The Heschel Center Board of Directors

Tamir Nir – Chair

Rabbi Nir, a Heschel Fellows Program alumnus, a rabbi of the "Achva Ba'Kerem" congregation in Jerusalem, a member of the city council and former deputy director of the city of Jerusalem, holds a M.A. in Pluralistic Jewish Education, an architect and urban planner, a teacher and an educator.

Until recently he served as a member of the city council of Jerusalem from the "Jerusalemite" party where he held the transportation office and chaired the conservation committee. He is the founder and leader of the "Achva ba'Kerem" congregation, a community that promotes social responsibility, Jewish renaissance and social action. In the last decade, he led together with community members several initiatives for social and environmental change in Jerusalem and other cities. He is a facilitator and educator in the field of Jewish –environmental studies in pluralistic Jewish study halls (Beth Midrash), and mentors leaders and communities in the field of environment and sustainability. He established and managed the organization "Yeled Teva" (A child of nature) for 25 years that promotes nature education and environmental responsibility. Rabbi Tamir is married and has three children. He lives in Beit Hakerem, Jerusalem. 


esther akiva

Esther Akiva

Esther is a mother of 5, a member of Kibbutz Sa'ad in the Negev. Holds a B.A. in Public Policy and working to get her MA in Urban Planning. She established and managed one of the first local sustainability centers, a Heschel Center project, in the peripherial town of Netivot and created multi-sector partnerships to promote urabn sustainability awareness. She works as a consultant for strategic processes to build local spacial policy in the Negev.

Dan Grotsky

Dan Grotsky

Dan Grotsky is a serial entrepreneur, business development executive and angel investor. Dan is Cofounder and VP Sales and Marketing at Groundwork BioAg, a company that produces mycorrhizal inoculants for commercial agriculture. His international experience ranges from information technology and communications to cleantech and agtech. He holds an MBA and an MS, EECS, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.Sc., Industrial Engineering, from Tel-Aviv University

Prof. Nadav Davidovitch

Nadav is an associate professor of Health Systems Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  He earned both an MD degree and a PhD in the History of Science from Tel Aviv University.  Nadav specializes in epidemiology, and among his research interests are environmental health policy, health and immigration, complementary and alternative medicine in the US and Israel, and public health ethics.

Lehee Skular

Leehe Skuler

 Leehe has been working in the field of social impact investment for the last decade. Worked in the U.S., Europe and Africa in developing and managing impact funds. She works with Deloitte, Social Finance Israel and serves as head of impact at New Era Capital Partners.

Noa Kaplan

Noa Kaplan

An accountant, manages public and private accounts including non-profits. Holds an M.A. in Finance and the Stock Exchange. Lectures in academic institutions in the field of Accounting.

Yoki Gil   

Yoki is the founder and owner of Shoresh (Source) camping equipment and sandals.  This successful company, located in Tirat HaCarmel, has more than 200 local employees and was founded on the values of social and sustainable responsibility.  Five percent of all of the company’s profits go directly towards promoting local sustainability causes.  In 2011 Shoresh received the Green Globe Award, and in 2014 it received a prestigious award from the Worker’s Union of Northern Israel for leading businesses in social and environmental causes.  Yoki also volunteers as the Chairman of the Community Foundation of Tirat Ha-Carmel.

ivri Verbin

Ivri Verbin

A Heschel Fellows Program Alumnus. A social and business entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Goodvision CSR Consulting. Former adviser for Shimon Peres z"l. Holds a MBA from Bradford University in the UK, trained in CSR and Social Entrepreneurship in Cambridge and Insead. 

Dr. Nitzan Eyal 

Microbiologist and ecologist specializing in land bacterial pollution. Chief inspector and development manager in the Standards Institute in charge of environmental certification (ISO 14001, Israel Cert. 50001 Energy Management, Greenhouse gases Israel Cert. 1000) as well as overseeing indicators designed to track organizational function and resilience (Israel Cert. 24001).








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