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."
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.”
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.”
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."
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.”
Rabbi Deby Greenberg-Weinberg
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, Rabbi Deby is responsible for overseeing YOZMA’s many community activities - coordinating all social justice, cultural and informal educational programming. Deby is married to Andre and mother to Nittai and Amit.
Pre school Finance & Administration
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.”
An 18-year veteran of YOZMA’s preschool staff, Tali is currently the program’s pedagogical director. She is married to Alon and is mother to Sagie, Shir and Shani. A graduate of the Kibbutzim College of Education, she also holds a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from The David Yellin Academic College of Education. Tali firmly believes that “The way that we are raised in early childhood has a critical impact on who we become as adults” (Aristotle)
Coordinator, Membership and Life Cycle Events
Efrat is married to rabbinical student David and is the mother of three daughters - Reshit, Clil and Assif. Efrat has a B.A in Social Sciences and Communication. She comes to YOZMA with extensive experience - having worked in a variety of community positions. Her strong connection to the spirit of Judaism is based on personal choice, pluralism and equality. She strongly believes that “there can be no progress without change”.
Ariela Beery - Katzir
After-school Program Coordinator
Director of YOZMA's after-school program – is a graduate of the prestigious Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports and has been involved in informal education for the past 13 years. A proud mother of three children, Ariela's educational philosophy is based on creating a safe place for children by teaching them clear boundaries through warmth, respect and understanding.
Smadar has been an active member of IMPJ's congregations since her Bat Mitzvah, and has worked for many years in the field of Jewish education. Currently, Smadar is a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR. She is married to Ilia and mother to Yonatan and Roni. "I believe that community life has the power to provide meaning to Jews and Israelis of our times, and in the ability of Jewish tradition to be a source of wisdom, inspiration and comfort.
Bar is an experienced Noar TELEM alumni . Bar brings hers special blend of determination, responsibility and sensibility to her job as YOZMA’s Noar TELEM youth leader, and has come to know each and every child personally. Bar believes that we can make the world a better place through education.
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.”
YOZMA’s Ensemble: Lior Soltz – piano, Guy Bar-Even – flute, Amichai Shiryon – guitar.