Staff

Eran Baruch

Executive Director of BINA

BINA is the place where I can express my Jewishness in the most full and challenging way."

Eran Baruch, a proud redhead, was born and raised in the cooperative Israeli moshav Beit-Zait. In 1985 he joined the army and served in the combat unit Golani as a company commander. In 1992 Eran spent three years in Budapest, Hungary as an emissary for the Jewish Agency. Eran has held several positions at BINA, including Educational Director and Rosh Yeshiva. He is the initiator of BINA’s social action program (“BINA BaShchuna”) and the founder of BINA’s Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. Currently he serves as BINA's Executive Director. Eran holds a BA in Humanities and an MA from Bar-Ilan University in Hermeneutics. He lives in Srigim located in the Valley of Elah with his wife and three children.

eran@bina.org.il +972.3.5342997

Noga Brenner Samia

Deputy Director of BINA

BINA means 'Home for the Creation of a Nation's Soul'...for me it just means 'home'."

Noga was raised both in New York and Netanya. After serving as a sergeant in the IDF, Noga attained a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education from HUC/Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She worked in the military and the pharmaceutical industries in finance, sales and marketing. In 2005, Noga joined KolDor, a global network of young Jewish leaders promoting Jewish Peoplehood, as executive director. She is currently Deupty Director at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a teacher at the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. She is the founder of a Jewish renewal community in Tel-Mond, where she lives with her husband and three children.

noga@bina.org.il +972.52.2751577

Nir Braudo

Head of the Secular Yeshiva Network, BINA Deputy Director

Danger! Construction Zone!! At BINA we are building the 2nd floor of the Zionist idea. The Renaissance of the Jewish culture, ongoing struggle for social justice and the love of all mankind are our building materials."

Nir Braudo was born in 1977 in Kiriyat Ono. He did a year of pre-army service with the Noar HaOved in Bet Shean. He served as an officer in the Nahal and currently serves as a Major in the reserves. Nir is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University's department of Hebrew literature. Nir initiated and coordinated the “Din Rodef Shalom” campaign prior to the disengagement from Gaza. He was a permanent guest on Y-Net and on Chanel 10’s Torah Portion program for children. Nir is a member of the founding committee of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel-Aviv, and is now head of the Yeshiva and teacher there. He founded the Beer Sheva branch of BINA and was the director of BINA’s Social Action program (BINA BaShchuna) in Beer Sheva and Tel-Aviv. Previously he served as central shaliach for the WZO in the USA. Nir lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and two children.

nir@bina.org.il +972.3.639.9127

Tamir Nir

Director of the Secular Yeshiva, Tel Aviv

At BINA I found a home, a family, a community. BINA is a place where I can be the architect of my own Jewish culture, to develop a new way of life and to bring about change in Israeli society."

Tamir Nir is a renown Israeli leader, educator and rabbi. Tamir currently serves as Director of the Tel Aviv Secular Yeshiva of BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. Tamir is also founder and rabbi of the “Achva B’Kerem” community in Beit Hakerem, chairman of the Heschel Center for Sustainability, Jerusalem City Council Member, and former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem. Tamir’s educational work and leadership focuses on the intersection of Judaism, community-building and environmental sustainability. Tamir holds degrees in Jewish Education, Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. He lives in Beit Hakerem with his wife and three children.

tamir@bina.org.il 054-4807400

Dr. Shimon Vaknin

Director of the Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva

Learn and teach, demand and do."

Dr. Shimon Vaknin is a renown Israeli Bible scholar and educator. Shimon was born and raised in a traditional Jewish Moroccan family in Beer Sheva. After attending yeshiva high school, Shimon served as an officer in the IDF Nahal Brigade. Shimon received a B.A. in Jewish Thought and Ph.D. in Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with a focus on the judicial system of Ancient Israel. Shimon has taught bible for over ten years - in Israeli secular public schools, Ben Gurion University, Achva College and Kaye College and now the BINA Secular Yeshiva. Shimon also participated in a special multi-year national project researching ancient prayer, under the auspices of Professor Uri Ehrlich. Today Dr. Vaknin heads the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Beer Sheva, teaches at Kaye College, serves as current chair of the Negev Forum for Jewish Pluralism, and is active in numerous religious, secular and pluralistic communities in Beer Sheva. He lives in Beer Sheva with his wife and two children.

shimon@bina.org.il

Ariel Levinson

Co-Director of the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva

There’s nothing like being a part of an important educational mission that’s changing the face of Israeli society.”

Born in 1979, a teacher of Hebrew Literature and Jewish culture, Ariel just completed his PhD at the Hebrew Literature Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Winner of The Warburg prize and the Nathan Rotenstreich Grant for Excellent Doctoral Students in The Humanities 2013-2016, given by the Council for Higher Education, Israel. Winner of the Harry & Silvia Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship Program, 2010 – 2013, Hebrew University. Artistic director and curator of The Studio, a joint venture by the Gesher and Avichai Foundations - a hub for leading writers and directors of cinema and television, enhancing connection and inspiration from the Hebrew story and Jewish and Israeli culture. A board member of The Jerusalem Season of Culture. A cultural entrepreneur and founding partner and Director of the BINA Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva. Ariel is married and the father of two girls and a boy.

arielevinson@gmail.com +972.77.3372561

Ma’ayan Arazi Malnarsky

Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing

Ma’ayan lives in Ramat Hasharon and has two children. She has a BA in Communications and Management from the College of Management and an MBA from Tel Aviv University as well as an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University. She began her career as a client manager and supervisor in advertising and managed numerous campaigns for commercial clients and pro-bono work in the non-profit sector. Maayan joined BINA in April 2016 and since then she successfully led BINA’s re-branding process, works on the implementation and mainstreaming of internal organizational work processes and manages training and development of professional skills among the various work teams.

Uri Carmel

Director of BINA Bashchuna

I came to BINA in order to implement community service and social work that is inspired by the deep values of humanism and solidarity that are fundamental in our Jewish culture."

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Ashdod, Uri is a community social worker by training. Uri currently lives in Be'er Sheva and is a member of "Kamah" - an urban cooperative community. Uri served as an Aliyah Shaliach and as the Habonim Dror representative in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Uri is one of the founders of “BINA BaSchunah" (BINA in the Neighborhood) in Be'er Sheva. He has been director of the nationwide “BINA BaSchunah” program since 2010.

uri@bina.org.il