The PresenTense SocialStart Trainers have all completed a three-part certification program that includes training & teachbacks, webinars & clusters and shadowing.
After realizing the gap between children's and adolescents' exposure to sexual content and the ability of the adults around them to talk to them about the subject, Alon Metrikin-Gold started a social start-up which aims to change the attitudes toward sexuality in Israel, help parents talk to their kids about sex and reinvent sexual education in schools. Apart from talking about sex, Alon is finishing up his Bachelor's degree in sociology, writes and performs spoken-word and swims in the sea.
Amit received her B.A in Communications from IDC in Herzliya. During her undergraduate studies she took a semester of international communication and business management studies at SMU Singapore Management University. Amit is currently studying studies for her Masters in Organizational Behavior & Development at the IDC. She is also a member of the Rabin Leadership Program for social leadership. Amit held various positions at the Israeli scouts organization, and has taken part in numerous delegations to Jewish communities of the US.
Andy currently runs a life coaching practice, 100 Reasons to Win, and is also certified as a social start trainer with PresenTense, where he is helping to train the next generation of entrepreneurs looking to make positive social change. In addition, he facilitates meetings for Weight Watchers, though the views expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of Weight Watchers. Andy Kirschner was formerly the Young Leadership Associate and PresenTense Coordinator for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Andy grew up near Detroit, went to college in Grand Rapids and then lived in Chicago for the better part of ten years.
Benjamin Goldman has his B.A. degree in History from Indiana University and an M.S. in Financial Markets from Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been an entrepreneur, starting numerous businesses, and is an Director of Entreprenurial Studies for Truman College's Department of Continuing Education. Benjamin has made numerous presentations and produced original academic research including a presentation at Cambridge University in conjunction with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Benjamin currently works as a business consultant to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Chicago focusing on articulating business ideas and creating a productive culture to nuture their ideas.
For Benji Lovitt, Jewish summer camp led to his first trip to Israel at the age of 15 and then to a life-changing year in Israel on the Young Judaea Year Course program. His fate was sealed. Benji was destined to live the rest of his life as a committed Zionist and Jew. After earning a degree in psychology from the University of Texas, he worked at several dotcom jobs before realizing that something was missing. He found his calling in the Jewish communal world. Since making aliyah in 2006, Benji has performed stand-up comedy for audiences throughout North America and Israel including Hillels, Birthright Israel, the Jewish Federations General Assembly, and more. His perspectives on aliyah and life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications such as the Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and the Jewish Daily Forward. His blog, videos, and annual Yom Ha'atzmaut list of things he loves about Israel have developed a huge following and he works regularly with Jewish organizations to promote Israel.
Caylee grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, made Aliya in 2008, and has recently returned to Israel after completing her MSc in International Development at the London School of Economics. Over the years, Caylee has worked for various Jewish organisations in a number of countries including serving as National Chairperson of the South Africa Union of Jewish Students, a Goldman Fellow in the American Jewish Committee’s Africa Institute in New York and volunteering with Tevel B’Tzedek in a rural village in Nepal. She also holds a business degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MA in Israeli Politics from Hebrew University.
Caylee is passionate about international development, social-enterprise and finding market-driven solutions to improving the lives of the 4 billion people who live at “the base of the pyramid” in developing countries. Caylee has been a member of the ROI community since 2007.
Dan Grotsky is a serial entrepreneur, business development executive and angel investor. His international experience ranges from information technology and communications to agribusiness and clean-tech. He holds an MBA and MS, EECS, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.Sc., Industrial Engineering, from Tel-Aviv University.
A seasoned social entrepreneur and strategy professional, David has several years of experience working in venture capital and technology-enabled companies. Most recently, David was the VP of Product Development and Charity Partnerships for Ryzing, a prized-based social gaming company. David currently sits on the Executive Committee at The Spruce Foundation in Philadelphia, a unique fund that drives philanthropy and volunteer engagement among Next Generation professionals. David holds an MBA in International Business from Temple University and a B.A. in Political Science from Dickinson College.
Born and raised in Israel, Elad saw himself as an educator and instructor from infancy. Enlisting in the army, Elad served as the chief instructor in the commanders branch of the military medical school. He went on to complete his studies at Beit Berl College in 2009. Elad became a tour guide authorized by the Ministry of Tourism. He established "Derech Eretz Tour Company" in 2010 and worked as a school teacher for Jewish American programs. Elad is currently studying environmental science and Jewish history at Hebrew University.
