Our Team

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Amani Rohana

Director

Director

Amani Rohana participated in Building Bridges in 2007, and ever since has been involved in the program in different positions; second year Leader in Training (LIT), Intern for Peace in the Denver office, staff in the 2010 and 2013 summer intensives, program coordinator in the Jerusalem office, leader in the follow-up program in the Middle East, and a staff member of the Alumni Fellowship Program in 2015. Today she serves as the Director of the Jerusalem office as she works towards pursuing her PhD in International Relation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
You can Email Amani Rohana at [email protected]

Board of Directors

Board Chair

Rawan Zaitoun

Rawan Zaitoun

Board Chair

Rawan Zaitoun has a long and diverse journey with Building Bridges, starting as a participant in 2000 and taking on different roles as home group leader, summer intensive staff, program coordinator and summer intensive director. She also served as the Building Bridges Jerusalem Director since the office was first opened in 2013 and until September 2015. In 2009, Rawan earned her MSW and worked as a community organizer with Palestinian women in the old city of Jerusalem focusing on empowerment and advocacy. Since then, she has worked with diverse Palestinian groups using a feminist lens to address issues of injustice, conflict, and marginalization, and how it relates to identity.

Angie Hsu

Angie Hsu

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Angie Hsu was a staff member in 2010 in Colorado. In 2011, she moved to Tel Aviv and began working in the social justice nonprofit sector, specifically in fundraising and resource development. As part of her involvement in the 2015 Alumni Fellowship Program, she has worked with the Building Bridges Jerusalem staff and other alumni to develop fundraising material, and also design and implement a crowdfunding campaign. Angie joined our Board in early 2017.

Talia Vekshtein

Talia Vekshtein

Board Member

Talia Vekshtein was a participant of BBFP in 2008, a Leader in Training in 2010, and today serves as a board member of Building Bridges Jerusalem. Talia currently lives in Jerusalem to pursue a degree in literature at the Hebrew University. Since participating in Building Bridges programs,Talia has done volunteer work with various organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights and different education programs for youth. Today, she is part of the Rothschild Ambassadors’ program and volunteers in the Movement for Quality Government in Israel.

Alumni Leaders

Or Glicklich
Or Glicklich

Program Lead

Or Glicklich was a participant in the Building Bridges for Peace program in 2006, and has been involved in different positions including: staff member in 2010 and 2013 in the Building Bridges MUES program, program coordinator, staff member of the Alumni Fellowship Program in 2015, and a board member in 2016-2017. Today, Or is serving as a lead staff member in our North-based programs. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Society from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and over the years has been involved with several youth leadership programs. She now works as a translator for a media company and is active in the field of alternative language learning.

Uri Baharav
Uri Baharav

Advisor for youth programs

Uri Baharav was a staff member of BBFP in 2010 and a participant in the Alumni Fellowship Program in 2015. Since his participation, Uri has been a dedicated volunteer in the organization, and serving as an advisor for staff in the our youth-based programs. Uri is a graduate student of the University of Haifa, majoring in Political Science. Over the years he has been involved in several youth programs, he was a staff member in a leadership organization, a manager of a youth center, and a volunteer for an NGO working with youth at risk. Today, Uri works in Haifa Municipality as a Youth Employment Coordinator.

Amne Abu Saleh
Amne Abu Saleh

Lead Facilitator

Amne Abu Saleh was a participant of BBFP in 2005, and a lead facilitator in the school year of 2013. As of 2017, she is taking a lead role in the organization by serving as a lead facilitator in our North-based programs. Amne is a social worker and is currently working towards finishing her Masters' Degree in Art Therapy in Haifa University. She has been involved in several projects directed towards building more inclusive and integrated communities. As a social worker, she focuses on providing equal opportunities to people with disabilities, including rehabilitation services, and emotional support.

Roni Shvarts
Roni Shvarts

Visibility & Design

Roni Shvarts was a participant of BBFP in 2005. In 2014, she reconnected with Building Bridges through the Alumni Fellowship Program and became a leader in the visibility and fundraising teams. Roni served as a member in the Board Committee in 2015- 2016, and as a Co-Director alongside Amani Rohana in 2017. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, majoring in Visual Communication, and currently works as a graphic designer in a studio in Tel Aviv. These days she serves as the lead of our visibility team and lead designer for Building Bridges Jerusalem.