Yael is a 13th generation Jerusalemite, who is inspired by her love for the city and the pluralistic household in which she grew up, a home where Shabbat went hand in hand with joining Christian friends for Christmas. Yael continued to create for herself opportunities for cultural encounters. Her weekly dates with Soumaya from East Jerusalem are an opportunity to practice her Arabic, but mainly to break down conceptual barriers between the two different halves of the city. Her M.A. in public policy was a tool through which to examine common perceptions about the service of ultra-Orthodox men in the IDF. Yael also chose a professional path expressive of this pluralism, by creating platforms for bridging commuities in Israel with World Jewry and encouraging a pluralistic discourse; as a speechwriter for President Rivlin; an Israel Fellow at the University of Maryland; and as the assistant to the CEO of the Jewish Agency. Today, as director of programs at New Spirit, Yael is managing a team dedicated to developing professional and cultural opportunities for young adults in Jerusalem in the fields of design, government, and hi-tech. Her dedication to the city goes beyond her paid job and she is constantly creating initiatives for young adults. She was a founding member of Fuckup Nights Jerusalem; created 30ish, a platform for social and cultural events for young adults in Jerusalem; and established the Political Salon in Jerusalem, all serving as social networks for young professionals in the city.