AFK 2021 Spring Gala — A Virtual Event

A Guide to the AFK 2021 Virtual Spring Gala


For tickets, sponsorships, information or questions email or call 914.860.4945

All Registered Guests and Attendees will receive access code information for the April 11the Gala via Email a Few Days before the Event. 

Featured Speakers

Rae Ringel access

Rae Ringel, a member of the American Friends of Kidum Board of Directors since 2019, is a certified executive coach and founding President of The Ringel Group.

She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and founding director of their certificate program in the Art of Facilitation and Design. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Prior to starting The Ringel Group, Rae was the Director of Professional and Volunteer Development at United Jewish Communities. A Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of the University of Rochester, Rae received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and earned her Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University. She was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and now holds a faculty position with the Wexner Foundation.

Eitan Moran

Eitan Moran is the Executive Director of the Society for the Advancement of Education, Jerusalem (SAE), the most recognized Israeli non-profit organization educating and advocating for under-served youth in Israel. In this role he oversees 3,000 students in sixteen middle-high schools and boarding schools, a variety of national support projects for students across Israel, and manages a budget of over 30 million dollars and a staff of 700.

Eitan has served as the Executive Director of SAE since graduating from the prestigious Mandel School for Educational Leadership in 2008.  He is a founding member of the Nadav Merhav Democratic School in Modi’in, which he helped establish in 1999.

He holds an MA in Management and Public Policy from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and a BA cum laude in Sociology and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was awarded a Rich Foundation Fellowship for academic achievement.

Yedida Bessemer

Yedida Bessemer, a graduate of Steinberg High School, has worked as an educator and administrator for nearly three decades in Israel, Oregon, California, and online.  During that time, she has taught a broad range of age groups, from elementary school to adults, in both formal and informal settings. Yedida recently earned an EdD in Educational Leadership and Management.  Her doctorate research focused on developing and improving data literacy among online faculty through Professional Learning Communities. Previously Yedida served in the Israel Defense Forces as an instructor of new recruits in the Intelligence Unit of the Communication and Information Corps before earning her B.A. from Tel Aviv University, her Teaching Credential from Achva College in Israel, and a Master’s in Teaching from the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles. Currently, Yedida is an adjunct professor and teaching online graduate-level courses.AFK Board Member David Mallach has been a leader in the American Jewish community for more than 40 years, most recently as the Executive Vice-Chairman of the United Israel Appeal, part of the Jewish Federations of North America.


Noa (Achinoam Nini)

With roots and upbringing spanning Yemen, Israel and the United States, Achinoam Nini aka Noa, is a singer, songwriter, poet, composer, percussionist, speaker, activitist and mother of three children. And Noa is a graduate of the Society for Advancement of Education’s Mae Boyar High School.

Together with her longstanding musical colaborator Gil Dor, Noa has released 15 international albums and graced many of the world’s most important and prestigious stages like Carnegie Hall and the White House and has performed for three Popes. She has been mentored by Pat Metheny and Quincy Jones and shared the stage with legends such as Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and Sting.

In addition to her prolific musical activity, Noa is considered Israel’s most prominent cultural advocate of dialogue and co-existence, her “Voice of Peace”.

Among her may awards is Commander of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, one of Italy’s highest honors, Pilgrim of Peace from The Franciscan order in Assisi (awarded in he past to Bill Gates and Mother Theresa), and the Christal Award from the World Economic Forum. Noa is Israel’s first ambassador to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is active as board member and publiv advocate of a score of Human Rights and Peace organizations in Israel and abroad.

Gil Dor

Gil Dor is Noa’s guitarist, producer/arranger and artistic advisor. An accomplished musician and co-founder of the Rimon School of Music, Gil started taking guitar lessons at the age of 11 with Menashe Bakish, one of Israel’s foremost classical guitar masters.He later studied at the Berklee College in Boston and Queens College in New York.

After years of teaching recording and international performing, Gil started an artistic collaboration, accompanying, producing and co-writing with Noa. For the last three decades the two have been performing abd touring internationally.

Mumik Nevo

Mumik Nevo, an innovative and dynamic educator, will be principal of the new High School for Sustainability and Social Responsibility when it opens this Fall on the Steinberg Educational Campus in Kfar Saba.

He is a former director of the Garin Tzabar Program at Friends of Israeli Scouts in North America, advisor to the mayor of Jerusalem for youth and community affairs, and a teacher at SAE’s Mae Boyer High School and in New York City.

Yanai Shacher

Yanai Shacher, a veteran international educator, is head of the multi-discipline committee developing plans for the SAE International High School in Jerusalem, which will launch in Fall 2022 on the Mae Boyar High School and Residence campus in Jerusalem.

Yanai is currently Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School. He previously was the Executive Assistant to the President for International Development at the College of Law & Business in Ramat Gan, managed dialogue programs between Jewish and Arab students at Givat-Haviva Jewish-Arab Center for Peace and was the World Zionist Organization’s North America Director of Student Outreach.

Jerry Isaak-Shapiro

Before joining the American Friends of Kidum as Executive Director in 2020, Jerry Isaak-Shapiro, a renowned teacher, educational leader and Jewish scholar, was Head of School at the highly regarded Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in Cleveland, OH, for 17 years.

Earlier in his career Jerry served as Jewish Education Director at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, as Northern California Regional Director for Hillel, and as Associate Director for the Jewish Community Relations Committee for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, where he was the community’s media spokesperson and Middle East specialist.

Jerry, a graduate from the prestigious two-year Mandel Jerusalem Fellowship program, has been a teacher, prominent lecturer and scholar-in-residence for over twenty years, specializing in the areas of non-formal education, learning differentiation, Zionist thought and history and Jewish identity.

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