The Zion Community is lead by staff and lay-leadership
You are welcome to join us and lead something that speaks to you.

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professor alice shalvi

founding president

Born in Germany in 1926, Professor Alice Shalvi was educated in England and immigrated to Israel in 1949. She served as a lecturer in the English Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and established the English Department at Ben Gurion University. Between 1975 and 1990 she ran Pelech, an experimental high school for girls in Jerusalem, and from 1984 until 2000 served as founding chair of the Israel Women's Network, the Israel Prize laureate.In her marriage to Moshe Shalvi, the couple had three sons and three daughters.

Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum

founding Rabbi

Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum is the founder of Kehilat Zion; and co-founder of the seminary for Eretz Israeli rabbis of Hamidrasha and the Hartman institute. Her work spans and links tradition and innovation, working toward Jewish spiritual and ethical renaissance. She devotes much of her energy to the renewal of community life in Israel and the struggle for human rights. In 2010 she was named by the Forward as one of the most influential female religious leaders in Israel for her work promoting pluralism and Jewish religious freedom.


heftzi zion mozes


Heftzi Zion-Mozes is a Drama Therapist specializing in escorting and treating women around life events through body and soul processes in her private clinic in Jerusalem. She is also a playback group facilitator, improvisation theater that brings to the stage life stories.
Heftzi studies the experiences of women who have coped with breast cancer in preparation for her M.A in the Gender Program at Bar-Ilan University.
She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and three children.

board members

Rabbi Bill Berk | Rachel-shlomit brezis  | Galit Cohen Yehudah cohen (treasurer) | michael fagenblat Devorah Greenberg | Jean-marc liling | miri lowenberg |  

ilana nelson  oded peles moriah lehman-rut michal shachak |

 dena sher heftzi zion mozes (chairwoman)  

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Ruti Doron


Ruti is the founder and CEO of "Do Not Stand Aside,” an NGO dedicated to providing humanitarian aid for refugee families and displaced persons affected by the civil war in Syria and women fleeing ISIS. Over the years, she has also been a partner in Israeli social projects and a plenary member of the Gush Etzion Foundation. Ruti and her family lived in Shanghai, China for six years and was an active partner in the instituting and developing the international Jewish community in Shanghai. For about a decade and a half, Ruti worked as an educational administrator, both in civil society and in the IDF, establishing numerous projects in the field. Born in Jerusalem, she now lives in Tekoa in Gush Etzion, is 47 years old, and married to Asher and mother of Yonatan, Avia, Talia, Aviel and Benaya.

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yahala yachmish

co-head of prayer

A Jerusalemite musician and leader of prayer and piyut, Yahala has a B.A in Composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She is a prayer leader, singer, creator, choral conductor, teacher and workshops facilitator. Yahala teaches Piyutim at the Keshet School, works at Midreshet Ein Prat, and leads a young piyut group and the national choir in Singing Communities.

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nerya refael knafo

co-head of prayer

Director of the civil tracking institute of the Masorti Movement - Jewish Pluralism Watch (JPW) - Nerya brings with him a rich background in social and political activism. A graduate of the Shacharit Institute Leadership Program, Nerya served in the IDF with the Hesder Yeshiva, studied politics and government and has written and edited in various media outlets. 


Nerya is a social activist on issues of peace, solidarity and democracy. On a personal note, he is a member of the Knafo, Abuhatzeira and Bardugo families of the Jewish leadership in Morocco and a leading activist with regard to the absorption of Sephardic Jewish values in Israeli society.

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Laurence Berman

Head of Production, Operations and Community Relations

Born in France, Laurence is a lawyer by profession and has been working in the field for the past ten years. Laurence has volunteered for years in various organizations such as “Meitarim Network,” “Ubacharta,” and more. Laurence is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Zion community, including Shabbat and holiday prayers, social gatherings, and production of prayers and events in the public space.


Shay adamke

tikkun olam coordinator

Born in Ethiopia, Shay immigrated to Israel at the age of five during Operation Moses. He is married to Eleanor and father to Lala Nativ and Arbel. Shay is an educator in the field of guidance and development of diverse and integrated programs. He is a senior facilitator in the development of creative thinking and teaching the principles of innovative thinking in a variety of organizations and training teams and has developed and lead workshops for the development of creative thinking and personal innovation in a changing reality. He holds a BA in the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Haifa and is a certified facilitator and graduate of the Mentoring Course at the Center for the Development of Creative Intelligence and Preparedness for the New World.


Danny Weininger

Rabbinic Intern

Was born and raised in the United States and after he completed his BA, he made Aliya with Garin Tzabar. After his discharge from the IDF he hiked the Israel National Trail. Over the last few years, Danny has studied and worked in various educational and Jewish institutions in Jerusalem and abroad. Danny is entering his third year at the Schechter Rabbinic Seminary, and at Zion works with the children and youth, helps to organize the prayers, and learns from the wonderful community members and staff.

community committees 


Cultural and social activities in the community.  You're welcome to write to Shari Har-Tuv, Miri Lowenberg, or Oded Peles


Activities for parents and children on weekdays, Shabbat and Holidays. You're welcome to write to Moriah Lehman

caring committee

Accompanying members in times of difficulty and happiness.  You're welcome to write to Rachel-Shlomit Brezis, Miriam Mann, Nomi Razz, or Connie Green


Zion-NOAM Youth Group 

You're welcome to write to Arnon Ben Dor

Gabaut and torah reading

Teaching Torah and Haftarah Trope and Gabaut in the community.  You're welcome to write to  Oded Peles


Multi-Faith Beit Midrash, The Blue Door, Adopting Asylum Seekers, and more.  You're welcome to reach out to Ilana Nelson, Merav Mazeh, or Jean-Marc Liling


Ensuring the future of the community and maintaining relationships with our generous supporters in Israel and around the world.  You're welcome to write to Sara Miriam Liben or Heftzi Zion Mozes


Membership is the heart of the community and we ensure that the membership process is inviting and fun.  You're welcome to write to Dena Sher or Devora Greenberg.

welcoming committee

Welcoming guests to the community in Hebrew and English.  You're welcome to write to Sara Miriam Liben.

Building Search

Searching for a home for our community.  You're welcome to write to Galit Cohen.

audit committee

For questions you may write to Rachel or Itzik.

We need you -- choose something to be a part of and join a committee!


dasee berkowitz

Head of community and education

Dasee Berkowitz is an educational consultant who has worked in informal Jewish education for the past 20 years for Jewish communities in the US and overseas in Israel, India and the FSU.  She has served many national agencies including AJJDC, Makom and JCCA. She has applied her educational experience to synagogue settings and enriched Jewish life at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor NY and is delighted to bring her experience to Kehilat Zion, in Jerusalem. Dasee is a frequent contributor to Kveller.com, JTA and has also had pieces appear in Forward.com, Haaretz and Times of Israel.  Much of her writing focuses on developing parenting as a spiritual practice.


Uri kroizer


Uri Korizer is Director of Education and Community for the Piyut and Tefllah Website, and initiates and leads prayer at Kabbalot Shabbat in Jerusalem’s public squares and at Kehilat Zion

hadass pal yarden


Hadass holds an M.A in ethnomusicology specializing in Sephardic Jewish song in Turkey.  In recent years she has expanded her repetoire to include Turkish folk songs that influences Jewish prayer.  She has participated in a number of international music projects, and is a pioneer among Mizrahi female cantors in Israel and around the world.