Meet Kehillat YOZMA Modiin

Meet Kehillat YOZMA Modiin

Steering Committee

Yoram Tekoah

Yoram Tekoah

Chairperson
A graduate of the Israeli Reform Movement’s youth group and one of the founders of Kibbutz Lotan in the Negev, Yoram has been a YOZMA member since 2010. Married Shir and father to three children who are all active members of YOZMA’s TELEM youth group.
“I believe that educating the children in a Reform life - at home, at school and in the youth movement - is part of our mission and enables us to spread the values of equality, cooperation and reform of the world to wider audiences as well.”
Barbara Hurwitz

Barbara Hurwitz

Immediate Past Chair
Barbara is mother to Shani and Nadav – both of whom celebrated their bat and bar mitzvah at YOZMA - and grandmother to Yuval. A dedicated YOZMA member since moving to Modi’in in 1999, Barbara has served in various volunteer capacities, most recently as YOZMA’s first female chairperson. Barbara is a project manager at an Israeli high-tech firm.
“I believe in the importance of Reform Judaism in Israel and its crucial role in ensuring that Israel is a home for pluralistic expressions of Judaism.”
Meryl Feinberg

Meryl Feinberg

Development Committee Chair
Meryl and her husband Uri are parents to YOZMA elementary school graduates Meitav and Shira, both of whom celebrated their bat mitzvah at YOZMA, and to current YOZMA school student Adi. Meryl and her family have been active in YOZMA almost since its inception – volunteering in social action, fundraising and helping to create international connections. Professionally, Meryl is a business writer at Amdocs. “I feel that creating relationships – near and far – is the foundation of a strong community. And it is my privilege to work within YOZMA to build these connections.”
Yehuda Price

Yehuda Price

Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Married to Mila and father to Yoel, Shalev and Lily – the two eldest of whom are enrolled in YOZMA’s educational framework. Holding a master’s degree in business administration, Yehuda is an accountant specializing in financial consulting.
Anna Avital

Anna Avital

Ritual Committee Chair
Anna is the mother of four, married to Erik and a longtime resident of Modi'in. Each of her children commemorated their Bat and Bar Mitzvah at YOZMA. Anna works in the field of economic development enabling financial and business development services to marginalized communities throughout Israel. Anna believes in social justice & equality.
"It is an honor and duty to be involved in and a part of YOZMA with all of activities."
Merav Israel

Merav Israel

Education Committee Chair
Merav and her family have been active YOZMA members since 2008 – participating in TELEM youth group, celebrating their children’s bar and bat mitzvah at YOZMA and regularly attending YOZMA services. Merav and her husband Robert are parents to YOZMA school graduates Ori, Noam and Ittai and to current YOZMA student Alma. Merav earned an MBA and is a manager at Bank Leumi.
“I believe in pluralism and in the power of education to affect thinking and reality. I believe that with faith and perseverance we can create a truly open and empowering dialog.”
Guy Boytner

Guy Boytner

Community Committee Chair
Married to Ronit, Guy is the father of three children – the elder of whom are graduates of YOZMA’s preschool program and all three of whom celebrated their bat and bar mitzvahs at YOZMA. Guy and his family have been active YOZMA members since joining in 2000. Professionally, Guy is operations manager at a private company.
“I believe in creating meaningful and value-based activities and in encouraging members to take part in them.”
Nitzan Barak

Nitzan Barak

Youth Committee Chair
A YOZMA member since 2008, Nitzan is mother to Shir – a YOZMA elementary school graduate who celebrated her bat mitzvah at YOZMA. Professionally, Nitzan holds a bachelor’s degree from Hebrew University in informal education and works at the Jewish Agency in resource development.
“I believe that (in the words of a popular Israeli song) the ‘song of our youth is the song of our future’".
Daphna Weisfeld

Daphna Weisfeld

Social Action Committee Chair
Daphna, a YOZMA member for over 15 years, is married and the mother of two YOZMA school graduates and one current YOZMA student. Daphna is a trained clinical social worker and family therapist specializing in trauma.
“I believe in community action for the sake of those less fortunate; I believe in our basic need as human beings to belong and to have meaningful interactions with others. I believe in love and in every person’s right to choose his/her own way of achieving meaning in life by connecting to the emotional, environmental and social world.”
Eli Dalitski

Eli Dalitski

Audit Committee Chair
Married to Barchi, father to Uri, Gali and Doron. Member of the Yozma Community since 2009. Eighth generation Israeli. Lt.-Col. Holds a BA in Economics, Sociology and Anthropology and a BA in Accounting. Law degree. Deals with the development of infrastructures in the fields of energy.

Shira Lev-Ami

Audit Committee
Shira is mother to three children – all of whom are currently in YOZMA formal elementary frameworks. Professionally, Shira holds three master’s degrees in political science, business administration and law and is currently the CIO of Israel’s Ministry of Health.
“You and I will change the world” (popular Israeli song)