Lecturers

Dr. Eyal Policar
Agro - Economics, Entrepreneurship
Subject:           Agro - Economics, Entrepreneurship, and a workshop for leadership in bringing about change

Residence:       Moshav Tsofar

Short Biography:

Currently a partner in a 150 dunam vegetable crops, orchards and medicinal herbs  farm , and the owner of two photovoltaic systems to generate electricity.
Establishment and management of an agricultural enterprise joint to Israel and Jordan for growing and marketing flowers and vegetables.

Relevant Employment:
  •  Establishment of the Arava business club
  • CEO of an American start-up company specializing in online marketing of fresh agricultural produce - World Commerce Online
  • Lecturer, educator and seminar leader at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training in agricultural.

Relevant Education:
  • PhD student in leading change and innovation, School of Business Administration, Horizons University in Paris
  • MA degree from York St. John University in England in leading change and innovation
  • Study of agricultural economics, Jerusalem University
  • Directors' course, Bar Ilan University
  • Farm coordinators course, Ruppin College
  • Short courses through Coursera: Motivation and Inspiration, Michigan University
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurs, University of Maryland

Publications
 
Dani Poper
Aqua-Culture Farming Methods
Subject:          Aqua-Culture Farming Methods

Residence:     Zuqim

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3    
Zuk Farm Delicatessen - culinary operation and consulting

Relevant Employment:
2013-               Lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
2010-               Researcher at the aquaculture dept at the Central Arava Research and Development Unit – Yair Station
2003-2009       Rip Tech – company which builds and maintains closed circuit water systems                                    
2002-2005       Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Center, Haifa- Instruction of study groups.                
2001-2003       A. A. Quality Aquaria, Ramat Hasharon
                         Designing, building and operation of custom reef and fresh water aquaria
2001-2002       Mevo'ot Yam – naval boarding school, Michmoret-  Student supervisor

 Relevant Education:
2002-2005      MSc (magna cum laude) in marine and environmental sciences, Hebrew University, Agricultural Faculy
1999-2001      BA  in environmental studies, specializing in marine science, Israel Naval College, Michmoret
                        Natural Sciences Faculty, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
                        
 
Dr. Hagit Kvitt
Aqua-Culture Farming Methods, General Genetics
Subject:          Aquaculture - Diploma program; General genetics –  Manna Institute ,MSc studies, Tel Aviv University

Residence:     Moshav Faran

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3
1993 – Move to Moshav Faran

Relevant Employment:
2014-               Lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training

 Relevant Education:
1986-1989       BA in Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot
1991-1993       Master's degree in Human Genetics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1995-2007       Research on diseases in fish and reproduction of fish at the National Center for Aquaculture, Eilat 
2007-2014       PhD in marine biology, School of Marine Sciences, Haifa University

Publication                      

 

Ran Segev
Aqua-Culture Farming Methods
Subject:          Aqua-Culture Farming Methods    

Residence:      Moshav Idan

Short Biography
 Married + 3
2007-    Establishment and management (owner) of a farm for export of ornamental fish, consultant for establishment of      systems for fish breeding

Relevant Employment:
1997-2006         Research and development management in aquaculture in the Negev and the Arava:                                     
1997-               Lecturer at AICAT on Aquaculture
                       
 Relevant Education:    
1991-1996       Hebrew University, Animal Sciences, specializing in fish
                      BA at the Agricultural Faculty at the Hebrew University, specializing in fish, as well as courses and seminars in the field
 
Hagar Hogen
Community leadership
Subject:          Community leadership and Research Project Supervisor

Residence:     Zuqim    

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3
2003- coordinating  community projects in organizations and non-profit associations in different fields, such as integration and formal and non-formal education.
2010-2013 - coordinatung a project in a social organization in the sustainable education field,

Relevant Employment:
  • Lecturer and supervisor at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
  • Librarian at the community library on Zuqim

Relevant Education:
  • BA in Literature and Southeast Asian Studies (Tel Aviv University)
  • Teaching certificate in social community education (Oranim College)
Eyal Dori
Computer Application
Subject:         Computer Application

Residence:     Eun Yahav

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 4
Lives in Ein-Yahav since the age of 5.

