Yonatan was born and raised in the Western Galilee, where he still resides today with his
family. He is currently completing his MA thesis in Anthropology, at Tel Aviv University,
where he completed the Lautman Excellence Program for Interdisciplinary Studies. Yonatan
previously served as Tevel’s Israeli staff coordinator in Nepal and has a background as a dialogue facilitator, chef, and English teacher.
Aviela was born in Binghamton, NY, and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. She completed her BA in News Broadcasting with a minor in International Humanitarian Assistance and Development at the University of Florida. Aviela was an education fellow in Nepal in the 2nd cohort of the Tevel Fellowship program and returned to Nepal to facilitate the 4th cohort fellowship. She is now studying Emergency and Disaster Management at Tel Aviv University while working for Tevel as the social media and report writing officer.
Inbar was born and raised in the Barkai Kibbutz. She was a guide in the Shomer Hatzair youth movement and a member of a community-building unit (Nachal) in the army where she served as a teacher. She volunteered in the 15th cohort of the Tevel Community program working in women’s empowerment. Upon completing four months of volunteering with Tevel, she stayed on as the guide for Exchange for Change, the one-month volunteering program. She is now working as the recruitment officer for the fellowship and one-month volunteer programs.
Tal was born and raised in Ramat Gan. She served in the IDF as an officer in the behavioral science unit. After the army she worked with different communities and the education system both in Israel and in Ghana where she did volunteer work. Tal was part of the 15th cohort of the Tevel Community program where she volunteered in education in a rural village, and then returned as Tevel Community Group Leader after which she took on the role as staff coordinator for the Israeli staff in Nepal.
Micha is the founder and director of Tevel B’tzedek, created in 2007. Micha was born in Berkley, California. He received his B.A. from Yale University, Cum Laude, in 1980. In 1984, Micha received his rabbinic ordination and was a student and close friend of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. In 1988 Micha immigrated to Israel and ever since has been working in social activism in Israeli society, and has lectured and written extensively on Judaism and social justice. A prolific journalist, Micha has reported on poverty, globalization and human rights from around the world including Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Burma, Haiti, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia, and written for the Washington Post, The Guardian, The London Times, The Jerusalem Report and Haaretz. In 1998, the Joint Distribution Committee granted Micha the “Boris Smolar Prize,” based on his work covering of Ethiopian Jewry. Micha also founded the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jewry, which was, and remains to this day, one of the most instrumental and valued organizations dealing with the absorption of Ethiopian immigration to Israel. Micha received the 2011 Klegg Prize from Hebrew University.
Matan is from Bet Shemesh, and served as an officer in the Israeli infantry. After his army service, he volunteered in Tevel’s Exchange for Change program. Following the program, he stayed to assist with the program and returned this year to be the facilitator.
Michal was born in Tel Aviv and moved to Jerusalem to study Social Work at the Hebrew University. She has years of experience working with children and youth in different frameworks, including as the head of a scouts branch in Jerusalem. Currently Michal is the facilitator of the Tevel Fellowship Program.
Dr. Chapagain worked for ten years as an agricultural extension officer for the Nepalese government before going to Israel where he completed a Master’s degree in Agriculture & Biotechnology for Sustainable Development and PhD degrees in Plant Science at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Summa Cum Laude. He subsequently completed two years of postdoctoral research on advanced agro-technologies. During his years working in Nepal, Dr. Chapagain became familiar with the devastating environmental and agricultural problems in the remote regions of Nepal. Dr. Chapagain has developed Tevel’s methodology and programming in the field of agriculture and community development and supervises these fields in addition to the general management of the organization.
Born in Thansing-6, Nuwakot, Prabhu Saran Khatiwada, has a Bachelors in Management. He has experience as a youth leader in the Nuwakot District Youth Club. Prabhu was a youth fellow in the second cohort of the Tevel Fellowship in Bhwansa, Ramechhap.
