Experts

President

  • Yohanan Plesner

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    served as the first director-general of Kadima and as one of its Knesset members from 2007 to 2013.

Management

  • Dr. Jesse Ferris

    Vice President, Strategy

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    Jesse Ferris joined IDI in the fall of 2008 as Vice President of Strategy. His responsibilities include international programming and development. Jesse received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 2008. His research interests include democracy and foreign policy, international politics of the Middle East, and Israeli national security.

  • Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer

    Vice President, Research

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    Professor Kremnitzer is a professor emeritus of the Faculty of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, former dean of the Faculty of Law, and director of the Israeli Press Council.

  • Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern

    Vice President, Research

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    Professor Yedidia Z. Stern is a full professor and former dean of the law faculty of Bar-Ilan University.

Center Directors

  • Daphna Aviram-Nitzan

    Director, Center for Governance and the Economy

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    the former head of the migration research unit at Aharon Meir Center for Banking and Economic Policy at Bar-Ilan University and the former director of the economic research division at the Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI).

     

  • Dr. Shuki Friedman

    Director, Center for Religion, Nation and State

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    A member of the Faculty of Law of the Peres Academic Center, Dr. Shuki Friedman served as secretary of the Locker Committee for Examining the Defense Budget, chairman of the government committee on the sanctions against Iran, and head of the international and foreign law department for the legal division of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

  • Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler

    Director, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions. Director, Media Reform Program and Open Government Program

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    A board member of the National Press Council and lecturer at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University. She is a former head of the research department at the Israeli Second Authority for Television and Radio, a former research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Senior Fellows & Program Directors

  • Admiral (Res.) Amichay (Ami) Ayalon

    Senior Fellow and Co-director, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Admiral (Res.) Ami Ayalon is a former director of the Shin Bet, commander of the Israeli Navy, government minister and member of Knesset.

  • Adv. Eli Bahar

    Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Eli Bahar holds an MA in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and teaches courses in the Law Department of Tel Aviv University. He served as the legal advisor to the Shin Bet from 2006 to 2011.

     

  • Prof. Hanoch Dagan

    Senior Fellow and Academic Co-Director, Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    Professor Hanoch Dagan has published more than 70 articles and six books on private law and legal theory, some of which have been published by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

  • Prof. Tamar Hermann

    Academic Director, Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

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    A faculty member of the Political Science Department at the Open University of Israel, Professor Tamar Hermann has co-edited the monthly Peace Index (with Professor Ephraim Ya’ar) since 1994, and has edited the annual Israeli Democracy Index since 2010.

  • Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya

    Co-Director, Arab-Jewish Relations Program

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    Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya holds an MA in education and social geography and is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Tel Aviv University. The topic of her doctoral dissertation is, “The contemporary impact of social space barriers on the inaction and future orientation of young Arabs aged 18–22.”

  • Prof. Amichai Cohen

    Senior Fellow; Co-director, The Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Professor Amichai Cohen is a member of the Faculty of Law at Ono Academic College. He earned his LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his LL.M. and LL.D. from Yale Law School at Yale University.

  • Prof. Shahar Lifshitz

    Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, is considered a leading scholar of family law and responsible for shaping civil law theory in that field.

  • Dr. Gilad Malach

    Director, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    Co-author of the Master Plan for Ultra-Orthodox Employment. He was director of implementation of the Gabison-Meidan Covenant Project at the Avi Chai Foundation and content manager of the Committee on Sharing the Security Burden in the Eighteenth Knesset.

     

  • Prof. Yotam Margalit

    Co-Director, Labor Market Reform Program

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    Professor Margalit headed a large, experimental cross-national study of the investment decisions of multinational firms, a project that he developed and carried out in collaboration with the World Bank and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

  • Dr. Amir Fuchs

    Director, Defending Democratic Values Program, Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Dr. Amir Fuchs holds a doctorate from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a lecturer in the Politics and Communication Department at the School of Government and Social Sciences at Hadassah Academic College.

  • Prof. Yuval Feldman

    Co-Director, Labor Market Reform Program; Researcher, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    Professor Yuval Feldman is a full professor on the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University and a former fellow of Institutional Corruption Lab at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

  • Prof. Gideon Rahat

    Senior Fellow; Director, Political Reform Program

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    Professor Rahat is a faculty member of the Political Sciences Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an International Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine.

  • Adv. Talya Steiner

    Project Manager and Researcher, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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  • Mr. Yair Sheleg

    Director, Religion and State Program

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    A researcher, journalist, author, and publicist, Yair Sheleg has been an astute observer of the religious-Zionist world for many years.

