About

Mosaica seeks to cultivate a culture of conflict resolution, dialogue and consensus building among individuals, families, communities, cultures and religions through developing, implementing and disseminating models of third-party intervention.

Development of Models

In response to changing reality and practical needs, Mosaica conducts ongoing research and development of its models and makes its services accessible to Israel’s entire populations in order to meet current Israeli needs and uphold...

In response to changing reality and practical needs, Mosaica conducts ongoing research and development of its models and makes its...

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Implementation of Models

Mosaica implements specialized models developed and adapted on the basis of hundreds of mediations and conflict resolution processes conducted every year. On average, over 1,400 people participate annually in Mosaica’s mediations, restorative justice programs, family...

Mosaica implements specialized models developed and adapted on the basis of hundreds of mediations and conflict resolution processes conducted every...

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Dissemination of Models in Society

Mosaica promotes and advances the use of the unique models it has developed by conducting courses, trainings and workshops for professionals, policymakers and the public. Every year, approximately 1,500 people participate in Mosaica’s courses and...

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The Mosaica Story

Mosaica – Religion, Society and State, was established in 1999 as a counterbalance to the hostile culture, both individual and collective, prevalent in Israel and abroad. The organization was founded by Rabbi Michael Melchior, currently Mosaica’s chairman and president, in collaboration with Professor Aviad Hacohen and the late Professor Elie Wiesel.

In 2003, the Center for Interreligious Cooperation, under the guidance of Rabbi Melchior was established, which was later rebranded as the “The Religious Peace Initiative” (RPI). Today, RPI continues to operate as a network of “insider religious mediators” mitigating crisis situations and advancing religious peace. That same year, attorney Nurit Bachrach, the current Mosaica CEO, established the Community Mediation Center in Jerusalem, one of Israel’s first community mediation centers. Since then, Mosaica has continued to develop its mediation model, growing its area of influence and expertise, developing a range of models and programs and working nationwide to promote conflict resolution.

Mosaica has always focused on two main areas: community mediation and consensus building through the Mosaica Center for Conflict Resolution by Agreement (CCRA) in Jerusalem AND religion and conflict resolution through RPI. Today, CCRA is directed by Ruth Nachenson and RPI is directed by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth. These two areas of focus have continued to grow over the years as Mosaica develops, implements, and disseminates new models.

Mosaica does not operate alone. The organization works extensively and in diverse fields nationwide thanks to partnerships and collaborations with dozens of institutions: Israeli government ministries, local authorities, universities, NGOs, and organizations. It also operates programs through governmental tenders and provides services for (subsidized) fees to individuals and public organizations.

Mosaica works with a professional staff of dedicated and experienced employees and a select, committed, and diverse group of over 100 volunteers. The volunteers come from across Israel, from all sectors and backgrounds and help to put Mosaica’s organizational goals into effect. [link to volunteer page]. Mosaica was also the 2017 recipient of the Israeli Presidential Award for Volunteerism, recognizing Mosaica’s activities which focus on increasing understanding, dialogue, tolerance, and cooperation among Israel’s diverse society.

President

Rabbi Michael Melchior

Chairman and co-founder of Mosaica

ס. שר החוץ (1999 – 2008) ויו”ר ועדת החינוך (2005). כיום, פועל לקידום חזון חברתי לישראל בתחומי חינוך, דו-קיום ופיוס בין יהודים לערבים, הגנה על הסביבה וקשרי ישראל ויהדות התפוצות.

הרב מלכיאור מהוגי ויוזמי הפסגה הבינדתית הראשונה במזרח התיכון שהתקיימה באלכסנדריה (2002). כיום נתפס הרב מלכיאור בזירה הבינלאומית והישראלית כאחד השחקנים המרכזיים בשדה הדיפלומטיה הבינדתית הפועלת להביא לשינוי בשיח בין העולם היהודי והעולם המוסלמי.

