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.
Devora Greenberg is the Director of the Education and Activism Department of the Jewish Pluralism Watch. Devora also serves as the Director of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement’s Rav Siach Program – an initiative aiming to strengthen the relationship between Masorti congregations in Israel and Conservative congregations around the world.
Born and bred in Jerusalem and the child of British olim, Devora joined the Masorti Movement team after working in many educational capacities for Ramah Programs in Israel and the National Ramah Commission. She served as Assistant Director for the Ramah Israel Seminar and has coordinated and guided the Ramah Seminar Poland Program for many years.
Devora spent two years in the U.S.A. as the central Shlicha (emissary) from the Jewish Agency’s Aliyah Department for the Conservative Movement. Devora holds an M.A from the Hebrew University in Contemporary Judaism. She is active in the Zion Congregation in Jerusalem and sits on its Executive Board.