  • Prof. Yuval Shany

    Senior Fellow, Center for Security and Democracy

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  • Prof. Eytan Sheshinski

    Senior Fellow, Center for Governance and the Economy

Research Staff

  • Yair Ettinger

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Dr. Hadar Arditi-Babchuk

    Researcher, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    Dr. Hadar Arditi-Babchuk has a doctorate from the Interdisciplinary Program in Brain Sciences at Bar-Ilan University and a master's degree in Epidemiology from Tel-Aviv University.

  • Rachel Aridor-Hershkovitz

    Researcher, Media Reform Program

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    Adv. Rachel Aridor Hershkovitz is a researcher in the Israel Democracy Institute’s Media Reform program and a research fellow at the Haifa Center for Law and Technology at the University of Haifa.

  • Prof. Orna Braun-Lewensohn

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    An associate professor and head of the Conflict Resolution and Conflict Management program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussels.

     

  • Prof. Benjamin Brown

    Research Fellow, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    An expert on ultra-Orthodox Judaism and its religious formation. The author of the book The Chazon Ish, Brown did his post-doctoral work at Harvard University.

  • Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Brandes

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Prof. Motti Golani

    Researcher, Human Rights and Judaism Program

  • Ayelet Hillel

    Research Assistant, Labor Market Reform Program

  • Ella Heller

    Research Coordinator, Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

  • Dr. Isaac Hershkowitz

    Researcher, Religion and State Program

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    Dr. Isaac Hershkowitz, who engages in thorough analyses of rabbinic literature in general and halakhic literature in particular, integrates advanced methods of Jewish studies and sociology in his work.

  • Dr. Keren Weinshall Margel

    Research Fellow, Proportionality in Public Policy

  • Dr. Raphael Ventura

    Researcher, Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

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    Dr. Raphael Ventura is the director of the data archive of the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute.

  • Omer Selivansky

    Research Assistant, Labor Market Reform Program

  • Shahaf Zamir

    Research Assistant, Political Reform Program

  • Dr. Eliezer Hadad

    Researcher, Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    Researcher, Human Rights and Judaism Program

    Dr. Eliezer Hadad is the coordinator of the MA program in Biblical Studies at Herzog College and a lecturer in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Relationship between Nature and the Torah in Maimonides’ Writings, as well as the policy papers Minorities in the Jewish State and The Status of Women in the Rabbinical Courts.

    Areas of expertise

    The principle of equality in the Jewish sources; Maimonidean philosophy; Jewish philosophy.

  • Brig. Gen (Res.) Moni Chorev

    Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Brig. Gen. (res) Moni Chorev served in the IDF as a division commander, commander of the Givati Brigade and commander of the IDF's Officers' Training School.

  • Ron Hermon

    Research Assistant, Labor Market Reform Program

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    Ron Hermon is studying for his BA in psychology and law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Nechumi Yaffe

    Research Assistant, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Dr. Moran Yarchi

    Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Dr. Moran Yarchi received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a senior lecturer at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

  • Mr. Chanan Cohen

    Researcher, Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

  • Dr. Lee Cahaner

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    A social geographer and the head of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and a senior lecturer in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department at Oranim Academic College of Education.

  • Dr. Nissim Leon

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    A senior lecturer in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Bar-Ilan University, an MA advisor in the department, and acting head of the organizational consulting project.

     

  • Colonel (Res.), Adv. Liron A. Libman

    Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak National Security and Democracy program

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  • Dr. Guy Lurie

    Researcher, Defense of Democratic Values Program and Media Reform Program

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    Dr. Guy Lurie is a lawyer and received his PhD in History from Georgetown University (2013). Dr. Lurie is a former coordinator of the Shamgar Commission for the Formulation of Rules of Ethics for Members of the Government, and served as a post-doctoral fellow on the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.

  • Tzipy Lazar-Shoef

    Research Assistant, Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

  • Marina Motsenok

    Research Assistant, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    Marina Motsenok is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her BA in sociology and education and her MA in organizational sociology from the Hebrew University.

  • Eran Mizrahi

    Research Assistant, Defense of Democratic Values Program

  • Asaf Malchi

    Researcher, The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Adv. Lila Margalit

    Researcher, Arab-Jewish Relations Program and Proportionality in Public Policy Program

  • Liat Netzer

    Researcher, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

  • Adv. Lina Saba-Habesch

    Researcher, Democratic Principles Program

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    Adv. Lina Saba-Habesch holds an LL.M. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a doctoral candidate in the joint interdisciplinary program of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and the Free University of Berlin. The topic of her doctoral dissertation is the "Torture of security suspects."

     

  • Arik Rudnitzky

    Researcher, Arab-Jewish Relations Program

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    Mr. Rudnitzky is a PhD student who has been researching Arab Israeli issues for more than a decade. His fields of expertise cover political, national and social developments in Israel's Arab society; Jewish-Arab relations; and government policies on Arabs in Israel. Rudnitzky holds MA (magna cum laude) and BA degrees in Middle Eastern History from the Faculty of Humanities and an MBA degree from the Faculty of Management, both at Tel Aviv University. 

