About / Team

A roadmap, goals, plans and milestones are our bread and butter. But beyond all this, the people are the most important factor that leads to success.

Over the years, we built together a committed and diverse team, which continuously learns, is attentive and sees its work in the foundation as a social mission and a great privilege to be part of.

Team members

Eli Hurvitz

Executive Director

Eli Hurvitz has been at the forefront of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in Israel for the last decade. He was among the founders of “Avney Rosha“, the Israel Institute for School Leadership, and of the “Nachshon” project, which provides online tutoring for high school students nation-wide. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of “Hemda“, a science teaching center in Tel-Aviv, and of “Hakol Hinuch”, a public movement which strives to strengthen public education in Israel. Hurvitz coordinated “the Committee for Changing the Status of the National Library”, chaired by Supreme Court Judge, Prof. Yitzhak Zamir, and was among the founders of the “Guidestar” project in Israel.

From 2000 to 2011, Hurvitz served as the Deputy Director of Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Family Foundation, and beforehand he was the assistant to the Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign and Defense Committee. Hurvitz holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern history from the Tel Aviv University.

Yael Bar Moshe

Teachers & Teaching Program Officer

Yael leads the field of teachers and pedagogy in the program team.

She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science from Bar-Ilan University and a master’s degree in management and leadership in education from Tel Aviv University. Yael is a graduate of TFI (Teach First Israel), and was a mathematics and computer science in middle schools teacher in the social periphery of Israel. While teaching in Ramla middle school, she initiated a program to promote girls in the STEM fields.

Adi Bar Zvi

Director of Media

As part of her work in the media team, Adi is responsible for representing the Foundation and its partners in the traditional media and its digital assets. She also develops new initiatives for the online magazine ‘It’s Time for Education’, amongst which the podcast ‘Listening to Education’.

Adi holds a BA in Psychology and is completing her MA in Clinical Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She served in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the Israeli Air Force and later worked at Channel 2 News as content editor and news reporter. Adi is interested in the meeting point between the worlds of communication and psychology, and takes part in educational initiatives such as Drink & Think Different.

Keren Derzi

Office Manager

Keren is responsible of all the administrative and logistical aspects of the office. She supports the day-to-day activities of the programs and grant operation team, coordinates special projects and events and is in charge of updating the CRM and accounting data. .

Keren holds an MBA from The Lander Institute in Jerusalem. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked at “Teva Pharmaceuticals” where she was site Facilities Operations Manager. During this time she led the team, initiated projects and worked towards improving the streamlining processes.

Revital Drori

Program Director

Revital leads the foundation’s program team, which deals with initiating and accompanying programs, which aim to promote and expand excellence in mathematics in middle school. In her previous role, she managed the local partnerships in the fund.

Formerly, she developed and led Excellence Programs in mathematics and science at the ‘Israeli Center for Excellence through Education’, where she coached teachers and facilitated professional development groups. Revital began her career as a science teacher and taught in schools for 17 years. She holds an MA in Science teaching and a BSc in Biology from Tel Aviv University.

Adi Kidron

Program Officer

Adi is responsible for the development of learning materials that promote mathematical excellence in middle-school students. To do so, he builds partnerships with curriculum developers that explore the added value of different disciplinary contexts to mathematical literacy.

Adi holds a Ph.D in education from the University of Haifa (dissertation topic: interdisciplinary learning in a networked society), and completed his postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Marcia Linn’s research group at the University of California Berkeley. He holds an M.A. in curriculum development, a B.A. in psychology and a BSc in biology, all from Tel Aviv University. Previously, he was a member of the Israeli Center of Research Excellence on learning in a networked society and worked as an instructional designer for over 20 years in different Ed-Tech companies.

Sivan Landman

Local Partnerships Officer

Sivan is responsible for developing and coordinating partnerships with local government in order to expand the circle of excellence in mathematics and science in Israeli high schools.

Formerly, she led the cities of excellence forum within the Institute for Local Government in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University. Prior to that, she she worked at Shiur Acher (‘A Different Lesson’) NGO, where she led the ‘Teach Together’ program, integrating teaching assistants in secondary school classrooms in order to encourage students to select, persist and succeed in advanced mathematics, physics and chemistry studies. Sivan began her career as a mathematics teacher and taught in schools for 5 years. She holds a B.A in Economy and business administration from University of Haifa.

Limor Maimon

Grants Operations and Information Systems Officer

Limor provides assistance and guidance in the grants operation process from the grants’ approval. She is also responsible for convening and professional meetings that help advance the foundation’s strategy.

Limor holds a BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern History from Bar Ilan University. Previously, she worked at the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) as the Channel 1 director’s office manager.

Karin Tamar Schafferman

Director of Well-Being

Before joining the foundation in 2015, Karin worked as a social analyst at MIDOT, where she promoted evaluation and measurement tools among NGOs, and provided advice on corporate responsibility (CSR). Prior to that, she worked at the Israel Democracy Institute as manager of the organization’s website and as member of the journal “Parliament”. Karin holds a BA and an MA in Social Studies, which she both graduated with distinction – Magna Cum Laude at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Tirtsa Shamian

Grant Operations Director

Tirtsa is responsible for managing the portfolio of the foundation’s grants and guiding the foundation’s grants from an operational perspective.

Previously, Tirtsa worked at a private philanthropic consultancy office where she facilitated a comprehensive grants operations process for donors from abroad and Israeli charities. Tirtsa holds a BA in International Business Administration from the VU University of Amsterdam and a MBA – Master of Business Administration with specialization in Management and Organizational Behavior from Bar Ilan University. She made Aliyah to Israel from Holland in 2014.

Lisa Shoseyov

Director of Finance

Lisa is responsible for managing the fund’s finances, the CEO’s office and handling corporate issues.

She has a master’s degree (M.Sc) in agriculture from the Hebrew University with a specialization in molecular genetics. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Payroll Accountant. Previously, she served as a research assistant in the Department of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. She also served as an accountant at a winery belonging to her family, head of a bureau and assistant to the CEO of a water technology company, a seed company and a venture capital fund. In addition, she established and managed an educational framework in the locality where she lived. Lisa made Aliyha to Israel from United Kingdom in 1972.

Orit Ventura

Knowledge and Convening Officer

Orit is a member of the knowledge and community team at the foundation. As part of her role, she is in-charge of organizing and executing conferences and professional meetings with the foundation’s partners.

Orit has a bachelor’s degree (B.A) in communication and humanities with a specialization in marketing and advertising from Bar-Ilan University.
Before joining the foundation, she led and developed the field of marketing and associations in the social enterprise ‘Round UP Israel’ (NGO). Previously, she was a advertising budget manager at JWT Israel.

Ravid Yiron Dar

Director of Knowledge and Convening

Ravid is responsible for the Knowledge and Community at the foundation. As part of her work, she leads convening processes and professional meetings, as well as initiates and accompanies research and surveys, and works to make knowledge accessible and disseminated.

Previously, she instructed and guided school principals at the “Mifras” educational entrepreneurship incubator program and worked at “Mada Vehashiva”, where she established and managed initiatives for gifted and talented children. She also spent many years teaching science and mathematics. Ravid holds a BSc in Chemistry and a MSc in Science Education, both from the Hebrew University.