MICHAL AVERA SAMUEL – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A social leader and educational activist advocating for the successful integration of Ethiopian Israelis, Michal has over 18 years of experience in directing educational projects and has served as FIDEL’s Executive Director since 2011. Michal has an MA in Educational Counseling from Haifa University.
Michal’s vast experience includes her role as a research assistant to MK Naomi Blumenthal in the Knesset’s immigration committee and as spokesperson and advisor to the Scholarship Fund for Ethiopian Jews (SFEJ), Boca Raton, Florida. She is a regular invitee to lecture on the Ethiopian Israeli community’s history, culture and absorption at academic institutions and across Israel and frequently addresses issues relating to the community on major media outlets.
Beyond her dedication to advancing the Ethiopian-Israeli community, Michal serves as a Board Member of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation and volunteers at “Women to Women”, Haifa, supporting victims of domestic violence.
KEREN ELDAR – COO
Keren has a wealth of experience managing and advising NGOs. She is one of the founding members and former Executive Director of ‘Kav Hazinuk’ (The Starting Line), a project dedicated to creating the next generation of leadership in Israel through training quality youth from the periphery. The youth participate in a ten-year program that starts in high school, continues in their military service and throughout academic studies. The program’s impressive results were a direct product of Karen’s attention to detail, insights and professional administration.
Keren served as a senior advisor at the Minuf Group specializing in providing strategic planning and guidance to non-profits in Israel. During her tenure at Minuf, Karen guided several organizations that specialize in supporting the Ethiopian Israeli community. As a result, her contribution to FIDEL’s management and planning was realized immediately after her joining the organization.
Keren has Bachelors of Psychology and Business Administration from the Hebrew University.
GIL GILA – DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND VOLUNTEERS
Gil has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sociology – Bachelor’s degree . She is a certified tax consultant and bookkeeper, insurance agent and fitness trainer.
Gil has more that 30 years of hands-on experience in business management and working with non profits in Israel.
YOSI MENGISTU, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH CENTERS
Born in Ethiopia, Yosi made Aliyah as a teenager via Operation Moses. After completing his army service serving as First Sergeant in the prestigious Armored Corps, he began working with the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Over the past 20 years, Yosi has directed a multitude of social, educational and professional training projects and has worked for JDC Israel, the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jews, the Jewish Agency and served as the head of the absorption department of the Bat Yam Municipality.
Yosi joined FIDEL in 2014 and holds a B.E.D in social studies with a focus on youth. Yosi is also trained as a professional social and educational mediator as well as a group facilitator.
NEGA ALENE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MEDIATION
Born in Ethiopia Nega made Aliyah in 1995 and has dedicated his professional life to advancing the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Prior to making Aliyah, Nega completed his teacher training in Gondar, Ethiopia and served as the education director of the Addis Ababa immigrant transit camp, responsible for education of over 4,000 Ethiopian Jewish immigrants. Over the past 20 years, Nega has held numerous roles in the field of education, truancy-prevention, mediation and group facilitation. Nega joined FIDEL in 2003 and served as director of the FIDEL crisis center for Ethiopian-Israeli teens at risk and national director of FIDEL’s youth centers.
Since 2011, Nega has served as Director of Community Development and Mediation at FIDEL. Nega oversees the FIDEL mediation program, which trains and places social and educational mediators in schools with a high concentration of Ethiopian-Israeli students to bridge the cultural gap between the parents, school administration and the students.
YENENESH DAMESA TADESA, DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Yenenesh was born in the Gondar province of Ethiopia and immigrated from to Israel with her family in 1998. As part of her national service, she spent one year in the USA as a representative of Israel and worked extensively with children and youth.
Yenenesh has over fifteen years of experience in informal education and youth empowerment. At FIDEL, she led numerous groups of teens in highly successful leadership and identity programs. Her many alumni remain in touch with her to this day based on the profound impact she has had on many lives.
Yenenesh has Bachelor of Education and Human Resource management and a masters in Business Administration. She also is a qualified organizational consultant.
AVIVA ZARA, DIRECTOR OF MEDIATORS PROGRAM – JERUSALEM & SOUTHERN REGION
Aviva has extensive experience in education, both formal and informal working for municpalities and social impact NPOs. She has a B.A. in Education and Political Science from Bar-Ilan University and is currently a graduate student in public administration and policy.
Aviva and her family live in Ashkelon, close to the schools and students she serves.
ZEMENE ACHIHON, DIRECTOR OF MEDIATORS PROGRAM – TEL AVIV & CENTRAL REGION
Zemene joined FIDEL in 2004 and has since filled various roles. He coordinated the employment mediator program in 11 municipalities, coordinated Fidel’s efforts to reopen the elementary school in Kiryat Moshe, Rehovot, served as regional Youth Center director and as director of the FIDEL Crisis Intervention Center in Tel Aviv.
Zemene has vast experience working with youth at risk and was one of the founders of the Ethiopian-Israeli student union. Zemene was born in Ethiopia, made Aliyah in 1984 and served in the Israeli Air Force. He holds a B.A. in Communication & Sociology (Haifa University) and an M.A. in Public Administration (Bar Ilan University).
MESERET TAGAW, DIRECTOR OF MEDIATORS PROGRAM – HAIFA & NORTHERN REGION
Born in Ethiopia in 1981, Meseret made aliyah with her family as part Operation Moses, after a long journey through Sudan. In the army she served as deputy commander of an outstanding unit in Nitzanim. After her military service, she worked as a coordinator at the Mitzpe Youth Club in Afula.
In 2004, she spent a year in Cleveland as a community emissary on behalf of the Jewish Agency. Meseret earned a BA in Humanities and MA in International Relations from the University of Haifa. She worked for seven years as a prevention coordinator for the Anti-Drug and Alcohol Authority for Ethiopian Immigrants. She also directed a Youth Center.
Meseret has accompanied youth delegations to Germany and Poland, and represented the Israel Anti-Drug and Alcohol Authority at a seminar in Hungary. In 2013-2014, she participated in the Young Presidents Forum, meeting with late President Shimon Peres.
YAAKOV (JACK) FROHLICH, DIRECTOR OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Yaakov made aliyah from Canada in 1989. He joined FIDEL in 2015 with a rich background in resource development and marketing together with experience managing educational initiatives and leading informal education activities.
Yaakov has a keen understanding of the needs of the Ethiopian Israeli community as during the past 15 years he has worked closely with many immigrant populations in Israel (olim).
Yaakov has a Bachelor of Commerce (honors) and a Masters in Judaic Studies.