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Dani Zamir, CEO of the Joint Council

Dani Zamir, Esq., is the CEO of the Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies). Dani founded the Rabin Pre-Army Preparatory Program in 1997. Today, he serves as the president of the Rabin Pre-Army Preparatory Program Institutions and heads the Young Communities Department of HaMidrasha at Oranim. Prior to his selection as CEO of the Joint Council, Dani served as the joint chairman of the Joint Council Executive Committee. Dani served in the IDF Paratroop Brigade and was honorably discharged at the rank of major.

Yos Eldar, operations coordinator

Yos is the operations coordinator at the Joint Council. He is a brigadier-general (res.) in the IDF, where he served as commander of Battalion 75 of Brigade 7 during the Yom Kippur War and as chief education officer. Yos holds a degree in education and served as the CEO of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers as well as director of the Department of Culture, Youth, and Athletics of the City of Bat Yam, Raanana, and the Savion District. Yos was responsible for the mechinot from 2005 to 2011, during his time at the Ministry of Defense, and subsequently served as CEO of the Joint Council.

Maayan Laviv, office coordinator

Maayan, the office coordinator of the Joint Council, coordinates staff work and serves as assistant to the CEO. Maayan holds a baccalaureate degree in political science from the University of Haifa and is studying accounting at the College of Management Academic Studies. She arrived at the Joint Council with a wealth of experience and insight into office administration and work that she gained as a personal assistant to senior officers at refineries and in industrial settings.

Tali Arnolf, development coordinator

Tali is responsible for fundraising at the Joint Council. She graduated magna cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev with a baccalaureate degree in social work and is pursuing a social leadership MBA in a joint program of Ben-Gurion University and the Mandel Foundation. During the three years prior to taking on her current role, Tali was the Joint Council officer responsible for recruitment in behalf of all secular and traditional mechinot. In the past, she was a student and counselor at the Rabin Pre-Army Preparatory Program.

Yaara Schur, coordinator of recruitment for traditional and secular mechinot

Yaara is the coordinator of recruitment for traditional and secular mechinot at the Joint Council. Presently studying politics, government, and African studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, she is a graduate of Mechinat HaEmek, served in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, and interns in the office of Knesset Member Shelly Yachimovich. Yaara originally is from Jerusalem and currently lives in Be’er Sheva.

Tamar Zeira, deputy to the CEO and alumni coordinator for secular and traditional mechinot

Tamar serves as the deputy to the CEO and as alumni coordinator for all secular and traditional mechinot. She graduated summa cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a baccalaureate degree in psychology and education, and holds a social leadership MBA from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Mandel Foundation. Tamar was the coordinator for second-year students at Mechinat Aderet, where she worked as the alumni coordinator and director of development as well.

Assaf Shor, general coordinator of Orthodox mechinot and alumni coordinator for Orthodox mechinot

Asaf is the general coordinator of Orthodox mechinot and alumni coordinator for Orthodox mechinot at the Joint Council. He is an alumnus of the Otzem Pre-Military Torah Academy, a company commander (res.) in the IDF, and a graduate of Yeshiva Shavei Hevron. Asaf taught at Beit Midrash Netivot Deror from 2010 to 2016 and is finishing a baccalaureate degree in education, the Hebrew Bible, and the Oral Torah.

Stav Karmel, Yachad coordinator

Stav is the coordinator of the Yachad gap year program at the Joint Council. Now pursuing a degree in law at Tel Aviv University, she previously served as a public affairs officer in the IDF Education Corps, a capacity in which she coordinated training at the Jerusalem Educational Leadership Program. Stav completed her IDF service as a captain and and serves as a reservist in the control unit of the Education Corps.

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