Meet The Advisory Board
Dr. Desmond Kaplan is an Israeli-American and a cofounder of Galilee Dreamers. He made aliyah to Israel where he was a member of Kibbutz Tuval in the Galilee and trained in child psychiatry. Des now lives in Baltimore in the US where he is medical director of T.E.A.M., an inner city mental health and mentoring program and is an assistant professor (part time) at Johns Hopkins. Galilee Dreamers has become central to his life.
Rabbi Paul D. Schneider received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as the headmaster of Chizuk Amuno’s Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore for 29 years,. He currently coordinates programs for Galilee Dreamers in the States. He is married to Marilyn Schneider, a CPA , and they have three grown sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and two delicious granddaughters. His passion is for Israel, and he loves stories.
Dr. Roberta Bell-Kligler retired recently as head of the Oranim International School. Roberta did her academic work in the United States, completing two BA's from Brandeis University, an MA from University of California at Berkeley, and a doctorate in Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She has successfuly led delegations of Galilee Dreamers on trips to the USA, Canada and South Africa.
Dr. Rachel Ravid Director, Galilee Dreamers is a lecturer and a researcher at Oranim college graduate and education faculties focusing on inclusive education. she is also the co- director of Oranim's civil action unite and the director of the Galilee Dreamers at Oranim International School. Her doctorate degree is from Bath university, Rachel is involved with social activities promoted by the new israel found and the bereaved family forum.
Dr. Samuel (Muli) Peleg is Director Oranim International College. A political sociologist trained in the fields of comparative politics and international relations. His areas of expertise are peace-building & reconciliation, social sustainability, justice & human rights, and conflict resolution..
Raymond Schkolne is based in South Africa, Raymond brings many years of experience from the commercial world in organisational and human resources management. He lived in Israel in his younger days and is still passionate about bettering Israeli society through Galilee Dreamers. He is a former member of Kibbutz Tuval in the Galilee.
Rima Qassem ( 22 years old) from Bi'na village in the galilee, took part in the first ever galilee dreamers delegation in 2016. Rima is a student at Tel Aviv university studying Philosophy and English literature.. "“I definitely see the program going really far and expanding and becoming huge. And I am really excited to be part of the program as it continues to grow.." she said.
Faten Tabaja is a lecturer at Oranim College and is in-charge of the social- academic engagement unit at the dean of student office. Faten has two masters degrees from Haifa University: teaching, supervising alternative education and educational counselling. Faten lives in Shefaraam is married to Hamoodi and a mother of two wonderful children Yasmin and Basel. As a mother she was involved in co- operative action of parents and teachers to establish the first Waldorf school in the Arab community.
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