The Mosaica Staff

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth

Mosaica Deputy Executive Director (Religious Peace Initiative)

As the director of The Religious Peace Initiative (RPI), I oversee a network of ‘insider religious mediators’ advancing both religious peace and mitigating crisis-situations. I also work to connect religious leaders to the tens of ‘community mediation and dialogue centers’ throughout Israel that Mosaica’s Gishurim Program supports, through the “Rabbis as Mediators Program” and the “Sheikhs as Mediators Program.” In addition to my work at Mosaica, I am a core faculty member at Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Program for Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation and at Tel Aviv University’s International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. I teach graduate courses on religious peacebuilding and supervises graduate students. I am also a regular lecturer for MEJDI Tours/National Geographic. My book Third-party Peacemakers in Judaism: Text, Theory, and Practice was published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2021.
I earned a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Program for Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation, a MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, a B. Ed in Jewish Philosophy from Herzog Teachers’ College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion, during which time I received Orthodox rabbinic ordination. I served as a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. Before joining Mosaica, I was the founder and director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, the Mahloket Matters Projects and the 9Adar: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict (known in Israel as Dibur Hadash: Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue).

Ruth Nachenson

Deputy Executive Director of Mosaica, Director of Mosaica’s Center for Conflict Resolution by Agreement

I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Research, Management, and Resolution from the Hebrew University. I have over 20 years of experience in the management of social programs in a number of organizations.
I am a mediator and restorative justice facilitator.
I had the privilege of being the first director of the Gishurim program at Mosaica and took part in developing mediation in Israel, particularly community mediation. Today, I dedicate most of my time and energy towards supporting and creating new models of conflict resolution and autonomous decision-making, disseminating the language and values of mediation to all sectors in Israeli society and advocating for various mediation models to be recognized as alternative dispute resolution recognized by the State.
I live in Tzur Hadassah and am the mother of three children.

I believe in people and our abilities as individuals, families, and communities to make the best decisions for ourselves.

Nurit Bachrach

Executive Director of Mosaica

I have a bachelor’s degrees in both Law and History from Monash University in Australia and a Master’s in Business Management from Hebrew University in Israel. I worked as a district attorney in Jerusalem district for 11 years.
In 1999-2001, while living in Palo Alto, I studied community mediation. Upon my return to Israel, I had the opportunity to establish one of Israel’s first community mediation and dialogue centers, Mosaica in Jerusalem. As early as 2004, Mosaica was already leading national mediation and conflict resolution programs. These activities have continued to expand year after year. In 2015, I was appointed to CEO of Mosaica. I immigrated to Israel from Australia in 1985, live in Jerusalem with my family.
I believe that change begins on a small, individual scale.

Evan Muney

Mosaica Chief Operating Office

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Alon Brachfeld

National Coordinator of the SDM (Supported Decision-Making) Program

I have a bachelor’s degree in Law and Computer Science from the Hebrew University, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Ben Gurion University and a Master’s law degree (LL.M with honors) from the College of Management Academic Studies, in the Human Rights Program.
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I am a social activist and researcher in the field of disabilities as well as an attorney, mediator and coordinator of Olim LeDerech (Family Group Conferences).
I am a partner to Dana, an attorney and mediator, and father of four little girls: Achinoam, Tamar, Hagar, and Naomi.
I believe in the power of people to decide their fate and make changes in their lives and in the lives of those around them.

Anat Eshel

Senior Mediator and Instructor, Counselor in Olim LaDerech (Family Group Conferences)

I am a mediator and group facilitator with over 20 years of experience.
During the previous decade, I specialized in family and divorce mediation. I managed the Ramle Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center for eight years and was one of the founders and managers of the National Association for Community Mediation. I have always been involved in developing mediation in Israel, specifically community mediation. I have worked with the Rural Community Mediation Centers Forum established by Mosaica. I have also been involved in cultural competency programs and conducted training for police officers.
I am currently a senior facilitator at Mosaica and part of the management team of Olim LeDerech (Family Group Conferences). I teach mediation courses and provide mediation training for the heads of Planning, Treatment, and Evaluation Committees.
I am a resident of Caesarea, partner to Uri, and mother to Roi, Amit, and Juli. I love to laugh, dance, and go to the beach. I love people and believe in people: that they know what’s good for them!

