Senior Staff
Eli Paley
Chairman

Eli Paley, an alumnus of the Chevron Yeshiva, is owner of Mishpacha Media Group and publisher of the Mishpacha weekly magazine for the haredi and Dati sectors, in Israel and abroad, in Hebrew and English. He is a businessman and social activist, and is chairman of the Paley Family Foundation which supports and promotes Torah centers and social initiatives in the haredi community. He is a member of the Jewish Funders Network and is active in several philanthropic organizations.

Nitsa (Kaliner) Kasir
Vice Chairman

Nitsa (Kaliner) Kasir was head of the labor market and social policy divisions of the Bank of Israel’s Research Department. She has over thirty years’ experience in social and economic research and extensive experience in working with policymakers and various entities in Israel and abroad. She is a board member of the Israel Forum for Diversity Hiring, is a member of various policy committees, and headed the committee on economics and employment in the Elalouf Committee. She volunteers in various fora advancing social issues.

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Roy Cohen

Served as an advisor to the director general of the Prime Minister's Office & the Head of National Projects in the Office. Before entering the public sector, Roy worked as the deputy director generaland as a senior teacher at HighQ

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Eitan Regev
Vice-President Research

Dr. Eitan Regev is an economist who is regarded as a leading expert in research of the Ultra-Orthodox economy in Israel. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Hebrew University – where he also teaches Macroeconomics. Eitan’s research encompasses a variety of fields, including the ultra-Orthodox economy, labor productivity, optimal taxation, vocational training, higher education, and the Israeli health system.

Prior to joining the Haredi Institute, Eitan served as a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and as a senior researcher at the Taub Center. He also worked as an economist in several government offices, including the Ministry of Health’s budget division. In 2016 Eitan conducted, for the Council of Higher Education, the quantitative evaluation research for the Five-year plan to integrate Haredim in Academic Studies.

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Hila Aftergut
Managing Director

Hila holds a BA in economics and management from the Open University. She is former deputy director of Mishpacha Magazine, English edition. She is a member of the Jewish Funders Network and the manager of the Paley Family Foundation which supports and promotes Torah institutions and social initiatives in the haredi community.

Yehuda Nachshoni
Managing Director

Yehuda Nachshoni is CEO of Mishpacha Media Group and Mishpacha weekly magazine. He is a member of the presidium of the Israel Press Council and a member of the Tel Aviv Journalists Association.


Researchers
Shlomit Shahino-Kesler
Chief Researcher

Shlomit earned her doctorate in political science from Hebrew University, in the presidential merit scholarship program. She is a Founding Member of the Agora Policy think tank and former research coordinator at the Mandel Leadership Institute’s Senior Civil Service Program. She has served as academic mentor to students at the Hebrew University and Sapir College.

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Assaf Tsachor-Shai
Senior Researcher

Assaf holds a triple-major BA in philosophy, economics and political science and is presently an MA student at the Hebrew University’s public policy and economics honors program. Previously he served as research assistant at the Bank of Israel’s Research Department. He has an impressive background in working with youth, particularly youth at risk.

Yehudit Miletzky
Senior Researcher

Yehudit holds an MA in social-organizational psychology from the Hebrew University and a BA in psychology and Middle Eastern studies. Previously she served as an organizational consultant for the Tzofnat Institute. She is a group facilitator and develops training programs for organizations and institutions.

Chen Lifshitz
Senior Researcher

Chen is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Work, at the Ashkelon Academic College. Chen served as a deputy director in the years 2011-2016.
Chen has lead evaluation teams and worked as an evaluator of educational and social services (minorities, immigration, welfare, employment, and community) in several institutional settings (Myers-JDC Brookdale Institute, Branco Weiss Institute, Jewish Agency, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy), as well as privately.
Chen is also a referee for academic journals in Israel and abroad.

Tamar Berenblum
Senior Researcher

Tamar Berenblum holds a doctorate in criminology from the Hebrew University. In recent years, Tamar has served as Director of Research at the Cyber Center in Hebrew University's Law Faculty and as Co-chair of the Cyber Crime Working Group in the European Society of Criminology. She is a research fellow at the Research Center for Cyber, Law and Policy at Haifa University; at the NSCR Research Institute in Holland; and at the Research Based Policy Center for Cyber Security in University of Georgia, in the U.S.

In addition to research in the area of cyber, Tamar is involved in several studies in the area of victimology, juvenile delinquency, human rights and linguistic accessibility to law.

Tamar is involved in teaching and providing academic mentorship for students at Hebrew University; the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center; College for Management and Business in Ramat Gan; and Ono College.

She also serves as a public representative in the Prison Release Committee and volunteers in several organizations including "Bishvil Hadror", which assists families in crisis and "Matzilot Mazon", which promotes food security and prevents food waste.

Eliyahu Berkovits
Researcher

Eliyahu is an alumnus of the Mir Yeshiva and Ateres Yisrael. He holds a BA (with honors) in the humanities, an MA in Jewish studies from the Hebrew University, and is currently completing his doctoral research in Jewish studies. Previously he served as research assistant in Hebrew University’s faculty of law.

