Noa obtained her first degree in fashion design from IDE University in Barcelona and a master’s degree from Esmod Berlin with an emphasis on using fashion and clothing design as a tool for social change.
Noa has year of experience in community related work such as: instructor in “Shomrei Ha’Gan, program coordinator at refugee centers in Tel Aviv and arts teacher for refugee children in southern Tel Aviv.
Noa Hochberg Noa was born and raised in kibbutz Harduf. She volunteered with the Kibbutz Movement and worked with youth at risk in Jerusalem’s ‘Beit Hatzayar’ prior to her military service. During her time in Jerusalem, Noa lived in a commune and guided youth at schools and hostels. Following her military service Noa participated in a course titled “humanitarian aid and international development” jointly led by the Israeli Humanitarian Aid School and Tevel B’etzedek. Noa served as an intern with Tevel’s first internship cohort in Nepal, where she researched and evaluated women’s empowerment issues. Currently, she works as the program facilitator for Tevel’s two-month program in Zambia.
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.
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.
Rabbi, writer, journalist, social activist, founder and director of Tevel b’Tzedek
“As a society, it’s essential that we know not who has to lead us, but where we want to get to in accordance with our moral vision”.
Born in 1958 in Berkeley California, Micha Odenheimer has been a writer, journalist, Jewish teacher and social activist in Israel since making aliyah 31 years ago.
Micha was awarded a BA in Religion from Yale University Cum Laude in 1980, and was ordained as a Rabbi by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein of blessed memory in 1984. Micha was also a close student of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
Micha’s life and interests include fields rarely seen in combination. He has reported from Ethiopia, Haiti, Somalia, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh and Iraq, often during times of crisis. As a rabbi he has written dozens of essays on Judaism the Torah, and social justice, and has reported on trends in Judaism and the Jewish world. Micha has a special interest in Jewish mysticism and Hasidism.
In 1994 Micha founded the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews, a watchdog and advocacy organization that aimed to change the way the Israeli government and other institutions absorbed Ethiopian Jews, particularly in the field of education, housing and employment. The Israel Association changed its name to Association of Ethiopian Jews in 2016. Micha is still a board member.
In 2007, Micha founded Tevel b’Tzedek, whose goal is to connect Israel and the Jewish people to the challenge of healing poverty and environmental destruction on a global level and in Israel as well.
Sarah born and raised in Southern Province of Zambia in a small town called Livingston. Started my career path in Lusaka the capital of Zambia, where I started Laboratory Technology at Evelyn Hone College. Worked as Laboratory Technician intern at Food and Drugs Control Laboratory and at Water and Sewerage Company in Lusaka and Livingston respectively. From 2012 to early February 2019 I lived in Oslo, Norway where I completed my Bachelor Degree in International Development and Environmental studies and Masters Degree in International Environmental Studies at the University of Life Sciences.
2008-2010: Laboratory Technology at Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka, Zambia.
2012-2015: International Development and Environmental studies at the University of Life Sciences in Oslo, Norway
2015-2018: International Environmental Studies at the University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway.
I was born and raised in Chililabombwe in the Copperbelt province of Zambia.I studied General Agriculture and Theology at Diploma level from Zambia Agriculture Crafts And Theological Studies (ZACTS) In the Northern -westen province of Zambia.
I worked in different institution as a Farm Manager (Base farms,Mayamba holdings,Asante investment,Lumwemwe investment)
Aia was born and raised in Sakhnin, she is a social activist for women and human rights since and early age. Aia has participated in various conflict resolution programs, and worked as a group facilitator and program officer, that has led her for master studies in Glocal – International development at the Hebrew University, there she has done an internship leading programs of refugee’s women in Ecuador, followed by her work with refugees in Greece as a project coordinator.
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.
Gautam Bajagain is originally from Lalitpur District. He has completed Masters Degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University.
Since 2011, he has been actively working in the field of development sector in different remote geographical locations of Nepal in various positions with different organizations. He has initiated his career being a Research Team Leader in USC Nepal for Local Government and community Development project (LGCDP). Furthermore, he held different positions as a National Volunteer, Intern, and facilitator respectively in Restless Development from Nov 2011 to August 2013.
Likewise, He engaged as a Youth and Education Officer in Nyayik Sansar from August 2013 to July 2015.Currently, he has been working as a program coordinator in Nyayik Sansar July 2015 onwards.
Mr. Neupane has over fifteen years of extensive experience in the nonprofit sector in Nepal, including nine years with Tevel b’Tzedek/ Nyayik Sansar. He has held various positions in the organization and currently as a Program Director; he leads and manages development programming including planning, implementation, and M&E of integrated community development projects in Nepal. He has earned Master Degree in Business Studies and Master Degree in Sustainable Development respectively from Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University. Previously, Neupane worked with a reputable child rights NGO and contributed in the Government of Nepal’s effort to formulate various plans and policies including the National Human Rights Action Plan, 3 Year Interim Plan of Actions and 10 Year National Plan of Actions for Children. Mr. Neupane is an alumnus of CWA Network Bangkok (2003), MASHAV (2013), ITEC (2017), NNPHL 3 (2018) and SI Leader Lab (2019).
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.
Mark Weissman is one of Tidhar construction group shareholders, he joined Tidhar as a Director in 2005 after a professional career on Wall Street as one of the first traders in the foreign financial derivatives market. He was born in 1961, has an MBA in Business Administration, is married and has three children. Mark is an avid Zionist, who sees his role in Tidhar first as a mission and an opportunity to take part in building the country. He loves golf, nature tours, cycling and reading.
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.
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.