Evelyn is from Argentina. She was born in Moises Ville, the first Jewish area of settlement in Argentina. Eve led at a Jewish youth movement - Tnúa Hanoar Hatzioni - in Moises Ville; she has taught at Hebrew schools; she is an informal educator and a director of cultural workshops for young adults in community settings. She has volunteered for many projects connected to investigating the AMIA bombing and has been involved in projects relating to the Holocaust in social media. Since 2010, Eve has been developing opportunities for fomal education for young adults, between 25 to 40 years old. She independently manages the projects that are related to corporate social responsibility, aiming to highten Jewish people's awareness of social responsibility issues in Argentina.
Gil was born in central Israel and eventually served in the army in shayetet 13. For the past 6 years he has been involved in American and European capital markets. In 2011, he established a private venture capital market studies program and has been involved in the training and facilitation of private entrepreneurs in different fields.
Gilad is great believer in entrepreneurship and an admirer of those people who stand up and make a difference by bringing into reality their own vision, ideas and dreams. He studied Industrial Engineering, completed an MBA (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP® / PMI) he lectures Project Management courses in English & French.
He brings to the table a proven and meaningful international record in the Hi-tech industry serving in various positions (R&D, Project management, Sales Management, Business Development).
Gilad had the pleasure to study coaching and also coached for a while.
Gili was born in Herzliya, Israel. Following her military service at the IDF Spokesperson Unit, Gili graduated with highest honors from Utrecht University, receiving a B.A. in Politics and International Development. After graduating from Cambridge University with an MPhil in Politics, she moved to London to help establish the British chapter of the Israel education organization StandWithUs, which she headed for two years. She currently serves as the Middle East Associate at the Arava Institute.
Hadas is a self-employed leader of virtual communities, working with social media, blogging and writing on the web. She is also working part-time at Microsoft’s Innovation Labs. Her experience is in managing marketing content and websites. Hadas studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. She has an MA in theater and was formerly a lighting designer at different theaters and for the Israeli opera. She has also worked in the guidance of youth, including youth at risk. Hadas has also spent time in Ukraine with a delegation from the Jewish Agency and the JDC helping the Jewish community.
Haytam Khatib has experience in founding business and social ventures. He founded, together with "Ofakim La'atid" (I.E "Future Horizons" in Hebrew) a nonprofit in the field of social and business development, a business in the security sector which was targeted both for activity in Israel and abroad. As part of his role he supervised and coached teams in the field. Haytam holds an MA in Public Policy and a BA in government, both from the Interdisciplinary center (IDC) in Herzliya.
Heather Wolfson is currently a nonprofit management consultant and part-time Managing Director of the Avi Schaefer Fund. She most recently served as the Western Regional Director for NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundations. Heather has been very active in the Jewish community. After being a dedicated USYer, an educator at a religious school and involved in her campus Hillel, she decided to pursue a career in the Jewish world. She worked at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation as the Special Projects Coordinator and later left Arizona for LA. She started her early career with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger as the Marketing Manager. Outside of work, Heather has been involved in many activities including with the Progressive Jewish Alliance as a Jeremiah Fellow and the Emma Fellowship. Heather graduated from the University of Arizona with a dual B.A. in Journalism and Communication and her M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.
Hili spent her childhood in the U.S Virgin Islands but has lived the majority of her life in Arad, a small town in the south periphery of Israel. She served in the Air force and graduated Officer Course with Honors. Hili has a B.A in East Asian Studies, Political science and Education, and is majoring in the Chinese language from Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate of UNESCO’s Master in “Social Sciences in Humanitarian Affairs”. Hili is currently writing her thesis in East Asian studies and majoring in the Hindi language. She is a group facilitator in dialogue groups between Israeli’s and Palestinians in Israel and abroad. She is also the Founder and Manager of ‘Afik’ Center for Student Leadership in Israel
Idit is a consultant and a business coach. Idit has graduated Ben Gurion University in Economics and Management, and graduated MBA by Academic College, Kiryat Ono and is a certified coach by the Institute of coaches ,Israel.
Previously, she worked in the financial banking system as an investment adviser and a trader in foreign securities and foreign currency.
Idit volunteered as a families guide to proper financial behavior and served as a mentor to entrepreneurs.
Ilan Shenkar, is originally from Uruguay. He has a B.A in Political Science and East-Asian studies from Tel-Aviv University. Ilan works as an Independent producer, and co-founder of a social venture called "The 25th Hour". He completed the "ISEF foundation" leadership program. Ilan is a Public administration intern at the "Union of Local Authorities in Israel." Ilan believes in interdisciplinary knowledge, co-operation, transparency, responsibility, independence and the possibility of change.
