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Negba’s team consists of passionate and dedicated professionals, experts in their respective fields, who are fully focused on meeting the needs of the children in Negba's care. The team works closely together in the shared goal of helping Israel's children at-risk reach their potential.

Negba’s Senior Staff

Hannah Geissmann, CEO and Director

As CEO of Negba since 2009, Hannah is directly responsible for the development of programs and new ventures with the local authorities and for overall programs operation and supervision. Hannah draws on a 30 year career in both formal and informal education, in Israel and France. Raised in Israel, Hannah spent many years living in Paris, where the Geissmann home was renowned. Local boys and girls were trained for their Bar and Bat Mitzvot there and Jewish visitors to Paris were welcomed for Shabbat meals. As Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language Principal of the Rambam School, Hannah developed curricula, taught, recruited, trained and managed a staff of over 20 teachers.

When the time came for her sons to join the army, Hannah returned to Israel with her family and worked for project Naaleh in Kfar Pines, where she was responsible for preparing students for successful completion of matriculation exams in a variety of subjects. Concurrently, Hannah also worked for the Foundation for Commemoration of the Holocaust in France, coordinating the committee’s processing of applications to fund educational projects. Hannah has also worked for “MeBreishit,” a Jewish study program for worldwide youth & parents, where she edited the material for the French audience and ensured its distribution in France. Hannah holds several degrees in education and has extensive background in integrating educational objectives among parents, children and teachers, serving her well in her position at Negba. For Hannah, her work in Negba is the realization of a long term aspiration to use the knowledge and skills she earned in her extensive work abroad, towards the goal of advancing education and improving society in Israel.

Eyal Peretz, Program and Human Resources Director

Eyal joined Negba in 2007 as a counselor, and advanced rapidly to his present position of Program and Human Resources Director. Eyal directs and supervises the work of the National Service volunteers and is also responsible for creating and executing educational content throughout the Beersheva branch of the organization. Eyal plans and organizes the daily activities as well as the extracurricular activities. Eyal also recruits and assists in staff management for the Beersheva Houses of Hope. Eyal resides in Beersheva with his wife and children.

Haim Feingold, Director of Negba Hadracha Training Initiative for Welfare Boarding Schools

Haim joined the Negba team in 2012 to head up Negba's Training Initiative aimed at assisting the staff at some of Israel's harshest welfare boarding schools for youth at-risk. Haim possesses over 35 years of experience treating children in non-normative domestic frameworks, having served as CEO of the leading Orr Shalom organization, an institution treating over 1,300 at-risk youth annually.

Albert Cohen, Social Worker

Albert earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Social Work from Ben Gurion University. Albert is currently the social worker responsible for four Houses of Hope in Beersheva and is responsible for coordinating all volunteer activity. Albert also facilitates Negba’s parenting groups, and mentors students of social work in their practicums. Albert lives in Beersheva with his wife and child.

Avia Abitbul, Social Worker

Born and raised in Beersheva’s Vav neighborhood, Avia served as National Service Volunteer at Negba for two years and then as a counselor before leaving to earn a degree in Social Work from Ben Gurion University. She rejoined Negba in 2017 and serves as social worker at two Negba after-school Homes for children in Beersheva where she provides guidance and counseling, oversees programming and workshops for the children’s parents, and liaises with municipal authorities.

Ary Brami, Information Manager

Ary was born and raised in Paris, France, where he graduated with an M.S. in biology from the University of Paris. Ary retrained as a computer specialist and worked as a business coach for five years. In 2005, Ary made Aliyah, and settled near Beersheva. An idealist, Ary worked for four years on a project to encourage young academics to make Aliyah, until he joined Negba in 2010. Ary heads up the IT department at Negba, working closely with staff, students and volunteers.