Smadar Bar-Akiva, Executive Director

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Smadar serves as Executive Director since 2001. Prior to that, she worked for JCC Association of North America, developing and directing teen and Taglit trips to Israel and supervising 12  teen partnerships around Israel. From 1993-1996 she served as a Jewish Agency Community Shilcha at the Columbus Jewish Federation, Ohio. From 1987-1993 she was the Program Coordinator for 80 staff and lay leadership JCC Association Israel seminars. As a university student, she was a summer camp Shilcha in North America, South Africa and the former Yugoslavia.

Smadar holds an M.A. degree (with honors) in Contemporary Jewry from Hebrew University, and a B.A. (with honors) in International Relations and English Literature also from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Smadar is a graduate “Kolot” Pluralistic Beit Midrash, a two year mentorship at the Mandel Leadership Institute and a course in “Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations” at the Harvard Kennedy School. Smadar resides in Jerusalem and is the mother of Noam and Hadar.