Jay Stone is a beat-boxing, globe-trotting, sustainability-consulting, humanitarian-thriving adrenaline junkie. He advanced to the Hollywood Week Finals on Season 9 of American Idol with his beatbox rendition of "Come Together." Jay has also served as a dedicated Israel advocate and performed his "Sh'ma Israel" beatbox in 2010 for a crowd of 10,000+ people, including Israeli President Shimon Peres. Jay recently completed his MBA at NYU Stern School of Business and currently works with Deloitte Consulting's Sustainability & Climate Change practice.
Josh is the Associate Director of the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. Josh is passionate about the intersection of art and leadership development. As a leadership development professional Josh was most recently the Jeremiah Fellowship National Director for the Progressive Jewish Alliance. He is an alumnus of the Jeremiah Fellowship and Selah and was a 2011 member of the Selah National Leadership Team. Josh is a co-founder of East Side Jews and an adviser to the Emma Fellowship. Josh is a coach trained through the Center for Non Profit Management. Josh comes to his work with over 10 years of non-profit and informal education experience. Josh believes deeply in the power each of us has to maximize our potential, creating greatness for ourselves and the world around us.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Lani Hart graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Sociology, Jewish Studies and Hebrew. During college, Lani was active with Wisconsin Hillel and also spent a semester studying and volunteering in the Jewish community in Prague, Czech Republic. Following graduation, Lani worked for four years, first as a fellow at PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values and more recently as the Assistant Director of Young Leadership at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She took more than 150 young adults to Israel on Taglit-Birthright Israel trips and engaged hundreds of alumni as a Birthright Israel NEXT professional. Lani is a first-year student in the NYU Nonprofit Management and Jewish Studies dual degree program and is a recipient of The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) scholarship. In her free time, Lani enjoys traveling, watching sports and exploring New York City.
Lior Bakalu has lived in Kfar Saba, Israel, for most of his life. After his release from the IDF in which he served as an editor and producer for the IDF radio (Galatz), he began working as a journalist, mostly for web portals but also for newspapers and TV productions. He now works as a managing editor for Calcalist newspaper, Israel's largest financial newspaper and web portal. Lior is a board member and website editor for the Mitpkadot feminist lobby and a co-editor for the Israeli Gay Youth organization (IGY) website. Lior studied political science and western history at Tel Aviv University and plans to pursue an M.B.A. degree.
Maya was born in Botswana, Africa, and moved to Israel at the age of 13. After serving in the IDF as a lone soldier, Maya moved to Jerusalem to pursue a B.A. in International Relations and Communications. Between 2006-2013 Maya was a part of StandWithUs, an international Israel education NGO. She joined in 2006 as a fellow in The StandWithUs Public Diplomacy Fellowship and consequently began to work for the organization as a Regional Executive. She took part in missions on behalf of the organization and coordinated Israeli missions abroad, media and PR in addition to taking on the role as the Executive Assistant to the Israeli Director. Maya has been involved in other organizations such as Onevoice, Tzeva, Tzeirim Bamerkaz – Jerusalem and is an alumnus of the Heseg Foundation . Maya has an M.Sc. in Organizational Consulting from Tel Aviv University.
Michal is a psychologist and organizational consultant, and is currently PhD student in Bar Ilan University in organizational psychology focusing on team relations and resilience.
I have the privilege of working as an instructor in PresenTense in the past two years, where I facilitate workshops to entrepreneurs worldwide.
I'm working as a consultant in "Lotem", where I am a personal consultant to managers, facilitate managers development programs and help build organizational strategy.
Moti Taubin was born in Kfar Adumim, a unique village whose inhabitants, both secular and religious, live together. This experience has continued to influence Moti throughout his whole life. After he spent one year in a pre-military study program in the Golan Heights, Moti began his military service in a unit called Maglan. As an officer, he commanded two teams and then discovered his passion for education. After he was released from the army, Moti started to work with youth, both as a volunteer coordinator during the disengagement from Gaza and as a guide to street children in Jerusalem. After finishing his studies at the Hebrew University in bible and history, he worked as a teacher in two high schools in Jerusalem and as a manager of a secular midrasha for volunteers. During 2009 he and Uriel, a friend from his kindergarten, established in Ein Gedi a Pre-Military Academy for underprivileged youth from the social periphery, meant to empower and help them to realize their potential on all levels: personal, social and national. The first year just ended on March 2010 and now Moti is preparing with his staff for the next one. He's married to Yael and they live in Ein Gedi.