‘Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you talk your eyes off your goal…’Henry Ford
Born and raised in Kathmandu, Kritika has a BA in education and literature and enjoys reading, dancing, cooking and spending time with friends. In the past she volunteered at the international club of LIONS/LEO in Kathmandu, as well as holding various positions such as treasurer, vice president and child coordinator of the club. She also worked as a literacy teacher and volunteer computer teacher for women’s and youth groups, and was a member of the 2013-14 Tevel Fellowship cohort, she then served as the Hilledevi education officer. She believes that education is the mirror of society and wants to use her knowledge to better the communities.
Hasana, from Kirtipur of Kathmandu has received her master’s degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University Nepal. Before she joined Tevel/Nyayik Sansar she had worked as a volunteer in Concern Nepal and also had completed internship in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). She had also worked as communication officer in Edify International Pvt. Ltd. She joined Tevel/Nyayik Sansar in August, 2012 for SADP project in Dolakha district for 6 months as the women’s facilitator. She worked in Manegau, Phulbari VDC, Kavrepalanchowk district as the Women’s Officer before becoming a Tevel Fellowship Facilitator.
From her early school years, Sultana was active in the movement for social change, first in academic circles, and then in a NGO-facilitated children’s club. After completing her high school education, Sultana decided to focus on her personal life, taking a sabbatical to get married in 2008. In 2010, she returned to a life of service, and joined Nyayik Sansar in March of that year. In her capacity as Area Coordinator of the Kalimati / Kuleshwor project, Sultana managed projects including youth, women, parents, children and teachers. She completed her BA in sociology and English literature and is currently studying for her MA in sociology.She is now serving as Tevel’s Fellowship Program Coordinator and Human Resources Manager.
Naomi is the Director of International Relations at the National Library of Israel. Naomi grew up in New York City and graduated from Barnard College with a degree in psychology and art history. She moved to Israel in 1983 and continued her studies with an MA in Public Policy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Naomi writes regularly on social change issues for various publications, including the Public Policy Journal of Hebrew University, Conversations (published by the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals), the Times of Israel and Haaretz. She is also involved in a range of peace-related projects.
Formerly, Naomi was the Associate Director of Shatil, an initiative of the New Israel Fund, since 1999. Shatil leads efforts in Israel to build a democratic, just and shared society. Naomi was responsible for supervising project development, monitoring all programs and supervising the fundraising and promotional efforts for the organization. The many projects she has initiated include a leadership program for Ethiopian women, an empowerment program for Bedouin women, a project promoting the housing rights of the Arab community in Israel’s mixed cities, a public health coalition in Israel’s northern region and the Everett social justice fellowship program. Prior to working at Shatil, Naomi established and directed Media Connections, a Jerusalem-based company which provided marketing services for Israeli companies. Among its many activities, Media Connections focused on distribution of Israeli films and the production and distribution of a wide range of Jewish books and videos for children.
Naomi lives in Jerusalem with her husband and five children.
Zaki Djemal was born in London and raised in Jerusalem. He is currently a full-time undergraduate student at Harvard (In fact, rumor has it that he is the oldest junior on campus!) studying behavioral economics and behavioral ethics. In between classes, Zaki is involved with two startups, and is active in various Israel related causes—these include organizing the inaugural Harvard Israel Conference in 2011, and planning the Harvard College Israel Trek scheduled to take place this upcoming spring. A certified beekeeper, Zaki also serves as the “Mama bee” (secretary) for the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeper Club. This past summer, he was a Fellow at the Program for Research in Markets and Organizations at the Harvard Business School, where, together with a team of behavioral economists he conducted research on ethical behavior, cooperation and altruism.
Previously, he was Regional Director for IsraAID in North America. In this role, he was responsible for the organization’s partnerships with donors, foundations, and private sector stakeholders in the US and in Canada. Before that Zaki served as the Logistics Officer of the IsraAID/Tevel Relief Mission to earthquake ravaged Haiti; was the project manager of the Israel in Africa conference with Irish rock star Bob Geldof; and worked as a consultant to Auburn Theological Seminary’s Prophets/Profits for Peace initiative – a multimillion-dollar investment fund for Israeli/Palestinian joint business ventures. He is an alumnus of Tevel Betzedek’s long-term service learning program in Nepal and is a proud member of the ROI community.
