Ranash (Ran Menashe)
Ranash (Ran Menashe) is 36 years old. He was born and raised in Ra'anana to a secular-Karaite Jewish family and currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel. After his army service he spent a year studying at Ein Prat the Midrasha, and had the privilege of joining the staff of the Midrasha a year later, as a facilitator for the students. Inspired by this role, Ranash then went on to develop professionally as a facilitator and educator, working with students in programs such as Gesher and Masa Yisraeli, to explore and develop Jewish and Israeli identities. Ranash also spent a semester at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, which included an internship in Chicago, and participated in a two months summer program at Yeshivat Hadar in New York. On 2014 Ranash founded with four partners the program, Elul Bashvil, a four week break from the normal course of life's routines in order to stop for personal contemplation and deep self-reflection, alongside Israel's amazing landscapes.
Ranash also took part in two seminars for Palestinians and Jewish Israelis. The issue became important to Ranash during his academic studies, when he realized that although he was learning side by side with students from the Arab sector, there was little to no point of contact between them and no programs that promoted significant connection between the groups. This struck Ranash as unfortunate, as he sees the university as a period of time and a window of opportunity when people are at their most fertile and open-minded. For this reason, over the course of the past years Ranash , together with a partner, have piloted a 3-days retreat in the desert called ''Masa Hevrati'', cooperating with The David Yellin Academic College of Education, the program brings together students from different sectors, Arab and Jews, in a deep and personal way, going beyond walls into new spaces that have the potential to fertilize and refresh the personal, human encounter. This year the program is spreading to other universities.