Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste
Director, The Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People
Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste is director of the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People. Managing a full staff of professionals, she works to instill Jewish peoplehood consciousness among Jews worldwide that fosters involvement with and a commitment to the Jewish people. She oversees an array of interactive, informal, supplementary, international, multi-lingual and multi-cultural programs and initiatives that serve as an international platform for defining and advancing Jewish peoplehood via museum education and educational professional development.
Previously, Talia was the director of the education department at The Daniel Center for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv-Jaffa where she worked closely with senior management at the Tel Aviv municipality, Ministry of Education, Jewish Agency and with other key leaders to establish official national policy for Jewish curricula in Israeli secular schools.
Talia is a keynote speaker at numerous Israeli and international educational gatherings and is active in fundraising in Israel and abroad. She lectures at many religious institutes, and is a recognized pedagogic instructor on Jewish Peoplehood content and programs. She completed a masters with honors from The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, is an ordained rabbi from Hebrew Union College where she received an Award for Excellence in liturgy and spiritual creations, and is a recipient of The Moshe Zemer Award for the writing of a Halachic Responsa. She frequently leads religious services and Jewish ritual ceremonies.
Talia’s email: [email protected]
Director of Programs Development
M.Sc. Organizational Management and Consulting, Tel Aviv University.
With vast experience as a counselor in informal educational settings, Tamar has directed an afternoon center for youth at risk and worked with Jewish youth from abroad. She is a graduate of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality’s internship program for Urban Innovation in association with the Social [email protected] 9.
Tamar’s email: [email protected]
Director of Educational Program Development
Master’s in art history; formerly coordinator of Beit Hatfutsot’s new wing; educational program developer.
Tami’s email: [email protected]
Coordinator, My Family Story Project
Bachelor of Education, Sociology and Psychology, Argentina. Formerly guide and coordinator, Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center of Beit Hatfutsot.
Martha’s email: [email protected]
Administrative Assistant, The Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies
Director of Professional Engagement
Assaf Gamzou is an alumnus of the “Ofakim” Scholarship program at Tel-Aviv University, where he received his B.A. (Com Laude, 2010) in Jewish Philosophy and Comparative Literature, as well as a teaching certificate in Jewish Thought. Upon graduation he started teaching at the high school and college level courses on Jewish history and philosophy, education and technology.
He has studied at The Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies graduate program. Between 2013 to 2016 he worked as curator of the Israeli Cartoon Museum, where he has curated exhibitions, both Israeli and International, on editorial cartoons, comics and graphic novels.
Chen Saar Cohen
Director of Museum Public Education
MA The Interdisciplinary Program in the Arts. Educational facilitator ; formerly Educational Coordinator, Cultural Cooperation Unit, French Embassy; Hebrew teacher, U.S.A.
Chen’s email: [email protected]
Coordinator and Developer of Jewish and Israeli Cinema Programs
Bachelor in Cinema and Television studies, Bachelor of Education.
Rivka’s email: [email protected]
Director of the national “G2G” program
A degree in humanities, Master’s degree in education and Behavioural science, a Certificate in Journalism Studies from Bar Ilan University, a certificate in information science from Tel Aviv University, a certificate in Organization development in educational organizations from Tel Vviv university. Formerly principal of ORT Rehovot junior high school, inspector at the ORT network, director of national ICT program, coordinator of national courses system in the Technology and Science Directorate of the Ministry of Education, and many other activities in teachers training centers, adults education center, heritage center, and the pedagogical chamber of the Ministry of Education.
“G2G” Activities Director
A degree in humanities, a certificate in information science from Tel Aviv University, a certificate in Computer Applications and design from ORT. Formerly coordinator of ICT in education. Ofra has a 26 years experience as a teacher and educator, specializing in introducing computers into teaching, and various ICT topics.
Lior Shohat Gurtler
“G2G” Initiative and programs development
BA in International Relations and Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. MA in Political Science and Leadership, Tel Aviv University. 2008-2016: Manager of Public Affairs at the Israeli “Authority for National Civic Service”. 2007-2008: One of the founders of the “Authority for National Civic Service”, a Governmental administration responsible for civic service alternatives for populations exempt from military service. 2002-2006: Parliamentary aide to MK Rabbi Michael Melchior, and Bureau chief to MK Melchior in his tenure as Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and in the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.
Director of International Programs
Formerly, Yael worked as project director at ATZUM – Justice Works, heading a project for Righteous Among the Nations living in Israel and developing an intergenerational program bringing together youth and Ethiopian Prisoners of Zion. Yael holds a BA in business management and sociology from Hebrew University and a MA in public policy from Tel Aviv University.