The IsraAID Advisory Board is made up of experienced professionals, each with a high level of expertise in his or her respected field, that guide and advise the organization during each stage of project development - from needs assessment and program planning, to implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Family Therapist, Expert in Sexual Trauma
Currently retired and living in Haifa, Sheri Oz has over 25 years experience in Israel conducting individual, couples and family therapy concerning sexual trauma issues. She has also consulted for government, educational, kibbutz and community organizations around sexual abuse and sexual offences, and was the founder and director of a private clinic for the systemic treatment of sexual abuse and sexual trauma from 1999 until 2010.
Plant Genetics, Arava R&D
Moti Harari, a native of Israel's southern Arava region and recipient of the 1972 Histadrut award for young researchers, has spent the last 49 years designing and implementing agriculture projects in over 16 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. As well he is a researcher at the southern Arava R&D where he guides research on crops and cropping systems suitable for extreme desert conditions.
Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel
Professor and School Chairwoman
Prof. Lev-Wiesel is a professor and the chairwoman of the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at the University of Haifa. She has published more than one hundred scientific articles as well as six books on issues such as the use of drawings for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, long term effects of the Holocaust, intergenerational transmission of trauma, and child sexual abuse. Prof. Lev-Wiesel is an experienced therapist, licensed family therapist and clinical supervisor.
Art Therapist, Lecturer
Tammy Bar-On is a registered art therapist and teaches at the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at the University of Haifa. She helped create the Art Therapy Division program and was its head from 2008-2013. She has taught various courses in art therapy in a number of institutions in Israel. Dr. Bar-On works as an art therapist with a variety of populations, specializing in therapy with adolescents. She is a proud mother and grandmother.
Prof. Amia Lieblich
Psychologist, Writer, Lecturer
Prof. Amia Lieblich is a psychologist, a writer and a well-known authority in qualitative research and narrative psychology. She is emerita of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and presently the President of The Academic College of Society and the Arts. She taught courses on life-story research in the USA, Europe and India. Her book about the Israeli kibbutz was translated to Japanese.
Prof Ariella Friedman
Psychologist, Social Worker
Prof. Ariella Friedman has been an associate professor at Tel-Aviv University, Department of Psychology and school of Social Work for over 35 years. She specializes in Gender and the Psychology of Women, group relations, and group dynamics. Prof. Ariella is also the head of the department of behavioral sciences and the arts, at the Academic College of Society and Arts. Finally, she has also been the head of the department of Behavioral Science in Zefat Academic College for the past 3 years, leading the overall college program in multiculturalism and diversity.
For 25 years Mariko was a professor in Asian Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Doshisha University in Japan. In 2008 she received the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Commendation award for her contribution to developing Israeli-Japanese ties. Today, Mariko is a pastor for Beit Shalom congregations in Japan.
Rachel A. Cohen, PhD
Dr. Cohen has been in clinical practice for over 30 years, and specializes in psycho-social support to survivors of trauma, an area which has taken her to half dozen countries in the developing world. Dr. Cohen has been in clinical practice for over 30 years. Currently based in Geneva, she has recently developed and piloted an innovative program for survivors of gender based violence called “Common Threads,” which integrates best practices from current psychotherapy and art therapy with cultural traditions of women’s textile making groups.
Shlomit Bresler, PHD
Bibliotherapist, Psychotherapist, and Group facilitator
Currently residing in Israel, Dr. Bresler is the Head of the Bibliotherapy training program (M.A.) at the Seminar Hakibbutzim Colleg, in Tel Aviv. In addition to this, she is also a group facilitator working with social workers from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, a teacher at Haifa University in Bibliotherapy, and a psychotherapist with her own private practice.