Meredith Rothbart moved to Jerusalem in 2007, and joined Kids4Peace as a volunteer in 2009. She holds an MA in Community Development from Hebrew University and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from University of Pittsburgh. Meredith's previous work includes government relations, project management and communications with NGOs, the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and other government agencies, including projects at the grassroots level as well as national and international initiatives. As the managing director, Meredith now oversees Kids4Peace's external relations, communications, fundraising, and strategic development. She lives in East Talpiyot with her husband and children.
Tareq Samman, originally from Jerusalem, has two MAs in Coexistence/Conflict Resolution, and Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. As a Palestinian, Tareq brings first-hand knowledge of the social and political conflict in Israel-Palestine. Fluent in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, Tareq has taught Hebrew to Palestinians and Arabic to Israeli students. He considers language a tool of communications and bridging the gap between the two peoples, which makes it even easier to understand the one another. Tareq joined Kids4Peace in August 2017 after nearly a decade of experience in facilitating interfaith dialogue. As Community Director, he oversees all youth, parents and community programs. He now lives in Shuafat with his family.
Senior Education Advisor
Reeham holds a MA in Language Education and Program Design from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her BA is in Special Education from the David Yellin College. She has been working in Kids4Peace since 2008 and is a special education teacher at the Beit Safa High School. Reeham received facilitation traning from Group Facilitation Training Institute. Naomi and Reeham founded the continuing leaders program in Kids4Peace in 2008.
Youth Programs Director
Sarah Stone is in charge of the educational programming and curriculum development for all youth programs. Sarah has been involved with Kids4Peace since 2015, and deeply believes in our work. She has a degree in Middle East Studies and also researches education policy. When not at K4P, she is running in the beautiful, complex city of Jerusalem. Sarah is dedicated to informal education in divided societies, and in bringing youth together to learn, grow, and create change.
Jill Levenfeld is the Parents' Coordinator, strengthening our community of parents to participate and engage while supporting their children at Kids4Peace. Jill joined K4P ten years ago and served multiple leadership roles including designing and facilitating the parents' program, advocacy support for the Global Institute, and Jewish advisor at summer camps. Jill has lived in Jerusalem over 31 years happily married to Barry, blessed with four of their own children Tali, yoni, Gabi and Dany, each deeply rooted to Jerusalem.
Basheer joined Kids4Peace as the Finance officer in April 2017 as an expert in NGO financial management with vast experience in organizational growth and administration. As a certified public accountant with an MBA, Basheer has served as CFO for several local and international businesses. His deep belief in working toward peaceful coexistence has led him to dedicate his efforts to the field, working not only with Kids4Peace but also with our partner Hand-in-Hand. Basheer grew up in the Galilee and lives in Jerusalem with his family.
Coordinator of Pathways to Peace
Coordinator of Pathways to Peace
Ismat Othman is the coordinator for the South chapter of Pathways to Peace (6th and 7th grades). He has been with Kids4Peace for three years. Ismat is from Jerusalem, and when he is not working with Kids4Peace, does carpentry and furniture design. He believes in the holy work Kids4Peace is involved in, and hopes create a chance for the next generation to live in peace, inshallah.
Yael Kalif joined Kids4Peace in 2016 as a faith advisor and today is the 6th grade coordinator. She is a native of Jerusalem and studies psychology and education at Hebrew University. She has extensive experience leading teams of educators in an array of youth programs. Yael believes that people have a great power to do incredible things and that through friendship and love we can make a real change.
Ghadeer Sabat Operations Manager
Ghadeer joined Kids4Peace in January 2015 as the office manager. She has a BA in Accounting and Minor Business from Bethlehem University. Ghadeer lives in Jerusalem with her husband and son. Ghadeer joined the Kids4Peace team because she recognizes that though it is tough work, she wants to be involved anyway that she can.
Michal Ner David
Michal joined Kids4Peace in 2004 as a participant, continued as a counselor and faith advisor and in 2016 joined the staff. She studies political science and international relations at the Open University. Her interest in an interfaith community comes from a deep belief in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, fixing the world, and her connection to Israel comes with a strong sense of responsibility for the region.
Suma Qawasmi Roots Coordinator
Suma is the coordinator for the 8th grade program, titled Roots because the youth explore their own personal roots, as well as the roots of their role in conflict. Suma has a BA in English literature and Business from Birzeit University. She is from Jerusalem and considers herself a social person who likes to meet new people, learn about others and explore different cultures and backgrounds.
Bar Rapaport, born and raised in Netanya, moved to Jerusalem at the start of her studies at the Hebrew University. During her military service, she began pilot training before serving as an officer for new immigrants and youth at risk. She is currently completing degrees in environmental studies and religion at the Hebrew University. Her experience in interfaith and social justice includes the "Madrasa", work in a shelter for young women in risk, and 4 years with Kids4Peace youth.
Leadership Lead Advisor
Program Director, K4P Experience
Bahia grew up in Jerusalem, where her parents and grandparents were from as well. As a Palestinian public school educator, she has an MA in education and a BA in biology. Coursework in conflict resolution and facilitation led her to dive into peace work, especially with her language skills in Arabic, English, Hebrew, French and Spanish. Bahia joined K4P in 2014 out of belief that it is a center for coexistence in Jerusalem.
Carmiel grew up in Jerusalem, and after years of volunteering for Kids4Peace, he joined the team as Program Director for Experience in fall 2017. A social entrepreneur, Carmiel created and led an initiative called Pluralusalem, working to make a change in Jerusalem on a variety of social issues. He is a Jewish educator and former delegate of WZO and the Masorti Movement. Carmiel holds a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science and an Israeli tour guiding license.
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