Lital Shemesh is a News Anchor and TV presenter in Channel 20.
Shemesh travels around the globe, drawing on her military and journalism experience to explain how why the media coverage has negative effects on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In her talks she also presents her perspective on how to achieve women’s empowerment through their participation in male dominated arenas. During her military service, Shemesh served as a combat soldier with the Israeli Border Police, a unique position for women. This experience later led her to cover conflict zones as a journalist, including the volatile Gaza border.
Ms. Shemesh is an out-spoken publicist who expresses her unique opinions openly and gains massive social media traction on a daily basis. As a social media expert, she has lead several viral campaigns. Her talks include advice on how to become an influential social media figure.
She holds an MA in American Jewish Studies.
Shemesh is also a TV formats creator, winning the International Formats Awards is Kiev and at MIP TV Festival in Cannes.
Avigayle Adler is the founding director of the Open Studio in Jerusalem. She has been teaching art and creativity since she was in high school. She has a MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and is a graduate of the Pardes Educators’ Program.
Avigayle made aliya from Denver, Colorado seven years ago and has been running the Open Studio every since. She has been an artist-in-residence at several summer camps, seminary programs and museums throughout the United States and Israel. Avigayle has been awarded the distinction of Oman Mitztayen, or “Outstanding Artist” by the ministry of absorption and highlighted in Celebrating 70 Extraordinary Women of Israel in The Times of Israel.
Avigayle specializes in mosaics, glass painting and paper-cutting, but her true talents lie in helping to bring out the inner-artist in each child and adult she works with.
Leah Hecht is the Director of Operations & Strategy at the African Refugee Development Centre (ARDC), a leading non-profit organisation based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Leah made Aliyah two years ago and initially commenced volunteering with ARDC in order to learn about the African refugee community in Israel and use her skills to lead and facilitate community initiatives. Today Leah works with the ARDC team to advocate on behalf of the African refugees and asylum seekers living in Israel, and strengthen community capacity through access to education, vocational training, and employment opportunities.
Leah is a qualified lawyer in Australia with extensive experience practicing civil rights law and is passionate about facilitating a better life for African refugees in Israel.
Best known for his performances on The Voice: Israel, Season 3, C.J. Glass is originally from Ithaca, New York. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College in May 2005. During and after his college studies, C.J. had the unique opportunity of working with the production department of Jazz at Lincoln Center, bringing him into contact with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis.
C.J. moved to New York City in 2005. While living in New York, C.J. worked for The American Federation of Musicians, earned a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from Queens College, performed at The Blue Note and The Iridium jazz clubs with The Adam Ramsay – C.J. Glass Quintet, and was a featured performer with numerous Jewish music groups. One of his main formative experiences during this time was a period of weekly jam and tentet arrangement reading sessions at the house of the late, legendary vibraphonist, Teddy Charles.
Aside from music, C.J. co-authored the Jewish religious school textbook Torah Toons I with Joel Lurie Grishaver and has appeared on televised episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and SVU. He has also appeared in the movies Holy Rollers, The Shmorg: II, and Megillas Lester, as the voice of Menashe.
In 2013, C.J. became an Israeli citizen. Even before performing on The Voice, C.J. began teaching at Mizmor School: Givat Washington. He was also invited to join the faculty of Akadma: The City Conservatory of Ashdod, where he teaches trombone, bass guitar, and a beginning jazz ensemble. C.J. Glass holds down the guitar chair of The Jazz Pipes, the official jazz orchestra of Modi’in, Israel.