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Noa Sattath
Executive Director

Noa Sattath took the helm of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) in November 2021.

Noa is an ordained Reform Rabbi and spent the past 11 years as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), where she was responsible for leading the organization's public strategy regarding religion and state, gender equality, and the fight against racism. Noa has been partner in leading social justice struggles, especially the struggle against the exclusion of women and against the election of racist candidates running for Knesset.

Prior to IRAC, Noa served as Executive Director of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, where she aided in the historic move to lead the first Pride March in the city. 

Noa also served as Executive Director for MEET, an organization that uses technology to develop the joint leadership of young Israelis and Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank. 

Take a look at the insightful interview with Noa from October 2022 in the Israeli newspaper HaAretz.

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Yael Edelist
Director of Public Outreach and Spokesperson

Yael joined the Association for Civil Rights in Israel in June 2021. She began her professional career as the spokesperson for the Israel Women’s Network. Afterwards, Yael managed the communications and government department at Adam Teva V'Din (Israel Union for Environmental Defense) for eight years. At the same time, she taught communications courses at the Open University. Yael then went on to work at the Foreign Ministry in Nepal for a year and, upon her return, she served as the spokesperson and acting director of marketing for the Israel Museum.  


Yael holds a master’s degree in law from Bar-Ilan University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Open University and is a graduate of journalism and media studies.  


Gili Meisler

Social Media Manager

Gili completed undergraduate studies in Cinema and Television and Hebrew Literature at Tel Aviv University and then  pursued graduate studies in Hebrew Literature. 


In addition to teaching at schools and universities, he also started a video production studio and edited and produced several projects. His lifelong dream was realized in 2009 when he produced, directed, and edited the movie "Fireflies," which was screened in festivals worldwide and in Israel. Additionally, he directed and edited the film "Fractures”. 


Gili joinedACRI in summer 2022. Previously, he worked at the “The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF)” as the media and social media director. Furthermore, he produced the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremonies on behalf of the forum. Additionally, Gili facilitates dialogue sessions to share with the audience how his attitude changed after he was bereaved, seeking to use his story to promote dialogue and reconciliation. 

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Tal Dahan
Content and Website

Tal Dahan has worked at ACRI since 2001, first as the Information Center Coordinator, and, since 2006, as the head of content and the website. In her current position, Tal is responsible for producing Hebrew-language publications, responding to information requests, and developing and maintaining ACRI’s website. Tal holds a bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a master's degree in Law Studies from Bar Ilan University and a master's degree in Public Health from Ben Gurion University.

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Attorney Debbie Gild-Hayo

Director of Policy Advocacy

Attorney Debbie Gild-Hayo joined ACRI in 2006, overseeing ACRI’s policy advocacy work in the Knesset committees and before leading decision-makers and government officials. She received a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies with minors in Arabic and History from the Hebrew University, followed by an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University, as well as a master’s degree in Public Interest Law from Tel Aviv University. Debbie completed her legal internship in the law division of the Defense Ministry, and went on to work as an attorney in private practice in the field of commercial law for 8 years before joining ACRI in 2006.


Karen Saar
Director of Resource Development and Outreach

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Tamara Newman
Director of International Relations

Tamara Newman moved to Israel from Australia in 2013. Since arriving in Israel Tamara has worked in the field of refugee rights, as the Director of International Relations & Development at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (2014-2019), establishing and managing an emergency humanitarian aid program for the refugee community at the outbreak of Corona (2020), and at Elifelet - Citizens for Refugee Children (2021-2022).


Prior to moving to Israel Tamara was involved in establishing the New Israel Fund in Australia. Tamara holds a B.A. in Development Studies and History from the University of New South Wales and a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Management from the University of Technology Sydney.

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Camille Moradian 

Resource Development Coordinator 

Camille relocated to Israel from California in 2021 to pursue her Master's degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University. Following her studies, she engaged as an on-the-ground activist and Social Media Manager, dedicated to ending the forcible displacement and transfer of Palestinians in Area C and East Jerusalem. Prior to her move to Israel, Camille earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning.

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Smadar Sarna

Director of Resource Development in Israel

Smadar joined ACRI in January 2007 as the Director of Resource Development in Israel, founding ACRI's membership structure. In this position, she continues to coordinate efforts to identify and cultivate potential donors within Israeli society, and to develop a network of influential supporters. Smadar holds a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Tel Aviv University. Before she joined ACRI, Smadar was a journalist and spokesperson for the cable television program company ICP.

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Mesi Aychek

Coordinator of International Humanitarian Law Project

Mesi joined ACRI in 2012 as the coordinator of Youth Education in ACRI’s Human Rights Education Department. As of 2015, she is the coordinator of ACRI’s International Humanitarian Law Education Project and the Education Department's online web portal. 


Mesi possesses vast experience in informal education, including therapeutic intervention for children at risk. She has worked in the past at Yad-Rachel, an NGO that operates educational centers for at-risk children, and served as the Director of Education and Culture at the Aviv Home in the Beit Ekstein Children Village for persons with special needs (intellectual disabilities and autism). 


Since 2004, Mesi has been writing for Yediot Negat, a newspaper for the Ethiopian community in Israel, and in 2005 she won the prestigious Elke Aynor Journalism Award.  


She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in Communications, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Haifa.


Suhair Jarjura

Coordinator - Arabic Education


Dr. Soli Vered 
Director oh Human Rights Education

Soli holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and in a program for general and interdisciplinary studies in the humanities from Tel Aviv University, a master’s degree in organizational-applied sociology from the University of Haifa, and a PhD from Tel Aviv University’s School of Education. 


After nearly a decade of working in various management positions in human resources, training, and organizational development, Soli turned to postgraduate studies in order to engage in the study of Israeli society from an educational perspective, especially in the context of living in the shadow of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In her academic research, Soli focused on the field of education for peace, democracy, and coexistence, particularly the Ministry of Education’s policy on these issues and the challenges facing peace educators who work in the educational field. At the same time, Soli supervised and taught courses and seminars in various educational frameworks, including schools, pre-military preparatory schools, and colleges. 


Soli joined the Education Department of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel in 2019. As a part of her role, she writes and develops educational materials and training programs for teachers and teachers-in-training in the field of human rights education, democracy, and the fight against racism. Soli assists the instructors and facilitators of the Department of Education in leading workshops, seminars, and courses from the Association, and is also involved in creating collaborations between universities and colleges for teacher training, officials in the Ministry of Education, PISGA centers, schools, and partner organizations.  

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Sarit Eliah

Secretary and Information Center Assistant

Sarit joined ACRI in 2004 as a secretary in the Jerusalem office. Today, Sarit also helps coordinate the information systems and press updates.


Before joining ACRI, Sarit managed an office in a dance school and was active in a nonprofit for persons with disabilities.

Naama Yadgar

Naama Yadgar

HR encompasses Payroll, Office Manager (Jerusalem)

Naama Yadgar joined ACRI in 2001 as the Jerusalem office secretary. Today she is the office and HR manager.


Before ACRI, Naama was the secretary at a rehabilitation organization for persons with mental health disabilities.

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