Structure And Composition Of The Council

Members of the 12th Council for Higher Education: 

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Mr. Naftali Bennett

Minister of Education

Chairman, Council For Higher Education

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Dr. Rivka Wadmany Shauman

Vice chair, Council For Higher Education.

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Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats

Member of the Council for Higher Education.

Chairman, Planning and Budgeting Committee.

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Prof. Ezri TaraziMore info
Prof. Roza AzhariMore info
Prof. Fuad FaresMore info
Prof. Zilla Sinuany-SternMore info
Prof. Haim SandbergMore info
Dr. Ofir HaivryMore info
Prof. Shmuel HauserMore info
Prof. Ortzion BartanaMore info
Prof. Rachel Ben-Eliyahu-ZoharyMore info
Dr. Leah BoehmMore info
Prof. Ella Belfer

Full Professor in the Department of History at Bar-Ilan University, and incumbent of the Chair for Society and Judaism, whose goal is unity through dialogue searching for the commonality.

Lecturers, researches and writes on political aspects of Judaism, the contemporary meaning of Jewish identity, the Jewish world between religion and state, and radicalism and romanticism in history and literature.


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Yarden Ben YosefMore info
Mr. Gilad Arditi

יושב ראש התאחדות הסטודנטים

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The Permanent Sub-committees of the Council


According to the Council for Higher Education Law 5718-1958, the number of members of the Council for Higher Education will be no less than nineteen and no more than twenty-five, including the Minister of Education, who serves as Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee, who is a member of the Council, and the Chairman of the National Union of Students in Israel.


Furthermore, the CHE Law determined that two-thirds of Council members will be “persons of standing in the field of higher education” and that in the Council there will be proper representation of all types of institutions of higher education.


In March 2012 the new, 12th, Council for Higher Education was appointed by the President of the State for a five-year term of office.


Major changes have been introduced in the operation of the Council for Higher Education’s sub-committees, the first of which is the division of permanent sub-committees according to subject fields (education, humanities, social sciences, sciences) rather than according to type of institution as was the case since 2000.


The second change is the establishment of new principal sub-committees, which did not exist in the Council earlier, such as: the supreme sub-committee for authorization, accreditation and licensing, and the sub-committee for academic development and policies.


Details of the 12th Council’s permanent sub-committees and their members follow:

I. The Sub-committee for Academic Development and Policies

Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron – Chair, Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Prof. Judith Gal-Ezer , Dr. Leah Boehm, Prof. Roza Azhari, Prof. Ortzion Bartana, Prof. Zilla Sinuany-Stern, Prof. Rachel Ben-Eliyahu-Zohary, Mr.Gilad Arditi, Mr. Gady Frank

Committee Coordinator: Mr. Marc Assaraf

II. Supreme Sub-committee for Authorization, Accreditation and Licensing

Prof. Judith Gal-Ezer – Chair, Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, Prof. Ezri Terazi, Prof. Fadia Nasser-Abu Alhija, Prof. Roza Azhari, Prof. Moshe Maor, Prof. Zilla Sinuany-Stern, Prof. Rachel Ben-Eliyahu-Zohary, Mr. Gilad Arditi, Prof. Judith Gal-Ezer

Committee Coordinator: Ms. Merav Avrahami

III. The Sub-committee for Oversight and Enforcement

Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron – Chair, Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Prof. Haim Sandberg, Prof. Ezri Tarazi, Prof. Faisal Azaiza, Prof. Shmuel Hauser, Dr. Leah Boehm, Mr. Yarden Ben Yosef, Mr. Gady Frank, Ms. Michal Neumann

Committee Coordinator: Ms. Michal Neumann

V. The Sub Committee for Quality Assurance

Prof. Zilla Sinuany-Stern – Chair,  Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, Prof. Chaya Kalcheim, Dr. Rivka Wadmany, Prof. Ella Belfer, Prof. Moshe Maor, Prof. Haim Sandberg, Mr. Yarden Ben Yosef, prof. Eli Zeldov, Mr. Gady Frank, Ms. Michal Neumann,

Committee Coordinator: Dr. Varda Ben Shaul


IV. Subject-oriented Sub-committees

1. Education, Instruction, Humanities and Art

Prof. Fadia Nasser-Abu Alhija – Chair, Dr. Rivka Wadmany,  Prof. Ortzion Bartana, Prof. Ezri Tarazi, Batya Laufer, Mr. Yarden Ben Yosef

Committee Coordinator: Ms. Batya Hekelman

2. Social Sciences, Law, Management, Business, Branches and Multi-Disciplinary

Prof. Moshe Maor – Chair, Prof. Haim Sandberg, Prof. Ella Belfer, Dr. Ofir Haivry, Prof. Shmuel Hauser, Prof. Judith Gal-Ezer, Prof. Nehemia Fridland

Committee Coordinator: Ms. Monica Shmilovich

3. Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Sciences, Para-Medical Subjects, Biology, and Agriculture

Prof. Roza Azhari – Chair, Prof. Rachel Ben-Eliyahu-Zohary, Dr. Leah Boehm, Prof. Fuad Fares, Prof. Jacob Vaya, Prof. Zilla Sinuany-Stern, prof. Eli Zeldov, Prof. Monel Avraham, Prof. Boris Soltanovich, Mr. Gilad Arditi

Committee Coordinator: Ms. Merav Avrahami

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