STAFF

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Mikhael Manekin​

Director

Mikhael is the director of the Alliance Fellowship program. Before running the Alliance, Mikhael served as the director of Molad- a non-partisan progressive think tank in Jerusalem focused on democratic change in Israel. Prior to that, Mikhael was the executive director of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli military veterans’ group focused on educating the public as to the results of military control of the West Bank and Gaza.

Mikhael has written about Israeli foreign affairs as well as Arab-Jewish relations in various publications, including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Haaretz and The Nation. Mikhael is currently a fellow at the Katznelson Foundation, where he writes on Israeli Foreign Policy.  He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

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Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya

Program Director

Since 2015, Nasreen has served as the Director of the Arab-Jewish Relations Program at The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) where she was previously a researcher. Prior to her work with IDI, Nasreen directed the Merchavim Institute’s initiative, Diversity in the Teachers’ Room, collaborating with the Ministry of Education to integrate Arab teachers into Jewish schools. A native of Ramla and an expert in the field of Arab-Jewish relations, Nasreen works to bridge socio-economic gaps between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. In particular, she has expertise on efforts to advance informal education in Israel’s Arab society, lift the socioeconomic profile of Arab youth, improve integration of Arab citizens into higher education and the job market, and increase representation of Arabs in Israel’s civil service and decision-making circles. Nasreen has won numerous academic distinctions and scholarships, including the University Merit Scholarship of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Geography and Human Environment (2012) and a Merit Scholarship from the Bikura Science Foundation (2011-2012). A current Doctoral candidate at Tel Aviv University, her thesis examines “The contemporary impact of social space barriers on the inaction and future orientation of young Arabs aged 18–22.” She holds an MA in Education and Social Geography. Nasreen is a senior consultant at Portland Trust and a board member of the New Israel Fund and the Israel Women’s Network.

Yael Urbach

Project Manager

Yael studies Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She ran the Democratic Camp Jerusalem headquarters in the 2019 general elections and the Meretz volunteer department in the Jerusalem municipal elections in 2108. In 2017, Yael was one of the leaders of the successful struggle against refugee deportation. In addition, Yael has been active in recent years in the campaign for direct employment in Hebrew University, as well as LGBT, and income and racial equality campaigns.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

פרד-טאובר
Alfred I. Tauber

Chairman

Alfred I. Tauber is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Zoltan Kohn Professor Emeritus of Medicine, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at the Boston University. A hematologist and biochemist by training, he has published over 125 research papers in immunology, biochemistry, and cell biology. In addition as a philosopher and historian of science, Prof. Tauber has published extensively on 19th and 20th century biomedicine, contemporary science studies, and ethics. In May 2008, Prof. Tauber received the Medal for Science, the highest honor awarded by the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy, and in 2011 he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy honors causa from the University of Haifa, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors, 2013-2019.

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Basha'er F. Jayoussi

Board Member

Basha`er F. Jayoussi is an attorney and owner of a private law firm in Haifa focusing on civil law and litigation. She is co-chair of The Abraham Fund Initiatives, a non-profit working to promote coexistence and equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab-Palestinian citizens. Basha`er maintains a strong connection with the University of Haifa, serving as chair of the Control committee, member of the board of governors, and, for the past nine years, member of the executive committee. She was also chair of the board of the university’s Jewish-Arab Center, an academic center leading research and community projects. A dedicated community member, Basha`er also served as director and chair of the Audit Committee at Haifa Port Company as well as a member of the executive board of the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel. She was also a member of the committee of judges for the Sokolov Award for Journalism in Electronic Media in 2010 and the Sokolov Award for Print Journalism in 2011.

