Racheli Kreisberg – Innovation Expert, Lecturer

Dr. Racheli Kreisberg serves as the Innovation Attaché of the Netherlands Innovation Network, Ministry of Economic Affairs, at the Netherlands
Embassy in Israel. She is responsible for developing R&D and business collaborations between Dutch and Israeli companies, Universities and research institutions.

In 2016 she established the Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center (www.idic.org.il).
Racheli is also an authorized tour guide in Israel and has developed unique innovation tourism tours for the general public as well as for blind and
visually impaired people. Additionally, she commemorates the legacy of her late grandfather Simon Wiesenthal, the famous Nazi Hunter (https://www.facebook.com/RememberWiesenthal/).

Her 20-year long genealogy hobby, focusing on Galicia, nowadays in the Ukraine, has led her to interesting family history discoveries, such as the identification of many of the 89 murdered family members of Cyla and Simon Wiesenthal as well as to the development of a unique House Number Database of the Galician town from which the Wiesenthal family originates.

Racheli holds a PhD in Biotechnology and Molecular Microbiology from Tel Aviv University (TAU), an Executive MBA from TAU, an MSc in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and an BSc in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. \

Racheli was born in the Netherlands and immigrated in 1977 with her family to Israel. She is the proud mother of three grown-up girls.

Rabbi Jaron Engelmeyer

Rabbi Engelmeyer serves as a community rabbi in Karmiel, in
the north of Israel, and loves to excite people with Shiurim
and Torah thoughts.
He grew up in Switzerland (his father served as Rabbi and
Chazan in Bern), and after studying in Israel and serving in
the IDF he worked for 10 years as a Rabbi in several communities in Germany. Rabbi Engelmeyer believes his main purpose is to reach out to Jews wherever they are and connect
them to Jewish life and identity, especially the youth.
Five years ago he and his family decided to move back to Israel, where the Shlichut continues.

Miriam Shapira – Psychologist & Resilience Expert

Miriam Shapira – Psychologist & Resilience Expert

Miriam Shapira, MA, is a clinical psychologist and therapist to individuals and families, with a private practice in Karnei Shomron, Israel, where she places special emphasis on situations of trauma and grief.

Miria m is the founder and Director of MAHUT Israel, an international center for coping and resilience to threat and trauma, in a systemic and community level. Communities, like individuals and organizations, live in a dynamic and challenging environment. MAHUT’s talented staff helps strengthen community resilience both in routine and during times of emergency, helping them successfully cope with challenging crises and situations, and even grow out from them. MAHUT utilizies a multidisciplinary approach in all sectors of Israeli society, in order to empower communities, organizations and individuals, thereby strengthening the entire Israeli resilience network.

Miriam is also a founding member and first chairperson of BESOD SIACH, a group aimed at promoting dialogue as a means to resolve conflict between different groups in Israel.

Pnina Radai – Sippur al HaDerech

Pnina Radai -Ethiopian Activist

Pnina Radai immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia during Operation “Moses” in 1984 with her grandparents.
After graduating from high school she served in the IDF for seven years as an officer and completed her services with the rank of captain.

Pnina has a B.A. in Communications and Sociology from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in
Non-Profit Management and Social Organizations from Hebrew University. She specializes in non-profit organizations, the public sector and group leadership.

Today Pnina works as a Director of Training programs at the Government National School for Leadership and Management which is part of the CSC – Israel civil service.

Pnina has volunteered with various programs that promote the Ethiopian Community over the last twenty years. For the past six years, she has volunteered in a unique program called “Sippur Al HaDerech” which means “a story about the journey”. Sippur al Haderech is a grassroots initiative that connects Israelis of various backgrounds with the story of the Ethiopian Jewish community. They also organize evenings for individuals and small groups where Ethiopian volunteers share their personal stories with audiences across the country.

During the course of the delegation, Pnina will share her story—and that of the Ethiopian community in Israel—with your community.