Hand in Hand's board of directors in Israel is made up of Jewish and Arab volunteers from the education and business sectors.

Jawad Boulos, Co-Chair (Kafr Yasif) Jawad Boulus is a renowned Palestinian human rights lawyer, political commentator, and author.  Boulus was born into a Christian family in the small Arab Galilee village of Kafr Yaseef in 1956, and graduated from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1980. As a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, Boulus has been deeply involved in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict fighting for Palestinian human rights for over 40 years. He currently publishes an acclaimed weekly opinion column in Arabic that is circulated in numerous local and international newspapers and online magazines. He is also the Director of the Legal Unit of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club in Ramallah. Boulus serves as Secretary to the Mahmoud Darwish Association for Innovation. His own law firm is based in Jerusalem, where he resides together with his wife Jumana.

Dr. Shimshon Zelniker, Co-Chair (Ramat Hasharon) Dr. Shimshon Zelniker is a Professor of Political Science and the former Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Earlier he served as Special Advisor to Prime Minister Shimon Peres and as Chairman of the Israeli Program of the Center for Foreign Policy Options. Educated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and UCLA, Dr. Zelniker has taught at the University of Chicago, Tel Aviv University, Claremont College, Hebrew University, and UCLA. He has been an Associate Professor in Political Science at UCLA, and Head of the Department of Social Science at Beit Berl College in Israel. In the 1980s and 1990s, he also directed a major anti-apartheid leadership training program in South Africa.

Arie Barnea (Mevaseret Tzion) Arie is an educator, school principal, and Holocaust researcher. He is the current principal of a high school in the Hefer Valley, the President of the Board of Amcha, an organization that aids Holocaust survivors in Israel and on the Education Board at the Yitzhak Rabin Center. Arie was previously the principal of several other high schools including the Denmark school in Jerusalem, where he won the Jerusalem Education Prize and the Israel Education Prize for implementing values-based education. In 2004, he was chosen by Ha’aretz as one of the 50 most influential educators in the country. Arie has published several books and articles about Sefardi Jews during the Holocaust and Holocaust education. He lives with his wife and three children in Mevaseret Tzion.

Aied Eed (Jerusalem) Aied is a CPA and a lawyer in Jerusalem with 30 years of experience. As part of his work, Aied’s advises numerous international associations and diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and West Bank on financial management procedures and audits. Aied graduated from Hebrew University with a BA in accounting and economics, and a law degree from Kiryat Ono College.  He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

Sister Carmen Farrugia (Jerusalem) Sister Carmen is a Catholic Nun, who was born in Malta and has been living in Jerusalem for 50 years. She is a member of the International Congregation of Our Lady of Sion and has worked as a community leader and educator for over 46 years in Malta, England and Israel. Sister Carmen has been involved in interfaith work and was one of the founders of Interfaith Encounter Organization. She speaks six languages and has a Teacher Training Diplomas from Malta and from England as well as a B.A. and M.A. in Jewish History and English Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Danny Bar Giora (Jerusalem) Danny Bar Giora is the Director of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. He moved into the field of education from hi-tech and for several years has combined work as a hi-tech consultant with work as a mathematics and computer science teacher in high schools in Jerusalem. For a decade Danny served as principal of the Charles E. Smith Jerusalem High School for the Arts, where he received the Jerusalem Municipal Educational Institution Award. He later implemented the Ministry of Education’s "New Horizon" educational reform. Subsequently, he was appointed head of the Jerusalem Education Administration. He holds BA and MA degrees in mathematics and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Shafiq Massalha (Jerusalem) Dr. Masalha is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has extensive experience in training and supervising both Palestinian and Israeli clinicians and has published several articles on the Arab-Jewish encounter in psychotherapy. Dr. Masalha has led the ERICE (Empowerment and Resilience for Children Everywhere) initiative for many years. Guided by the belief that children everywhere are to be cherished and that respect for and protection of children is a shared human value, ERICE works to promote human rights, joint action, training and interventional projects focused on children and families affected by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Eylon Penchas (Herzliya) Eylon is the Managing General Partner of Viola Partners, a private equity fund which is part of the Viola Group – Israel's premier tech related private equity investment firm. Eylon has over eighteen years of private equity investment experience, including sixteen years as Managing Partner of the Viola Partners funds. Eylon serves as a board member of several of the fund's portfolio companies, and previously held the position of Active Chairman of both private and publicly traded companies. Prior to joining the Viola Group, Eylon served as Director of Business Development for Bezeq - The Israeli Telecommunications Corporation, where he was responsible for the initiation of several multi-million dollar projects in the areas of international telecom services, satellite TV, data networking and electronic commerce. Before embarking on his business career, Eylon achieved the rank of Captain in a reconnaissance unit in the Israel Defense Forces. Eylon earned a BA in Economics and an MBA with specialization in Finance and Marketing from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In his free time, Eylon is a passionate sea-kayaker, and is active in a number of philanthropic initiatives.

