Staff

צוות מוביל - מנכ
Meiri Ben-Sasson
CEO

Meiri has headed Lamerhav since 2009. Previously he served as CEO of Keshet, a network of schools integrating religious and secular students, and as CEO of Aluma, the Ministry of Education department in charge of teacher-soldiers and the national service authority. His academic background includes both history and Jewish thought, as well as an MA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem’s Schwartz Program in Non-Profit Management. In his previous positions he similarly led organizations dedicated to promoting values and community engagement. Meiri sees Lamerhav as a groundbreaking organization in the field of supporting at-risk young adults, one which should expand the scope of activity hand-in-hand with sister organizations and governmental agencies.

צוות מוביל - נתן גלמן
Natan Gelman
Professional Director

Natan holds a BA in sociology and art and an MA in immigration and social integration studies. He is also a group facilitator and personal coach. He has been Lamerhav’s professional director since 2010, as well as a founding member and chairman of the National Forum of Organizations for At-risk Young Adults. Natan believes that another generation of at-risk young adults is not inevitable.

צוות מוביל - עדי לנדאו
Adi Landau
CFO

Adi holds an LLB and a BA in accounting and economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an LLM from Bar-Ilan University. She has over 18 years of experience in auditing businesses and nonprofits, as well as performing company analyses, financial feasibility studies, and providing financial consulting to companies and self-employed individuals in various industries. Adi has been Lamerhav’s CFO since September 1, 2016, where she leads budget planning, cashflow management, resource revenue projection, and the financial management of the organization’s partnerships with various donors and governmental agencies. She believes in the power of financial planning and education for all – from Lamerhav’s participants to the organization as a whole.

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Nili Bergida
Director of Research and Information Systems

Nili holds a BA in Economics and Management, and an MBA from the Ben Gurion University. Nili has extensive research and business experience that she has acquired as a partner in a consulting firm. She began her career at Lamerhav in 2014 as a volunteer consultant, leading a process to develop a measurement system that examines the effectiveness of the organization's activities. Nili believes in data-driven decision-making processes, hence the importance she sees in promoting and developing the Salesforce system in the organization. She is happy to be part of an organization that chooses to invest in advanced methods and tools, which enable continuous improvement in the support that the organization offers to young adults.

Leah Goeppinger-Levy
Leah Goeppinger-Levy
Director of Resource Development and Partnerships

Leah holds an LLB from the Hertizlya Interdisciplinary Institute and a BA in History from Smith College. She joined Lamerhav’s team in 2018. Leah has been a professional writer and consultant in the not-for-profit sector since 2001 and has worked for a number of Israeli organizations in various fields, including youth at risk, women’s rights, education, Jewish renaissance and pluralism, shared society, health and more. She strongly believes in the importance of transparent and close partnerships between organizations, the government and donors and their role in building a strong society in Israel.

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Yael Simon Suissa
Media Coordinator

Yael holds a BA in social work from the Ben Gurion University. She has experience in providing digital accessibility to young adults at-risk and to counselors. Previously, Yael worked at the Ministry of Education and led an online community for graduates of youth villages and foster families, with an emphasis on providing digital accessibility to their rights. She strongly believes in the connection between community social work and the digital community world. She currently serves as the Media and Community Coordinator for the National Forum of Organizations for At-risk Young Adults, and develops content for the community of staff working with young adults.

Shani Ariel Lomas
Coordinator of the ‘Shivilim Bamerhav’ (Paths for released lone soldiers) Program

Shani holds a BA in Social Education, Israel Studies and History. She has experience in managing youth educational programs in organizations seeking to reduce social gaps, as well as providing guidance and support to unique populations in the IDF. Shani provides counseling and guidance to lone soldiers after discharge, and creates an individually tailored guidance program as needed, with an emphasis on the utilization of rights. She believes that "knowledge is power" and works towards providing digital accessibility to lone soldiers after discharge.

