Management

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    Prof. Yossi Mekori

    President

    President of Tel-Hai College Prof. Yossi Mekori previously served as Dean of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University whilst simultaneously serving as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Head of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Laboratory at the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.

    Prof. Mekori finished his medical studies (MD) magna cum laude at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University (TAU) in 1975; five years later, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the TAU-affiliated Meir Medical Center. He then moved to Denver for a clinical fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, followed by a research fellowship in pathology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School. In 1995 was appointed as Professor of Medicine at TAU. Later on he was invited to serve as a visiting professor at the Laboratory of Allergic Disease, National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda, MD) and more recently at Stanford Medical school and Hospital. His research focuses on deciphering the role of mast cells (the effector cells in allergic reaction) in inflammatory processes and on mast cell disorders. Prof. Mekori also served as chief scientist of Clalit Health Services, the country’s largest health fund, and was president of the Israeli Society of Allergy and Immunology.

    Formerly a resident of Kfar Saba, Prof. Mekori now lives in Rosh Pina, in the Upper Galilee.

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    Prof. Yossi Mekori

    President

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    Eli Cohen

    Director General

    A native of Kiryat Shemona, Eli lives with his wife and three children in Metula. Eli holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Sciences and a M.A. ( cum laude ) in Business Management from Tel-Aviv University. Prior to joining Tel-Hai, Eli was Managing Director at Kiryat Shemona Municipality and earlier, head of the Education Department at the Gilboa Regional Council. After many years of service in the IDF's Artillery and Armored Corps, Eli was released from the army with the rank of colonel.

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    Eli Cohen

    Director General

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    Prof. Snait Tamir

    Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Coming from the Department of Nutritional Science, where she served as the chairperson of the department and later as Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Prof. Tamir has a proven record of leadership and scholarship. She earned her Bachelor degree and Ph.D at the Hebrew University, and then obtained her Post Doc position at MIT. Prof. Tamir's research and work focus primarily, but not exclusively, on various issues relating to nutrition and health: endothelial function and how it is affected by diet andor nutrients, as well as its influence on cardiovascular related diseases, fatty liver, obesity and longevity. Recently, her interest and exposure to research questions pertaining to public health, has led her to study the effects of diet-driven microbiota alterations on quality of life, state of health, insomnia and mood status among elderly.

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    Prof. Snait Tamir

    Vice President for Academic Affairs

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    Rachel Sachs

    Vice President, Global Partnerships and Development

    Rachel Sachs leads the College's extensive resource development activities. A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, with an M.A in Education, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a B.A in English Literature, Rachel comes to Tel-Hai with extensive experience working with Jewish communities worldwide, specifically North America, heading educational initiatives in a variety of settings. Rachel lives in Yuvalim, a community village in the Central Galilee, with her husband Nir and their two children.

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    Rachel Sachs

    Vice President, Global Partnerships and Development

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    Motti (Mordechai) Cohen

    Deputy General Director

    Motti Cohen is married and has four children. Cohen has lived in the Upper Galilee since he was 16 years old, firstly as a student and then as a member of Kibbutz Yiftach where he was a member for 33 years before moving to Kiryat Shemona. Cohen is the CEO Deputy at Tel-Hai and has held many positions at the college since 1999 including overseeing and managing the building of the new Levan Campus. Today he is directly responsible for all finance, building development, dormitories and the security of the college. Cohen is an Accountant and graduated from the University of Haifa. Outside the college he serves as the Chair of Management of 'Yuvalim' an organization that promotes Jewish pluralism.

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    Motti (Mordechai) Cohen

    Deputy General Director

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    Madi Atias

    Deputy Director, Administration and Human Resources

    Native of Kiryat Shemona, Madi Atias has a Bachelor's degree in Management and Economy and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Haifa. Before joining the management of Tel-Hai at 2004, she served as an Economist and as Human Resources Manager in the private section. Madi's fields of proficiency are Logistics Managing, College Administration, Human Resources and Payroll. Married and a mother of three, she lives in Kibbutz Ha'Goshrim, Upper Galilee.

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    Madi Atias

    Deputy Director, Administration and Human Resources

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    Prof. Mustafa Abbasi

    Dean of Students

    Prof. Abassi focuses on the social history of the Palestinian Arab population from the late Ottoman period to the end of the British Mandate. Most of his research in this field has dealt with social changes in the Arab cities and towns in the Galilee, a region in which his family has resided for centuries. In addition, a few of his studies have dealt with the city of Jerusalem and its rural environs, as well as the city of Nablus.

    Prof. Abassi's second field of interest is the history of the 1948 War and the Galilee in the first few years following the establishment of the state of Israel, in both the urban population of the four Galilee cities (Safad, Acre, Nazareth, and Tiberias), and the rural population in the districts of these four cities.

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    Prof. Mustafa Abbasi

    Dean of Students

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    Prof. Jacob Vaya

    Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology

    Prof. Jacob Vaya is a resident of Mizpe Amuka in the Upper Galilee, married with three children. An organic chemist, educated at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (BSc, MSc) and at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (PhD). Vaya is a member of the Tel-Hai academic staff (full Prof') and Migal-Galile Research Institute and since 2011 the president of the Israel Society of Oxygen and Free Radicals Research-ISOFRR and since 2012 – a member of the Council for Higher Education-(CHE).

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    Prof. Jacob Vaya

    Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology

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    Prof. Doron Lavee

    Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

    Doron Lavee is a Professor of Economics at Tel-Hai College and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Prof. Lavee finished undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Hebrew university and Ph.D. at Ben Gurion university. Besides teaching and doing research, he is also involved in public consultation on his research issues and volunteering in the community.

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    Prof. Doron Lavee

    Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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