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Educational Staff

Academic Staff

Aataf Gadir Aataf is the principal of the Bir El Maksur elementary school in the Bedouin town by the same name.

Ayal Beer is an educator and social worker who has been working in the field of informal education for over nine years.  He focus is on the fields of gender, social change, leadership building, environmentalism, and Jewish Israel-diaspora education. 

Gabe Ende is a graduate of Queens College and the University of Chicago. Since making aliyah in 1969, he has taught in numerous educational institutions around the country.

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Avishai Hadari is a Research Fellow at the National Security Studies Centre and Geo-strategy Cathedra at the University of Haifa. With many years in the IDF, he is also a security consultant, advisor and lecturer worldwide. Avishai previously served as the Academic Director of the International Centre for National Security Studies (ICNSS) at the Galilee College and a Commander of the Senior Police Officers Academy.

Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels is the founder of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation. He teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University and Yeshivat Hadar.

Dr. Rachel Korazim is a freelance Jewish education consultant specializing in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Previously she was the Academic Director of Distance Learning programs at the JAFO Department of Education and one of the founders and directors of a special program for soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. Moshe Lavee is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. He lectures on history, Talmud and midrash at Hannaton.

Prof. Yisrael Levine is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History and Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Author of The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years, 2005.  Prof. Levine has also taught at Yale University and the Seminary of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. He has directed several archaeological digs, among them a dig in Caesarea and the excavation of the Hurvat Amudim Synagogue.

Amir Maagan

Dr. Udi Manor is a lecturer at Oranim College, focusing on Modern Jewish history in Israel and in the Diaspora. From 1991-1992 Udi served as a Jewish Agency emissary to the Jewish community of Cordoba, Argentina. He also worked as a program writer and facilitator at the Shorashim Institute and MEITAR College in the area Jewish-secular identity.

Rabbi Oded Mazor is a Reform rabbi and the rabbi of the Leo Baeck school in Haifa. He engages students at Hannaton in Jewish text related to many daily and life-cycle issues in Judaism, including brit milah, kashrut and romantic relationships and helps connect the Halacha with real-life issues. Oded is a member of Kibbutz Hannaton.

Yaala Cohen Mazor coordinates the Shared Regional Tourism Project at Sikkuy and a facilitator at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum. She has an MA in Art and Society. 

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David is the Director of “Shmaya”: A Ritual and Educational Mikveh, and the founding director of Reut: The Center for Modern Jewish Marriage. She is the author of Chanah’s Voice: A Rabbi Wrestles with Gender, Commandment, and the Women’s Rituals of Baking, Bathing, and Brightening. She received her Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University.  

Ofri Raviv

Ariella Shalitin

Ofer Shefer

Rav Menachem Sukkot teaches kabbalah and midot at Hannaton.

Muki Tzurs is one of Israel’s most celebrated authors and historians and is a leading expert on the first Aliyah movements, the early settlement period in Israel, the labor movement and Kibbutz life. He is one of the initiators of the groundbreaking project “The Seventh Day” after the six-day war. He is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and is one of the founders of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel-Aviv.  

Elisha Wolfin