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Pesya Markovski
Coordinator of the Program for Ultra-Orthodox Young Female Adults Program

Pesya holds an MA in Educational Counseling from the Israel Academic College in Ramat Gan. She specializes in parent mentoring according to the "Ayeka" method, on behalf of the David Yellin Academic College of Education. She has extensive experience with children and youth at-risk, when working as an educational counselor in various settings. Since 2015, she has been providing guidance and support to young female adults lacking a family support network, from an ultra-Orthodox background in Jerusalem. With these women, she is undergoing a meaningful and fascinating journey of development and evolution. She believes in love and connection, and feels privileged to be part of an organization that gives everyone a place to be who they are. She is the coordinator of the mentoring program for ultra-Orthodox women aged 18-24 without a family support network, that are graduates of the "Nigunim" Hostel in Jerusalem.

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Asya Aldema
Coordinator of the Guidance Program for Asylum Seekers Program

Asia holds a BA, and is a graduate of the inter-university program in multidisciplinary studies of African Studies and Business Administration, from the Ben-Gurion University. Asia has experience in providing individual and group guidance and support to youth and young adults at-risk, from a variety of populations. She believes in a culture-sensitive process that gives room to cultural gaps and different worldviews.

Hod Hasharon 

צוות מוביל - שלי זיסר
Shellie Zisser Muskal
Office Manager Hod-Hasharon

Sheli holds a BA in social science. She joined Lamerhav as manager of the Hod Hasharon office in April 2017 and really connects with the organization’s mission and enjoys the meaningful work there.

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meirav shpitz
Counselor

Merav holds an MA in Drama Therapy from the University of Haifa. She is currently specializing in family and couple therapy at the Barcai Institute. She has experience working with parents, children and adults in therapeutic settings. She believes in combining diverse therapeutic practices in the therapeutic process.

צוות מוביל - נועם אלקנה
Noam Elkana
Director of Lamerhav Hod Hasharon House

Noam holds a BA in behavioral science, and both a BA and MA in clinical social work, with a specialization in children and youth. His experience includes working in therapeutic settings and as a child and youth psychodynamic therapist. Noam is a counselor at Lamerhav's Hod Hasharon House.

צוות מוביל - רות ברוך
Ruth Baruch
Counselor

Ruth is a personal counselor, group facilitator, and lead coordinator for selection and onboarding at Lamerhav's Hod Hasharon House. She holds both a BA and a clinical MA in social work from Tel Aviv University and has experience in working with youth in therapeutic-educational settings. Ruth has been a counselor at Lamerhav since 2014 and really enjoys the privilege of working with the participants.

צוות מוביל - טלי דיין
Tali Dayan
Counselor

Tali has been a personal counselor and group facilitator at Lamerhav's Hod Hasharon House since 2014. She holds a BA in social work from Tel Hai College and is working towards an MA in clinical social work at Bar-Ilan University. Tali is the coordinator of the military/national service phase of Lamerhav’s program, and also runs a short-term, one-on-one counseling project utilizing horseback riding.

מור אלקובי - צוות מוביל
Mor Alkobi
Counselor

Mor holds a BA in psychology, modern Jewish studies, and Israel studies, and is currently studying for an MA in clinical social work. Her experience includes work in youth educational-therapeutic settings. Alkobi is a personal counselor and facilitator of the military/national service phase at Lamerhav's Hod Hasharon House, and coordinates the social aspects of the center’s programs.

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Gal Haichik Hovers
Counselor

Gal Holds a BA in Social Work from the Hebrew University. She is currently a graduate student in Clinical Social Work at Bar Ilan University. She has experience working with children and youth in therapeutic settings and in the mental health field.

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Noa Adelstein
Counselor

Noa is a graduate student in Clinical Social Work at Bar Ilan University, and holds a BA in Social Work. She has experience working with children and adolescents in post-hospitalization and therapeutic settings. She is a personal counselor in Hod Hasharon, taking part in individual guidance and support of the female young adults at 'Omer's House'.

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Daniel markovich
Counselor

Daniel holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Clinical Social Work from the Ben Gurion University. He has extensive experience in working with adults in the field of mental health, and therapeutic experience working with youth, using a psychoanalytic orientation.

