Ran is married to Rotem and a father of four. Growing up in the quite plains of the desert around Mitze Ramon, he developed a love for clarity and simple truth, finding inner space for meaningful conversations with the people around him. Strangely, skipping first grade had a significant impact on his life, putting him in a position to have to prove himself and giving him the desire to also take up the challenge and prove that the impossible is possible. Although Ran was educated in the relgious school system, his Jewishness was shaped mainly at home, which is where he imbibed the values of being a Sephardi-style “menche.” Being Jewish meant connection to the past but focus on the present, modesty, optimism, compassion, and, above all, humor. Ran was an officer in the IDF tank corp and then spent a number of years in yehsiva before going ont to get an B.Sc. in engineering. He soon realized that this was not the direction he wanted to go and decided to focus on his three big loves: theatre, music, and education. Ran first worked with JAFI in Jewish communities abroad and then founded Poike, an educational field theatre, where he wrote, acted, and led a team of 10 actors. The main focus of Poike was to explore the basic human need for connection and understanding. Ran has the gift of being able to approach chaotic issues, simplify them, and create the appropriate language and tools for others to do so as well. He recently co-founded Latet Pe, an organization that develops programs for the prevention of the sexual abuse of children, compelled by his belief that communication can heal and create safer environments.