

Dani Elazar, Executive Director
Dani Elazar joined Hand in Hand as CEO on January 1, 2018. He had been worked in the Hartman Institute since 2008, and his last position was Vice President of Israel Programs. Before then, Dani served as the Director of Yachad-Modi’in, an organization that advances shared education and communal living for families from a range of different Jewish lifestyles. This NGO established a pluralistic and inclusive educational and community framework. Prior to his career in social organizations, Dani was the treasurer and finance director of Alvarion Technologies where played a key role in its growth from a start-up company to a publicly traded NASDAQ entity. He holds a B.A. in economics and management from Bar Ilan University, and is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and the Maoz Leadership Program. Dani lives with his family in Modi’in, in central Israel.

Rebecca Bardach, Director of Resource Development & Strategy
Rebecca is responsible for identifying, cultivating and securing funding for HIH’s growing network, as well as mapping out the long-term expansion strategy. Before joining HIH she directed refugee assistance programs in Hungary and in Bosnia (1994-1998). When moving to Israel in 1998 she worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with asylum claimants and government policy makers on refugee issues, and then with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to establish its Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI). In her 13 years at JDC, Rebecca also established their tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka and directed the Middle East Program, which conducts cooperative programs between Israelis and Palestinians in health and welfare. She earned an MPA in Public Policy and International Development from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and a BA in English Literature from Columbia University.

Inas Deeb, Director of the Education Department
Inas supervises pedagogy, program development, curriculum development and teacher training at HIH’s six schools. She holds an undergraduate degree from Haifa University, advanced education degrees from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and St. Joseph University in Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in the language and psychology of development from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Before joining HIH, Inas worked as a teacher, counselor and language advisor at the Pedagogical Center of East Jerusalem, and has served as an assistant professor and chief research coordinator at Bar-Ilan’s Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.

Mohamad Marzouk, Director of the Community Department
Mohamed manages a team of staff that operates the grassroots community building programming. In addition to helping establish the HIH school in Kfar Kara, Mohamad established and directed the branch of Shatil in the Triangle area in Israel, which works for the advancement of local Arab social initiatives and organizations. In addition to his experience in community organizing, Mohamad has also spent over 20 years in advancing Palestinian-Israeli dialogue, facilitating and coordinating dialogue programs, which brought together groups of politicians, teachers, university students, and children.

Ayelet Roth, Director of School Networks
Ayelet is responsible for the daily operations of each of our six schools, as well as maintaining relations with the Ministry of Education and other key officials. Ayelet has served as co-manager at the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace, Givat Haviva; head principal at Amirim high school in Kfar Vradim; director of the education department at IPCRI (Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information); and long-term research project manager at the Center for Research on Peace Education at Haifa University.  In addition to holding an M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Middle East Studies and History Education from Haifa University, Ayelet is also a certified professional mediator.

Gaby Goldman, Director of Communications
Gaby has been working in the field of media and communications in Israel for over 25 years. In her capacity as Director of Communications, Gaby is responsible for building Hand in Hand’s public profile through traditional and new media, and directing our organizational messaging. Gaby has a BA in Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Comparative Literature from Hebrew University, and additional certifications in bibliotherapy and video editing. Over the past two decades, Gaby has worked at some of Israel’s largest media conglomerates including Maariv, Fox News Channel (Mideast Bureau), IDF Nationwide Radio Station, and more.

Basheer Abu-Baker, Director of Finance
The Director of Finance is responsible for managing the organization’s daily expenses, cash flow management, long term financial planning and assisting in the budgeting for Hand in Hand’s six schools and communities. Basheer has a BA in accounting and business administration from Hebrew University, and is a certified CPA with decades of experience in such leading firms as PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

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