Khawla Saadi (Jerusalem) Khawla Saadi has been working in education for over 40 years and has been instrumental in shaping educational content in the Arab sector in Israel. Khawla worked as the Director of the Arabic Language project at the Center for Education Technology, and as the Director of the Curriculum Department for the Arab Sector in the Ministry of Education where she established new teams to work on Arabic language, Islamic education and special education. As part of this role, Khawla published countless curricula for Arab schools. She was also a University lecturer of Arabic and Hebrew language in Israel and in Cambridge. Khawla has a BA in Arabic language and literature and Middle East history as well an MA from Hebrew University, and spent time in Cambridge studying English, Architecture and art. She now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and three children.

Hagai Shmueli (Jerusalem) Hagai Shmueli has been a partner in the Yigal Arnon & co. law firm in Tel Aviv for 27 years. He has extensive legal experience in real estate transactions, municipalities on zoning matters, employee rights and benefits, as well as cases involving NGOs that include academic, Christian and other religious and volunteer organizations. He is among the founders of B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories and is active in the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. In the 1980’s Hagai was sent to the United States on behalf of the World Zionist Organization, where, among other things, he served as the Young Judea emissary, and as the North American representative of the Scouts movement. Hagai lives in Jerusalem with his wife Dorit and their four children.

Khadija Taha (Jaljulia) Kahdija has decades of experience as an educator, counselor and principal. She founded a school that brought together children from different backgrounds, including children with disabilities. Most recently, she performed a variety of roles in the Avney Rosha Institue, advancing the education system in Israel through the empowering school principals as a leading professional community. Khadija is also the coordinator of the Recanati Award for the Entrepreneur Teacher.


The American Friends of Hand in Hand, a separate nonprofit organization supporting Hand in Hand's schools in Israel, maintains its own board of directors based in the States.

Stuart L. Brown, Chair (Washington, DC) Trustee, Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation; retired tax attorney; board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Emile Bendit (Baltimore, MD) Psychiatrist with expertise in conflict resolution, clinical faculty, Johns Hopkins University; president-elect, board of Jewish Family Services of Baltimore; past president, board of the Park School in Baltimore; board member, WYPR, local NPR station.

Paula Blumenfeld (Harrison, NY) Artist, activist; member of the New York UJA-Federation Committee on Arab Israelis and the UJA women's philanthropy group, Neshamot; involved with Seeds of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and more. 

Julie I. Bram (Los Angeles, CA) Julie is the founding partner and past co-chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, which invests in the Jewish future by funding new and innovative programs. Julie's passion lies in using education and communication to affect positive change in the world. She also currently serves on several local and national boards for a wide variety of causes.

Dan Ciporin (Greenwich, CT) Partner in Canaan Equity Partners, New York

Warren Eisenberg (Union, New Jersey) Founder and co-chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond. Trustee, “I Have A Dream” Metro of New York and New Jersey,  "I Have A Dream" National Board, Sy Syms School of Business and others.

Martha Kaplan Freedman (Houston, TX) Martha is a retired attorney, having specialized in Immigration and Nationality Law. She is a Board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, American Jewish Committee and Holocaust Museum Houston. She has served on various other local, national and international educational and humanitarian boards.

Seth Jaffe  (San Francisco, CA) General counsel, Levi Strauss & Co.

Greg Rothman  (Chicago, IL) Rothman Family Foundation

Cindy Shulak-Rome  (Boston, MA) info coming soon

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