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Committee Members

Yael Bitton

Yael holds a BA from Barnard College and an LLB from Hebrew University Faculty of Law. She is a government lawyer and lives in Jerusalem with her husband and her 5 children. Yael enjoys traveling, running and exploring Jerusalem. She joined Mavoi Satum’s board in 2018 and believes that the right to divorce is one to which all women should be afforded.

Caroline Shapiro

Caroline strives to find the intersection between art culture tourism in Israel and shapes stories that will garner media attention from around the world. Since moving to Israel from England twenty five years ago, Caroline has worked as in house-director, external consultant and strategic advisor for organizations and institutions such as the Tower of David Museum, ALYN Hospital, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as well as smaller independent clients from fashion to books to virtual reality projects, art and good wine.
Over the years, Caroline has been active organizing events for Mavoi Satum and is excited to help its story reach a wider audience. She lives happily in Jerusalem with her husband, Joel, and two children. Caroline is inspired by her teenage daughter and her own conviction that there needs to be a fairer better future for women in Israeli society.

 

Hani Muskin Sterngold

Hani Muskin-Sterngold has a background in advertising, marketing and design. Hani worked amongst others with NGOs in the Jewish world and in online advertising, she currently freelances marketing and graphic design. Hani recently completed a Masters in Industrial Design Management at Bezalel School of Design. Hani is active with many organizations helping women in need; including the grassroots organization “Mothers Make a Difference (MMAD)” and Bat Melech, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, as well as orphanages in the Jerusalem area. Hani joined Mavoi Satum in 2020 and serves on the Awareness Raising Committee. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Ariel and their 3 children. Hani believes in the freedom of choice for a woman to leave a unhappy marriage and will fight for any woman to have justice to start anew.

Kate Gerstler

Kate is originally from Birmingham, UK, and made aliya 16 years ago. As a young woman she witnessed the difficulties her mother experienced obtaining a get and was instrumental in gaining freedom for her mother after 15 years of being an agunah. Today Kate works as a freelance Editor, and lives in Ranaana with her husband and 4 children. She believes that women’s voices need to be heard, and that a fundamental change is needed so that women (and men) and their families no longer have to suffer the injustice of aginut.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Lieberman

Jonathan Lieberman is a Manchester born GP who also served as a community mohel and has lectured on Jewish medical ethics for over 30 years. He specialized in medical halacha and studied under Professor Avraham Abraham of Nishmat Avraham. Jonathan made aliyah in 2013 and completed semicha with Rav Chaim Brovender. He takes a particular interest in developing a dynamic approach to halachic problems and finding halachic applications that meet the challenges of modern society. He believes passionately in equality and endeavours to advance the enhanced position of women in Jewish education. He is an avid cricket fan and has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He lives in Netanya with his wife Elisheva and is the proud father of 5 children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Gila Rockman

Gila Rockman is a proud Jerusalem based social activist. She has initiated and remains actively involved in various community projects for at risk youth and their families, disadvantaged Israeli born lone soldiers, orthodox woman’s rights and refugees living in Israel. Gila is a Board member of Ramban Synagogue and the Afikim Family Enrichment Association.
Gila is a pioneer in experiential education and currently is the Director of the Department of Service and Citizenship at Shalem College in Jerusalem where she manages 15 student social activist programs and leads educational missions to the US. Previously, Gila spent 8 years as the Director of educational programs in Israel for Yeshiva University.
Gils is married to a fellow Australian and is the proud mother of 4. She is an active fitness enthusiast and a certified personal trainer. Gila is passionate about her work and making Israeli society better.

Leora Jesselson

Leora is an Organizational Psychologist that lives in south Tel-Aviv and is a mother of twin boys Lavi and Kedem. Leora founded The OMA Project, a documentary and lifestyle platform that tells the story of women’s personal treasures and collections that fill their homes through photography and film. Through her work on The Oma Project, Leora developed a concept for a documentary series where she now works as creator and screenwriter. Leora came to Mavoi Satum through her background in social media awareness campaigns and her connection to other young professional groups and women organizations in Tel-Aviv. She believes that women should have ownership over their own lives and the basic right to choose their own destiny.

Adina Shaprio

Adina Shapiro is a corporate lawyer and partner in the international M&A department of the law firm Herzog, Fox & Neeman, representing foreign investors, multi-national corporations, start-ups, public companies  and large private equity firms in their Israeli acquisitions and investments.  Adina also spearheads the firm’s diversity activity, and is a member of the firm’s impact investment practice and pro bono committee.  Alongside her work, Adina is also very active in numerous communal and philanthropic initiatives. She serves on the board of directors of Bader Philanthropies Inc., chairs the board of directors of the Jerusalem International YMCA; serves on the board of the Jewish Funders Network and the Jerusalem Season of Culture and is a member of the purchase committee for Contemporary Israeli Art of the Israel Museum. Adina’s grandmother Jane Klitsner was one of Mavoi Satum’s founding members.

Rebecca Abeles

Rebecca is a graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and practiced as a commercial lawyer for several years in Australia prior to making Aliyah. Since moving to Israel 7 years ago, Rebecca has been working as an in-house legal adviser and investment analyst for a private company.
Rebecca volunteered with Mavoi Satum 12 years ago and is incredibly passionate about the issues arising from the intersection of religion and state in Israel, and in particular the cause of mesoravot get and agunot. Rebecca lives in Jerusalem.