OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RE'UVEN

GAL

A doctor in psychology with a degree from UC Berkeley, Re’uven has served as Chief Psychologist of the Israel Defense Force and as the Director of Israel's National Service. At present, he is a Senior Research Colleague at the Shmuel Ne’eman Institute for National Policy. He is also the author of five books dealing with his areas of expertise.

GERSHOM

MATE

Gershom was born in Moreh, Manipur, and settled in Israel, in the city of Acre, in 2014. In 2016 he launched a career there as a professional event photographer, and two years later he opened a photography shop, the Akhim Menashe Studio. Gershom is the first member of the B’nei Menashe community in Israel to own and operate his own business. 

SHMUEL BOITLUNG

Shmuel moved to Israel with his family in 2003. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Jordan Valley Academic College. He serves in the Israel Air Force as the commander of an F-35 stealth fighter electrical support team. Shmuel currently lives in the town of Dimona in the Negev.

ELKHANAN

FANAI

Born in Mizoram came to Israel as a young man in 2007. After three years of army service in an infantry unity, he worked in factories in the northern town of Ma’alot, as a protection officer in the Knesset in Jerusalem, and as a counselor for new B’nei Menashe immigrants in the Kfar Hasidim absorption center. In 2019, he settled in Afula, in the Valley of Jezreel, where he worked with B’nei Menashe youngsters in the Youth Division of the municipality. In 2020 he was appointed Community Coordinator for the B’nei Menashe
population of the city.

SABRA

MINKUS

Sabra lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Bradley University in Illinois and Emory University in Atlanta. She has served in many roles, such as Executive VP of Transilwrap Company and as Secretary of the Holocaust Education Foundation Northwestern University. She is currently the President of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico.

BAT-EL

RENTLY

Bat-El was born in Mizoram in 1990 and came to Israel with her family in 2006. After finishing high school, she did a year of National Service and went on to study for a B.A. degree in health systems management from Max Stern College in the Valley of Jezreel. Now a resident of the town of Bet-El, where she lives with her husband, she works in a day care center and is enrolled in an M.A. program in early childhood education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

HILLEL

HALKIN

Hillel is a writer and literary translator. Born and raised in New York City, he has lived in Israel since 1970. He is the author of Across the Sabbath River (2002), an account of his travels in Mizoram and Manipur and research into the origins of the B’nei Menashe. He is currently the Director of the B’nei Menashe Oral History Project.

YOSSI

DAHAN

Yossi Dahan was born in Israel in 1953. He did his military service in the air force, and received a B.A, in business administration from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. from Scotland’s Herriot-Watt University He has worked since 1977 for Israel’s national airline El Al, in which he has served in high executive positions in the human resource and financial management departments. Today he heads the airline’s retirement branch, which has been under his direction since 2013, and sits on the board of directors of its Pension Fund. His interest in the B’nei Menashe came about as a result of his friendship with Yitzhak Thangjom, Degel Menashe’s project manager. “It’s through Yitzhak and his wife Jessica,” Yossi says, “that I’ve come to know the B’nei Menashe and their story. They’re wonderful people and it’s an honor to be on the board of an organization that is trying so hard to help them.”

Our Project Director

YITZHAK 

THANGJOM

Isaac is Degel Menashe’s Project Director. He was born in 1968 in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, where his parents helped found the Jewish community. He attended Osmania University and made his Aliyah to Israel in 1998. Yitzhak is the chief researcher and interviewer for Degel Menashe’s Oral History Project.

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Isaac Thangjom, Project Director

degelmenashe@gmail.com

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