Nicole Hod Stroh
Having grown up in Colombia, a society marked by inequality, poverty and violence, I am a deep believer in the power of opportunities to ensure that prosperity is not a privilege for the few, but a right for all. I see my work at MFI as a living proof of the Israeli dream—a dream where everyone can participate and thrive in this country filled with potential and opportunities.
Adi is married and a mother of four. She works at the Foundation since 2006 and has progressed in various management positions, touching on many areas and advancing the vision of the Merage family over the years.
Adi has a B.A in behavioral science, specializing in psychology from the Jezreel Valley College and M.A in organizational consulting from the College of Management. Adi is also a certified mediator. Among her roles at the College of Management, Adi managed unique academic programs including the “Open Gate” program, a joint Executive Business Administration degree with Baruch College in New York. She also established the M.A in Law and managed the activities for Ethiopian students, providing a unique response to each and every one of the students.
Through her work at the Foundation, Adi believes in the importance of allowing each individual to realize their full potential, as they will eventually empower and support others as well. Based on this principle, she established several inclusive communities, which have spread generosity to the entire Israeli society.
Sigal Aferiat Cohen
As someone who immigrated to Israel at an early age, and faced challenges that shaped my abilities and skills, I have the honor and privilege of giving back to Israeli society and helping teens, young people, adults, and women get the opportunity to become more productive citizens – for themselves and for society, touching the lives of many citizens and fulfill my great dream to build the strength of Israeli society
Hailing from Ashdod, Sigal holds B.A in political science and communications and M.A. in political science and international relations. She has a strong background in municipal management as well as managing volunteer and scholarship programs. She was born in Shiraz, Iran, and made Aliya as a child.
It is a great privilege for me to be part of the Merage Israel Foundation team, to give back to such meaningful circles in my life. For me, the opportunity to help others, influence hundreds of people and pave new ways for others, make working at the Foundation a meaningful and unique experience every day.
Hila holds a BA in Social Sciences and Jewish Studies from Bar Ilan University and a Master’s Degree in Family Counseling from the College of Management. Hila is also a professional group facilitator and completed the Family Mediation Course at Bar Ilan University. Hila might be the perfect example of the Merage Foundation’s circle of change: As a daughter of Iranian immigrants whose father was of a lone soldier. Hila has extensive experience in municipal and government welfare programs nationwide.
Sivan Cohen Shachari
As someone who chose to make the Negev her home, and as someone who grew up in the light of civic engagement and social activism, joining the Negev development team of the Merage Foundation was meant to be. It is clear to me, above all, that the Negev’s bursting power is precisely at the interface between its diverse groups, creating a shared vision about how to continue the work of our founding pioneers and adapting it to the context of the 21st century.
I have joined the Merage Foundation to take part of a larger process of shaping our country, and in particular the design of the Negev – where Israel’s future lies.
Born and raised in Holon, Sivan has been a proud citizen of the Negev since 2008. With a B.A. Hebrew Literature and Education and a teaching diploma from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Sivan is an avid activist in the fields of education and society, and a true believer in the power of community to develop a sense of belonging. Sivan is a member of regional leadership groups, and believes that the social and economic future of Israel depends on the connection between communities. Sivan works as a Project Manager as part of our Negev team, promoting economic development and prosperity to the region.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
Josiah Bartlett, The West Wing
Amir is an urban planner, activist and thinker. He leads the Merage Negev-Agritourism initiative.
Amir grew up in Eilat spending most of his time snorkeling in the red sea. He holds a B.A in Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish History from Ben-Gurion University, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion. He is a fellow of the “Cadet’s for Municipal Service” program and has a diverse experience in the planning world (strategic, marine, urban renewal, and transportation).
Beforehand, he was the Ben-Gurion University Hillel director and a JAFI Israel programs director at Michigan State University and Yale, respectively. He is passionate about South East Asian cuisine and urban culture.
I am proud to be part of a truly dynamic, professional and committed team, which, under the visionary leadership of the Merage Family, works every day to create a more prosperous society in Israel.
An accountant since 2001, Shlomit holds a B.A. in accounting and economics from the University of Jerusalem. Shlomit possesses two decades of extensive experience in financial management in both the private sector and nonprofits. Shlomit is a key driving force behind the financial planning and execution of the foundation’s programs and activities.