עמי-אילון
AmI Ayalon

Board Member

Admiral (Res.) Ami Ayalon is a former director of the Shin Bet, commander of the Israeli Navy, government minister and member of Knesset. He holds an MA in public administration from Harvard University and an LL.M. from Bar-Ilan University. He is chairman of Akim, the National Association for the Habilitation of the Intellectually Disabled, and chairman of the Executive Committee of the University of Haifa.
In 2000, during the second intifada, Ami Ayalon founded together with Professor Sari Nusseibeh, the movement of the “Amifkad ALeumi” (“the national census”), which aims to raise the Israelis and the Palestinians to sign a document of principles agreed to end the conflict. About 450 000 people, Jews and Palestinians, signed the document.

דיאנה-ליפטון
Diana Lipton

Board Member

Before coming to Israel in 2011, Diana Lipton was a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge (1997-2006), and a Reader in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at King’s College London (2007-2011). Here in Israel, she’s lectured on Bible at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School and, currently, in the Bible Department at Tel Aviv University. She’s the very proud mother of Jacob and Jonah, and lives in Jerusalem with her husband Chaim. Her latest book, ‘From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey: A Commentary on Food in the Torah’ (Urim Publications) is available on Amazon; proceeds go to Leket, Israel’s national food bank.

גון-הלפין
John Halpin

Board Member

John Halpin is a senior fellow at American Progress focusing on political theory, communications, and public opinion analysis. He is the co-director and creator of the Progressive Studies Program at CAP, an interdisciplinary project researching the intellectual history, foundational principles, and public understanding of progressivism. Halpin is the co-author with John Podesta of The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country, a 2008 book about the history and future of the progressive movement.
Halpin has been at American Progress since 2003, previously serving as director of research and executive speechwriter. Halpin wrote the daily Talking Points newsletter for the Center for American Progress Action Fund from 2004 through 2005, and has directed numerous CAP communications projects on issues including faith in politics, health care, consumer debt, taxes, poverty, and foreign policy. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, providing strategic guidance and public opinion research for political parties and candidates including Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, the British Labor Party, the Austrian Social Democrats, and a range of congressional, state legislative, and initiative campaigns.

משה-הלברטל
Moshe Halbertal

Board Member

Professor Halbertal received his PhD from The Hebrew University in 1989. From 1988 to 1992 he was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Professor Halbertal served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School. He is currently a professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at The Hebrew University and the Gruss Professor at NYU Law School. He is the author of many books, including Idolatry (co-authored with Avishai Margalit, 1992); People of the Book: Canon, Meaning, and Authority (1997), both published by Harvard University Press; Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Tradition and its Philosophical Implications (2007); On Sacrifice (2012); Maimonides: Life and Thought (2013), published by Princeton University Press. Professor Halbertal was the recipient of the Goldstein-Goren Book Award for the best book in Jewish thought in the years 1997 to 2000. He was named a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2010). In 2015, he delivered the University of Chicago Law School Dewey Lecture on “Three Concepts of Human Dignity.”

סיד-טופול
Sid Topol

Board Member

Sid Topol, a graduate of Boston Latin School is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. in Physics and honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard-MIT Radar School and has been awarded the MIT Corporate Leadership Award. Mr. Topol has been inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Cable Television Hall of Fame, MTC Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame. Mr. Topol is also a friend of Ameinu, board member of Americans for Peace Now, and a member of the JCRC Council. Formerly Chairman of Scientific-Atlanta, he is now President of The Topol Group LLC and The Topol Family Fund.
Topol hold a B.S. in physics and an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard-MIT Radar School and has been awarded the MIT Corporate Leadership Award. Mr. Topol has been inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, the Cable Television Hall of Fame, the MTC Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame.

In the Boston area, Topol has served on the board of the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Community Relations, Council of Greater Boston, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.
Topol has served on the board of Americans for Peace Now since 2000 and the J Street PAC since 2008. He served on the board of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom from 2004-2009.
Topol’s newest peace-related venture is funding programs to create leaders of non-violence at ten universities in the U.S. and Israel.
Topol is President of The Topol Group LLC and The Topol Family Fund.