Sherry Laness – Trauma & Resilience expert

Sherry Laness – Trauma & Resilience Expert

Sherry Laness has a MA in Jewish education and taught in Hebrew Schools and Day Schools in the US before making aliyah in 1981.  During her first year in Israel she worked in a kibbutz with newborn calves and then taught English.  Twenty years ago she was certified as a workshop facilitator and became one of the first personal coaches in Israel.   Sherry is also an expert in Jewish coaching (Psychology of Judaism).

After Israelis who had lived in Gush Katif were evacuated during the disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Sherry was called upon by Mahut Israel to help them rebuild their lives and define new desires and new dreams. 

During quiet periods and also during wars and times of terrorist attacks, Sherry has trained teaching staffs in resilience and coping techniques.

Sherry is a mentor in the program “From Age-ing to Sage-ing®”, which presents a new model of senior years as potentially being a time of emerging wisdom and achieving full maturity and inner peace. 

And finally, she is trained to create and lead a Havurah, (a study group where each person is seen and heard).  Using methods that empower heart to heart communication with Jewish texts, people experience the joy of learning and connecting to each other and even to the Heart of the Universe.

Ayala Smotrich – Forensic Expert and MDA Volunteer

Ayala Smotrich Forensic Expert

Ayala Smotrich has volunteers for Magen David Adom from the tender age of fifteen. Over the years she has attended a wide variety of training seminars and for the past four years has served as a volunteer coordinator where she is responsible for and supervises all of the volunteers that work in her station.

Ayala holds a B.Sc in molecular biology from Ariel University and an M.A in criminology with a focus on forensic science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Since 2016, Ayala has been employed as a crime investigator in the Forensics Department of the Israeli Police. Over the past year and a half, she has been working to combine her job and her volunteering with MDA by promoting a joint venture which provides MDA personnel with a better understanding of police protocols on a crime scene. This effort works to increase the MDA personnel’s level of awareness of police procedures without hindering their lifesaving work.

Ayalah lectures widely on the topics of evidence gathering at a crime scene to different police professionals. She also gives training to emergency responders to teach them how to give lifesaving treatment without compromising crime scene evidence. 


Hanan Greenwood – Journalist

Hanan Greenwood – Journalist

Hanan Greenwood is an Israeli journalist who has been covering events and  provocative issues in Israeli society for many years .

Hanan grew up in Kiryat Arba, near the city of Hebron, during the first and second intifada. In his military service, he served as a fighter in the “Merkava” tank. Among other things, he fought as part of a tank ambulance team during the Second Lebanon War.

He graduated with honors from the University of Ariel in Samaria. He took part in the establishment of the newspaper “Shvi’i”. He then served as editor of the “Kipa” website, which addresses the National Religious audience, and later worked as the head of the news desk on the “nrg” website of the “Makor Rishon” newspaper. In recent years he has been editing the Soldiers’ Channel and the Jewish Channel on the “Israel Hayom” newspaper and on the website .

Over the years, Hanan has revealed quite a few stories and dealt with the core areas of the State of Israel. As a writer and editor in the field of Judaism, he has worked extensively on coverage of anti-Semitic events in the world and in the fields of Religion and State, including issues around the Western Wall, in the field of conversion, a arguments around the work being done on Shabbat, issues in ultra-Orthodox society and more.

In his work as a military journalist, he deals extensively with the IDF’s Special Units, including interviewing fighters and officers in Rescue Unit 669, participating in classified exercises and being exposed to behind-the-scenes activities of the Israel Defense Forces.

Hanan also has extensive knowledge of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As one who grew up in the Kiryat Arba settlement, he was exposed to a few attacks. As a journalist, Hanan has encountered quite a few terrorist scenes,  and he has covered the issue from both sides; as a journalist and as a resident of the region.


Aryeh Myers – MADA (Magen David Adom)

Aryeh Myers – MADA

Born in the UK, Aryeh Myers made Aliya for the third and hopefully final time just over 7 years ago. After toying with the idea of working in education, followed by a short stint in travel, he finally found his calling in the Emergency Medical Services, serving as a front-line Paramedic for the past 17 years. He qualified initially in London where he worked for a decade, and since making Aliya, he has been working for Magen David Adom – Israel’s National Emergency Rescue Service.

He has held a variety of roles in MDA, including serving as the station manager in Lod, a city near Ben Gurion Airport; has worked for MDA’s Hasbara and International Departments; and today is the regional mentor to the next generation of Paramedics.

Aryeh lives in Modiin in central Israel with his wife Zippy and their four children. As well as working too many hours, he is trying to finally get his first book published.