Ms. Chava Sommer is completing her PhD in Hebrew Literature at the University of Haifa. She did a MA in Hebrew Linguistics and a BA in Geography. Ms. Sommer has been teaching Hebrew teacher for nearly twenty-five years in numerous prestigious institutions of higher learning both in Israel and abroad.
Dr. Miryam Sivan is a former New Yorker who has lived in Israel for more than twenty years. She teaches literature and writing at the University of Haifa in the Department of English Language and Literature and in the Study Abroad program of the International School where she is also the Academic Advisor. Dr. Sivan has published scholarly articles on American and Israeli writers and a book-length study on Cynthia Ozick's fiction: Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction (SUNY, 2009).
She is also a fiction writer and deals with the experiences of ex-pats in love, in flux, in the liminal space between cultures, languages, and historical epochs. Her short fiction has appeared in various journals in the US and UK, and two of her stories were adapted for the stage in London and New York. In 2014, SNAFU & Other Stories was published, and in 2019, her debut novel, Make it Concrete was brought into the light (as publication is called in Hebrew).
Dr. Esther Carmel-Hakim is a member of Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet. She has a B. Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (1979), and an M.A. and Ph.D (2003) in Land of Israel Studies from the University of Haifa. Carmel-Hakim taught in her kibbutz’s Ulpan Hebrew program for new immigrants (1980-82), then was an English teacher at Megiddo Regional High School. Carmel-Hakim was a visiting lecturer and researcher at the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University (2004-5).
Carmel Hakim is a lecturer at The Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa at the M.A. Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies, and a researcher at the Institution for the Research of the Kibbutz and the Cooperative Idea there. Carmel Hakim is the Director for the Lifelong Lerner program of the School of Hebrew at Middlebury College. Her research focuses on Zionist Women and Women's Organizations in pre-state Israel and women on the Kibbutz. Her book: Chana Maisel: Agricultural Training for Women, was published at Brandeis University Institutional Repository. Her second book: Dorothy Kahn Bar Adon- Writing Palestine 1933-1950, was published 2016 at the Academic Studies Press.
Maha lives in Haifa and completed her studies in the U.S. She received an LL.M. from the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame University (1996) and a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington (2008). Her Ph.D. studies focused on comparative politics, law and society, and nationalism and ethnic conflict and she wrote her dissertation about the Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel. Her post-doctoral research through Hebrew University (2009/2010) examined the relationship between the Arab citizens of Israel and the Israeli police.
Hiba Fahoum received her M.A. degree in Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Haifa and also holds a teaching certificate. She completed her M.A. studies in 2009 with a thesis entitled "The Contribution of Modern Linguistics to the Understanding of the Issue of Common Spelling Errors in Contemporary Arabic". Fahoum also taught remedial lessons in English and Arabic at the University in the Department of Academic and Personal Assistance, and worked as a teacher at the Franciscan Sisters' School in Nazareth. She has been working in the International School for years, teaching the courses of “Spoken Arabic” (Colloquial Arabic) and “Conversational Arabic”. Currently, Fahoum is a PhD candidate in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at Haifa University.