Relevant Employment:
 A lecturer in AICAT: Computer Application
A farmer
A local Policeman
Computer engineer, Israel Electricity Company 


Relevant Education:
Practical electronics engineer, network administration – MCSE 2000
Computer technition
Haim Levite
Financial Analysis
Subject:         Financial Analysis

Residence:     Moshav Hatzeva

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3 + 4 grandchildren
Since 1980 – farmer on Hazeva
1965-1968:      member of the first group that established Hazeva

Relevant Employment:
1977-1980       Course coordinator and partner in course writing team, Open University
022-2015         Open University facilitator
2009-2013       Academic coordinator, Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
2008-2013       Teacher at Shittim School
2013 -             A lecturer in AICAT in  Financial Analysis


Relevant Education:
               BA degree in mathematics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
               MA degree in mathematics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Rafeal Rabinowitz
Financial Analysis
Subject:         Financial Analysis

Residence:     Moshav Hatzeva

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 4
In 2007 we moved to the Arava
Owner of a farm for growing ornamental marine fish and sea horses (Hippocampus) and leeks

Relevant Employment:
Farmer and lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training

Relevant Education:
BA in finance, master's degree in conflict resolution
Leaora Policar
Flower Production

 

Subject:        Flowers, and Research Project Supervisor
Residence:    Moshav Tsofar 

Short Biography
:
Marital status – married + 3
Settled on Moshav Tsofar, growing vegetables and farmers

Relevant Employment:
English teacher for the1st – 6th grades at the regional Shittim School and Woodruff anthroposophical school.
Teacher at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training – courses in plant protection and flower growing.

Relevant Education:
Ministry of Agriculture course on pests
Study of Chinese medicine
 
Sharon Wyngaard
Quality Managment, Food Safety and Food Security
Subject:        Quality Managmet, Food Safety and Food Security
Residence:     Moshav Hatzeva

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3
Lived in Hazeva since the age of 5,  second generation in the region. 

Relevant Employment:
 Working at AICAT since 2006
An English teacher at the local Elementary School

Relevant Education:
BA in behavioral science (magna cum laude), Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva
MA in administration and public policy (summa cum laude), Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva
Currently studying toward a PhD in the field of sustainability and food security, Ben Gurion Unuversity, Beer-Sheva. 
Alon Dombovsky
Israel Studies
Subject:         The land of Israel, the Jewish-Arab conflict and introduction to the Arava, and Research Project Supervisor

Residence:     Moshav Idan

Short Biography
We moved to the Arava at 1996, became members in Moshav Idan at 1998.

Relevant Employment:
Lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
Tour guide     
Director of the Hazeva Field School

Relevant Education:
Graduate of Haifa University, majoring in Geography and Israel studies
Certified tour guide since 1997
Dr. Gidon Winters
Marine & Plant Biology, Methodology of Scientific Research
Subject:             1.  Methodology of Scientific Research - Diploma program
                          2. Plant biology seminar, Marine biology and Practicum - MSc, Manna Institute, master's degree studies, Tel Aviv University

Residence:         Moshav Idan

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 2

Relevant Employment:
2012 –               The Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT): Scientific Methodology
2011 -                Head of the Central Arava branch of the Dead Sea-Arava Science
                         Center, Hatzeva, Israel
2008 - 2010        Post-Doctoral research fellow, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany.
2007 – 2008       Faculty member at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES)
2002 - 2006        Teaching assistant at the Inter University institute for Marine Biology at Eilat, Israel
1998 - 1999        Education officer Tel Aviv University Botanical Gardens.
1996 - 1998        Education officer for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), Nahal Me'arot Reserve.
1994 - 1998        Education officer for the Israel Society for Nature Protection.
 
Relevant Education:
2002-2008         Ph.D. (Plant Sciences), Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
                        Thesis subject: Non intrusive techniques for monitoring the physiology of reefs – implications for reef monitoring.
1999-2000         Studying Environmental Law and Environmental Economics at the 
                        Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES).
06-08/2000        Conservation Biology and Policy summer course at Duke Marine Lab, Duke University.
1998-2000         M.Sc. (Ecology and Environmental quality), Tel Aviv University,
                        Tel Aviv, Israel. Thesis subject: The use of pulse amplitude modulated (PAM) fluorometry in coral photosynthesis research.
1994-1998         B.Sc. (Biology), Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.
                        Teacher’s certificate (sciences, high school), Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.
 
Publications
Carmit Mashiah
Marketing
Subject:  Marketing

Residence:     Moshav Faran

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 2
Moved to the Arava 2011

Relevant Employment:
2014 – Present           Direct Social Farming  
2013 – Present            Owner / Operator WebChic - Web Application Design and Creative Marketing Solutions
2010 – 2012                Product Management Leader - Security and Compliance products, IBM
2008 – 2010                Technical Sales Leader, Security and Compliance Products, South West Europe, IBM

Relevant Education:
BA in Computer Science in Bar Ilan Univesity
Nissim Asulin
Mechanics
Subject:     Agricultural machinery and safety at work

Residence:     Moshav Tsofar

Short Biography:
Five years teaching driving
Worked as a driving instructor
1988 – moved to Moshav Tsofar.