Beer Sheva

נתנאל חדד
Netanel Hadad
Director of Lamerhav Be’er Sheva House

Netanel holds a Clinical MSW from Bar-Ilan University and since 2006 has been working with at-risk children and young adults as well as in the field of out-of-home placements. His previous positions include managing emergency child protective services, heading the professional staff at a boarding school for at-risk kids, managing a center for assistance to victims of sexual assault, and managing a treatment center boarding school for Be’er Sheva youth. Netanel joined Lamerhav out of a deep commitment to the importance of the continuity of treatment concept in supporting at-risk youth and young adults who lack a family support network. He believes strongly in young people and that the connection with them has the power to create the space for personal and social development and growth.

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Michelle Tal
Counselor

Michelle is a personal counselor, mentoring Lamerhav participants during stage 3 of the program in Be'er Sheva, and coordinates stage 2 (military service). She is also lead coordinator for selection and onboarding at Lamerhav. She holds a BA in Social Work from Ben Gurion University. "I have worked for two years at a start-up center in Be'er Sheva, which provides services and response on various issues to young adults aged 18-35. In recent years, I have worked as a coordinator of employment courses for youth at risk. I have accumulated experience in various projects that dealt with individual and group youth counseling."

צוות מוביל - אנה חיה מושינסקי
Anna Chaya Mushinsky
Office Manager beer sheva

Anna is married to Daniel, and is the administrative coordinator and supervisor at the Be’er Sheva Lamerhav Center. She is a graduate of “Betzefer”, the Israeli advertising agencies academy, with a concentration in marketing and advertising, as well as of Shenkar College, where she studied graphic design. Anna works hard to provide a warm and supportive atmosphere for both participants and staff. “I believe that through the right counseling and guidance it’s possible for Israeli young adults to realize their potential and expand their abilities, and that is why I support and participate in creating the kind of place that helps drive them to succeed.”

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Roni Weinberg
Counselor

Roni holds a BA in Social Work from the Ben Gurion University. She has experience in providing guidance and support to children and youth from a variety of at-risk populations. She has experience in coordinating individual and group projects. She believes in an individualized, attentive and warm mentoring process that has faith in each person's ability to move toward their goals. She provides guidance to future soldiers, as well as IDF soldiers in Stage Two of 'Lamerhav' and 'Partners for the Road' Programs. In addition, she coordinates the activities of the club at 'The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin' in Beer Sheva.

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Avital Rubinstein
Counselor

Avital is a personal counselor and lead coordinator of the “Partners for the Road – Be’er Sheva” program. She holds a BA in social work with a specialization in youth studies from Ben Gurion University, and is experienced in working one-on-one and with groups of young adults, focusing on the prevention of risky behavior and drugs and alcohol abuse.

צוות מוביל - דוד אברהם
David Avraham
Counselor

David is a counselor and coordinator for selection and onboarding at Lamerhav’s Be’er Sheva House. He holds a B.Ed. from the Open University. For the past several years, David has been acquiring additional experience working in post-hospitalization settings and with special needs youth in mainstream education.

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Shay Iso Ademka
councelor

Shay was born in Ethiopia, and made Aliyah at the age of five during Operation Moses. He is married to Eleanor and is the father of Ella, Nativ and Arbel. He is an educator and educational entrepreneur in the field of instruction, guidance and development of diverse and integrated programs tailored to the reality of the 21st century.

He has extensive experience working with children and youth at-risk in a variety of positions and organizations, from instructor, through instructors' coordinator at youth villages for children and youth at-risk, to management of the establishment and marketing of educational projects at Beit Hatfutsot Museum, the Kinneret Innovation Center, and in a number of municipalities and organizations from the three sectors. He is a senior advisor in creative thinking development, and teaches innovation principles in a variety of organizations and instruction teams.

He develops and leads workshops for developing creative thinking and personal innovation in a changing reality that fits the new world of work. He holds a BA from the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at the University of Haifa. He is a certified facilitator and graduate of the facilitator course at the 'Center for the Development of Creative Intelligence and Readiness for the New World'. He is qualified in Systematic Inventive Thinking – SIT.