Bat-ya Sharon

Coordinator of the Olim LaDerech (Family Group Conferences) and the Gishurim program

I have a Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Conflict Research, Management, and Resolution from the Hebrew University.
I began at Mosaica as the Intake Coordinator for the Mediation and Consensus Building Center in Jerusalem, a fascinating role that I held for over three years. Previously, I had
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worked in the Foreign Relations division at the Hebrew University and as an IDF casualty officer, where I worked with bereaved families and wounded and disabled soldiers.
I am a mediator and particularly love to work on cases of disputes between neighbors because change can be accomplished and almost immediately, positively impact the daily lives of people in their ongoing relationship.
In both Mosaica programs, I am part of a team responsible for courses, trainings, workshops, writing materials, and documenting professional knowledge. I track the implementation of the programs and their success, lead forums on intake and education and facilitate FGC (Family Group Conference) processes.
I am married to Guy, love to sing and play music and am a great lover of the theatre.
I hate quarrels and arguments and believe in the language of mediation and the toolbox it provides to resolve disputes without either side losing or compromising.

Daniel Noach

Research and Communication Coordinator

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Political Science from Tel Aviv University. At Mosaica, I am responsible for research focusing on religious leaders that participate in the Insider Religious Mediation program, studies conducted in collaboration with Bar-Ilan University.
A hallmark of the Mosaica approach is the constant integration between field work and academic research, enabling Mosaica to develop a model for interreligious mediation among different communities, a process so sensitive that it is often carried out behind the scenes.

Moriah Zackai

Intergenerational Mediation Program Coordinator

I entered the world of mediation following a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Conflict Resolution.

I have been working in welfare and education for almost a decade and seen how conflict can interfere with relationships and how effective communication is critical for them to succeed.

In my job as the Intergenerational Mediation Program Coordinator, we deal with mediation and consensus building processes in a wide array of conflicts that arise with old age.

I see Intergenerational Mediation as my mission, believe in the model that was developed in Mosaica and work for its implementation on all levels.

.

Sheikh Dr. Eyad Amer

Director of ''Sheikhs as Mediators Program''

I received my PhD in International Relations from the University of California in 2018. I earned a Master’s degree in Management and Educational Pedagogy from the Center of Academic Studies in 2010 and a Master’s Degree from Bar-Ilan University in Arabic and Islamic History in 2003. I received my BA from Bar-Ilan University in 2000 in Arabic.
In 2012, I became the principle of a high school in Kafr Qasim. I also serve as the Imam of a central mosque in Kafr Qasim, I am a member of the Sulha council in Kafr Qasim and I serve as a mediator on the Sharia court. I have over 35 years of experience in education. I served as the principle of the Alhuda high school in Ramle and also served as a lecturer and pedagogic advisor at Beit Brill College and Achva Academic College.
Lastly, I am one of the first religious singers who founded an Islamic band. It is called “alsrat” (the straight path).

Joni Orbach

Director of the Jerusalem Center for Mediation and Consensus Building

I have a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Queens College, a Master’s degree in Education from Lander College of Arts & Sciences, and a second Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Management, and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University. In 2003, I began working at Mosaica. In 2011, I was appointed Director of the Center for Mediation and Consensus Building in Jerusalem.
I specialize in mediation and consensus building in communities, conflict resolution training, family, divorce, and intergenerational mediation and am I am also a “mahut” (Court-certified) mediator in conflict resolution cases.
I developed and adapted a conflict resolution training model and teach it across the country. Additionally, I am certified by the Court systems as an instructor of the Mediation Practicum course, for individuals training to become mediators.
I am married to Moshe, mother of eight, and grandmother to 20 grandchildren.

Limor Aton

Director of the Intergenerational Mediation Program

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from The Open University and a Master’s in Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation from The Hebrew University.
I am an experienced mediator who specializes in intergenerational mediation and organizational mediation. I am also an experienced facilitator of trainings, workshops and mediation courses and have gained expertise in content development.
I lead the department of Intergenerational Mediation at Mosaica. I helped to developed the model for this type of mediation with the Mosaica team and facilitate mediations as well as teach the model nationwide. I also developed and teach a model for training family caregivers dealing with disputes, fatigue, and overload. Additionally, I facilitate the Mosaica basic mediation course in which I train new mediators.
I am a resident of Jerusalem, married and the mother of three children. I love a challenge.
I am thrilled to bring together people and help them succeed in accomplishing the seemingly impossible.