Relevant Employment:
Driving instructor and lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
I worked in agriculture and I managed packing houses for export and for the domestic market for 11 years.


Relevant Education:
Graduate of a vocational school for transport
Itamar Haviv
Methodology of Scientific Research
Subject:           Methodology of Scientific Research in Agriculture

Residence:     Moshav Idan

Short Biography:
Marital status - married + 3
2009               I moved to the Arava.
                      I established a date farm.
2009-              Instructor at the Arava Leadership College on Moshav Hazeva

Relevant Employment:
   Owner of a family concern for the production of date honey and jams.
    Lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
    Work manager at a fish farm in Eilat

Relevant Education:
B.Sc Marine Environmental Sciences, Ruppin Academic Center
Dr. Zohar Nir
Methodology of Scientific Research

Subject:         Methodology of Scientific Research in Agriculture

Residence:     Moshav Ein Yahav

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 4

Relevant Employment:
2000-               Lecturer at AICAT

2013-               Director of national programs and the southern district of the Sprint for the Future Association 
                       Lecturer in the Theory of Technological Education, College of the Future 
                       
Consultant to the Te'udah CIC on the development of programs and courses in technology
                       
Lecturer and facilitator for doctorate studies, Department of Business Administraion, Yash University, Romania

2012-2013       Logistics and procurement manager at IMAG – an Israeli company for the clearing of landmines 

2010-2012       Treasurer and manager of Moshav Idan in the Central Arava
                      Lecturer on the integrated curriculum for agriculture and farm management program at the Arava International Center for                                     Agricultural Training (1999-the present)

2008-2010       Principal of the Goldwater comprehensive School, College and High School in Eilat         

Education:
2010-2013      PhD in Business Administration from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, BABE?-BOLYAI CLUJ-NAPOCA,                        Romania
2007-2008     Managers' training course, Mandel School, Beersheva
2004-2005     School management course, Kay College, Beersheva
1998-2003     MSc in Science Education, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Hebrew University
2001-2002     Program for young education leadership in the peripheral areas of the country, Mandel School
                    Program for outstanding managers
1996-1997     Teaching certificate in agriculture and biology for outstanding high schools
1994-1996     BSc in Agriculture (orchards and ornamental plants), Economics and Marketing, Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, Hebrew                                 University

Publications

 

Netta Isralowitz
Methodology, Community Strength Workshop

Subject:          Methodology of Scientific Research, Community Strength & prevention Workshop and Research Project Supervisor

Residence:      Moshav Tsofar

Short Biography:
Married +3
Second generation af farmers in Moshav Tzofar.
I worked independently in marketing and sales promotion of tourist sites in Israel.

Relevant Employment:
For the past six years I have been the director of a desert tourist inn offering special desert hospitality.
 Workes  at AICAT as a Supevisor for term papers and a lecturer in methodology and life skills.


Relevant Education:
BA in behavioral science at the Tel Aviv Jaffa Academic College
MA  in conflict management and resolution at Ben Gurion University, Beer sheva
Currently a PhD student at Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva.

Publications
 

Sigrid Penno-Winters
Plant biology and physiology

Subject:           Plant biology and physiology

Residence:      Moshav Idan

Short Biography:
Married + 2
Born in Germany, since 2000 in Israel, since 2011 in the Arava,

Relevant Employment:
Since 2012 teacher at AICAT Sapir, plant biology course and advising international students in scientific agricultural projects
 
Since 2014 establishment and biologist of the algae growth facility at the agricultural R&D station Hazeva
 
2003-2014 Research assistant at the Dead Sea-Arava Science Center in Hazeva ,  at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the Westfälische Wilhelm University Münster, Germany. 
 
2003-2007 Research and teaching assistant for Marine Microbiology and Marine Photosynthesis courses at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science Eilat. 
 
2001 Research at the Institute for Marine Science and Limnology Puerto Morelos of the National Autonomic University of Mexico.
 
1999-1999 Scientific position department of genetics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. 
 
