Dr. Smadar Sheffi Ph.D. is a renowned Israeli art critic, curator, lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and art consultant.
Professor Reuven Hazan
Professor Reuven Hazan is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His expertise centers on the historical and current analysis of democratic institutions, specifically placing Israeli democracy in perspective. Professor Hazan was closely involved in reforming Israel’s electoral system and continues to advise Israel’s leading politicians on the restructuring of its legislative branch. He collaborates with Israel’s top think tanks, serves as a consultant for several political parties, is often called upon to testify in the Israeli parliament, and has served on the Presidential Commission on the Structure of Government in Israel. He recently returned to Jerusalem from a sabbatical year as a visiting professor in the Government Department at Harvard University.
Professor Hazan is a frequent commentator on CNN, FOX, BBC, NPR and other networks, providing insight into the latest developments in Israeli politics. He has been quoted in magazines such as Time and Newsweek and in newspapers across North America from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal.
Niro Taub is an artist and graduate of the Faculty of Visual Communications at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. His special brand of guided tours integrates the fascinating world of design and the arts. With more than 20 years of experience as a tour guide working in both Hebrew and in English, in Israel and around the world, Niro is known for the creative and visionary artistic tour-guiding aids that he has designed.
His unique method of tour-guiding places an emphasis on experiential and memorable excursions, which use of the language of art and design in order to cultivate a better understanding of the contexts at play – history, culture, society and current affairs – in the locations where the tours take place.
Prominent Israeli artist Sigalit Landau is a true master of performance art. Her works often show the body as a graceful bridge between the buoyant and liberating expansiveness of the sea and the heavy weight of the land, the conflicts over the latter fueled by nationalism, patterns of justice, and competing assertions of ancestral rights.
Dr. Rachel Korazim
Dr. Korazim is a freelance Jewish education consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. Rachel opens for her audiences a window to Israeli society through literature; through stories, poems and songs of the best of Israel’s writers, she invites listeners to engage with Israel in an innovative way. Until 2008 she had been the Academic Director of Distance learning programs at The JAFI Department of Education.
Born in Israel, she had served in the I.D.F as an officer in the central training base for women and was later, a member of the I.D.F delegation to Niger (West Africa). She is a graduate of Haifa University with a PhD in Jewish education. Rachel has a vast experience in Jewish education both in Israel and the Diaspora. As one of the founders and directors of a special program for soldiers from disadvantaged background, she was responsible for creating the educational framework and training teachers for the implementation of the program.
Since her first Shlichut to Canada where she was the head of JAFI delegation from (1985 to 1988) she is involved with Jewish education worldwide; creating and implementing in-service training programs for educators, writing educational materials, counseling and teaching. Rachel is familiar, through many visits, with the Jewish education communities of the US, Canada, Latin America and Europe. Since 1990 she has invested a lot of her time and energy in helping the emerging Jewish schools of Hungary.
Rachel teaches at Israel’s well known learning centers such as Pardes and the Shalom Harman Institutes as well as numerous world Jewish communities.