Mekudeshet Team 2021

Our team reflects the range of Jerusalem’s communities, giving us deep and organic connections to the ground. While we ascribe to disparate opinions and ideologies, we work to better understand one another every day, to discuss differences honestly and in good faith, and to see our diversity as inspiration and raw material for new creations. We are united by a passion for art and Jerusalem.


Naomi Bloch Fortis: Executive Director

Karen Brunwasser: Chief Strategy Officer

Malki Amir Danon: Festival Director 

Sarah Oren: CFO

Yaffa Melamed: Bookkeeper and Box Office Manager

Riman Barakat: Director, Palestinian and East Jerusalem Community

Raya Hallak: Project Coordinator, East Jerusalem Department

Zuhdi Najeeb: Head of Media, East Jerusalem Department

Emmanuel Witzthum: Head of creative development

Itamar Doari: Musical Director 

Yair Assulin: Thinker in Residence  

David Kosher, Ayelet Givoni, Subhi Dajani, Yifat Shir-Moskovitz, Ori Vaknin: Producers 

Gil Rouvio: Director of Communications and Artistic Contributor

Kim Weiss: Communications Team and Foreign Language Editor

Ahlam Qawasmi: Caretaker

Hamze Jarallah: Club Manager 

Saar Plinner: Legal Counsel

Razan Munayer: Grahpic Designer

Nofar Kahana: Community and Collaborations Coordinator 

OPEN: Branding and Design

OK: Digital Communications and New Media

NGsoft: Web Design