Meet the staff

Dan Herman

Director of the International Department 
 
Dan has been working with the Tikkun Olam program for the past 9 years, having served as Social Action Track coordinator, as well as Director of Admissions, while also developing new programming and organizational partnerships.  In addition to working with Tikkun Olam, Dan is currently studying for his MA in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University.
 
As Program Director, Dan is hard at work behind the scenes overseeing the many administrative functions that keep the program running.  Dan also teaches the group's Jewish Identity course.

Rakefet Sholder

Assitant Director of International Department

Director of Short-Term and Summer Programs

 

Now in her sixth year on the Tikkun Olam staff, Rakefet brings her extensive experience as a counselor in the CISV Global Peace Education program to help guide Tikkun Olam's  participants through their experience in Israel.   Rakefet is responsible for the educational programming, including trips and tours, and coordinates visiting tour groups and short-term programs at Tikkun Olam.

Inna Katsenelson

Social Action Track Coordinator

Director of Alumni Relations

 

This is Inna's first year on Tikkun Olam. Growing up in a secular family, Inna had very little connection to her Jewish identity. After working as a counselor at Camp Ramah in Massachusetts for 2 years, Inna quickly become connected and interested in staying involved in the Jewish community both in Israel and in the diaspora.

Inna participated in the program, Rezizim, where she earned a BA, Masters and Teaching Certificate for teaching Tanach, and Jewish studies in secular schools. Since then Inna has worked as a madricha (counselor) for many international programs and just recently returned for Australia, after living there for 3 years working as a Jewish studies and Hebrew teacher for the reform movement and advisor for university students studying abroad at the Hebrew University. Inna is currently finishing her Masters at Tel Aviv University in Jewish History in the Modern world. 

 Inna will be responsible for Internship and Volunteering placements for the Tel Aviv track and will be around to guide, counsel and support the participants throughout the program. She will also plan enrichment activities and take part in the study days, trips and tours.

 

 

 

 

Ruben Rais

Coexistence Track Coordinator

 

Ruben is originally from Bogota, Colombia, but has spent considerable time living in both Israel and the United States. What began with an interest in Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict during his undergraduate days has gradually broadened into a love affair with Jewish texts, history, and community. Along the way, he has been blessed with the opportunity to participate as a staff member and a participant at Kivunim, Yeshivat Hadar, and BINA -- three organizations that have shaped and enlivened both his personal and professional Jewish journeys. Most recently he was living in NYC where he pursued a Masters in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU. These days he is particularly interested in movement, Talmudic stories, and Jewish prayer -- and in combining the three. A sort of Torah of the body if you will. Ruben also likes lemonade, samurais and pillows.

Shana Feld

Director of Admissions

 

Born in Denver, Colorado Shana received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook’em Horns!) After graduating in 2013, Shana participated in Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa's Social Action Track where she volunteered at Beit Holland, Lilach, and Florentin Elderly Center. Her experience on the program not only deepened here passion for social justice work, but also strengthened her connection to Israel and she made aliyah soon after. During her time on the program, Shana was also selected to be a member of the MASA Hillel Fellowship, an 8-week professional development seminar focused on young adult Jewish involvement. 

As the Director of Admissions Shana will work with potential candidates through the application process. She is always available by email to answer any questions or concerns regarding the program.