  • Fadi Omar

    Research Assistant, Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Researcher

  • Dr. Eyal Pe'er

    Research Associate

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    Research Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute; senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University Business School; expert in decision-making and behavioral economics; founder and head of the Consumers Behavioral Insights Laboratory, www.cobilab.org

  • Dr. Benny Porat

    Researcher, Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    A senior lecturer on the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the director of the Matz Institute for Jewish Law. After completing his doctorate at the Hebrew University, he was hosted as a post-doctoral fellow by the University of Toronto

  • Aluma Florsheim

    Research Assistant, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Dr. Chen Friedberg

    Research Fellow, Political Reform Program

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    Dr. Chen Friedberg has co-written many papers published by the Israel Democracy Institute.

  • Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler

    Researcher, Defense of Democratic Values Program

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    IDI Researcher Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler explores questions of immigration, asylum, and citizenship as part of IDI's Democratic Principles project. He is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading.

  • Dr. Tehila Kalagy

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    Dr. Tehila Kalagy focuses on projects that combine research and social action. She is a lecturer in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the former director of the Haredi College in Jerusalem.

  • Dr. Ofer Kenig

    Researcher, Political Reform Program

  • Dr. Robert C. Castel

    Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

  • Dr. Avinoam Rosenak

    Research Fellow, Religion and State Program

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    Avinoam Rosenak is a senior lecturer at the department of Jewish Thought
    at Hebrew University's Melton Centre for Jewish Education in Jerusalem. He is the former chair of the Jewish Thought department. He completed his B.A. (1991), M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) at the Hebrew University, while also studying at the Beit Midrash of the Shalom Hartman Institute (1991-1994). He completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University (2002). His field of research is Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Philosophy of the Halakhah (Jewish Law).

     

  • Prof. Ilana Ritov

    Consultant, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    Professor Ilana Ritov of the School of Education at Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a consultant for IDI's Proportionality in Public Policy Project. She serves as a resource for the project's research team on issues of decision making and cognitive biases.

  • Dr. Assaf Shapira

    Researcher, Political Reform Program

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    Assaf Shapira received a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at the Centre d’études européennes (Center for European Studies) at the Sciences po (Paris). His research largely focuses on political representation, political parties, the role of money in politics, and reforms in Israel's public service.

  • Prof. Mati Steinberg

    Research Fellow, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Dr. Matti Steinberg is a former advisor to directors of the Shin Bet. He taught Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University and at Heidelberg University, and later joined the Middle Eastern Studies Faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the book Facing Their Fate: Palestinian National Consciousness 1967–2007.

     

  • Dr. Idit Shafran Gittleman

    Researcher, Center for Security and Democracy

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    A Post-doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Law at Tel-Aviv University, Idit Shafran Gittleman holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Haifa.

  • Rachel Zaken

    Researcher , Center for Governance and the Economy

  • Nadiv Mordechay

Professional Staff

  • Naim Abu Najma

    Custodian and Gardener

  • Matan Amira

    Digital Manager and a website Manager

  • Idit Baharad

    Information and Project Manager

  • Dana Baruch

    President's Office

  • Ayelet Benny

    Administrative Assistant, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

  • Shirli Ben-Tolila

  • Gidon Ben-Zvi

    English Editor

  • Anat Bernstein

    Head Editor, IDI Press

  • Dr. Dana Blander

    Researcher and Director of Supplementary Studies

  • Galit Cohen

    Bookkeeper, Customer Service

  • Michal Cohen

    Director of Marketing and Media

  • Herzel David

    Transportation and Deliveries

  • Helly Froimovich

    Marketing Coordinator, IDI Press

  • Rachel Green

    Assistant to Vice President, Strategy

  • Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman

    Director of International Communications

  • Amir Koren

    Spokesperson

  • Zehava Keinnan

    Administrative Assistant, Theatre Offices

  • Ella Levy

    Salary Accountant

  • Orit Maybruch

    Assistant to the President

  • Arnon Meir

    Director of Impact and Government Relations

  • Muhamad Mughad

    Custodian and Repairs

  • Amarilli Narkiss

    Director of Finance

  • Deena Pulitzer

    Director of Development

  • Maayan Ravitz-Shalom

    Assistant to the Vice President, Strategy and Human Resources Coordinator

  • Daphna Rivlin

    Secretary

  • Doron Sela

    Government Relations

  • Rony Shabat

    Assistant to the Directors of Centers

  • Tamar Shaked

    Text Editor, IDI Press

  • Hagit Sharon-Agmon

    Head, Conference Department

  • Nadav Shtechman Polischuk

    Layout and Design, IDI Press