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 D., 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 ALUMNI DEPARTMENT
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.
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).
DANI DESTA , DIRECTOR OF MEDIATORS PROGRAM HAIFA AND THE NORTH
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.
ORA ASEFU BREHANU, HEALTH EDUCATION COORDINATOR
YANIV BEN HAGAY LEVI – DIRECTOR OF YOUTH CENTERS
NETA LEVIN, FINANCIAL OFFICER AND PAYROLL ACCOUNTANT
YERUSHALMIT AFLALO, ACCOUNTANT