Merav Ben-Nun was born in Berkeley, California to Israeli Parents. Most of her life was spent shuttling between the two countries and feeling comfortable in both cultures. She lived in Jerusalem, New York and Haifa among other cities. After completing her army service where she served as an officer in the educational corps, she received her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s and a Ph.D. in international education from New York University. Today, she is back in Haifa with her husband and three children, teaching and mentoring teachers, and working as head of Hand in Hand's community department, whose purpose is to cultivate and organize shared Jewish-Arab communities around the bilingual schools initiated by Hand in Hand. Merav is an expert in the field of peace education, civil society and third sector management, dialogue, and theory, training and evaluation both in academia and in the field. She has spent time researching and creating opportunities for relationship building in conflicted societies, in Belfast and Israel.
In Haifa and other locations, the struggle to establish integrated schools and the building of a shared society defies many of the separations and barriers that are inherent in Israel’s existence. Morally, Merav believes in the tremendous urgency to advance a more just, equal and shared Israeli society. In Haifa, this has demanded leading a public campaign, working with municipality and ministry of education officials, and other supporting civil society organizations. Merav is also one of the leaders of a group of intellectuals and political activists, calling for Jewish-Arab political cooperation, that reflects the actual shared society that exists, and is not part of the political conversation yet.