Chairperson, Modi'in Steering Committee
Omri Knoller, Vice President, UAV RD&E, Elbit Systems
Omri is Vice President for the UAV Research, Developement & Engineering in Elbit Systems' UAS Division. Previously, he was the COO of Urban Aeronautics Ltd. Omri retired from the IAF in 2002, at the rank of Colonel, as the Head of the IAF UAV Development Department. He is a Helicopter Pilot since 1983 and a Qualified Test Pilot from ETPS, UK. Omri holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion in Haifa, and MBA from the Ben-Gurion University. He is married to Einat, and the father of three girls.
Sherri is a native New Yorker who made aliyah in 1981. She grew up on Long Island and enjoyed the cultural magic of “the city.” She is from a committed Zionist family and was enriched by her synagogue upbringing, by USY, and by a day school education. She studied Social Science at SUNY Stonybrook. She is married to Benny and they are the proud parents of: Racheli, 12, Adva, (a soldier, 19), and Yossi (a student, 21). They relocated their family to Modi’in in 1998. Sherri is a medical secretary in the Cardiology Department at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. She is also very active in Yozma.
Shimon (Shimku) El-Ami
Shimku El-Ami is a private organizational consultant for companies & NGO's.
Shimku served as the Area Head of the Center for Lay Leadership in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's (JDC) office in Jerusalem. He was responsible for development of training programs and organizational consultation for Israeli's lay leaders, boards members and voluntary organizations.
He served as an Organizational consultant for an army brigade in the IDF, an instructor for an organizational behavior course in the Open University and an instructor for Sociology and Social Psychology in advanced study institutes. He also has experience as coordinator of a special care unit for children with mental disorders in the B'nai Brith institute.
Mr. El-Ami received his Master's degree in Organizational Social Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Bachelor's degree in Sociology and finished at the top of his class.
He is a reserved I.D.F Major (served as a commander of armor company)
Shimku is married and has 2 children. He and his family have resided in Mod'iin since 2005
Tzachi has a Ph.D. (with honors) in Science Teaching from the Hebrew University. He has a rich background in science education and in municipal and government systems. Since 2004 he has been serving as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Hadassah College in Jerusalem. He has been living in Modi’in since 2004. Tzachi is married to Zippy; they have three children and six grandchildren.
Avi Golan, The Jerusalem Post Managing Director
Avi Golan has been with The Jerusalem Post for 15 years and directs The Jerusalem Post marketing and advertising efforts. He is a lecturer in Media & Communications and presidium member of the Israel Canada Chamber of Commerce; Member of the International Advertising Association; Chairman of MEITAR, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of cultural and art exchanges with world Jewish communities; General Manager of The New Foundation for Modiin-Maccabim-Reut; Member of the Board of Directors of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.
Golan is active member in numerous other community and non-profit organizations. He is married to Michal and is the father of two sons, the elder a pilot in the Israeli Air Force and the younger a practicing attorney.
Yehuda Katz (Ketzale), Educator
Yehuda has a Bachelor Degree (Cum Laude) in Education and Jewish History from Hebrew University. He was the director of the National Counselors Training School of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and a professor of education at Beit Berl college. He has recently returned from a four year mission as Community Shaliach at the Tulsa Jewish Federation. In his military reserve duty Yehuda is a Major and a Company Command Officer. He is married to Hana and is the father of four children.
Zehorit Hamdi, Teacher and Teacher-Coach
Zehorit has a Bachelor Degree in Biology and General Studies from Hebrew University and a Master Degree in Ecology from the University of Bar Ilan. She was involved in the absorption of Ethiopian Jews during "Operation Moses" and "Operation Solomon". Zehorit is a high school teacher in Modi'in and is also a teacher's coach. She is married to Shai and the mother of four children.
Efrat Kahana-Beckler, Organizational Consultant
Efrat has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Hebrew University and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Framingham State College in Boston. She is an employment moderator and consultant, specializing in the development of workshops on the management of human resource, leadership development and business initiatives. She is part of the administrative staff of the Yoseftal Institute. Efrat is married to Oded and the mother of Ro'ie.
Yael is an industrial designer (Practical Engineer) who specializes in the field of interior design. She is a senior lecturer of interior design in the Building College at the Israeli Building Center. Married to Amotz, CPA, and the mother of Omer (boy, 5.5) and Ella (girl, 2.5). Yael was born in Israel to parents who made Aliyah from San Antonio, Texas and Scranton, Pennsylvania. She spent her very happy childhood growing up in the seaside city of Netanya, and her teenage years in the community town, Kochav Yair, where she was very active in the Bnei Akiva youth movement. A resident of Modi'in since 1998.
Tami has a Masters degree in school counseling from Tel Aviv University, and The New York Advance Certificate in Labor Management from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY. She worked as a Support Services Coordinator of the ARC (organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) in Rockville MD (1999-2001). She has been working as a school counselor and lecturer for teachers in Modiin since 2001. Tami is married to David and a mother of two sons, Omer and Yuval. The family has lived in Modi'in since 1999.
Yifat Sela, 34, Has an MA in Women Studies and Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; The Shechters Institute of Jewish Studies, and a BA in Archeology and History of Israel from Bar Ilan University. She has worked since 1999 in "Aluma", where young people at army age who do not meet requirements for full service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) or National Volunteer Service (National Service) are offered a variety of solutions which allow them to do so, and accompanies them throughout the process of choosing a type of service, and the service itself. These solutions allow these young people, religious and not, with special needs and without, from all socio-economic levels, to contribute in education and social welfare frameworks throughout the country either through the IDF or through National Service.
Yifat is Married to Yair, Mother to Amit, Maayan and Illay. Her Family has been residing in Modi'in since 2004, where they are members of the Modern Orthodox community "Adir Bamarom".
Guy Shaulski works in the field of public relations. He is currently employed at the Jerusalem-based research institute, The Shalem Center. Previously, he was a project coordinator at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot and at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he was the manager of the Culture office, which produced culture events for the students.
Guy joined Partnership 2000 after completing the Jewish Agency's program "Ali Tzameret", which develops and trains young professionals to become volunteer Zionist leaders in their communities. He was also involved in the Jewish Agency's North American summer camp "shlichim" program, where he served as both an Assistant Unit Head and a counselor at the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is also currently involved in other community and public volunteering programs.
Guy received his BA degree in Management from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Beer-Sheva. He served as an officer in the Israeli Navy for almost five years and continues to serve with his reserve unit.
Guy is married with one child. He has two younger siblings. He moved to Modi'in in 2006, to be close to his parents, who have lived in Reut since 1993.