About Adva Center

Adva Center  is a non-partisan policy analysis institute whose mandate is to examine Israeli society from the perspective of equality and social justice. Adva’s studies of Israeli society present critical analyses of public policy in the areas of budgets, taxation and social services – education, health, housing, social security and welfare and transportation – including their implications for Israeli society as a whole and for each of its major social groups.

Staff Members
Board of Directors

Barbara Swirski, Executive Director

Barbara Swirski, executive director of Adva, is a sociologist and social entrepreneur: she was among the founders of the first shelter for battered women in Israel, in Haifa in 1977, and among the founders of the Adva Center, in 1991. She is a feminist and has written on women – among others, Daughters of Eve, … Continue reading Barbara Swirski, Executive Director →

Dr. Shlomo Swirski, Academic Director

Dr. Shlomo Swirski is a sociologist who serves as the academic director of the Adva Center. In the past he lectured at the universities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, was a partner in the founding of academic and social enterprises, among them the academic journal Notebooks of Research and Social Critique, which published articles in … Continue reading Dr. Shlomo Swirski, Academic Director →

Etty Konor-Attias, Research Coordinator

Etty Konor-Attias is research coordinator and lecturer at the Adva Center, and is co-author of annual reports: Looking at the National Budget, Israel: A Social Report, Workers and Employers in Israel and the Distribution of the National Income. She has an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. Her work at Adva includes analyzing … Continue reading Etty Konor-Attias, Research Coordinator →

Dr. Yael Hasson, Researcher and Gender Budgeting Expert

Dr. Yael Hasson is a researcher, lecturer and Gender Budgeting expert. Holds a Doctoral degree in Sociology from Haifa University – on gender and economic policy. She has written on gender (The National Budget from a Gender Perspective: The Winners and Losers from the Policy of Tax Reduction, The Cost of Care – Report on Women in … Continue reading Dr. Yael Hasson, Researcher and Gender Budgeting Expert →

Valeria Seigelshifer, Coordinator of Gender Equality Projects

Valeria Seigelshifer is a coordinator of Gender Equality Projects and lecturer at Adva Center and for the Women’s Budget Forum. She does advocacy work at the Knesset and in government ministries, with a focus on gender mainstreaming programming and budgeting. She has an MA in Philosophy and Education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and … Continue reading Valeria Seigelshifer, Coordinator of Gender Equality Projects →

Atty. Noga Dagan Buzaglo, Researcher

Attorney Noga Dagan Buzaglo is a researcher and lecturer at the Adva Center, specializing in education, labor and labor law and social security. She holds an MA in Sociology from the Hebrew University and an LLB from Tel Aviv University. She has been a social activist in the field of education for over 20 years … Continue reading Atty. Noga Dagan Buzaglo, Researcher →

Yaron Hoffmann-Dishon, Researcher and Outreach Coordinator

Yaron Hoffmann-Dishon is a researcher at Adva and the director of Adva’s Popular Education program, where he is responsible for organizing lectures, study days and courses. Holds an MA in Sociology from Ben-Gurion University. Yaron is active in Koah-LaOvdim, a democratic labor union, and in Yesod – Israel Social Democratic Movement.

Mira Oppenheim, Office Manager / Media Relations

Mira Oppenheim is the office manager and is responsible for media relations. She worked in the field of communications as a reporter of the internet newspaper nrg and the weekly Time-Out Tel Aviv, and as a research assistant and deputy editor of films, series and documentary projects, among them “Bulldog,” “The Beauty Industry,” “Beware of … Continue reading Mira Oppenheim, Office Manager / Media Relations →

Uriya Yakut Zini, Community Action Coordinator

Uriya Yakut Zini is a community action worker at Adva. She facilitates women’s groups in the framework of the project “Women’s Councils in Local Authorities,” which encourages women to take part in the making of local policy and to promote gender equality in their communities. Uriya is a graduate student in the department of Philosophy … Continue reading Uriya Yakut Zini, Community Action Coordinator →

Aviv Lieberman, Research Assistant

Aviv Lieberman is a research assistant at the Adva Center. Holds a BA in Sociology-Anthropology and Management from Tel Aviv University. Currently studies for an MA in sociology at Tel Aviv University, specializing in quantitative research with an emphasis on stratification and inequality. Research assistant in various projects in the academia and works as a teaching … Continue reading Aviv Lieberman, Research Assistant →

Prof. Yossi Dahan, Chair of the Board of Directors of Adva

A senior lecturer at the Academic Center of Law & Business and heads the Human Rights Clinic. He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is a founder and chairman of the “Adva Center”. Yossi Dahan also serves as a public representative at the National Labor Court.

Ms. Gilberte Finkel, Treasurer

Prof. Ismail Abu-Saad

Dr. Nitza Berkowitch

Prof. Oren Iftachel

Prof. Hubert Law-Yone

Prof. Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber

Prof. Rivka Savaiya

Prof. Dani Filc

Prof. Rachel Kallus

Prof. Uri Ram

Ms. Hanna Cohen Langer, Audit Committee

Ms. Rutie Gur, Audit Committee