Shaked Adar
Researcher

Shaked holds a B.A. in philosophy, economics and political science From the Hebrew University. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboa and was involved in Nova, a nonprofit organization that provides strategic consulting to third sector organizations.

Dov Goldberg
Researcher

Dov has finished with distinction his dual disciplinary BA in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from Bar Ilan University.
during which he has set his research field as sociology of religion and sociology of Modernity and the self.
Under this capacity he has engaged as research assistant in the department, and currently is during his MA degree in Anthropology and Sociology in Bar Ilan University.
Dov's current research focuses on social psychology in the Haredi society for his thesis.


Fellows
Yoram Margalioth
Senior Fellow

Yoram Margalioth, full professor, Tel Aviv university faculty of Law. Specializes in Taxation and Tax Policy (Public Finance). Director of the Law and Philanthropy Institute. Taught at Harvard, NYU, Northwestern, Monash, Toronto and NUS. Teaching the first Coursera course (MOOC) in law in Israel. Published over 60 papers, in leading academic journals in law and in economics, in Israel and abroad.

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Meir Hirshman
Senior Fellow

Graduate of Ponovezh Yeshiva.
Served as Deputy CEO of Beitar Municipality, publisher of Bakehillah newspaper, and senior assistant to Deputy Welfare Minister the late Rabbi Avraham Ravitz.
Currently Meir serves as chief editor and comptroller of a major Torah literature project in Machon Yerushalayim and as a guest commentator on Haredi radio stations on political and social issues.

Israel Tick
Fellow

Yisrael Tick is an alumnus of Yeshivat Nachalat David, and holds a BA in Education. He has served as head of the education division of the Beitar Illit Municipality for some fifteen years. Previously he served as chairman of the public committee of the Ministry of Education and the Jerusalem Municipality to assess the city’s special education system. He has extensive experience in consulting and developing educational systems in cities and local authorities as well as contending with youth on the fringe and their placement in suitable educational frameworks.

Avraham Zilberman
High-Tech

Avraham has 30 years of experience in developing complex software systems and technology training for various populations. He owns the Double O. Didactics consulting firm, which specializes in training and human resource development for the high-tech sector. It also provides software development for large companies in various sectors including: finance, public and private. He served in the academic reserve of the Navy's computer unit. He consults on several large-scale projects related to finance, smart cities and data.

Yitzik Crombie

Yitzik Crombie is a Haredi HiTech entrepreneur. Yitzik Lives In Kfar Chabad, a small village of Haredi people next to Ben Gurion airport, with his Lovely wife Efrat and their 5 children.
In early 2017, Yitzik established Bizmax - an innovative business center for Haredi men in Jerusalem. Bizmax is run in collaboration with the Kemach Foundation, the Jerusalem Development Authority, and the Achim Foundation. The Bizmax Business hub serves as a community and business center that caters to the Haredi community. The hub's goal is to cultivate and nurture self-employed individuals, business owners, and entrepreneurs, and help them bring their businesses to the next level of success and productivity.
Prior to Bizmax, Yitzik was the founder and CEO of iSale a start-up company that provides a mobile guided selling platform, aligning field sales with the company’s objectives, by supplying the Salesperson with the crucial sales-related information and transaction support, increasing sales efficiency and closure rates. iSale was acquired by ExecuTech (2016).
Prior to iSale, Yitzik worked as a manager of several Hi-Tech companies, and was the Co-founder of the Haredi Hi-Tech forum and a Co-founder and Managing partner at the Beney-Braq incubator.

Bentzi Rakow
Fellow

Graduated Beth Medrash Elyon of Bnei Brak and Yeshivat Mir in Jerusalem.
He holds an M.A. in public policy and city planning from the Urban Studies Institute at Hebrew University and a B.A. in government administration and law from the Academic Center for Law. He has extensive experience and knowledge in the area of engineering and construction as well as local authorities, garnered from many years' involvement in the social and public sphere.
He is the owner and CEO of Avnei Shalem, an engineering and construction management firm.
He researches strategies in engineering, housing and urban planning in the Haredi community.


Office Management
Yisrael Yoskowitz
Special Projects & Partnerships

Yisrael is the Chairman and CEO of Tikva Ledorot, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting couples dealing with infertility. He also serves as a political commentator in the Mishpacha magazine. He has experience in leading organizations and companies. In the past he served as CEO of Mamad and established a forum of industry leaders committed to integrating Haredim in the workforce.

Yocheved Gottesman
Director of External Relations & Partnerships

Yocheved, a native New Yorker, has eight years of experience in nonprofit development and management. Through grant writing and PR expertise, she has helped secure funding for organizations dealing with: children with special needs, Haredi employment, women's empowerment and girls from troubled backgrounds.

Lea Dambeck
Office manager

Leah holds a degree and rich background in education. In the past she has coordinated projects related to kiruv and Jewish identity in Israel and Diaspora.