Rabbi Matanya Yadid

Director of ''Rabbis as Mediators Program''

I hold a BA and MA in Jewish Education from Herzog Teacher’s College and am a doctoral student in Education at Cordova University in Spain. My research focuses on the religious identity formation of teenagers.
In addition to my role at Mosaica, I am a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University’s Institute for Advanced Torah Studies and supervise the doctoral students program within the Institute. In addition, I am a lecturer at Orot Israel College and oversee the Educators’ track. I have over 15 years of experience engaging in social initiatives and community building. Between 2011-2018, I founded and directed the Bnei Akiva Youth Group’s Graduates Program. I helped to establish tens of student villages and young communities and advocated for governmental regulation on the matter. In addition, I have been part of various initiatives which deal with building bridges between the various sectors within Israeli society. In this context, between 2015 – 2018, I served as the head of MAKOM, the council of ‘mission oriented’ groups and communities.

Michal Orovano

Training and Development Coordinator, Gishurim Program

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Sociology/Anthropology from the Hebrew University. I am currently completing a Master’s in Conflict Resolution, Management, and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University. I have completed courses in basic mediation, mediation practicum, family mediation, intergenerational mediation as well as conflict resolution training and group counseling training.
At Mosaica, I manage the trainings and development of programming about various topics connected to the network of Community Mediation and Dialogue Center throughout the country. Topics include education, activism for tolerance, and co-existence in mixed Arab-Jewish cities. I am also responsible for developing and managing specialized training for community mediators. I provide guidance for many centers that are in the process of being established, including on issues related to management, strategy building and tools for initial activities.
One of my responsibilities is the management of Dibur Hadash: The Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue. Over 50 events are held across Israel during this week to promote the language of mediation and consensus building in the communities and to raise awareness among the public.
I am a social activist, love to travel and cook for family and friends.

Naomi Levav-Yoran

Restorative Justice Program Coordinator

I have a Master’s degree in criminology from Haifa University. I am a Restorative Justice mediator, Olim LaDerech (Family Group Conferences) facilitator and instructor for mediation simulations.
In my first year working for Mosaica, I was a content coordinator for Olim LaDerech and managed a cultural competency program in the Lod Community Mediation and Dialogue Center (and have felt an emotional attachment to the city since that time). I also managed additional projects in that center and taught the Art of Hosting approach in CEF (Center for Emerging Futures), an organization dedicated to dialogue and cooperation among Israelis and Palestinians.
Moreover, I was a team member and group instructor in HUB TLV, a social activism incubator, and served as content manager and presenter in Radio Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish online radio station in Bristol, England.
I am married to Nada and proud mother to Shire and Michal. I was born and raised in Jerusalem and have lived in Tel Aviv for the past 25 years.

Noa Shalev

Director of Gishurim Program

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Community Social Work and a Master’s degree in Organization Consultation. I am a mediator with many years of experience facilitating family and community mediations as well as other types. Before becoming director of the Gishurim program, I served as the director of the Lod Community Mediation and Dialogue Center as well worked at the municipal department, Community Access and Community Services. I am currently working with a wonderful team and wonderful partners to expand community mediation and dialogue services nationally.
I am married to Hillel and mother of four.
I wake up each morning excited to support peacefulness to and increase dialogue in Israeli society.

Rachel Lieberman

Foreign Relations and Resource Development Coordinator

I have a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Jewish Studies from Ohio State University. I am currently earning my Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Management, and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University.
A key part of my role is identifying relevant partners abroad, maintaining close ties with them, and creating strategic and productive avenues for cooperation that benefit Mosaica and our partners alike.
I grew up in Ohio, USA. In 2016, after completing my bachelor’s degree, I participated in the Yahel Social Change Fellowship Program. I taught children English and volunteered at Tebeka, an NGO in Rishon LeTsiyon.
I am married to Elchanan and we live in Jerusalem with our adorable dog. I love to travel, go on hikes and cook when I do not have to wash the dishes.

