A cross-sector emergency team established to address the unique challenges of Covid in Israel’s Arab-Bedouin communities developed unique tools for bridging differences of approach, cultural adaptation and mission alignment. Ranging from vaccination operations to donation- to-impact effectiveness. The result was unprecedented levels of communication and coordination leading to a set of approaches relevant for minority focused projects also in a post-Covid environment.
Bridging trust and extreme systemic gaps – the Israel Bedouin communities during COVID
Netta Rozenfeld, Kher Albaz, Yariv Mann
Head of resource utilization/ JDC - Joint Elka
Accessing funds and utilization unit leader
Elka, JDC Israel
Task Force Teams expertise, Programs’ director, group facilitator and Certified Mediator.
BA in behavioral science, MA in business (BGU).
Netta joined Elka institute 5 years ago, after 5 years in TEVET JDC- Arab society employment and infrastructure field. Holds expertise in developing programs for accessing government funds in local municipality. Projects done including JDC employment center in East Jerusalem, Academy readiness, western Negev regional cluster establishment team, participated in the process of writing government resolution 3790 for East Jerusalem for over 2 billion nis on May 18 and construction of its multi sectorial implementation mechanism, after managing “Leading change East Jerusalem” municipal-government preliminary process of developing holistic social aspect in addressing E.J challenges etc.
Work with seniors in public sector – both government and local municipalities, staff leading and training, develop and manage public services programs and promotes multi sectorial partnerships.
Prior to JDC, Netta was a management member of Motorola South Israel, in charge of its business management division, management skills and corporate responsibility activities for 8 years. Prior to that Netta chaired as Israeli Aids Task Force South branch manager for 4 years.
Co-Executive Director/ AJEEC-NISPED
Kher Albaz is a highly trained and experienced social worker with extensive experience managing large social service and civil society organizations and developing policy plans in social development systems, particularly in the Arab Bedouin communities of Israel’s Negev, where he is an established leader.
Nationally, he has diverse experience in both the public and NGO sectors, serving as a board member of many prominent organizations, as well as being an appointed member of several governmental policy development committees.
He specializes in cross-cultural mediation and group facilitation, focusing on culturally sensitive issues, with attention to Jewish-Arab partnerships.
As the co-executive director of AJEEC-NISPED (Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development), his work focuses on creating a world where everyone is accepted and can live in dignity.
Board member of several national and local organizations, including the Abraham Fund Initiative, Igul Le’Tova (Circle of Good), Kochavei HaMidbar (Desert Stars), Midot, Shutafut-Sharakah, and Social Workers for Peace.
Deputy Director General, Director of the Administration for Senior Citizens, Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs
Previously he served as a senior department head of economic and social development for the Negev’s Beduin society.
Yariv holds an MA in Public Policy, an MA in Political Science, and a BA in Political Science and Geography.