A member of Hod Vehadar, the Masorti community in Kfar Saba, Emily Levy-Shochat moved to Israel from the United States in 1979. A graduate of the Jewish professional leadership program at Brandeis University, she served as a faculty member of the Schwartz Program for Non-Profit and Community Organization Management at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Levy-Shochat managed foundations providing counseling for women and supporting children with heart disease, and currently runs a consulting service for non-profit organizations. She has served as the chairperson for the parents’ committee of TALI schools, and is currently a board member for Israel’s National Transplant Center and the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jewry.
Nerya Refael Knafo
Born and raised within the religious-Zionist community in Ashdod, Nerya Refael Knafo is a graduate of Yeshivat Or Etzion and has studied politics and government. As one of the founders and leaders of the youth branch of the Jewish Home party, he advised Knesset members and served as a manager of campaign offices for candidates for the Knesset. Knafo founded a forum for young representatives of political parties, and has served as a writer and editor in various media outlets.
Knafo is a graduate of the Shacharit organization’s “120” program for political leadership and the “Gvanim” program of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco to promote Jewish pluralism in Israel. He is also a member of the ROI Community of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Knafo is an activist promoting the values of the multicultural Jewish tradition, and education regarding the Sephardic community in Israel. He is a liturgical expert and musical leader at the Masorti community “Kehilat Zion” in Jerusalem.
Adi Saada holds a B.A. in Politics and Government from Ben Gurion University and is pursuing a masters degree from Mandel Leadership Institute. She has interned in the office of a member of Knesset, participated in the Model United Nations, and has an extensive background in programs that integrate new immigrants into Israeli society. Saada believes that in recent years, Israeli society has undergone a shift in its orientation to the relationship to religion and state which has not been reflected in government policy, and that Israeli society can be a cooperative space for all shades of Judaism to coexist.
Ayelet Ben-Shitrit was raised in Jerusalem, studied at a school with religious and secular classmates, and was active in the Masorti youth movement, Noam. She completed a year of service through the Jewish Agency in the Conservative Jewish community in Chicago. Ben-Shitrit worked as a counselor in the Hanaton army preparatory program, and is involved with informal education for a wide variety of demographics
Adam Berman hold a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and is currently pursuing Masorti rabbinic ordination at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he was active in USY, the youth movement of Conservative Judaism in North America, and continues to lead USY Pilgrimage groups to Europe and Israel. Berman moved to Israel in 2013 and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a lone soldier.