Our Staff

Dan Herman

Director of International Department

I think BINA's vision carries tremendous potential not just for Israeli society, but as a common ground to bring together Jews from all over the world as part of a unified Jewish people that carries social justice as a key component of its collective identity."

A native of Milwaukee, Dan completed his BA in History and Hebrew Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and is a graduate of BINA's Tikkun Olam and Bagatzim programs. During his army service, Dan served in the Foreign Liaison's unit of the IDF Strategic Division. In the past, Dan worked in Bina's Beit Midrash division, was a counselor in Tikkun Olam, and was Director of Admissions & Recruitment for Tikkun Olam. Today, Dan is Director of the BINA International Department. Dan is also studying for his MBA in Non Profit Management at Haifa University.

http://facebook.com/dantikkunolam dan@bina.org.il

Rakefet Sholder

Deputy Director, International Department and long term programs coordinator

BINA enables me to express my Zionism in a Jewish way."

Rakefet was born and raised in Herzliya and served as an officer in the Israeli Air Force. After the army, she moved to Jerusalem to study at Hebrew University. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Middle East Studied and a M.A. in Geography and Environmental Management. In addition to her studies at the university, Rakefet studied Jewish texts with different groups and organizations for many years. During her years in university she was a counselor in the CISV Global Peace Education program, volunteered in shelter for young women and volunteered with lonely soldiers. After working for 4 years with an Environmental Management company in Jerusalem, Rakefet moved to Tel-Aviv to work for BINA where she oversees a range of different programming as the Deputy Director of the BINA International Department.

http://www.tikkunolamisrael.org rakefet.bina@gmail.com +972.52.3074387

Yuval Linden

Director of BINA's Mechina (pre-army program); GAP Year Director

In BINA I found partners in the effort to deepen and strengthen the Israeli Jewish pluralistic identity."

Born In Jerusalem, Yuval is an educator in the field of general history, Jewish studies and politics. He is a graduate of Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva with a B.A in History and Government & Politics. Yuval is currently studying for an M.A. in History at Tel-Aviv University.
In addition to teaching in both formal and informal frameworks, Yuval is also a qualified tour guide in Israel and eastern Europe, certified by the Israeli Ministry of Education. He is the resident tour guide for the Tikun Olam program.

yuval@bina.org.il +972.54.6240237

Kali Silverman

Director of Recruitment and Admissions for International Programs

I immediately connected with BINA’s mission, and feel proud to be part of such an active and meaningful community in Israel.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kali received her B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. Throughout high school, Kali was active in Habonim Dror. She participated in their gap-year program in Israel, Workshop, and upon her return to Philadelphia, became a leader at Habonim Dror Camp Galil and in the year-round programming. After graduating, Kali was elected to become the National Director (Mazkira Klalit) of Habonim Dror North America. After finishing her term of 2 years, Kali worked at the Foundation for Jewish Camp as a Program Manager, organizing professional development programs for camp professionals and summer counselors. She soon realized that New York City could never compete with Tel Aviv and she made aliyah in 2015. After studying in ulpan, Kali came to BINA to actively engage with her Jewish identity and become a part of the thriving community of social activists and educators. Kali is passionate about public transportation, making tacos, and public art.

Arya Donay

International Recruitment Coordinator

BINA has given me the pluralistic community I have been looking for since making aliyah."

Arya was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Arya grew up as an active member of the Conservative movement and has been involved with USY, Camp Ramah and other Jewish organizations. He is also an Eagle Scout. He has a passion for informal Jewish education and has been involved in many capacities in this world for many years. Arya graduated with a B.A. in International Relations, with an emphasis in the Middle East and North America, and a minor in Entrepreneurial Technology Management from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Since making aliya and finishing his army service in the 932 Nachal Brigade, Arya, has worked in education, tourism, hi-tech industry, and has finally found a home at BINA.

aryad@bina.org.il +972.54.8085502

Sasha Gold

Tikkun Olam post-college program Coordinator

I came to Israel to be a part of the project of building a Jewish national home informed by our culture and values, and for me BINA is the perfect place to do that!

Sasha grew up in London, but for the last four years Tel Aviv has been her home. She grew up very involved in FZY, a British Zionist youth movement, and after spending her gap year with them in Israel, she knew she wanted to make aliyah and work in informal education. After spending a year as a madricha on FZY's gap year program, Sasha began working at BINA and has not looked back since. After having worked in a number of roles in BINA, Sasha is now the Coordinator for the Tikkun Olam post-college program. Sasha has a BA in English Literature from the University of Leeds and an MA in Gender Studies from Tel Aviv University.

sasha@bina.org.il +972.58.4562890

Zoe Jick

Director, English Beit Midrash Tel Aviv

At BINA I found a place where I could learn Torah while still being exactly who I am".

Zoe was born and raised in Boston. She graduated with a BA in Religion from Wesleyan University. She later earned a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, for which she was also selected as Wexner Graduate Fellow for Jewish Education. Zoe is an alumna many Israel programs, including NFTY's EIE Semester in Israel, and Kivunim. She currently lives in Yaffo, and she works at BINA's Secular Yeshiva as Director of the English Beit Midrash Tel Aviv.

zoe@bina.org.il

Inna Katsenelson

MITF coordinator (North)

I've found a place where I can plant some seeds of tolerance, Jewish solidarity, love of the people and state of Israel alongside with critical thinking and Jewish and Israeli rejuvenation. Now we need the patience to wait for the harvest..."

Despite immigrating with her parents from Belarus aged six, Inna's second most used language after Hebrew is English. She grew up in Nazrat Illit where she was involved in the Scouts and local social action movements in school. Immediately after her release from the army where she served as an education officer, she participated in the Conservative movement's Rama summer camp in the United States. This experience opened the door to the world of Jewish education. While studying in a combined BA and MA program for teachers in Jewish History and thought, she worked in the Rothberg International School with students from all around the world. Inna and her husband have recently returned from Sydney, after 3 years of Shlichut where she taught in Jewish schools, communal organisations and Synagogues.

inna@bina.org.il

Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg

Senior Educator

For me BINA is just the right combination of Judaism, culture, learning and action."

A native of Chicago, Elliot received a BA in Psychology from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and an MA in Jewish Education and an MA in Hebrew Literature from JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary, New York). After teaching for several years at a Jewish day school in New York, Elliot came to Israel on BINA’s Tikkun Olam (“World Repair") program and has been with BINA ever since. Elliot is also involved in Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers, LGBT Community Center and Neve Tzedek Masorti Congregation. Elliot likes literature, languages, human rights, and ice cream.

http://facebook.com/eglassenberg elliot@bina.org.il +972.50.2449774

Julia Tobias

Communications & External Relations Manager

Born and raised in London, Julia made Aliya in 1998. She is an English Literature graduate from Queen Mary University, London, and studied for her MA at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. After a decade working in Higher Education project management at the British Council and at the University of the People, she now works in BINA’s External Relations department as the communications and external relations manager. When she’s not at BINA, Julia is a tour guide in Yad Vashem and lives in Modiin with her husband and two sons.

juliat@bina.org.il