Yeshiva Staff & Faculty

Nir Braudo

Head of the Secular Yeshiva Network, BINA Deputy Director

Danger! Construction Zone!! At BINA we are building the 2nd floor of the Zionist idea. The Renaissance of the Jewish culture, ongoing struggle for social justice and the love of all mankind are our building materials."

Nir Braudo was born in 1977 in Kiriyat Ono. He did a year of pre-army service with the Noar HaOved in Bet Shean. He served as an officer in the Nahal and currently serves as a Major in the reserves. Nir is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University's department of Hebrew literature. Nir initiated and coordinated the “Din Rodef Shalom” campaign prior to the disengagement from Gaza. He was a permanent guest on Y-Net and on Chanel 10’s Torah Portion program for children. Nir is a member of the founding committee of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel-Aviv, and is now head of the Yeshiva and teacher there. He founded the Beer Sheva branch of BINA and was the director of BINA’s Social Action program (BINA BaShchuna) in Beer Sheva and Tel-Aviv. Previously he served as central shaliach for the WZO in the USA. Nir lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and two children. +972.3.639.9127

Tamir Nir

Director of the Secular Yeshiva, Tel Aviv

At BINA I found a home, a family, a community. BINA is a place where I can be the architect of my own Jewish culture, to develop a new way of life and to bring about change in Israeli society."

Tamir Nir is a renown Israeli leader, educator and rabbi. Tamir currently serves as Director of the Tel Aviv Secular Yeshiva of BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. Tamir is also founder and rabbi of the “Achva B’Kerem” community in Beit Hakerem, chairman of the Heschel Center for Sustainability, Jerusalem City Council Member, and former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem. Tamir’s educational work and leadership focuses on the intersection of Judaism, community-building and environmental sustainability. Tamir holds degrees in Jewish Education, Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. He lives in Beit Hakerem with his wife and three children. 054-4807400

Yuval Linden

Director of Mechina & Gap Year Programs

At BINA I have found partners in my efforts to deepen the pluralistic Jewish identity in Israel."

Born in Jerusalem, Yuval is an educator in the field of general history, Jewish studies and politics. He holds a B.A in History and Government & Politics from Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva and an M.A. in History from Tel-Aviv University. In addition to teaching in both formal and informal frameworks, Yuval is a qualified tour guide in Israel and eastern Europe, certified by the Israeli Ministry of Education. Yuval is currently the Director of BINA's Mechina (pre-army) and GAP Year Programs.

Elya Wilson

Mechina/Gap Program Manager

Elya was born and raised in Har Halutz in the Galilee, a small reform-oriented communal village, founded by 9 families (her parents included). During middle school, Elya moved with her family for 2 years abroad, to Kinnelon, New Jersey. Her army service lasted about 4 years in total, serving in an intelligence unit as a Lieutenant. After being released from the army she traveled abroad and served as a Shlicha (Jewish emissary) in Omaha, Nebraska in the JCC and with all the Jewish organizations and congregations in the city. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a B.A in law and has worked as a lawyer in the high-tech industry. During her studies, Elya has worked in various informal education organizations, including Gesher (which brings together secular and orthodox students and soldiers) and the Jewish Seminars (short-term seminars for Jewish school students in Australia). Today, Elya is the manager of the Mechina/Gap program and teaches a course titled "Welcome to the Middle East".

Mor Shimonie

BINA Alumni Community Manager

I was on a journey learning about myself - my life, my country, my secular Jewish identity, and then I found BINA. BINA is a home for productive, thinking people - people who are willing to demand of themselves, to strengthen themselves and society. I’ve found texts, Midrash, Agaddah, language, spirit, history and culture.

Born in Carmiel, Mor is a graduate of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, she is an avid amateur Talmud fan. Having established Beit BINA in India, Mor is back in Israel and is now BINA's Alumni Community Manager as well as the Director of the Aviv (post army) program.

Sivan Friedman

Director of the Office of the Secular Yeshiva, Tel Aviv

Born in Kfar Hogla, Moshav Emek Hefer, Siva graduated with a BA in arts and education management and a MA in literature from Tel Aviv University. She served in the army and has worked with various social action organizations including PERACH and MESILA. Sivan has worked in almost every department in BINA, ranging from Tikkun Olam to the BINA BaShchuna Department and is currently the director of the office of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv.

Ari Elon

BINA Advisory Board member; Teacher

Ari teaches Jewish thought, Midrash, Talmud, Legend and Literature. He currently teaches at the Secular Yeshiva, Leo Beck Institute, Hartman Institute, and Oranim College. In the past Ari has also taught at Seminar HaKibbutzim, Givat Haiva, Eilat College, Beit Moresha in Jerusalem, Kolot, Jewish Theological Seminary (NY), and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (Philadelphia).

Ari has published numerous books and articles including From Jerusalem to the Edge of Heaven (in Hebrew: Alma Dee), a manifesto which tells his own story and his vision for an open-source Judaism not bound by Rabbinic authority, in which all Jews can take ownership. Ari is a known voice in Israel, steadfastly speaking out against religious monopoly and in favor of Jewish pluralism.


- From Jerusalem to the Edge of Heaven (Hebrew: Alma Dee), 2001 (republished 2011)
- Ba El HaKodesh: 36 Hidden Legends, 2005
- Trees, Earth, and Torah: A Tu B’Shvat Anthology, 1999
- Din Rodef Shalom (Law in the Pursuit of Peace), 2002

Amos Yinon


A native of Ramat Gan, Amos studied at Yeshivot Har Etzion and Siah and he earned his B.A. Degree in Philosophy at the Hebrew University. He has been a teacher and facilitator for 15 years at pluralistuc batei midrash, at Elul and later at BINA. Over the last five years, he has been involved with theatre - as a writer and director of an Ethiopian theatre group, he has also been Assistant Director at the Khan Theatre and is now working towards his MA in Theater studies at Tel Aviv University. Amos lives in Jerusalem.

Muki Tsur


Born in Jerusalem as the son of a diplomat, Muki was spent his teenage years in Argentina, Uruguay, and France. Muki attended Hebrew University where he studied Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah. He is one of Israel’s most celebrated authors and historians and is a leading expert on the first Aliyah movements, the early settlement period in Israel, the labor movement and Kibbutz life. He is one of the initiators of the groundbreaking project "The Seventh Day" after the six-day war. He boasts a wealth of knowledge, personal stories, and first-hand experiences of the history of Israel and as a result is a sought out speaker and educational tour guide. He is a senior educator at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and is one of the founders of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel-Aviv. Muki currently lives in Kibbutz Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee.

Yali Shner


Born in Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot, Yali currently resides in Jerusalem. Yali received a BA from Herbrew University in Hebrew Literature and Philosophy. Yali writes poetry, teaches creative writing and literature, and coordinates and guides the post-army program at the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv.