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    Israel for REEL: Facilitators

    Tamar Forman

    Tamar Forman is new to California. Born and raised in Israel, she is trained as an informal Jewish educator and has worked for twenty years as a guide and educator for groups visiting Israel as well as a teacher in various synagogues, schools, and other educational frameworks.

    Tamar is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem's Anthropology and Jewish Studies departments, as well as a ceramic artist. She weaves into her  teaching a passion for Jewish Studies, clay, feminism and social activism.  She has drawn upon her education background, training in art therapy and art skills to teach and design programs at Jerusalem’s cancer society support center, and at the Jerusalem Rehabilitation pre-school—a school for children with special needs.

    Tamar is married to Rabbi Michael Schwartz; they are the parents of Yami (15), Yarden (13), Zohar (10) and David (4).  



    Noa Levy

    Noa was born in Jerusalem, spent her childhood as a city mouse in bustling Tel Aviv and became a country adolescent in Kiryat Tivon, a beautiful small town in Jezereel Valley. Noa served as a lead vocalist in the IDF Navy ensemble and graduated from the London School of Musical Theater. She holds a BA in humanities from the Open University in Israel. 

    Aside from her love for music and a career as a freelance vocalist, Noa is passionate about education. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Tel Aviv, originating and leading various educational programs, and since moving to the Bay Area she has been teaching prayerbook as well as modern Hebrew to teens and adults. Noa created "The History of Israel Through Music", a lecture series combining her two passions. She also leads the Bnei Mitzvah for Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, and serves as cantor/officiator for services.

    She currently lives with her husband in San Francisco, a chocolate maker, and enjoys merging her passion for music and education in the Bay Area.



    Liat Shapira

    Liat Shapira is an organizational consultant and a group facilitator, also working as a personal and business coach, helping empower Israeli women who have relocated to the bay area by identifying and transforming their personal and business impeding factors into success accelerators. 

    Liat has also founded and she is leading a forum for self-employed women in the bay area, a platform that offers self-employed women opportunities for business exposure and networking across a broad community of Israeli women in the US. The forum also operates a series of ongoing highly-popular meetups where relevant content is being presented by both forum members as well as guest presenters.

    Additionally, as a representative of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Liat has founded a unique program in the bay area, allowing volunteers, Israeli high school graduates, to spend a year of service working with children in local Jewish communities, helping strengthen their ties to Israel and Israeli culture. This program has been running for 24 years in different parts of the US but has never been introduced locally. Liat brought this program to the bay area, forming it from the ground up and driving it to success, resulting in most organizations looking to continue their participation the following year.

    Liat holds a master’s degree in organizational counseling and development and a bachelor’s degree in human resources and social science, both from the Israeli college of management.

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