Shelly Engdau Vanda, Social Work

Shelly Engdau Vanda was born in Ethiopia and made aliya with her family, via Sudan, when she was five years old. Although she was a bright student, there was nothing about her upbringing that hinted she’d become a trailblazer. Today, Shelly is one of only a handful of Israeli doctoral students of Ethiopian descent.

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Shuvi Hoffman, Revivim Alumna and Pedagogical Mentor

Though Shuvi Hoffman graduated from Revivim several years ago, she still lives and breathes its educational values, as a pedagogical mentor working with the program’s fourth and final year students. 

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Meytal Blumenthal, Revivim Alumna

Graduating four years ago from Revivim, Meytal, the first recipient of The Barbara Sieratzki Scholarship, still draws on the in-depth training she received to make her Bible classes meaningful as well as informative. Working in the prestigious Reali School in Haifa, her students hail from all over the country and include Christians, Moslems, Druze, and Jews.

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Shlomit Hadas-Blonder, 1st Year Revivim Student

Shlomit Hadas-Blonder decided to be an educator and make a difference already as a teen, inspired by her teacher at the prestigious IASA school who was a Revivim graduate. Realizing then that she wanted to emulate the values he embodied – pluralism, excellence, and a desire to teach Jewish Studies and Bible, she embarked on a path taking her straight to Revivim. During her army service, she served in the Education Corps.

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Meet Keren Dinur, Political Science

Keren Dinur is enrolled in the Advanced Graduate Studies Program (AGSP) where she is on the direct doctoral track in political science. She explains the uniqueness of the program because it “allows me a special relationship with the faculty of my department, they have a huge belief in me and provide a real feeling of wanting to push us forward and help us along”.

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Meet Guy Mor, Political Science

Uncovering the Truth

Guy Mor is in the midst of his Master’s degree in the Advanced Graduate Studies Program (AGSP) after finishing his BA in Political Science and Philosophy Summa cum Laude.

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Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury: Sociology

Pinpointing the Point of Conflict

Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury was born and raised in the village of Mi’ilya in the Galilee. She completed all of her degrees at Tel Aviv University and joined the Hebrew University following postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University, New York University, Brown University and Tufts University.

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Dr. Lior Nissim: The Faculty of Medicine

From Tragedy to Triumph - The Path to Curing Cancer

Born and raised in a lower-class neighborhood in Jaffa, Dr. Lior Nissim’s story is one of triumph over adversity. Tragically, when he was just three, his mother died of cancer – a pivotal moment in what became Dr. Nissim’s life’s mission, to cure cancer.

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Dr. Yedid Hoshen

Eradicating the Need for Humans

Dr. Yedid Hoshen’s family has long been connected with the Hebrew University, from his great grandfather who was active in the South African Friends, to his grandfather, a professor emeritus, and his entire immediate family who are all graduates of the Hebrew University. With his academic journey starting in Oxford at age 15, Dr.

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