Shulamit Efrati

Intake and Community Coordinator, Jerusalem Center for Mediation and Consensus Building

I have a Bachelor and Masters’ degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. I worked for 12 years as an attorney in the public sector and have 10 years of experience in third-sector positions, working with at-risk populations, social entrepreneurship initiatives, and volunteer management. I joined Mosaica in 2021 as intake and community coordinator at the Jerusalem Center for Mediation and Consensus Building.

Susan Nirens

Coordinator of the North, Supported Decision-Making (SDM) Program

I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Hebrew University. For the past three decades, I have been developing programs for disabled youth. I am also one of the founders and managers of the organizations, Kishorit, House of Wheels-Galilee and Kivunim. Each of these organizations has found a way to create a new reality for people with disabilities in Israel.
I am sixty years old and have lived in the Galilee for 40 years (despite my pronounced American accent). I am married to Paul and a mother of four.
I work from my head and from my heart, and fully believe in compassion.

Sheikh Taiseer Mamamed

Gishurim Program, Coordinator of Mediation and Dialogue Centers in Arab Communities

I have a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus and a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Management from Ben Gurion University. I am an educator and education system manager with 25 years of experience.
I am responsible for developing the field of mediation and dialogue in Arab communities with the goal of improving the quality of life in Arab society and disseminating the mediation language as a key value and way of life.
I am a resident of Umm al-Fahm, married, and father of three.

Vicki Strum

Coordinator of Jerusalem/the South, Supported Decision-Making (SDM) Program

I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminology from Ashkelon Academic College. Over the last decade, I have been an active partner in various social programs and organizations. I am a facilitator of Family Group Conferences (FGC) for youth protection and a lecturer and teaching assistant in Ashkelon Academic College.
I am a resident of Ashkelon, married to Doron, and mother of Alon and Eytan.
I believe wholeheartedly in the ability of individuals and families to make the best decisions for their needs.

Evan Muney

Mosaica Chief Operating Office

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Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth

Mosaica Deputy Executive Director (Religious Peace Initiative)

As the director of The Religious Peace Initiative (RPI), I oversee a network of ‘insider religious mediators’ advancing both religious peace and mitigating crisis-situations. I also work to connect religious leaders to the tens of ‘community mediation and dialogue centers’ throughout Israel that Mosaica’s Gishurim Program supports, through the “Rabbis as Mediators Program” and the “Sheikhs as Mediators Program.” In addition to my work at Mosaica, I am a core faculty member at Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Program for Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation and at Tel Aviv University’s International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. I teach graduate courses on religious peacebuilding and supervises graduate students. I am also a regular lecturer for MEJDI Tours/National Geographic. My book Third-party Peacemakers in Judaism: Text, Theory, and Practice was published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2021.
I earned a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Program for Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation, a MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, a B. Ed in Jewish Philosophy from Herzog Teachers’ College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion, during which time I received Orthodox rabbinic ordination. I served as a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. Before joining Mosaica, I was the founder and director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, the Mahloket Matters Projects and the 9Adar: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict (known in Israel as Dibur Hadash: Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue).

Ruth Nachenson

Deputy Executive Director of Mosaica, Director of Mosaica’s Center for Conflict Resolution by Agreement

I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Research, Management, and Resolution from the Hebrew University. I have over 20 years of experience in the management of social programs in a number of organizations.
I am a mediator and restorative justice facilitator.
I had the privilege of being the first director of the Gishurim program at Mosaica and took part in developing mediation in Israel, particularly community mediation. Today, I dedicate most of my time and energy towards supporting and creating new models of conflict resolution and autonomous decision-making, disseminating the language and values of mediation to all sectors in Israeli society and advocating for various mediation models to be recognized as alternative dispute resolution recognized by the State.
I live in Tzur Hadassah and am the mother of three children.

I believe in people and our abilities as individuals, families, and communities to make the best decisions for ourselves.

Nurit Bachrach

Executive Director of Mosaica

I have a bachelor’s degrees in both Law and History from Monash University in Australia and a Master’s in Business Management from Hebrew University in Israel. I worked as a district attorney in Jerusalem district for 11 years.
In 1999-2001, while living in Palo Alto, I studied community mediation. Upon my return to Israel, I had the opportunity to establish one of Israel’s first community mediation and dialogue centers, Mosaica in Jerusalem. As early as 2004, Mosaica was already leading national mediation and conflict resolution programs. These activities have continued to expand year after year. In 2015, I was appointed to CEO of Mosaica. I immigrated to Israel from Australia in 1985, live in Jerusalem with my family.
I believe that change begins on a small, individual scale.

Alon Brachfeld

National Coordinator of the SDM (Supported Decision-Making) Program

I have a bachelor’s degree in Law and Computer Science from the Hebrew University, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Ben Gurion University and a Master’s law degree (LL.M with honors) from the College of Management Academic Studies, in the Human Rights Program.
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I am a social activist and researcher in the field of disabilities as well as an attorney, mediator and coordinator of Olim LeDerech (Family Group Conferences).
I am a partner to Dana, an attorney and mediator, and father of four little girls: Achinoam, Tamar, Hagar, and Naomi.
I believe in the power of people to decide their fate and make changes in their lives and in the lives of those around them.

Anat Eshel

Senior Mediator and Instructor, Counselor in Olim LaDerech (Family Group Conferences)

I am a mediator and group facilitator with over 20 years of experience.
During the previous decade, I specialized in family and divorce mediation. I managed the Ramle Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center for eight years and was one of the founders and managers of the National Association for Community Mediation. I have always been involved in developing mediation in Israel, specifically community mediation. I have worked with the Rural Community Mediation Centers Forum established by Mosaica. I have also been involved in cultural competency programs and conducted training for police officers.
I am currently a senior facilitator at Mosaica and part of the management team of Olim LeDerech (Family Group Conferences). I teach mediation courses and provide mediation training for the heads of Planning, Treatment, and Evaluation Committees.
I am a resident of Caesarea, partner to Uri, and mother to Roi, Amit, and Juli. I love to laugh, dance, and go to the beach. I love people and believe in people: that they know what’s good for them!

Bat-ya Sharon

Coordinator of the Olim LaDerech (Family Group Conferences) and the Gishurim program

I have a Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Conflict Research, Management, and Resolution from the Hebrew University.
I began at Mosaica as the Intake Coordinator for the Mediation and Consensus Building Center in Jerusalem, a fascinating role that I held for over three years. Previously, I had
15
worked in the Foreign Relations division at the Hebrew University and as an IDF casualty officer, where I worked with bereaved families and wounded and disabled soldiers.
I am a mediator and particularly love to work on cases of disputes between neighbors because change can be accomplished and almost immediately, positively impact the daily lives of people in their ongoing relationship.
In both Mosaica programs, I am part of a team responsible for courses, trainings, workshops, writing materials, and documenting professional knowledge. I track the implementation of the programs and their success, lead forums on intake and education and facilitate FGC (Family Group Conference) processes.
I am married to Guy, love to sing and play music and am a great lover of the theatre.
I hate quarrels and arguments and believe in the language of mediation and the toolbox it provides to resolve disputes without either side losing or compromising.

Daniel Noach

Research and Communication Coordinator

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Political Science from Tel Aviv University. At Mosaica, I am responsible for research focusing on religious leaders that participate in the Insider Religious Mediation program, studies conducted in collaboration with Bar-Ilan University.
A hallmark of the Mosaica approach is the constant integration between field work and academic research, enabling Mosaica to develop a model for interreligious mediation among different communities, a process so sensitive that it is often carried out behind the scenes.

Moriah Zackai

Intergenerational Mediation Program Coordinator

I entered the world of mediation following a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Conflict Resolution.

I have been working in welfare and education for almost a decade and seen how conflict can interfere with relationships and how effective communication is critical for them to succeed.

In my job as the Intergenerational Mediation Program Coordinator, we deal with mediation and consensus building processes in a wide array of conflicts that arise with old age.

I see Intergenerational Mediation as my mission, believe in the model that was developed in Mosaica and work for its implementation on all levels.

.

