The Home 2019:
Who We Are
Founded in 2015 and based in Jerusalem, The Home is an Israeli nonprofit with no political affiliation.
The organization contains local residents who meet regularly to upgrade and develop the values, modes of operation and political ideas we promote.
The Home is made up of volunteers without salaries from a variety of cultures, religions, political views, and economic classes.
The meetings are held in private homes and cafes across the country and Judea and Samaria.
Steering Committee (Home and Neighbors Committee): The Home doors are open to the public, and participants in activities include religious and community leaders, partners from a variety of organizations, academics, students, and activists.
We promote local collaborations with an emphasis on building relationships between residents of Palestinian and Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
The Home Board Members:
Inon Dan Kehati, founder and chairman:
Born in Israel 1980, descendant of a Jewish family from Yemenite and Ashkenazi origin.
His late grandfather, Moshe Kehati, who made the long way from the Arab peninsula towards Jerusalem on donkeys at the age of 4, was the president of the Yemenite Jewish community and one of the land redeemers in mandatory Palestine/The Land of Israel during the era of the British occupation.
His late grandfather, Tzvi Danziger, left the orthodox way of life and made Aliyah before WW2, which saved him from the bitter fate of the rest of his family members who were murdered along with most of the European Jewish communities during the holocaust.
Served full military service in the IDF as a bootcamp instructor at Zikim.
Holds a B.A in governance, diplomacy and strategy with expertise on Middle East studies at the IDC Hertzeliyah.
Along with being secular, Inon views the Torah, the vision of the prophets of Israel and the Israeli Declaration of Independence as the main guidelines for just and righteous peace with the Palestinians and the rest of the people in the area.
Inon resides in Jerusalem.
Emunah Batyah Rubashkin, NGO board member:
Emunah Batyah Rubashkin is a journalist, activist and serves as the Associate Director of the Jerusalem-based center for Near East Policy Research. Born in 1977 in Riga, Latvia during the Soviet era, she emigrated to the U.S. as a baby, as a refugee with her parents, seeking political asylum. Graduating from Brooklyn College with a BA in Journalism, she spent all of her adult life working in community / non-profit organizations in New York. After making Aliyah to Jerusalem in 2004, she joined the center for Near East Policy Research as an intern and is now serving as its' Associate Director.
Emunah resides in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen, founder of The Alternative Action, NGO board member:
Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen is a West Bank Jewish peace activist and a teacher at several Jerusalem institutions.
As a leader in the Alternative Action movement, he organizes grassroots dialogue sessions for Palestinian and Israeli activists seeking to transcend competing one-sided narratives in favor of a more scientific analysis of the factors forcing both peoples into conflict.
Rav Yehuda resides near Beit El.
Miriam Kalman, board member:
Miriam Kalman was born into a Yemenite family and raised in Nachlat Yehudah, Rishon Lezion. Her rather was a rabbi, a shochet and a mohel. Since childhood, Miriam has dreamed of living in peace in with our Arab cousins in the land of Israel. For 27 years she lived and raised her three children in NY, always missing home terribly
Miriam helped create and run Bullies to Buddies, Inc., with her husband. The company provides training for individuals,schools and organizations to reduce bullying and aggression by the application of the Golden Rule. Miriam believes that the Bullies to Buddies spirit could help usher in an age of peace in the land of Israel in particular and the world in general
Miriam (Izzy's wife) resides in Tekoa.
Israel “Izzy” Kalman, founder of Bullies 2 Buddies, NGO board member:
Israel “Izzy” Kalman has been a school psychologist and psychotherapist for four decades. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was born and raised in New York, where has lived most of his life. He lived in Israel between 1978 and 1988, and moved here again three years ago.
Izzy has developed a powerful yet simple and fun approach for reducing hostility and aggression by teaching people to treat others like friends rather than enemies. He is seeking to promote the use of his principles to improve relations between Jews and Arabs.
Izzy (Miriam's husband) resides in Tekoa.
Phil Saunders, NGO board member:
Phil Saunders is a Londoner who moved to Israel in 2005. He is the Israeli chairman of the Path of Hope and Peace, promoting local coexistence with neighboring communities.
Phil resides in Tzur Hadassah.
Aryeh Hess, co-founder of The Federation Movement, NGO board member:
Aryeh is a retiree from the Jewish agency and the World Zionist Organization.
In his last duty, he was the manager of the Zionist council in Israel. Aryeh was also an active member in the Israeli Labor party for many years and founder and co-chairman of the Movement for the Empowerment of Jerusalem.
Today, Aryeh is publicly known for being the founder and co-chairman of the Federation Movement, which promotes an Israeli canton based federal government in order to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is the result of studying the successful governmental models of Switzerland and Canada, while searching for a way to implement it in the Land of Israel in its entirety.
Aryeh resides in Jerusalem.
Mario Schejtman, founder and chairman of Challenge, NGO board member:
Initiated and founded Challenge. Has extensive experience in managing civil society organizations and projects such as the Israeli center for the advancement of social justice, EcoWave - an online environmental community, beyond managing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more.
He has previously coordinated projects at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, including discussion groups on collective identities and the Israel Society for the History and philosophy of science. He holds a master's degree in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Is a personal coach who combines different approaches and perspectives in his work.
Mario resides in Jerusalem.