Management and Staff
Rabbi Nir Barkin
Senior Rabbi and Executive Director
Appointed Senior Rabbi and Executive Director of YOZMA in 2017, Rabbi Nir Barkin had previously served in a variety of capacities at YOZMA since first joining the community in 2004. Rabbi Barkin and his wife Anat are parents to daughter Amit and sons Omri and Assaf. "My approach to Israeli culture and the traditions of the Jewish people is based on complete equality. I invite you to take part in the spiritual, educational and communal life at Kehillat YOZMA."
Rabbi Philip Nadel
Rabbi Nadel was ordained in 1988 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Prior to making aliyah with his family in 2007, Rabbi Nadel was the Co-Director and Jewish Studies Principal of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School in Wisconsin. He also served as head of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Rabbi Nadel and his family live in Kfar Saba. “I believe in the power of synagogue communities to enrich and sustain its members through the celebration of Jewish life, including prayer, study, and a commitment to social justice.”
Tsipi is mother to Amit and Omri – both graduates of YOZMA’s preschool program. Over the past years, Tsipi has worked to nurture and develop the YOZMA community, with special emphasis on Jewish identity and culture in Israeli society. “I believe in people and in the empowering force of the group and in the importance of leading a life of cooperative and supportive relationships. I believe in an ethical way of life that is rooted in Jewish tradition and yet open to creativity and renewal.”
Naomi has been handling YOZMA’s finances since its inception in 1997. Mother to daughters Shira, Atalia and Romia, Naomi is a lover of both letters and numbers. “I believe that by combining the community’s spiritual strength with a solid economic foundation, YOZMA will be able provide its members the space for continued growth and development.”
Director of International Relations
Over the past years, Karin has worked in resource development and in fostering and cultivating YOZMA's overseas connections. Karin is married to Tamir and mother to 3 sons: Yonatan, Ben and Daniel (all of whom celebrated their bar mitzvah at YOZMA). "I believe strongly in the importance of creating and maintaining a close connection between Diaspora Jewry and Israelis, and I work locally to foster these connections with YOZMA. I believe that this is the foundation that serves to anchor and connect Jews the world over with Israel."
Coordinator, Membership and Life Cycle Events
Lital has been coordinating the community’s life cycle events and membership since 2007. Lital is married to Yirmiyahu and mother to Omer, Sagi and Ofir. Products of YOZMA’s formal educational frameworks, Omer and Sagi celebrated their b’nai mitzvah ceremonies at YOZMA. “I believe in the importance of preserving the values of Jewish tradition and rituals- in order to strengthen the connection of the Jewish people from generation to generation –in an egalitarian and liberal manner which acknowledges the modern way of life.”
Rabbi Debbie Greenberg-Weinberg
Preschool Pedagogical Director
Originally from Argentina, Rabbi Weinberg has garnered years of international experience in both formal and informal Jewish education – having worked in Jewish communities in Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Israel. Ordained by the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Debbie is responsible for the pedagogical development of YOZMA's preschool program and leads the staff in implementing groundbreaking progressive educational programming. Debbie is married to Andre and mother to Nittai and Amit.
Preschool Administrative Director
Married to Eitan and mother to Amit, Guy and Maya, Dalit has been part of YOZMA's preschool program staff since 2012. "I believe in educating towards an egalitarian, pluralistic society; I believe in an educational approach that encourages choice and allows for self-expression. I invite you to join YOZMA's preschool programs which offer an excellent education framework from birth to school age."
Married to Gabi and mother to Eden and Ro’ee – both former students in YOZMA’s educational programs. “I believe ‘the person makes the job’. In my position I am interested in promoting YOZMA’s pluralistic and communal vision and in working for social justice.”
After-school Program Coordinator
“I believe in creating safe and enjoyable spaces for children that combine clear rules and age-appropriate activity (such as board games, LEGO blocks and sports games) to foster creativity, imagination and social interaction.”
Grounds & Facilities Supervisor
Danny is father to Reut, Maoz and Alon (who is currently a student at YOZMA’s elementary school). Danny oversees the maintenance of YOZMA’s communal and educational facilities. “I believe that with professionalism, daring and initiative, YOZMA can become the best it can be – both inside and out.”
Overseas Groups Coordinator
Amit has been YOZMA's Overseas Group's Coordinator for the past three years and a community member since the age of twelve. She believes that hospitality and interpersonal encounters contribute to bringing people together and enriching the experience of our guests from the Diaspora.
David was born and raised on Kibbutz Sha'alvim and lives there today with his wife Efrat and their three daughters Reshit, Clil and Assif. David has a B.Ed. degree from the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts in Tel Aviv and is currently completing a masters degree in Jewish studies from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. In his capacity as student rabbi at YOZMA, David leads Shabbat and holiday services and teaches bar and bat mitzvah students. Having previously taught as a classroom teacher in YOZMA's Reform elementary school, David now teaches Jewish studies in the school. David is currently enrolled in the rabbinic program at HUC-JIR’s Jerusalem campus.
Gal is an experienced Noar TELEM alumni, having served in various leadership roles both locally at YOZMA’s flagship branch and on the national level. He spent his gap year after high school at Noar TELEM’s “year of service” program in Haifa. Gal brings his special blend of determination, responsibility and sensibility to his job as YOZMA’s Noar TELEM youth leader, and has come to know each and every child personally. Gal believes that we can make the world a better place through education.
YOZMA’s Ensemble: Lior Soltz – piano, Guy Bar-Even – flute, Amichai Shiryon – guitar.