Like the children, the staff at Yemin Orde Youth Village is diverse.
Staff members are from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, Poland, South America, Turkey and Zimbabwe, among other countries.
Yemin Orde currently employs:
- 70 full-time teachers
- 28 part-time teachers
- 47 full-time informal educators
- 10 part-time coordinators
- 6 social workers
- 5 part-time psychologists
- 1 full-time and 2 part-time graduate staff
- 1 fullt-time and 1 part-time family connection staff
- 12 housemothers
- 15 full-time and 2 part-time administrative staff
- 12 maintenance staff
- 10 kitchen staff
- 2 eco-farm staff
- 3 education resource center staff
Director, Yemin Orde Youth Village
Shmuli Bing is the new Director of the Village, as of April 3, 2014. He has extensive experience in education management and teaching, as well as in the administration of NGO's that focus on social welfare issues.
Shmuli and his family moved to Yemin Orde Youth Village with the understanding that this would be an important task which would touch so many important needs in Israel: youth education, strengthening Zionism, breaking the cycle of poverty for many immigrant children in Israel, and providing immigrant children with the tools to assimilate into Israeli society as independent contributing adults.
“My vision is to create a common language for all teams in the Village which strengthens the implementation of the Village Way.This provides a language in which adults realize they must be familiar with the children's world, a language in which adults understand their significance as role models in the lives of the children,” said Shmuli.
During his military service with the Israel Defense Force, he served as Company Commander in the Education Corps. Shmuli and his wife, Batya, have five children.
Deputy Director , Yemin Orde Youth Village & Village Way Educational Initiatives
Susan has served as a member of the senior leadership team at Yemin Orde Youth Village for 18 years. She is responsible for the development and implementation of many of the Village’s core programs. Susan also is one of the original strategists behind the creation of Village Way Educational Initiatives and continues to oversee the expansion of Yemin Orde’s philosophy and methodology to other youth villages in Israel.
Susan is a native of Brooklyn, NY and received her BA in Political Science and English Literature from the State University of New York (SUNY-Albany), and a Masters in Public Administration and Urban Planning from the Hebrew University. She is the liaison between Yemin Orde and its global community of supporting individuals and organizations.
Principal, Yemin Orde High School
Galit has served as principal of the high school at Yemin Orde since 2014. Galit has a Master degree in Management and Administration of Educational Organizations as well as a BA degree in Education and Judaism. She has been involved in education for the past 25 years performing roles from teaching to coordination of educational projects. Galit specializes in pedagogic work with youth at risk and new immigrants.
Galit, her husband and their children, spent four years in Phoenix, AZ as part of an educational mission. She joined Yemin Orde Youth Village in 2001. At the start, she worked as an Ulpan teacher, and later as a class educator, class coordinator (4 years) and as assistant principal (3 years).
Galit’s educational vision is to “sew” the appropriate “suit” for each pupil in order to help them develop and become emotionally stronger so they can succeed and prepare their path for a bright future.
Director of the Psycho-Social Work Department
Maskit earned her Bachelor's degree in social work and Master's degree in human resources at the University of Haifa. With over 20 years of experience in the field of social work, Maskit most recently worked in the local social welfare arena. Prior to this, she worked with Ethiopian immigrant families who lived in absorption centers.
Maskit has also worked in the communal level, creating and leading projects. Maskit is married and has three children.
Director, Visitor Relations and Outreach Programs
Racheli joined the staff of Yemin Orde in July 2008. Born in Ethiopia, Racheli made aliyah at the age of seven with her mother and siblings in 1984 during Operations Moses.
Racheli's father was working with the Mossad at that time, helping Jews escape from Sudan, and he joined the family in Israel in 1985. Racheli's family settled in the northern town of Kiryat Motzkin, following a two year stay at an absorption center. Because she lived at a youth village from the 7th grade through high school graduation, Racheli has a first-hand understanding and identification with the children at Yemin Orde.
Racheli served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a soldier-teacher for children from underprivileged and challenged backgrounds. She received her BA degree in Social Sciences and Criminology at Ariel College. Racheli and her husband have three young boys and live at Yemin Orde.
Batya Shmueli serves as Resource Development and Community Relations Manager for Yemin Orde Youth Village. She is responsible for finding established Israeli who are willing to give from their time, experience and capitol to children and graduates of Yemin Orde Youth Village.
Batya grew up on the banks of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. She arrived in Israel in 1991 and, with her family, lived in a caravan adjacent to a small town in the Galilee. After high school, Batya served in Israel’s Navy with an elite naval commando unit. She received a B.A. from Haifa University where she studied teaching and the history of the Jewish People.
In 2009, Batya returned to Ethiopia with the Israeli Foreign Ministry to teach village women about entrepreneurship. Batya is married and has three children. She is currently completing a dual Master's degree in Israel history and Jewish law at Haifa University.
Amare Bitou is the Village’s Cultural Director for the Ethiopian community. He was born in Ethiopia and came to Israel in 1991 at the age of ten with this eight brothers and sisters during Operation Shlomo. After high school, Amare attended a pre-military leadership program (mechina) before serving in the Israel Defense Forces. He served in a paratroopers and combat unit and rose through the military ranks becoming a Deputy Company Commander.
After his military service, Amare worked as an Informal Educator at Yemin Orde where he provided guidance and support to a group of teens from Ethiopia and Sudan.
Today, Amare oversees the important programs and activities for the Village’s Ethiopian children. This includes building and maintaining communications with families, ensuring a positive experience for the child at Yemin Orde and providing a positive role model and steady friendship for the at-risk teens. Amare and his wife, Shira, have three children: Noam, Moriah and Temezgen.
Director, Informal Education
Amit Treister is Yemin Orde’s Director of Informal Education. Informal Educators are important adult role models for the Village’s at-risk youth. They serve as counselors and provide guidance and daily emotional support throughout a teen's years at Yemin Orde.
For more than 20 years, Amit has served in a wide range of educational management positions overseeing learning opportunities for Israel’s immigrant student population.
His areas of expertise include management of multi-professional teams, management and budget control and working with Israeli government agencies on behalf of the Village. He has also served on professional education management committees, including committees of the Israeli Knesset.
His professional experience includes working for the Jewish Agency’s Office of Immigration (2006-2012), Program Developer-The Center for Educational Technology (2004-2006); Tel Aviv District Manager, the Administration Office for Immigrant Students (2004-2000), Educator (2000-2001); and other educational management positions that serve immigrant youth.
Amit has a B.A. in Education and Philosophy from Bar Ilan University, and received his MA in education as well as his teaching certificate from Bar Ilan. He earned a secondary MA in Public Policy and Administration from Hebrew University.