Vallie is an activist and educator living in Jerusalem. She has always been drawn to informal education. Her own experiences with participant driven learning led Vallie to become an educator herself. Growing up in an interfaith household in New Jersey, Vallie didn’t engage with her Jewish identity until she found her way to the Hashomer Hatzair movement where she quickly became a leader, and eventually the National Director. Vallie moved to Israel in 2015, a year after her participation in Achvat Amim’s inaugural cohort. Currently Vallie is an organizer with the All That's Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, and the co-organizer of Birthright: Exploring Israel as a Shared Society. Vallie is an avid crafter, glitter queen, and hydration enthusiast. Vallie has a B.A. in Contemporary Jewish & Israel Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dana Mandler, Program Organizer
Dana is an educator and activist living in Jerusalem. She is committed to critical pedagogy as a means to create a more just and dignified reality for all peoples. Since moving to Jerusalem, Dana has worked on various projects focused on youth-led education and strengthening human rights, including facilitating Hashomer Hatzair Gap Year Program, teaching at the Hand in Hand Bilingual School in Jerusalem, running seminars on Shared Society at Givat Haviva, and working at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). She helped found Imbala مبلا אםבאלה, a cooperative cafe and community working to build a more just and equal Jerusalem, and organizes with All That's Left Anti-Occupation Collective. Dana has a BA in Democratic Education from New York University, and an MA in Human Rights and Transitional Justice from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Beyond her professional and political pastimes, Dana enjoys making pottery, gardening, and ice cream sandwiches.
Erez Bleicher, Educational Organizer
Erez Bleicher is an activist, writer, and educator living in Jerusalem. He has been involved in various movements for racial, economic, and gender justice and is currently organizing with All That’s Left: Anti-Occupation Collective and as a Jerusalem Organizer with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. He is interested in diasporism as an ethical framework of social action and in building vibrant Jewish participation in movements for racial justice in both Israel and the United States. His time as a youth educator at Beth Emet Synagogue, Habonim Dror, and DePaul University helped him to develop an invaluable capacity for communication, mediation, and listening that inform his approach to critical pedagogy, political engagement, and collective learning. As a former participant in Achvat Amim, he is deeply invested in helping to advance processes of personal and communal transformation in pursuit of a just world and an equitable future for all.
Rabbi Rachel "Bluth" Rosenbluth, Ruchani Founder
Rachel "Bluth" Rosenbluth is a spiritual seeker, community organizer, permaculture enthusiast, and niggun singer. Growing up in Canada, and now living in Israel, she is dedicated to building meaningful, spiritual and sustainable Jewish communities. She just completed learning halachah, gamara and chassidis in Jerusalem at Beit Midrash Har’el, Yakar and Simchat Shlomo. She leads Kabbalat Shabbat on the beach in Tel Aviv and brings people together for spirited Jewish gatherings around the globe. Bluth created this Jewish spiritual component of Achvat Amim. Graduating from McGill University with a double major in Environment and Development as well as Buddhist studies, she worked as the Director of Education for Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs in Toronto. She has studied at Pardes, Mechon Hadar and Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Studies. She has had valuable experiences doing environmental field research in East Africa, and volunteering on sustainable farms in Israel and in Kenya, where she bolstered an interest in spiritual, personal and community development. Bluth hopes to learn deep Torah, explore the world, and share Judaism as a path of mindful and joyous Avodah and tikkun. L’chaim!
Achvat Amim's Founders
Karen Isaacs, Co-Founder
Karen is the co-founder and co-director of Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim. She is an educator, community organizer, and serial creator of new frameworks that empower people to take action from a place of meaningful engagement with Jewish identity. In her organizing work she is focused on building partnership between diverse communities through mutual learning and solidarity with a focus on creative non-violent direct action that meets the needs of communities and is rooted in a positive and aspirational vision of self-determination for all peoples in the place they call home. Karen has coordinated the adult movement of Hashomer Hatzair in North America, led community-based exchanges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada with the Candian Roots Exchange, facilitated groups in Bina - the secular yeshiva in South Tel Aviv, and has most recently focused on building Achvat Amim as a dynamic educational platform for hands on work with educational, community, and human rights organizations, doing grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Karen is also a co-founder of This is Not An Ulpan/Mush Fussha. She has a degree in Sustainable Development from The New School, and has also studied at McGill University.
Daniel Roth, Co-Founder
Daniel is the co-founder and co-director of Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim. He is an educator, group facilitator, and community organizer who has been working to establish participatory communities rooted in education and action for more than two decades. As a leader in the Hashomer Hatzair movement, both growing up in Toronto and living in a kvutza (commune) in Brooklyn, he's built and led critical education and justice-centered programs with youth and adults in North America, Europe, and the Middle East with a multitude of organizations primarily aiming to work with young Jewish activists, educators, and leaders. Daniel's work in Achvat Amim has primarily focused on developing vibrant movement spaces to connect people with work in leading Israeli and Palestinian human rights projects and to empower participants to take active roles in the development of their learning processes with the aim of building a powerful movement for equality and self-determination for all peoples in the place they call home. Daniel is also a co-founder and learner with the critical education language co-operative, This is Not an Ulpan/MushFussha and has worked as a print and television journalist and producer. He holds an MA in Education, Community, and Social Change and is a writer, photographer and avid coffee drinker.