About Adva Center
The Adva Center is a leading Israeli progressive think-and-do tank that monitors social and economic developments. 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.
Since its establishment in 1991, Adva has been at the forefront of the struggle to advance equality, social justice and gender-responsive programming in Israel. We at Adva believe all Israelis – Jews and Arabs, women and men, high and low income persons – deserve high-quality public education, low-cost public health services, decent affordable housing, and a robust social security system. We also believe that an active citizenry is crucial to democracy.
What do we do?
- Analyzing public policy on fiscal matters, education, health, housing, and social security.
- Proposing policy alternatives with the goal of improving the social and economic situation of all Israelis.
- Engaging and advising decision makers on public policy matters.
- Publishing regular reports on gender and ethnic equality, income and pay gaps, poverty and wealth, and the divide between Israel’s Start-Up Nation and its periphery.
- Stimulating public debate through testimony at Knesset committees and other public forums, and through frequent appearances in all mass media.
- Providing training to government agencies and civil society organizations.
- Getting citizens involved, especially at the local level. Developing leadership, particularly among women from disadvantaged communities.
- Disseminating information in both mainstream and social media, reaching over 100,000 people each month.
Board of Directors
Barbara Swirski, Community Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Swirski, the founder and first executive director of Adva. Today she is the director of Community Relations. Barbara 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.
Dr. Shlomo Swirski, Academic Director email@example.com
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, HILA for Quality Education, and the Kedma Schools.
Etty Konor-Attias, Research Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Prof. Yossi Dahan, Chair of the Board of Directors of Adva email@example.com
Professor at the Academic Center of Law & Business and head of the Human Rights Clinic. Among the founders of the Adva Center, co-founder and editor of the Haokets website and lecturer of philosophy at the Open University. Areas of expertise: labor law, workers' rights and global justice, theories of social justice, the right to education and social justice in the field of education.
Prof. Ismael Abu-Saad
Professor of Educational Policy and Administration in the Department of Education, founding director of the Center for Bedouin Studies and Development, and holder of the Abraham Cutler Chair in Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheba. Received Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Research interests include educational policy and development among indigenous peoples, Palestinian Arab education and higher education, social identity in heterogeneous societies, the impact of urbanization on the Negev Bedouin Arabs and organizational behavior in multicultural contexts.
Prof. Nitza Berkovitch
Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Lectures and writes on globalization, gender, supra-national women's movements, human rights and civil society. Her present projects explore the complex relationships between feminism and neo-liberalism as reflected in civil society organizations and care work in the family.
Prof. Oren Iftachel
Professor of Urban Studies and Political Geography at Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheba. His research has focused on critical understandings of the relations between space, power, inequality and conflict. Yiftachel is also a social activist who is a member of several organizations working for social justice, equality and peace.
Prof. Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber
Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University in Boston; research interests include the media’s role in shaping the sphere of public discourse, media criticism, media coverage of social and political conflicts, and representation of minorities in the media.
Advocate Ola Shtiwee
Self-employed attorney, holder of MA degree in International Human Rights Law. Areas of interest: social and economic rights. Expertise in labor rights, social security and family law. Worked in the organizations Kayan: Palestinian Feminist Organization, Adva Center and Physicians for Human Rights.
Prof. Dani Filc
Professor in the department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Research interests include health policy, the right to health, inequality in health and accessibility to health services, and privatization of the health system. Additional research areas: the connection between neoliberalism, the crisis of representation, the limitations of liberal democracy and the growth of populist movements. Board member of Physicians for Human Rights.
Prof. Rivka Savaiya
Professor of Social Work at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University. Areas of research and instruction include (1) clinical and administrative information systems in human resources services – uses and influences, (2) evaluation of processes, results, impacts and sustainability of social programs, (3) minority groups and at risk populations, (4) critical examination of practices and experiences of social workers, (5) social work and social justice.
Prof. Hubert Law-Yone
Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Architecture and City Planning at the Technion, engaged in research and guidance of students working for advanced degrees, served in administrative capacities and as a member of professional and public committees. Took part in the preparation of regional and national master plans and in the promotion of formal recognition of "unrecognized" Bedouin villages in Israel. Retired from the Technion as Associate Professor and continues student guidance, publication, and activity in public frameworks, with the emphasis on the social aspect of public policy and political economy in Israel.
Prof. Uri Ram
Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Former Department Chair and the President of the Israeli Sociological Association (2016-2018). He is a major contributor to the renewal of critical sociology in Israel, to the analysis of post- and neo-Zionist trends in Israeli political culture, and to global studies of Israel.
Ms. Ruti Gur, Audit Committee
Graduate of Senior Business Administration program at Haifa University. Mizrahi feminist activist. Active during the past 40 years in feminist and social change organizations. Co-founder of the following feminist and social change organizations: Yated Community Organizing in Development Towns and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, Emergency Shelter for Battered Women, Women's Coalition for Peace, Ahoti, Isha L'Isha – Haifa Feminist Center, Violence Against Women Hotline, and Women's Economic Empowerment.