Alma team

Dr. Ruth Calderon

Founder and President
Founder and President
Educator. PhD from the Department of Talmud at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Graduate of the first cohort of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. In 1989, cofounded the Elul Midrash, with Moti Bar-Or. In 1996, established and became the director of Alma, Home of Hebrew Culture. Created and presented the “Heder” program for Keshet Broadcasting, in which canonical Hebrew-Jewish texts were discussed by leading figures in Israeli culture. Directed the Culture and Education Division of the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Among her books is 'A Bride for One Night', a personal rendition of Talmudic legends (Keter, 2000 in Hebrew, JPS, 2014 in English); “A Talmudic Alpha Beta” (Yediot Aharonot, 2014); and the children’s books “A Tale of Rain” and “The Princess and the Stone,” which are an
introduction to Jewish sources for children from secular families. In recognition of her work, was awarded the AVI CHAI and Rotenberg prizes for Jewish education. Has received honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Brandeis University, as well as the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Hebrew College in Boston, and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Faculty member of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, and the mother of three children.

Iftach Wieser

Executive Director
Hi-tech entrepreneur with a rich experience in managing global teams and complex projects, as well as budget management. Studied computer engineering at the Technion – Institute of Technology, Haifa, and business management at INSEAD in France. Currently also serves as executive director of Openmind 360.

Eyal Biton

Chief Operating Officer

Neria Shapira

רכזת לימודים
Teaching Coordinator
BA in Jewish studies and geology from the Hebrew University Jerusalem and MA in Talmud from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Jeremy Fogel

Academic Director
Lecturer in the department of Jewish Philosophy and the School of Education at Tel Aviv University; teaches at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, and lectures on philosophy to the general public in various frameworks. Holds a BA in philosophy from Cambridge University, and an MA and PhD in philosophy from Tel Aviv University.

Gail Philosof

Director of Digital Culture

Chen David

Coordinator, Digital Alma

Michal Goshen

Office Manager