Miri Shalem

Project Manager

For the previous 12 years, Miri was the director of a community center in her hometown of Bet Shemesh, and the head of the women's council of the town.
Miri is a social activist in women's issues. Among her other activities, are organizing the national dance conference for Orthodox women, and initiating a flashmob protest by Bet Shemesh women against segregation. She established a local women’s help and consultant center and she owns an organization called: Women Dance for a Change, which uses street dance as a tool for social change.
Miri won an award for her activity for social change in 2012. In 2014-2015, she was one of the heads of the campaign of Eli Cohen, mayoral candidate in Bet Shemesh. Miri has a BA in economics and political science, and an M.A in Gender Studies. She is married and a mother of 4.
mail adress: miri@izs.org.il

Nicolas Nisim Touboul

Field manager

Born and raised in France, Nicolas Nisim moved to Israel in 2011 while completing a BA in political sciences, philosophy and economics. Since then he served as a platoon sergeant in the paratroopers' brigade. While studying for his MA in government at the InterDisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Nicolas interned for the IZS research department, and wrote a policy paper on incentives for [military and national] service. He currently works as the field manager of the Blue&White Human Rights projects. He is married to Hodaya and lives in Jerusalem.

Amit Aizenman

Research Coordinator


Amit is a student in the Program for advanced degrees (Tele"m) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, holds an MA with distinction from the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and a BA with distinction from the Department of Psychology and Sociology at the same university. Amit's thesis dealt with conservative political thought.

As part of his work In the Institute, Amit has written studies on various topics, including: a comparative review of means to combat terrorism; the rights to a Nation-state in the context of family reunification; and an anthology on liberal-nationalism. Previously, he co-authored the curriculum materials of EXODUS program for conservative and classical liberal thought.

Tovi Zehavi

Office Manager

Tovi worked for many years in The Institute For Talmudic Publications of Rabbi Adin Stainzalts in Jerusalem.
Tovi grew up in Haifa, & had finished her studies in Gates Head – England, & in Jerusalem.