Beit Midrash Staff & Faculty

Sarit Itzik – Shapira

Director of Beit Midrash & IDF Programs

"BINA allows me to contemplate Jewish culture from the past to the present and engage in contemporary social issues through a Jewish language."

Sarit lives in Hadera, she has a B.A. in Political Science and Security Studies from Bar Ilan University and a Master's degree in education administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. Sarit has been engaged in education for many years, and among other things, has managed youth centers for children at risk. Sarit returned to the IDF in 2006 to the Education and Youth Corps, and commanded an education unit of non-commissioned officers, engaging in developing programs for senior commanders. Since her (second) release from the army in 2011 she has directed BINA’s IDF Department and the Adult Beit Midrash program. +972.52.6326310

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

Dov Elbaum


DOV ELBAUM was born to an ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem family in 1970. Until the age of 17, Dov was immersed in the ultra-Orthodox life of Jerusalem and the cloistered yeshiva studies of that community. During his army service, he left the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle and ever since, Dov has engaged passionately in language and literature, art and philosophy, engaging core questions of Jewish thought and Israeli life as a journalist, television host and interviewer, academic researcher, novelist, lecturer, editor-in-chief and leading voice in Israeli culture. Dov has recently served as editor-in-chief of Yediot Publishing, and currently hosts the popular Israeli TV show "Mekablim Shabbat." Dov is the director of BINA's Center for Jewish Thought, is the content director of BINA's "We Declare" project, and is one of the founders of BINA's Secular Yeshiva.

Professor of Talmud, JTS (New York) and Schechter Institute

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.

Galit Roichman

Teacher and Screenwriter

A graduate of Tel Aviv University with a Masters Degree in Film, Galit is a screenwriter who has also worked extensively as an informal Jewish educator in Israel and aborad. In addition to working on screenplays and lecturing, Galit is an editor for the Online Encyclopedia of Ynet and a regular contributor to their website's Travel and Tourism section. Galit has presented workshops and lectured throughout Israel in a variety of forums, and she specializes in the way Israeli cinema reflects on society.

Tomer Persico


Dr. Tomer Persico is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and teaches at the department for Comparative Religion in Tel-Aviv University. His dissertation, dealing with techniques of meditation in the Jewish tradition (past and present), and analyzing the cultural transformations leading to the observed shifts in meditative emphasis through the generations, will be published as a book by Tel Aviv University Press. His fields of study are contemporary spirituality, Jewish Renewal and forms of secularization. Persico is a social activist for freedom of religion in Israel. He has contributed numerous articles to newspapers and periodicals in Israel.

Lior Tal Sadeh


BINA is center of spirit and action center for those who want a secular humanistic Jewish culture and seek to advance such a culture in Israeli society."

Lior is 37, with a master's degree in Political Science. He is the former head of BINA’s Mechina (pre-army program), a teacher at BINA’s Beit Midrash, a graduate of the Tehuda Beit Midrash for Jewish leadership, a teacher at Kolot, and is a guest lecturer at Bar Ilan University, the IDF, and other venues. He has published over a hundred articles and has written regularly for NRG Ma'ariv. In thepast, Lior directed the Meretz youth movement and was also involved in business management. He currently lives in Givatayim with his spouse.

Jewish Studies Instructor at BINA