Staff Members

Staff Members

Lital Ayalon | co-director

Moderator of dialogue and discourse groups for social change. She has a certificate in Group moderation, a master’s degree in conflict resolution and mediation, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and literature from Tel Aviv University. She directed educational programs for intergroup meetings in a Jewish-Arab partnership. Guided and accompanied teachers’ professional training, educational teams, students, and teenagers in many civil society organizations on issues of equality, freedom of speech, racism, gender, public space, exclusion, inclusion, and more. Led team and internal-organizational processes. Member of the managing committee of the organization Ein Bustan (bilingual education). She strives and is a partner in building a discourse and new social public spaces in order to promote a society based on caring, responsibility, and partnership.  [email protected]

Muna Arok | co-director

The coordinator of the Yafat elNassera community (Yafia) for over eight years. An activist and volunteer in Mahapach-Taghir for over 15 years. A Bachelor’s degree student in Human Services Management. Mother to five daughters. Living in the Yafat elNassera community, a social activist, always strives to expand volunteering in the community while being active in the Mahapach-Taghir.

Raghda Awwad | National coordinator of the Second Opportunity program

Raghda is 28 years old from Yafia. Her family is from Malul village which was deserted. She holds a B.A. degree in law and was certified as an attorney in 2019. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in public and international law. She managed various projects in the field of  women’s rights and people with disabilities. As a student she volunteered at Mahapach`s Learning Center in Yafia and after that  she continued as the co-coordinator of the alumni project

Layla Abu Bachar | Acre co-coordinator

Co-coordinator of the Hermon neighborhood community in Acre. A community worker for more than twenty years in the municipality of Acre and prior to that she worked for about a decade in the General Histadrut in the field of gender. Today, a mediator between Arab and Jewish communities in the mediation center in Acre. Member of the municipal women’s Council. Responsible for a community garden project, which enables communal, personal, and social empowerment, for a group of Arab women within the neighborhood and encourages volunteering and giving. Manages the extension of the municipality in the Hermon neighborhood, a mixed neighborhood of Arabs and Russians Jews. [email protected]

Miriam Abramov | Acre co-coordinator

co-coordinator of the Hermon neighborhood community in Acre. Lives in Acre. a graduate of education and psychology. Active in the women’s Council in Acre and the Council of single-parent families. Loves hiking, nature, and photography. [email protected]

Herieh Qadan | Baka al-gharbiyye coordinator

Community coordinator in Baka Algabraya. Lives in Baka. self-employed, art instructor and facilitates hands-on workshops for women and students in the Challenge project. Married and a mother of five gorgeous children. A student at the Open University in the program “second chance”.  [email protected]

Helweh Asakleh | Maghar coordinator

Maghar community coordinator since 2017. Resident of Maghar. Feminist and social activist since 1985. An optician by profession, but currently not working in the field. [email protected]

Ya’ara Alef Dekel | Nof Hagalil coordinator

Nof Hagalil community coordinator. Mother of three children. Lives in Nof Hagalil as part of the urban Kibbutz “Misho’ol”. Holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and education as well as a teaching certificate in special education. A librarian in the elementary school “Atzmon” in Nof Hagalil, a partner in the leading group of the “The Bustan community” – a community of Jews and Arabs residents of the city that meets and creates a common culture for the people living in the city. [email protected]

Olesya Gurfinkel | Shikuney Talpiyot coordinator

Coordinates the women’s group. She lives in the Talpiot complex and is very active in the neighborhood. A former student volunteer at Mahapach-Taghir, a member of Women’s Council and one of the founders of the women group. She holds a B.A. in English philology and a teaching certificate. She worked in kindergartens, schools and in special education, while volunteering in informal educational settings. She is married and a mother of two. She likes hiking in nature. [email protected]

Masha Lemberg | Talpiyot Learning Center coordinator

Coordinates the Talpiot Learning Center. She engages in art, society and education through teaching, theater and activism. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and the David Yellin College. She holds a B.A. in education and a teaching certificate. She teaches design and art and leads creative workshops. Throughout her career she has worked in schools and informal educational programs. [email protected]

Souhad Awad | Tamara coordinator

Tamra community coordinator. Lives in Tamra and a mother to sweet Nadin Holds a master’s degree in Social Work, Works in the welfare department in Tamra, a young feminist activist woman in Tamra, as well as a poet. [email protected]

Marva Raz | Yad Eliyahu coordinator

The coordinator of Yad Eliyahu neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv. Holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and in the proccess of obtaining a master’s degree in art therapy. Teaches in the preparatory course for design and art and accompanies students. Believes in activism and the possibility of changing reality. Active in the fields of art, mind and society. [email protected]

Nur Hassan | Yafia coordinator

Nur Hassan is a 23 year old Palestinian from Nazareth. She is getting her M.A. in Child Counseling from the Emek Izrael College. This is her third year working with children at the Mahapach-Taghir Learning Center in Yafia. When she first joined Mahapach she was a B.A. student of Psychology and Education and her work in Yafia with the children was part of her studies` practicum. She loved working with the children and completely identifies with Mahapach’s goals to advance children from marginalized communities. After the completion of her B.A., she continued to volunteer in Mahapch with the children in Yafia and decided that working with children is what she wants to do professionally. Hence she started her M.A. this year. 

Najah Ayad | Yafia coordinator

Najah Ayad started as a volunteer at the Mahapach-Taghir community of Yafia. She is an undergraduate student as part of the Second Opportunity project, a resident of Yafia, a mother of three children and has led a variety of community activities. Due to her desire to promote coexistence between Jewish and Arab women she is also part of the National Women’s Council.

Dana Zarif | co-coordinator of the national women’s Council and inter-community activity

She co-directs the National Women’s Council of Mahapach-Taghir. Former coordinator of the Tel Aviv Community.  She lives in Tel Aviv, has a bachelor’s degree in social education and art integration and is in the proccess of finishing a master’s degree in community social work. Politically and socially involved, active with assault and rape casualties in various settings. [email protected]

Adi Dagan | Resource Development Coordinator

An activist, has been working for about 15 years in organizations and movements for social change. Served as a spokeswoman for the women’s coalition for peace and as a communications consultant for organizations at the Agenda Center. In recent years, she has been working in the field of Resource Development. [email protected]