Our Board of Directors is composed of local residents, some immigrants to Israel from the west and native born Israelis. Members of our Board have a strong sense of volunteerism and are actively involved in and contribute to life in the city.
Offir Dor – Director
Offir Dor was born in Jerusalem in 1967, his family has been in Jerusalem for eight generations. Married to Melissa and a father of four; 2 of his daughters are currently serving in the IDF.
Offir served as an officer in the IDF for 23 years, where he was a commander in the paratroopers and served as a battalion commander. Later he led weapon systems development in the IDF until he retired in 2009 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Offir is an electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Business Administration and currently works for a high tech defense company.
Offir has been living in Beit Shemesh for the last 20 years.
Offir wishes to encourage sports among the youth in Beit Shemesh.
Meir Malka – CEO
Meir Malka is the Director of Keren-Shemesh – the Beit Shemesh Foundation. Born in Morocco, April 5, 1951, Meir made Aliyah at the age of 4 and has lived in Beit Shemesh ever since. Meir is married to Pamela and together they have four children. Since 1975 he has been active in community work as a lay leader.
For 28 years (1975-2002). Meir worked for the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in Israel in several positions. During the last 4 years of his position with the JNF he served as the Director of the England, Canada and South Africa Division and Director fo the Professional Young Leadership for overseas college graduates.
Meir studied Geology, Forestry and Land of Israel Studies. He is an active member of the Beit Shemesh community and has served as Chairmain of community centers (Matnassim) and as Chair of People to People Committee.
Meir established the Beit Shemesh Foundation to empower education and quality of life of the community of Beit Shemesh, to promote technology skills in High Schools, support under privilege children and provide them with all school supplies, enrichment programs and a daily hot lunch in school.
Linda Reiss-Wolicki – Legal Advisor
The Keren Shemesh Foundation works quietly and behind the scenes, to effect real change and substantial improvements in the lives of hundreds of Bet Shemesh residents, and in particular those of children from impoverished homes. It has been my great privilege over the years to be able to offer my legal services to this truly special organization that is completely committed and dedicated to enriching and bettering the lives of the residents of Bet Shemesh.
Linda Reiss-Wolicki is the legal advisor to Keren Shemesh. She studied at the Cardozo School of Law in New York, where she was Editor in Chief of the National Jewish Law Review and Associate Editor of the International Law Journal. After graduation, she worked for approximately 5 and a half years in criminal law as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York. After making aliya in 1993 Linda worked in commercial law firms in both Herzliya and Tel Aviv until she started her own practice in Bet Shemesh. She is the Associate Editor of “A Free People in Our Land: Israeli Democracy and Pluralism” published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kamila Ben Harush
Kamila was born and raised in the city of Bet Shemesh. Kamila graduated from Law School in 2007, and together with her husband Albert have 4 children.
Kamila has been a board member of Keren Shemesh since 2010, and is very involved in the Feed a Child project.
Eli Cohen was born in Morocco and made aliyah at the age of two with his family. Eli was raised in Beit Shemesh and was active in various educational programs, even receiving an award from the Ministry of Education for his accomplishments.
Eli served in various posts abroad as an educator and shaliach, representing Israel and Zionist ideals to the youth of South America.While serving in his post as the Chief of The Jewish Agency for Israel’s mission in South America, Eli was instrumental in promoting Aliyah and Jewish Zionist education, and strengthening the bond between the local communities and Israel.
In 2008 Eli was appointed as the Director of the Aliyah Department and for four years worked tirelessly to increase the number of new immigrants coming home to Israel. His efforts paid off as the aliyah numbers increased by 17% during his tenure.
Eli knows that we cannot continue to sit idly by and watch the deterioration of our city. Eli, his wife Orna and their three children live in Beit Shemesh- a city he continues to love – a place where we all want to watch our children grow and build their own brave new future. Eli has made a brave decision to lead the city to a new reality- based on mutual respect for all. He pledges to unite the positive forces in our city that aspire to live in harmony with each other.
Esti Moskovitz-Kalman was born in 1969 and grew up in Jerusalem.
She moves to Beit Shemesh in 2002 after returning from 3 years Shlichut in the U.S.
Esti served in the IDF as an officer and commander for 4 years.
Following her army service, Esti attended Bar Ilan University, majoring in Psychology & Sociology, and completed graduate studies in Organization Behavior at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later on, beginning in 2007 she was a Jerusalem Fellow in the Mandel Center for Leadership.
In recent years, Esti worked in the Jewish Agency serving as the Director of Educational Processes and Synergy and later became the Director for Development and Strategic Process in the Strategy Unit.
Over the Years, she has been actively involved in various volunteer frameworks within Beit Shemesh, and recently joined Keren Shemesh, The Bet Shemesh Foundation
Yaniv is the Deputy Administrative Manager of Asaf Harophe Hospital. He joined the board of Keren Shemesh 6 years ago and serves as the Chair for Feed a Child Committe in Beit Shemesh.
Yaniv is a Colonel in the Israeli Army Reserve. He lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife Eti and their 4 children.
Yossi Cohen is the Director of the Department of Secondary Education in the municipality of Beit Shemesh. Yossi has worked 37 years in the field of education in all aspects including management. His experience in the numberous educational programs led him to understand tin order to care effectively for a community you must make the commitment of all the major organizations.
He believes the Keren Beit Shemesh Foundation has created the atmosphere of commitment and sharing in order to improve the quality of life in the Narkiss neighborhood. Which led him to join the Keren Beit Shemesh Foundation as a board member.