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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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


Tamer Khalfo

Project Coordinator: Educating for Change. 

Tamer brings the Rossing Center a strong background in group facilitation and work in the non-profit sector. He has worked with youth at risk – including Palestinian LGBTI youth.  He has experience in managing projects, training, volunteer oversight and in program development. Tamer holds a B.A. in psychology and is trained in group process facilitation. Originally from Haifa, today he lives in Jerusalem.

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.


Hamutal Porat

Project Coordinator, Educating for Change

Hamutal brings to the Rossing Center decades of experience working in various frameworks involved in education including the Ministry of Education, schools, universities and colleges and non-profit organizations that promote education. She has worked as a staff developer, facilitator, program developer, curriculum developer, course instructor, conference organizer and more. Hamutal has worked with a wide variety of schools in Israel on topics ranging from democracy education to religious pluralism to anti-racism. She holds a B.A. in sociology and anthropology and an M.A. in education. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hamutal continues to live in Jerusalem today.


Keren Hendin 

Financial and program monitoring and evaluation director at the Rossing Center.

holds an M.A. in International Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Education from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has over a decade of experience working in multi-cultural settings both locally and overseas, specializing in project management, strategic development, partnership-building, faciliatation and training.

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).


Laura Woloveksky

Administrative Coordinator, Educating for Change

Laura comes from the world of informal education, with years of experience in facilitation and coordination of youth movement programs and educational programs. She has also worked in the financial field. Laura is in charge of the administrative side of the Educating for Change program, which includes coordination between the program staff at the Rossing Center, the different facilitators, the schools and the Ministry of Education. She lives in Jerusalem.


Hannan Haddad

Program Coordinator, Dialogue and Identity

Hannan was born and raised in Jish, a village in the northern Galilee. She has over 10 years of experience in project development and in group facilitation, specializing in multi-cultural groups. Hannan is in charge of the northern schools in Dialogue and Identity, and also studies for an MA degree in Social Psychology at IDC Herzliya.