Staff

Staff

Dr. Sarah Bernstein

Dr. Sarah Bernstein.

Executive Director

Born in the UK, with a background in law and mediation, Sarah has worked in the field of peace-building and coexistence work since 2000, specializing in interreligious dialogue. She was awarded her PHD in Peace and Reconciliation Studies by Coventry University in England for her thesis on the theme of ‘Narratives of Belonging: Life Stories of Jewish-Israeli Women in Jerusalem.’ The Israeli editor of the book, Women of the Book: A Jerusalem Collage, Dr. Bernstein’s article on “Is ‘Interreligious’ Synonymous with ‘Interfaith’? The Roles of Dialogue in Peacebuilding” was published as a chapter in the book, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Contemporary Challenges and Themes (Pluto Press, 2012). Sarah sits on the Alliance for Peacebuilding Global Advisory Council on Effective Interreligious Peacebuilding, and is a founding Board member of the International Association of Spiritual Care. Lives in Jerusalem.

sarah@rossingcenter.org

Hana Bendcowsky

Hana Bendcowsky

JCJCR Program Director

Hana has an M.A. degree in Comparative Religion from Hebrew University and 16 years of practical experience in interfaith activities in Israel and abroad. She is the Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, coordinating and teaching in the Center’s various educational programs, as well as producing educational materials, consulting and doing advocacy work. In addition to her position with the Rossing Center, Hana works as a free -lance tour educator in Jerusalem for groups involving over 1,500 individuals a year, mainly Israeli Jews and primarily study tours in the Christian Quarter. Lives in Jerusalem.

hana@rossingcenter.org

Hussam Elias

Hussam Elias

Dialogue and Identity Program Director

Hussam has more than 13 years of practical experience in community projects designed to promote mutual understanding and tolerance between different religious and national groups. He co-directs the Dialogue and Identity schools program, currently working with 22 schools in the Galilee and the center of Israel. In addition to his work with the Rossing Center, Hussam works with the Nazareth-based International Christian Committee in Israel (ICCI), an affiliate of the Middle East Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. Lives in Kafr Kana in the Galilee.

hussam@rossingcenter.org

Cami Mizrahi

Cami Mizrahi

Educating for Change Program Director

Cami has many years of experience as an educator and facilitator in the field of Jewish-Arab relations. Cami is the Director of the Educating for Change program, overseeing the staff and training and supporting the team of Arab and Jewish facilitators who work throughout the country. Cami has a BA in Education, an MA in International Relations and is now pursuing a second MA in Bibliotherapy at David Yellin College. Lives in Tzur Hadasa (Jerusalem area).

cami@rossingcenter.org

Ophir Yarden

Ophir Yarden

ADAShA Program Director

Ophir directs ADAShA:The Jerusalem Center for Interreligious Encounter, which creates and conducts Study-Tours in Israel/Palestine for interreligious groups from abroad. He is a senior lecturer in Jewish and Israel studies at Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center and teaches in several other universities, colleges and seminaries in Jerusalem.  Ophir is a licensed Tour Educator and has trained Tour Educators and Guides in Judaism and Islam since the 1990s.  Ophir has rich experience in interreligious work having coordinated and facilitated many engagement programs and has recently begun to teach courses on religion and conflict transformation. Born in the U.S.A and has been living in Jerusalem since 1978.

ophir@rossingcenter.org

Vivian Rabia

Vivian Rabia

Program Coordinator

Vivian has worked for over 13 years as a professional group facilitator in the field of Jewish-Arab relations, personal identity, women’s empowerment and more. Vivian co-facilitates the Dialogue and Identity schools program, the Healing Hatred spiritual counselling program, and the Educating for Change Arab school program. In the past she was the program director at the “Open House” in Ramleh, a center for Jewish- Arab dialogue. Vivian is now studying for her MA in gender studies at Bar Ilan University. Lives in Ramle.

vivian@rossingcenter.org

Gal Eblagon

Gal Eblagon

“Educating for Change” Program Coordinator

Gal has a Master’s degree in Jewish Philosophy, and has conducted her comparative research on early Judaism and Christianity in the field of the Niddah. As well as her work with Educating for Change, Gal is part of the Healing Hatred monitoring and evaluation team. In addition, she is studying for a group facilitation certificate. Lives in Jerusalem

gal@ed4change.org

Lilach Ne’eman

Lilach Ne’eman

Religious Sector Coordinator, “Educating for Change”

Lilach was born in the Moshav “Netzer Hazani” and has a certificate from Alma: Home for Hebrew Culture. Lilach has an independent business for women’s group facilitating through the writings of inspirational characters. In the past she ran a center in the field of child safety, and managed similar projects in the Arab sector. Lilach also managed programs for community leaders in Jerusalem and for seniors in the social and public sector. Today she is active in ELEM organization supporting troubled youth and in the Tahel center which helps religious women deal with sexual violence and abuse. Lives in Nehusha community in the outskirts of Jerusalem.

lilach@ed4change.org

Maayan Raveh

Maayan Raveh

Pre-Military Preparatory Courses Coordinator.

Maayan as a B.A and M.A in Religious Studies and Arabic Language and Literature from the Hebrew University, and is now working on her P.H.D In the field of Palestinian-Christian Theology. Maayan has lots of experience in the field of Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural mediation. Lives in Mevasseret Zion (the Jerusalem Area).

maayan@rossingcenter.org

Dr. Pamela Lubell

Dr. Pamela Lubell

Resource Development Coordinator

Pamela has a PhD in the Political History of Modern China and has taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. Pamela has worked on project design, monitoring and fund-raising for NGOs conducting human rights and development programs in Israel, South East Asia and Africa. She also has a diploma in early childhood education and has worked in that field for Hebrew University and on commercial projects for Time Life International. Lives in Jerusalem.

pamela@rossingcenter.org

Shakhaf Avital

Shakhaf Avital

New Media and Public Relations Coordinator

Shakhaf has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Education, and is now working on his Master’s degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, focusing on the Arab Education system under the Israeli Military Regime (1949-1966). Shakhaf has years of experience in the field of education in different sectors of Israeli Society, and is a certified Tour Guide for the Israeli Ministry of Education. Lives in Jerusalem.

shakhaf@rossingcenter.org

Salpy Arakelian

Salpy Arakelian

Office Manager and Treasurer:

Born in an Armenian Family in Haifa, currently living in Jerusalem.

Studied English Literature in Haifa University. Salpy started her career as an English Teacher, and continued in Administration experience for almost 20 years in various companies, such as Palestinian Development Fund and Palestinian Banking Corporation.

Her previous position was Personnel Assistant for four Partners in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

salpy@rossingcenter.org