Sheikh Dr. Eyad Amer

Director of ''Sheikhs as Mediators Program''

I received my PhD in International Relations from the University of California in 2018. I earned a Master’s degree in Management and Educational Pedagogy from the Center of Academic Studies in 2010 and a Master’s Degree from Bar-Ilan University in Arabic and Islamic History in 2003. I received my BA from Bar-Ilan University in 2000 in Arabic.
In 2012, I became the principle of a high school in Kafr Qasim. I also serve as the Imam of a central mosque in Kafr Qasim, I am a member of the Sulha council in Kafr Qasim and I serve as a mediator on the Sharia court. I have over 35 years of experience in education. I served as the principle of the Alhuda high school in Ramle and also served as a lecturer and pedagogic advisor at Beit Brill College and Achva Academic College.
Lastly, I am one of the first religious singers who founded an Islamic band. It is called “alsrat” (the straight path).

Joni Orbach

Director of the Jerusalem Center for Mediation and Consensus Building

I have a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Queens College, a Master’s degree in Education from Lander College of Arts & Sciences, and a second Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Management, and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University. In 2003, I began working at Mosaica. In 2011, I was appointed Director of the Center for Mediation and Consensus Building in Jerusalem.
I specialize in mediation and consensus building in communities, conflict resolution training, family, divorce, and intergenerational mediation and am I am also a “mahut” (Court-certified) mediator in conflict resolution cases.
I developed and adapted a conflict resolution training model and teach it across the country. Additionally, I am certified by the Court systems as an instructor of the Mediation Practicum course, for individuals training to become mediators.
I am married to Moshe, mother of eight, and grandmother to 20 grandchildren.

Limor Aton

Director of the Intergenerational Mediation Program

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from The Open University and a Master’s in Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation from The Hebrew University.
I am an experienced mediator who specializes in intergenerational mediation and organizational mediation. I am also an experienced facilitator of trainings, workshops and mediation courses and have gained expertise in content development.
I lead the department of Intergenerational Mediation at Mosaica. I helped to developed the model for this type of mediation with the Mosaica team and facilitate mediations as well as teach the model nationwide. I also developed and teach a model for training family caregivers dealing with disputes, fatigue, and overload. Additionally, I facilitate the Mosaica basic mediation course in which I train new mediators.
I am a resident of Jerusalem, married and the mother of three children. I love a challenge.
I am thrilled to bring together people and help them succeed in accomplishing the seemingly impossible.

Rabbi Matanya Yadid

Director of ''Rabbis as Mediators Program''

I hold a BA and MA in Jewish Education from Herzog Teacher’s College and am a doctoral student in Education at Cordova University in Spain. My research focuses on the religious identity formation of teenagers.
In addition to my role at Mosaica, I am a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University’s Institute for Advanced Torah Studies and supervise the doctoral students program within the Institute. In addition, I am a lecturer at Orot Israel College and oversee the Educators’ track. I have over 15 years of experience engaging in social initiatives and community building. Between 2011-2018, I founded and directed the Bnei Akiva Youth Group’s Graduates Program. I helped to establish tens of student villages and young communities and advocated for governmental regulation on the matter. In addition, I have been part of various initiatives which deal with building bridges between the various sectors within Israeli society. In this context, between 2015 – 2018, I served as the head of MAKOM, the council of ‘mission oriented’ groups and communities.

Michal Orovano

Training and Development Coordinator, Gishurim Program

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Sociology/Anthropology from the Hebrew University. I am currently completing a Master’s in Conflict Resolution, Management, and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University. I have completed courses in basic mediation, mediation practicum, family mediation, intergenerational mediation as well as conflict resolution training and group counseling training.
At Mosaica, I manage the trainings and development of programming about various topics connected to the network of Community Mediation and Dialogue Center throughout the country. Topics include education, activism for tolerance, and co-existence in mixed Arab-Jewish cities. I am also responsible for developing and managing specialized training for community mediators. I provide guidance for many centers that are in the process of being established, including on issues related to management, strategy building and tools for initial activities.
One of my responsibilities is the management of Dibur Hadash: The Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue. Over 50 events are held across Israel during this week to promote the language of mediation and consensus building in the communities and to raise awareness among the public.
I am a social activist, love to travel and cook for family and friends.

