Meet Our Team of Facilitators, Educators, and Experts

Shahira Shalaby

Shahira serves as a Content Expert and Field Representative for the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues (IATF), promoting understanding and collaboration for Jewish-Arab relations. Shahira Shalaby, a City Councilor in Haifa, holds a master's degree in Religious Studies and a bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is actively involved in social activism and has played a key role in founding the Palestinian Feminist Movement in Israel. Shahira has established initiatives and organizations focused on improving the status of Arab women in Israel.

With extensive professional experience, Shahira has worked as a consultant for social change organizations, focusing on areas such as leadership, strategic planning, teamwork, resource development and management, and community engagement.

Erica Shaps

Erica Shaps is the Educational Programs Manager at the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues (IATF) where she develops educational programs and resources pertaining to Arab citizens of Israel and Jewish-Arab relations within Israel. Erica has consulted for diverse organizations in Israel and abroad. She worked as a Middle East Program Coordinator for Encounter where she planned programs to cultivate more informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and as an Entwine Fellow at the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), focused on Arab citizens. Erica is a trained facilitator and mediator. 

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