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:
Co-Chairperson - 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.
Co-Chairperson - Dr. Gila Stopler
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. Tally Kritzman-Amir
JD, 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
As a law professor at the Tel Aviv University, Gross’ main focus area is human rights. His 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
Shemesh was born in Baghdad in 1944, and came to Israel in 1950, living with his family 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 8 years.
Dr. Sarah Hazan
Dr. Sarah Hazan is a lecturer at Bar Ilan University’s department of social work and co-founder of the social work studies program 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
In the past 15 years, Givoli has been the Executive Director of the Council for Peace and Security, a position in which he also worked with ACRI. He is a Brigadier General (res.) in the Israeli military and a Major General (ret.) in the Israeli police. 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
Mahadav is the 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,” Mahadav was the director of the Tel Aviv branch of the Society for the Protection of Nature, 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 the 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.
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
Ms. Manal Shalabi
Mr. Abed El Fatakh Naser