BINA Staff

Leadership Team

Eran Baruch

Executive Director of BINA

BINA is the place where I can express my Jewishness in the most full and challenging way."

Eran Baruch, a proud redhead, was born and raised in the cooperative Israeli moshav Beit-Zait. In 1985 he joined the army and served in the combat unit Golani as a company commander. In 1992 Eran spent three years in Budapest, Hungary as an emissary for the Jewish Agency. Eran has held several positions at BINA, including Educational Director and Rosh Yeshiva. He is the initiator of BINA’s social action program (“BINA BaShchuna”) and the founder of BINA’s Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. Currently he serves as BINA's Executive Director. Eran holds a BA in Humanities and an MA from Bar-Ilan University in Hermeneutics. He lives in Srigim located in the Valley of Elah with his wife and three children. +972.3.5342997

Noga Brenner Samia

Deputy Director of BINA

BINA means 'Home for the Creation of a Nation's Soul'...for me it just means 'home'."

Noga Brenner Samia was raised both in New-York and Netanya. A sergeant in the IDF, Noga attained a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Industrial Engineering and Management (Technion), an MBA (Washington University, St. Louis) and an MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education (HUC/Hebrew University). She worked in the military and pharmaceutical industries before joining KolDor as executive director. She is currently Deputy Director of BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a teacher at the Secular Yeshiva. Noga was ordained by the Rabbanut Yisraelit (Oranim/Hartman). She is founder of a Jewish renewal community in Tel-Mond, where she lives with her husband and three children. +972.52.2751577

Nir Braudo

BINA Deputy Director, Head of development of the Secular Yeshiva Network

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

Ariel Magal

Head of the BINA Secular Yeshiva Tel Aviv and Director of the IDF Department

Ariel has a BA in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science from the Hebrew University and he worked for Young Judaea in Israel as an educator and director of logistic department. Ariel is an IDF reserves Major and serves in the Negev Brigade since 2001. Ariel has just returned from two years in Long Island NY where he was a Jewish Agency emissary and currently lives in Kibbutz Regavim in the north of Israel. Ariel is both Director of BINA’s IDF Department and the Director of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv and feels that at BINA he will truly able to contribute to Israeli society and fulfil his passion for Jewish Education. He is married to Shira and father of 3 - Yael, Rotem and Omri.

Nofar Simpson

Director of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Haifa

Born in Hod Hasharon, Nofar was active for many years in the HaNoar HaOved VeHalomed youth movement, completing a year of pre-army service during which she established the Kiryat Shmona branch of the movement. Nofar served in the IDF as a soldier-teacher in disadvantaged communities and was part of a team, which established a Youth Center in Tirat Hacarmel. She studied education and teaching at the Institute for Democratic Education and graduated (with honors) with a specialization in teaching history, bible and Jewish culture. After several years of teaching, she established an initiative called "Girl Talk" for the advancement of an egalitarian gender discourse in educational frameworks. After 3 years of running the project throughout the country, Nofar joined BINA with goal of establishing the Haifa branch of the Secular Yeshiva network. She is currently the Director of the Secular Yeshiva in Haifa, running pluralistic Jewish community programs and a Jewish service-learning track (Shnat Sherut) for young adults, with a staff of five, in Bat Galim neighborhood of Haifa. Nofar lives with her husband and two children in Shimshon neighborhood of Haifa and in her spare time she enjoys yoga and sailing.

Dr. Shimon Vaknin

Director of the Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva

Learn and teach, demand and do."

Dr. Shimon Vaknin is a renown Israeli Bible scholar and educator. Shimon was born and raised in a traditional Jewish Moroccan family in Beer Sheva. After attending yeshiva high school, Shimon served as an officer in the IDF Nahal Brigade. Shimon received a B.A. in Jewish Thought and Ph.D. in Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with a focus on the judicial system of Ancient Israel. Shimon has taught bible for over ten years - in Israeli secular public schools, Ben Gurion University, Achva College and Kaye College and now the BINA Secular Yeshiva. Shimon also participated in a special multi-year national project researching ancient prayer, under the auspices of Professor Uri Ehrlich. Today Dr. Vaknin heads the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Beer Sheva, teaches at Kaye College, serves as current chair of the Negev Forum for Jewish Pluralism, and is active in numerous religious, secular and pluralistic communities in Beer Sheva. He lives in Beer Sheva with his wife and two children.

Avraham Eisen

Director of the Education Department

Combining social action with the promotion of a pluralistic Jewish dialogue is the key to a meaningful Jewish discourse in Israel’.

Avraham Eisen was born and educated in Jerusalem. During high school he was active in youth movements and in the Student and Youth Council of Israel, taking part in delegations to Hungary and Russia, to strengthen ties between Israeli youth and their European counterparts. Following his four years as a paratrooper in the IDF, Avraham completed a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in Jewish history. While studying he worked as a guide and coordinator for FZY and Maccabbi Olami. Avraham was as head of the youth division in Pisgat Zeev, developing programs for high risk/high potential youth, bringing together youth from different backgrounds – Israeli and Arabs, religious and secular, from Israel and the Diaspora. Most recently he ran two community centers in Beit Shemesh, building programs to bring people from different populations together. He believes that finding common ground among communities is crucial to the building of a strong, productive community. In 2016, Avraham received his second MA from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and is now the Director of the Education Department at BINA.

Ariel Levinson

Co-Director of the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva

There’s nothing like being a part of an important educational mission that’s changing the face of Israeli society.”

Born in 1979, a teacher of Hebrew Literature and Jewish culture, Ariel just completed his PhD at the Hebrew Literature Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Winner of The Warburg prize and the Nathan Rotenstreich Grant for Excellent Doctoral Students in The Humanities 2013-2016, given by the Council for Higher Education, Israel. Winner of the Harry & Silvia Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship Program, 2010 – 2013, Hebrew University. Artistic director and curator of The Studio, a joint venture by the Gesher and Avichai Foundations - a hub for leading writers and directors of cinema and television, enhancing connection and inspiration from the Hebrew story and Jewish and Israeli culture. A board member of The Jerusalem Season of Culture. A cultural entrepreneur and founding partner and Director of the BINA Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva. Ariel is married and the father of two girls and a boy. +972.77.3372561

Ma’ayan Arazi Malnarsky

Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing

Ma’ayan lives in Ramat Hasharon and has two children. She has a BA in Communications and Management from the College of Management and an MBA from Tel Aviv University as well as an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University. She began her career as a client manager and supervisor in advertising and managed numerous campaigns for commercial clients and pro-bono work in the non-profit sector. Maayan joined BINA in April 2016 and since then she successfully led BINA’s re-branding process, works on the implementation and mainstreaming of internal organizational work processes and manages training and development of professional skills among the various work teams.