Shaike El Ami was born in July 1959 on the religious kibbutz Sa’ad. He is married with four children. He has a BA in History and Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from Schechter Institute. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the IDF. He has been the Director of a Community Council since 1998, and of Ginot Ha’ir Community Council since 2001.