|Dr. David Mendelsohn||
Dr. David Mendelsohn is the Academic Director at Givat Haviva Institute in Israel. Dr. Mendelsohn's area of expertise includes Islamic Studies, History and Culture of Arabs with Israeli Citizenship, Bedouin Law and the relationship between language and culture in Arabic and Hebrew. His current research examines the influence of Hebrew on the dialects of Arabic spoken in Israel. Mendelsohn also lectures on the history and relationships between Middle East countries and militant organizations
A graduate of Tel Aviv University with a Masters Degree in Film, Galit is a screenwriter who has also worked extensively as an informal Jewish educator in Israel and the Diaspora.
In addition to working on screenplays and lecturing, Galit is an editor for the Online Encyclopedia of Ynet and a regular contributor to their website’s Travel and Tourism section.
Galit has presented workshops and lectured throughout Israel in a variety of forums, and she specializes in the way Israeli cinema reflects on society.
Steve is originally from England and made Aliyah to a kibbutz in 1975, where he spent his first 8 years. In 1982 he moved to Jerusalem where he obtained a Masters in Jewish History and re-entered the field of Jewish education, which he has been involved with ever since. Steve teaches in various frameworks as well as training educators in a variety of skills and writing educational material. Most importantly, he is married to Dena, an ex-New Yorker, and has four boys and a very noisy home in Jerusalem.
Already ordained as a Reform Rabbi, Mira is also studying for her doctorate in Kabbalah. Mira also spent time in the U.S. studying at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as the Director of Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv - Jaffa for 3 years before going abroad and teaching at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.