Meirav Hofi: Director of Arabic Language Program
Meirav Hofi has been teaching Spoken and Literary Arabic for over 25 years at universities, colleges and at the Jewish Arab Center for Peace at Givat Haviva. Meirav headed the Spoken and literary Arabic program at Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba. Her expertise also includes authoring textbooks on Arabic language aquisition in addition to translations of Arabic Literary works into Hebrew. Meirav is currently engaged in an internet Arabic language program intended for international use.
Dr. David Mendelsohn: Academic Director
Dr. Mendelsohn's area of expertise includes Islamic Studies, Bedouin Law and the relationship between language and culture in Arabic and Hebrew. His current research examines the influence of Hebrew on the dialects of Arabic spoken in Israel. Mendelsohn also lectures on the history and relationships between Middle East countries and militant organizations.
Gabriel Mitchell: Middle East History Professor
Gabriel Mitchell is an expert in Middle Eastern history and politics, and specifically Israel and Turkey. A resident of Jerusalem since 2005, Gabriel holds an MA in Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the Israel-Turkey Project Coordinator for Mitvim: The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, and was a recipient of the 2012-2013 Israel Research Fellow at Shalem College. His work has been published in a number of newspapers and journals, including The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Hürriyet Daily News, The American Interest,
The Tower Magazine, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs. He holds a BA in European .and Middle Eastern History from The Ohio State University
Fawwaz Mansour: Arabic Professor
Dr. Fawaz Mansour is one of the Arabic Professors for the Intensive Arabic Semester and he is the Director of the Arabic program of the Department of Foreign Languages at Tel Aviv University. In addition, he teaches Arabic to United Nations employees and Fulbright students in Israel. Dr. Mansour completed his undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University and his graduate studies in the United States. He is the author of two books on Arabic linguistics and two books on Islamic civilization, as well as several articles in his field.
Yisrael Ne'eman: Jewish History Professor
Yisrael Ne'eman works in education as an historian and a nationally licensed tour guide, specializing in Jewish, modern Israeli and Middle Eastern history. He grew up in New Jersey and made aliyah in 1977. He teaches and guides students at the International School at the University of Haifa, teaches at Givat Haviva's Intensive Arabic Semester and Livnot U'Lehibanot and also guides and lectures for private groups both in Israel and abroad.
Lydia Aisenberg: Guide of Specialized Tours
Lydia Aisenberg originally hails from Wales but has been living in Israel for the past forty-four years. She is a member of Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, a mother of five, and a grandmother of five. She is a freelance journalist for many different publications and is a staff member of the International Department at Givat Haviva Institute where she deals with topics connected to Jewish-Arab relations. She serves as the Guide of Specialized Tours for the Intensive Arabic Semester and is an expert on the Wadi Ara Region.