Naomi Levav-Yoran

Restorative Justice Program Coordinator

I have a Master’s degree in criminology from Haifa University. I am a Restorative Justice mediator, Olim LaDerech (Family Group Conferences) facilitator and instructor for mediation simulations.
In my first year working for Mosaica, I was a content coordinator for Olim LaDerech and managed a cultural competency program in the Lod Community Mediation and Dialogue Center (and have felt an emotional attachment to the city since that time). I also managed additional projects in that center and taught the Art of Hosting approach in CEF (Center for Emerging Futures), an organization dedicated to dialogue and cooperation among Israelis and Palestinians.
Moreover, I was a team member and group instructor in HUB TLV, a social activism incubator, and served as content manager and presenter in Radio Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish online radio station in Bristol, England.
I am married to Nada and proud mother to Shire and Michal. I was born and raised in Jerusalem and have lived in Tel Aviv for the past 25 years.

Noa Shalev

Director of Gishurim Program

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Community Social Work and a Master’s degree in Organization Consultation. I am a mediator with many years of experience facilitating family and community mediations as well as other types. Before becoming director of the Gishurim program, I served as the director of the Lod Community Mediation and Dialogue Center as well worked at the municipal department, Community Access and Community Services. I am currently working with a wonderful team and wonderful partners to expand community mediation and dialogue services nationally.
I am married to Hillel and mother of four.
I wake up each morning excited to support peacefulness to and increase dialogue in Israeli society.

Rachel Lieberman

Foreign Relations and Resource Development Coordinator

I have a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Jewish Studies from Ohio State University. I am currently earning my Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Management, and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University.
A key part of my role is identifying relevant partners abroad, maintaining close ties with them, and creating strategic and productive avenues for cooperation that benefit Mosaica and our partners alike.
I grew up in Ohio, USA. In 2016, after completing my bachelor’s degree, I participated in the Yahel Social Change Fellowship Program. I taught children English and volunteered at Tebeka, an NGO in Rishon LeTsiyon.
I am married to Elchanan and we live in Jerusalem with our adorable dog. I love to travel, go on hikes and cook when I do not have to wash the dishes.

Shulamit Efrati

Intake and Community Coordinator, Jerusalem Center for Mediation and Consensus Building

I have a Bachelor and Masters’ degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. I worked for 12 years as an attorney in the public sector and have 10 years of experience in third-sector positions, working with at-risk populations, social entrepreneurship initiatives, and volunteer management. I joined Mosaica in 2021 as intake and community coordinator at the Jerusalem Center for Mediation and Consensus Building.

Susan Nirens

Coordinator of the North, Supported Decision-Making (SDM) Program

I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Hebrew University. For the past three decades, I have been developing programs for disabled youth. I am also one of the founders and managers of the organizations, Kishorit, House of Wheels-Galilee and Kivunim. Each of these organizations has found a way to create a new reality for people with disabilities in Israel.
I am sixty years old and have lived in the Galilee for 40 years (despite my pronounced American accent). I am married to Paul and a mother of four.
I work from my head and from my heart, and fully believe in compassion.

Sheikh Taiseer Mamamed

Gishurim Program, Coordinator of Mediation and Dialogue Centers in Arab Communities

I have a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus and a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Management from Ben Gurion University. I am an educator and education system manager with 25 years of experience.
I am responsible for developing the field of mediation and dialogue in Arab communities with the goal of improving the quality of life in Arab society and disseminating the mediation language as a key value and way of life.
I am a resident of Umm al-Fahm, married, and father of three.

Vicki Strum

Coordinator of Jerusalem/the South, Supported Decision-Making (SDM) Program

I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminology from Ashkelon Academic College. Over the last decade, I have been an active partner in various social programs and organizations. I am a facilitator of Family Group Conferences (FGC) for youth protection and a lecturer and teaching assistant in Ashkelon Academic College.
I am a resident of Ashkelon, married to Doron, and mother of Alon and Eytan.
I believe wholeheartedly in the ability of individuals and families to make the best decisions for their needs.