Open Door Board Members
Ruti Gilat (Chairwoman)
Ruti has extensive experiencene in teaching, training, counseling and supervision in various frameworks. She managed the education department at the Rabin Center for 12 years and served as the director of the Al Sam Association for 14 years. Additionally, Ruti supervised therapeutic staff in the the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for 14 years and served as an instructor and lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and the Open University on multi-national communication. She received her BA and MA in Education, Counseling and Psychology from Bar Ilan University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and studied family and couples therapy at Tel Aviv University and the Paris Institute in the United States.
Esther is a science teacher. She worked as part of the directive to introduce "Health Education" into the curriculum of the school where she taught. Additionally, Esther developed and led a program empowering young women in the field of health, nutrition and family. She was a member of the executive committee of the National Council for the Child (Jerusalem branch). She holds a BA in Life Sciences from Bar-Ilan University, and a master's degree in Health Sciences from CUNY University in New York. She is currently a student of gender studies, on a combined MA and doctoral studies track at Bar-Ilan University.
Born in Toronto, Canada to a Zionist family, Debbie attended a religious Jewish private school. After completing high school she made aliyah. In Israel she studied sculpture and photography and her public works are currently exhibited in both Israel and Canada. She represents the Kennedy Foundation in Israel and is a partner in the fund's decisions of support to various organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of "Save a Child's Heart" since its establishment and a member of the organization Lions of Judah Israel. In recent years, the Silver Family Foundation has supported Open Door projects that provide people with disabilities counseling and support.
Nurit is a graduate student in social work at the University of Haifa. She currently works as a program coordinator of the Jewish-Arab Community Leadership Project and other community projects on behalf of the Dean of Students. Nurit is a chairperson of the Social Work Department, and volunteered at Open Door Haifa during her bachelor's. Nurit also served as a soldier's teacher in the IDF in community centers run by the department of welfare in Be'er Sheva. In high school, she served as chairwoman of the student council and participated in the "Youth Signal" project and the "Amitim" project. Nurit was awarded the mayor's prize for her volunteer work and academic success. Nurit was Open Door's delegate in the 2017 abd 2018 YSAFE youth program in the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
Yehudit holds a BA in Statistics and Sociology and an MA in Research and Evaluation in Education from Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate of Open Door's flagship healthy sexuality eductor program and has been volunteering for five years in our counselling center in Tel Aviv as well as on our online counselling center, Virtual Open Door. In the past she established and managed a university project dealing with service, assimilation and research in the field of internet integration in academic teaching.
Ronit served as the former deputy director of human resources and administration at the Ministry of Public Security in Israel. She graduated with a bachelor's in Law (L.L.B.) from Sha'arei Mishpatim College and received a master's degree in Business Administration from Ben-Gurion University. She additionally has a BA in Middle East History and Education from Tel Aviv University and graduated from a mediation course with a practicum component from Gevim College. In addition, Ronit graduated from a command and staff course in the IDF and holds a teaching certificate in history and geography from the Center for Academic Retraining. Ronit formerly held the position of deputy chief of staff in the field of organization and operations in the administration of the National Security Headquarters and served as the deputy director at the nonprofit, Yuval. In the Israeli airforce she was a squadron commander planning and managing a team of soldiers and serving as the history officer.
Adir is 21 years old from Beer Sheva and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical and materials engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has been assigned to carry out his military service at the Prime Minister's Office and has graduated from the Nahson Officers Course as an outstanding team member. Adir has volunteered at Open Door for three years and is a founder of "Sexual Health Week", an annual program that brings sexual health workshops and information to Beer Sheva high schools. Adir has been selected to be Israel's 2019 delegate to YSAFE, the youth program in the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). He hopes to bring about positive change in the field of sex education within Israel.
Open Door Review Board
Dr. Amiram Mal
Amiram currently heads the business solutions division of Nokia Siemens Networks and previously worked at Amdocs for many years where he worked in several positions including at Amdocs North America. Amiran has extensive work experience in the fields of telecommunications, information technology and academia.
Nurit has worked for over 30 years at the Bank of Israel in the banking supervision department and the monetary department in the capital market. Overthe years she served as an external director and a member of the audit committee of Rada Electronic Industries Ltd., Jerusalem Investment Portfolio Management Ltd., Jerusalem Capital Markets Underwriting and Issuing Ltd., Aspen Real Estate Ltd., IBI and the Investment House Ltd. Today she volunteers in the Posh Project, an organization that provides children from low socioeconomic backgrounds assitance with their studies. Nurit holds a Master's degree in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.