No Ordinary Team
Every Fund member brings something unique to the table, and shares the drive necessary to inspire action, bring parties together, and change the perception of what can be done to help end this conflict. The Fund intends to incur minimal administration costs so the highest possible percentage of monies raised can go to the organizations doing the real work on the ground.
Moshe Halbertal - Executive Board member
Moshe Halbertal is a professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at Hebrew University and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He has also served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
In 2002 he was appointed the Gruss Professor at New York University School of Law. He is the author of several books including ‘Idolatry’ (co-authored with Avishai Margalit), ‘People of the Book: Canon, Meaning, and Authority, and Concealment’ and ‘Revelation: The Secret and its Boundaries in Medieval Jewish Thought.’
He is the recipient of the Bruno Award of the Rothschild Foundation, and the Goren Goldstein award for the best book in Jewish thought in the years 1997-2000. Professor Halbertal received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University in 1989 and was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University from 1988-1992.
Rukaya Sabbah is a filmmaker and producer for Arabic language programming in Israel and Palestine. Sabbah’s films have been featured in the Jerusalem International Film Festival, the UK Jewish Film Festival, and the NY Other Israel Festival. Recent works include “Israel’s Hi-Tech Industry” which she directed for Aljazeera, and a drama entitled, “Dusty Road”, a film she wrote and directed, that was featured at the Haifa International Film Festival.
Sabbah’s filmmaking spotlights the complexity of daily life for regular Palestinian citizens. Through the medium of film, Sabbah works to break stereotypes and bring people closer to knowing and accepting one another.
Sabbah studied at the Camera Obscura School of Art, Film and Television in Tel Aviv and since 2005 has acted as the Executive Producer & Vice-President for Al-Arz Productions Ltd. in Nazareth, Israel
Dr. Nedal Jayousi - Executive Board member
Dr. Jayousi is a leading expert in education and curricula development, with 23 years of experience working with Palestinian and international educational institutions.
He is Founder and Chairman of the Palestinian House for Professionals Solutions, a non-governmental institution that assists Palestinians, Israelis and Jordanians develop and implement conflict resolution strategies that break down stereotypes, increase mutual understanding and enhance dialogue. He is also a professor and Dean of the Education Department at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Dr. Jayousi has advised leading international organizations including various UN agencies, the World Bank, Belgium Technical Cooperation, InWEnt , GTZ, Hamline University and USAID. He served as the Executive Director of the Palestinian Domestic Monitoring Committee on Elections and was responsible for managing, recruiting and training over 1,500 domestic monitors during the first Palestinian Elections.
He is a winner of the 2009 Dormition Award in recognition for his involvement in promoting peace and understanding between Israelis and Palestinians.
Yitzhak Frankenthal was a businessman until a fateful day in July, 1994 when his son, Arik, then a soldier in the Israeli army, was abducted and killed by the Hamas. Following his son’s death, Frankenthal relinquished his various business interests and made a life-changing decision: to focus all his efforts on getting behind and organizing public activities that advocate reconciliation, tolerance and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
To this end, he established and managed the Parents Circle — Families Forum, an organization made up of over 500 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families. Yitzhak also established and ran the Arik Institute from 2004. The Arik Institute had worked to overcome the fear, hate, animosity and revenge felt by both sides. Through its educational, youth and media programs, the Institute brought the Palestinian narrative into mainstream Israeli discourse. It also heightened Israeli and international awareness regarding the occupation and its tragic impact on each society. In tandem, it promoted awareness among the Palestinian public regarding the psychological, security and political assurances that are needed by the Israeli public. Since the establishment of the Fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace in October 2009, Yitzhak serves as the Executive Director of the Fund and also as the Executive Director of the Arik Institute.