Board of Directors

Every two years, ACRI members elect a Board of Directors, comprised of approximately 13 members, and an audit committee comprised of 3 members, all acting as non-paid volunteers. The board and audit committee members include leading figures from the culture, law, education, academia, and media spheres.

The Board of Directors meets every six weeks to determine policies and priorities for ACRI’‘s professional staff, and also approves ACRI’s work-plan and budget.


President - Mr. Sami Michael

A native of Baghdad, Mr. Michael is one of Israel’s most beloved writers and a champion of human rights. As President of ACRI’s Board of Directors since 2001, he generously volunteers his time to represent the organization.

Mr. Michael is the recipient of numerous literary prizes and honorary doctorates in Israel and abroad. In 2007, the Prime Minister’s Office and the A.M.N. Foundation awarded Mr. Michael with the Emet Prize for Arts & Culture, a prestigious prize for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Israeli society. For more on Mr. Michael, click here.


The following is the list of ACRI’s Board of Directors:


Chairperson: Dr. Gila Stopler

Dr. Stopler is a lecturer on constitutional law and human rights at the Academic Center of Law and Business in Ramat Gan. Dr. Stopler received her PhD from NYU, where she wrote her dissertation about the conflict between women’s rights and religion and culture.

Dr. Adriana Kemp

Senior lecturer in Tel Aviv University’s Department of Sociology & Anthropology and a fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute; active in organizations promoting refugees’ and migrant workers’ rights.

Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir

Teaches law at the Ramat Gan Business and Law Academic Center, and is a Polonsky Associate at the Van Leer Institute. Her research focuses mainly on migrants and refugees.

Dr. Nissim Mizrachi

Senior lecturer in sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University; board member of SHATIL and other social change organizations.

Prof. Aeyal Gross

Law professor at Tel Aviv University whose research focuses mainly on human rights in the context of the Israeli occupation, social rights (particularly the right to health), and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Previously, Gross has been a board member of “Gisha” (a legal center protecting the freedom of movement of Palestinians); a volunteer legal adviser for the Association for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgenders in Israel; and a member of a council for the rights of children of migrant workers.

Attorney Kochavi Shemesh

Born in Baghdad in 1944, he came to Israel in 1950 and grew up in poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Jerusalem. In 1971, along with a few others, he founded the Black Panthers movement and served as its official spokesperson. When he was 60 he completed his law studies and has been working as an attorney for the past eight years.

Dr. Sarah Hazan

Lecturer at Bar Ilan University’s department of social work and co-founder of the program in social work for the ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem. Hazan is also a psychotherapist and an instructor in Bar Ilan’s psychotherapy program, and a member of “Psychoactive” (mental health professionals for human rights).

Mr. Shaul Givoli

A Brigadier General (res.) in the Israeli military and a Major General (ret.) in the Israeli police, for the past 15 years Givoli has been the Executive Director of the Council for Peace and Security. While serving as the Chief Officer of the Police Education Corps, he began the tradition of a “human rights day” in the police.

Mr. Momo Mahadav

CEO of “Maala” (Business for Social Responsibility), a non-profit membership organization that works with businesses to develop and implement Corporate Social Responsibility strategies. Before joining “Maala,” he was the director of the Tel Aviv branch of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, and in this capacity he served as a member of the Tel Aviv Regional Council for Planning and Building. Mahadav holds a B.A. in social work and an M.A. in public policy from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Meirav Alush-Lavron

Dr. Alush-Lavron is a lecturer in the department of film and television at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Herzliya. She completed her doctoral studies with distinction at the department of political studies and communication at the Bar-Ilan University. Her fields of expertise include: exploring how groups are represented in the media, visual communication, multiculturalism, Israeli cinema and contemporary political theory. Dr. Alush-Lavron has been a member of the Second Television and Radio Authority since 2010. Dr. Alush-Lavron has joined the Board during the current reporting period.

For many years Dr. Alush-Lavron has been a partner in advancing the social struggle to share the burden and ensuring equality in democratic representation.  Dr. Alush-Lavron has been a member of the Second Television and Radio Authority since 2010.

Mr. Zohar Avitan

Director of the pre-academic programs at the Sapir Academic College, and a PhD. candidate in Political Science at the Tel Aviv University. Mr. Avitan also serves as the Chairperson of the Sderot Cinematheque and as the Chairperson of the national committee of directors of pre-academic programs in higher education institutes. Between 1989 and 2003 he served as a city council member of the southern town of Sderot, and has been a social activist very many years.

Mr. Abed El Fatakh Naser

An ecology professor at the Beit Berel College, and director of the laboratory for the study of water quality at the Ministry of Health.

Attorney Zaki Diab

A partner at the law office of Schenorson & Co. where he specializes in insurance litigation. Mr. Diab has a L.L.B. and an MBA from The Hebrew University and a LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also received a certificate in business and public policy from the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a board member of Kav Mashve, a non-profit organization which promotes equal employment opportunities for Arab university graduates within the Israeli business sector. He is also a member of the young partners’ forum of the “Collective Impact” initiative, a group committed to the integration of more Arabs into the work force at all levels of employment

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