As an alum of Teach For America, Rachel has continued to pursue a career in special education and led training sessions for beginning teachers in the USA and abroad with affiliated programs. Rachel is currently the Inclusion Team Leader and 4th grade teacher at DC Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, DC. In addition to her work at DC Bilingual, she provides consulting services for international schools that are working toward developing and/or improving special education and inclusive programs. Outside of work, Rachel loves to read, run, go camping and spend as much time traveling as possible!
Ram is a group facilitator and social entrepreneur, who believes in the human encounter as a catalyst for change processes.
After managing informal education organizations for several years, Ram initiated and led "the Backpackers project" at Adam Le'Adam - Leadership for Tikkun Olam Association . Today he facilitates courses and workshops, primarily around questions of leadership and social entrepreneurship, sustainability and community development.
Ram studied philosophy and history of the Middle East at the Open University, and is a graduate of the Environmental Fellows Program at the Heschel centre for Sustainability. He lives in Tel Aviv.
Robert J. Saferstein, a graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, specializes in online media, photography, music composition and film production. Since 2010, Saferstein has served as Online Director for Sh’ma Journal, where he has led efforts in audience expansion, social media integration, the introduction of new forms of digital content and partnerships with outside organizations. Robert is very active with the LGBTQ Jewish Community as an organizer and advocate for change and equality. Robert consulted on and designed Broadway websites and was the founding Creative Director of Broadway’s Best Shows.
Now in its fourth year, and attracting over 250 people annually, Robert formed the first LGBTQ Orthodox-friendly megillah reading in NYC in 2009. His newest endeavor, Friday Night Lights, is a series of Shabbat dinners for gay professionals that will highlight different charitable organizations helping the LGBTQ Community.
Shiri is a sociology graduate student. She is active in the Sociology department as editor of the department's journal, producer of a series of lectures and founder of TA's forum and was elected excellent lecturer by the dean of social science. She was recently the winner of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for excellent students, which allowed her to spend a semester in Karl Franzes University in Austria. Currently, she a research assistant for a few Prof at the Hebrew Uni. active in the international peace education movement CISV .
Born in Russia, Shirly is a trainer at the PresenTense group.
Prior to that, Shirly was the program manager of the Int'l Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy. She also worked at the Israeli Parliament (HaKnesset) for a few years and at NEST- Negotiation strategies.
Shirly graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has a degree in International Relations. Currently she is a research student, studying Organizational Behaviour.
Sivan Bechavod is a office Manager at a law firm. Previous to her current position she worked in dental clinics in various capacities ranging from dental assistant to the manager of a clinic (which she had helped found). Sivan has a BA in communications and photography from the Hadassah College Jerusalem.
Todd Schechter is a Strategy and Organizational Development Consultant because he loves helping others overcome obstacles, seize opportunities and achieve their potential. Todd specializes in supporting individuals, teams and organizations working for social impact; his clients include non-profit organizations, government agencies, social businesses and corporations with a commitment to CSR. Specifically, he helps clients improve their effectiveness and efficiency by guiding situation analysis, sculpting intervention planning and propelling implementation. He also provides similar services to early stage social businesses and non-profit organizations such as directing need assessment, challenging mission definition and bolstering strategic planning. Todd has mixed sector and mixed industry experience previously having worked as a documentary television producer, video brand consultant and social entrepreneur. He has a passion for learning, building things and sharing great food with great people. Todd holds an M.P.A. in Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU and a B.S. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in New York City and loves having engaged conversations.
Uri Bar-On was born in the United States in 1975. He grew up, lives and creates in Tel Aviv. He has a B.A in Literature and Business Management, and an MFA degree in Cinema and Television, both from the Tel Aviv University. As the founder of the startup company "more4tec" and the VP for business development of the company, Uri has vast experience in the business world. Since 2002 he has been active in the Israeli television and film industry as a director and screenwriter. He writes and directs for Israeli broadcasters as well as for commercial companies such as Microsoft, Philip Morris, El-Al and more. Uri has created two long documentaries: “King Lati the first” and “52/50”, both financed by Israeli TV channels; as well as many short films, some of which are: "72 Virgins", "A Kiss is a Kiss is a Kiss", "A Different Love song". He has created 3 short films for the French-German channel ‘Arte’ within the "missing scene" format: "The haircut", 'The saver" and "The boss". He is currently a lecturer at the ‘Minshar’ school for arts’ cinema department and at the Interdisciplinary Center Hertzelyia, school of communication. Uri is now editing his debut feature film "10% my child" and writing a fiction film "James Dean in Tel-Aviv" that has received a development grant from the Israeli film fund. He is also one of the founders of "Kipod- a place for Israeli cinema."