Amir Kadari – Chairman
Amir Kadari serves as the managing partner of Tal, Kadari, Shamir Law offices, specializing in commercial and administrative law. Amir Kadari served for 15 years as Chair of Jerusalem’s Keshet School; for 10 years on the board of Shira Hadasha, Jerusalem; and for 10 years as a member of the legal committee of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
Amalia Reuel – Founder
A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem with a major in Piano, Amalia Reuel then continued her studies at the Manes School of Music in New York. After a short tenure teaching at the Rubin Academy, in 1973, Amalia Reuel established Hassadna. Amalia served as Executive Director for 33 years, and has been a Hassadna board member since 2001. It is to her credit that the Conservatory is recognized as one of Israel’s premier institutes of music education.
Yeheskell Beinisch, a distinguished attorney, has been practicing law since 1967. His areas of specialty include international business law, commercial law, aerial law, medical malpractice. Originally from Haifa, he spent many years as a professional viola and trombone player with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Radio Orchestra and other orchestras. Among his many civic activities, he serves as a board member for several organizations in music and the arts. Yeheskell Beinisch has been a Hassadna board member since 1977.
Peter Sheldon, OBE, JP
Peter Sheldon is a semi-retired chairman and director who has served on the boards of a number of publicly quoted and private companies in the UK and Israel. He has a long record of community service including 6 years as President of the United Synagogue, and as a founder trustee and chairman of two Jewish schools in the UK. He chairs Hassadna’s Fund Raising Committee, and since 2010 has been responsible for organizing Hassadna’s annual visits to London.
A native of Haifa, Tamar Ahronovich studied poetry at the Hebrew University. She was mentored by some of Israel’s outstanding poets including Yehuda Amichai and Agi Mishol, and her works have been published in Israel. For nearly 30 years she was married to the world renowned conductor Yuri Ahronivich and was at his side throughout his distinguished career. Since his untimely death in 2002, Tamar has initiated a variety of projects that pay tribute to his spiritual legacy and honor his memory. She has been a Hassadna board member since 2003.
Shari Greenberg was born in London and immigrated to Israel in 1982. She holds a degree in musicology from the University of Wales and a teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music. From 1972 to 1992, Shari Greenberg taught music and subsequently joined the Israel Festival as Director of Music. She currently works with the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. Shari Greenberg has been a Hassadna board member since 2009.
Adina Halevy was born in Petach Tikva, Israel, and has been a resident of Jerusalem for the last three decades. She holds a BSc Degree in Life Sciences from Tel-Aviv University, an MSW from Bar Ilan University; and is a graduate of the advanced training program in Psychotherapy at TAU Medical School. For ten years Adina served in the psychiatric ward of Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Kerem, and now runs a private psychotherapy practice in Jerusalem. For the last five years Adina has served as a board member of Summit Institute, which offers psycho-social rehabilitation programs for youth at risk. Adina has served on the Board of Hassdna since 2018.
Diana Lipton moved to Israel in 2011, before which she was a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge (1997-2006), and a Reader in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at King’s College London (2007-2011). In Israel, she taught at Hebrew University’s International School and, currently, in the Department of Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University. A highlight of Diana’s week is the parasha shiur she gives at Beit Moses, a home for the elderly in Jerusalem. Her last book was From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey: A Commentary on Food in the Torah; proceeds go to Leket, Israel’s national food bank. Now she is co-authoring, with a young Israeli activist, a book on the Bible and the climate crisis. Diana also serves on the Board of Jerusalem Culture Unlimited (JCU).