Leadership of The Melton Centre
Prof. Jonathan Cohen
Prof. Jonathan Cohen is the Bella and Israel Unterberg Professor of Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has served as the Director of the School of Education and is presently the Director of the Melton Center for Jewish Education. He is also a senior faculty member at the Mandel Leadership Institute. Prof. Cohen is the author of Philosophers and Scholars: Wolfson, Guttmann and Strauss on the History of Jewish Philosophy and the editor of three volumes of the Studies in Jewish Education series. His writings and teaching are concerned with the relationship between modern Jewish thought and issues in the philosophy of Jewish education.
Director of the Academic Committee
Prof. Baruch Schwartz
Associate Professor of Bible. Research Interests: Cult and law; priestly literature and theology. Torah sources and composition. Classical prophetic literature. Medieval biblical exegesis.
Director of Academic Studies
Prof. Gabi Horenczyk
Professor Gabriel Horenczyk is a faculty member of the School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor Horenczyk also teaches at the Swiss Center for Conflict Management and Resolution at the Hebrew University. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and serves as regional representative and member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology. His major areas of teaching and research are: Psychological aspects of cultural and ethnic identity; identity and adaptation of immigrants; immigrants in schools; the school acculturative context; religiosity, spirituality, and identity. Professor Horenczyk headed the Israeli team of the ICSEY study (International Comparative Study of Ethnocultural Youth), and is currently conducting a comparative study con overt and hidden dropout among immigrants.
Mrs. Carmela Hariri
For over 20 years Carmela Hariri has been an integral part of the Melton family. Most students, graduates, faculty and staff cannot remember the Melton Centre without Carmela. Her Hebrew University career began at the National Library in 1981 after which she moved on via Hora'a Mada'it and the Finance Department, to finally arrive at the Melton Centre in 1992.
Carmela has advanced Bookkeeping Certification and her job profile focuses on budgets and human resources. All aspects of the Melton budget, income and expenditure, grants, scholarships, salaries, and more are in the responsible hands of Carmela. She takes care of the administrative and academic staff, ensuring contracts are signed, salaries are paid, research funding is in order and so much more. In addition, she played an active role in the Senior Educators and Former Soviet Union Senior Educator programs, eventually becoming administrative coordinator of the FSU program. The wheels of the Melton Centre administration turn smoothly with Carmela's expertise and years of dedication to the institute.
For Carmela the Centre is her second home. This is the place where she has 'grown up', matured and developed professionally. She loves her work and feels fortunate to enjoy an interesting combination of administrative work and meeting with dedicated Jewish educators from Israel and around the world. She is deeply connected to Melton's activities and identifies with its mission and hopes to see an even stronger connection between Israel and Jewish communities abroad. Carmela takes great pride in the large number of Jewish educators who have benefitted from the activities offered by Melton and have returned to their communities to become outstanding ambassadors for The Hebrew University.
Carmela has been married to Zion for 37 years, and together they have five daughters – Meital, Michal, Elinor, Liron and Shani – and five grandchildren.