Zaki is a regular contributor in English and in Hebrew to Israeli written and broadcast press. His articles have appeared in Ha’aretz, Yisrael Hayom, Ynet, Israel’s Channel 2 News, the Times of Israel and the Harvard Crimson. His experience as a journalist is the product of three years of service in the Israeli Army radio station, Galei Tzahal, as vice editor of the daily morning news program and field reporter during the January 2009 Gaza War.
David Gappell is the director of the Schusterman Foundation – Israel. He is responsible for managing, enhancing, and expanding the scope of programs that the Schusterman family supports in Israel. Prior to joining the foundation, David was employed for nearly 13 years with the Sacta-Rashi Foundation in Israel, serving as its deputy director. He is currently the co-chair of the Forum of Foundations in Israel and serves on the boards of the Yemin Orde Initiatives, Round Up Israel and Tevel b’Tzedek, and is the chairman of the boards at The Jerusalem Season Of Culture and the Haruv Institute.
A native of Los Angeles, David made aliyah in 1987 after receiving his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego where he was co-chair of the Israel Action Committee. He received his Master of Science in Management from Ben-Gurion University/Boston University.
Saul Singer is the co-author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (2009). The book was an international bestseller and has been translated into 25 languages. Saul has spoken at conferences around the world about what makes countries innovative and the power of entrepreneurship to tackle global challenges. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and on the board of Tevel b’Tzedek.
President and CEO of MindSet, Media and Strategic Consulting, Fahn Schoffman is an expert in U.S.-Israel relations and Diaspora Jewry. She founded MindSet in 1994. Taking a leave from the private sector, Fahn Schoffman served as Advisor on World Jewish Affairs to Prime Minister Ehud Barak from 1999 – 2001. Previously, Fahn Schoffman represented both the Anti-Defamation League and AIPAC in their Jerusalem offices, contributing in-depth, up-to-the minute policy analyses and accompanying more than 100 Members of Congress and elected officials during visits to Israel. In 1988, she served as the Jewish Affairs and Middle East Advisor to California Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy for his Senate campaign.
Fahn Schoffman holds a B.A. from the University of California and an M.A. from the Hebrew University’s Institute of Contemporary Jewry. She is married to Stuart Schoffman, journalist, screenwriter, Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and translator of Israeli literature.
Tamara is a mother, Doula (childbirth assistant) and Artist/Craftswoman. She has a MA in Community Leadership and Philanthropy Studies form Hebrew University and works for the Rochlin Foundation in grants allocations along with micromanagement of evidence-based nursing grants and the Regenerative Community project (transforming old age nursing homes from medical institutional settings into caring communities).
Tamara serves on the board of Tevel b’Tzedek and Yedid- Israel’s primary poverty and community empowerment organization.
Doreet Scharfstein, Graphic Artist
Tom Noah, Attorney at Law
Elbashan is an Israeli author, community lawyer, respected academic and esteemed social activist with record of grass roots and entrepreneurial establishment of programs dedicated to social justice. In the past he served as both a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and the Director of Citizen Rights Centers of YEDID – The Association for Community Empowerment and is currently the Director of Social Activism at the Ono College.
Elbashan has published seven books including a book of poems “Yesterday finished trimming the bushes” (1994), ” Strangers in the Realm of the Law” the access to justice in Israel (2005); a novel “Forever Flora” (Yedioth Books, 2009) that won critical acclaim and sold over 35,000 copies to date; a children’s book “Peanut the mouse and the cruel glue” ( 2010); a novel for young people of all ages “Sifu – Unfinished Story” (2011) and the novel “The Masada Case.
Since 1987 he has served as an officer in elite unit of the Israeli Intelligence Corps first as in active duty and now as a reservist where he currently holds the rank of major. In the past he served as an advisor to the Israeli Defense Ministers Amir Peretz and Ehud Barak on social issues. He is also a contributing editor to Ma’ariv‘s weekly column on social issues and established and directed the Human Rights Unit at the Academic College of Law and the Clinical Center for Social Responsibility and Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Elbashan visits Nepal yearly as a senior educator for Tevel volunteers and staff.