1997-1999 Student assistant at the faculty of biology/ department of genetics at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Relevant Education:
PhD studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem/ department of plant and environmental sciences and research at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science Eilat.
B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in biology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany; specialized in molecular biology, microbiology and ecology

Reuvat Rabin
Plant Nutrition
Subject:              Plant Nutrition
Residence:         Moshav Tsofar

Short Biography:
Married + 3
Ministry of Education certified teacher
1993    Move to the Arava, we lived on Sapir for two years
1995    Move to Moshav Tsofar
 
Relevant Employment:
1997    Establishment of the LARA Partnership, a vegetable packing + sorting house
2013    Lecturer at AICAT
2014    Logistical director of an export company
2016    QA Manager at the Amorphical Co. in the Arava

Relevant Education:                
BA at the Bezalel Academy for the Arts
Quality assurance courses
Noa Shahak
Plant Protection and Pest Control
Subject:           Plant Protection and Pest Control

Residence:     Moshav Hatzeva

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3
2001                Move to the Arava

Relevant Employment:
2003-               Lecturer on plant protection at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
2001-               Farmer on Moshav Hazeva
2000-2001       Assistant procurement manager for Strauss World Delicatessen
1998-2000       Growth manager at the Shorashim plant nursery

Relevant Education:
1995-1998       MsC , Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture - Agricultural Botany
1992-1995       BA  , Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture - Plant Protection
Moti Elazari
Soil-Water-Plant Relations
Subject:                     Lecturer on Soil-Water-Plant Relations
Residence:                 Moshav Tsofar

Biography:
Moved to the Arava:   1988
Married + 3

Employment:
1988-   Farmer
Society for the Protection of Nature guide

Education:                
BA and MA at the Rehovot Agriculture Faculty, in plant protection
Agricultural High School, Kfar Galim
William (Bill) Chaldekas
Viticulture + Orchard
Subject:           Growing table grapes + protection of nature in orchards

Residence:     Moshav Tsofar

Short Biography:
Marital status - married + 3    
1974-1982       Member of Kibbutz Sde Boker
1982-               Member and farmer on Moshav Tsofar

Relevant Employment:
1971-1974       Auto mechanic in the United States
2001-2005       In charge of establishment and operation of the department for research on orchard crops in the Central and Northern Arava                               Research and Development Unit
1988-              Private consultant on projects abroad (in China, Jordan, Oman, Namibia and Mexico)     
2006-2010       Instruction for table grape growers for export for the Agrexco Co
2003-2012       Manager of Tsofar date orchard
2012-              Lecturer on orchards for AICAT
Maayan Kitron
Viticulture + Orchard

Subject:         Viticulture + Orchard          

Residence:     Moshav Idan

Short Biography:  
  Marital status – married + 3

Relevant Employment:
2005- Present – Central and Northern Arava R&D, Horticulture Research Coordinator and PR coordinator 
2012- Present- lecturer, AICAT

Relevant Education:
1996- 1999 – Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture–Hebrew University of Jerusalem- BSc
 
Publications
 

Shmuel Rabin
Tour Guide
In the Arava (Ein Yahav) since 1960. Guiding tours in English, Spanish and Hebrew. 
Was an Israel's Foreign Ministry Emissary in central America for 3 years, focusing on international collaboration.
Michelle Arland
Plant Biology and Physiology
Residence: Sde Boker/ Moshav Idan
Education : M.Sc in Biotechnology from St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli, India.
Work experience : Worked as a lecturer for Molecular biology and Biochemistry for one year. (2008-2009)
Worked as a research associate at E.I DuPont Private Limited, India (2010-2014) with specialization in molecular biology of plants.
Currently: Ph.D student at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Research topic is understanding salt tolerance mechanisms in seagrass, Halophila stipulacea. (2014 - current).
Alin Volenberg
Plant Protection
Yossi Livne
Modern Irrigation
Netta Shani
Computer Applications
Dr. Reuven (Rick) Eden
Animal Husbandry
Father of 3, 28 years in the Arava, 
Born and raised in California, Dr. Eden came to the Arava 28 years ago. He is a member of Kibbutz Ketora since 1994, Father of 3.
DVM – UC Davis, California, MPVM, BS Zoology, MBA (BenGurion University of the Negev)
His experience includes:
Dairy Farming: Farm Animal Medicine, herd health, production medicine
Companion Animal Medicine: veterinary clinic on the kibbutz
Regional veterinarian for the Parks and Nature Authority, including CHAI-BAR Yotvata
Clinical veterinarian for the regional quarantine stations on Tzofar and Eilot
Lecturer for the Arava Institute and AICAT since 1999
 
Dr. Eldad Gutner-Hoch
Biochemistry and Enzymology
Married + 3, live in Eilat since 2014.
2014-present Postdoctoral fellowship at the Zoology Department, Tel-Aviv university.
2014-present Undergraduate student advisor for marine biology science projects at Campus Eilat, Ben-Gurion university
2010-2014 Teaching Assistance for undergraduate students "Biochemistry A Course" in Life Sciences faculty, Bar-Ilan university
2010-2014 PhD in Biology, Life sciences Bar-Ilan university. Thesis subject - "Periodicity and Rhythm in the Scleractinian Coral Calcification Mechanism"