Our Board


SELAH Israel Crisis Management Center



Board of Directors



Chairman of the board


Professor Dan Amir - Professor Dan Amir, the chairman of SELAH Israel Crisis Management Center's board of directors, is a professor emeritus of mathematics at Tel-Aviv University. He served for four years as special dean for immigrant students, and for four years as the university rector. He was chairman of the board of the scientists committee of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry, where he was a key initiator of the Giladi and Kamea projects for immigrant scientists. He also served as chairman of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry.


Members of the board


Alex Altshuler - Alex Altshuler, a veteran SELAH volunteer, holds master's degrees in social work from both Haifa University and the Sapienza University of Rome, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Ben-Gurion University. His thesis is on the socio-psychological aspects of earthquake preparedness, and in 2010 he represented SELAH in post-earthquake Haiti, where he trained local emergency caregivers.

Ilana Ben-Shahar , M.S.W. – Ilana Ben-Shahar was the national director of social work for the Israel Ministry of Health from 1996 to 2007. She received an award of excellence for her "years of significant contributions to the public health system and for serving as a model of a social worker carrying out her job with initiative, vision and sensitivity."

Lev Elbert - Lev Elbert, Refusenik and former Prisoner of Zion in Russia, has a master's degree in construction engineering. He is the director of the Department of Construction of Power Stations for the Israel Electric Company.

Moshe Kanfi - Moshe Kanfi, an attorney, served as a diplomat in Turkey on behalf of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs for four years. He was a consultant to Stef Wertheimer for business development and project initiatives from 2006 to 2007 and the director for marketing and business development of the Elbit company. He is currently the director of the Keren Hayesod Holland office.

Boris Krasny – Boris Krasny was a Refusenik and a key activist in the struggle for Soviet Jewry who came to Israel in 1972. In the years 1985 to 1988, Mr. Krasny was the president of the Golda Meir Association. He is currently the president and CEO of Policy Political Communication Management, a leading consulting firm he founded in 1988, and has served as a strategic and political adviser to Israeli prime ministers and other key public figures.

Dr. Tova Lev-Ran - Tova Lev-Ran is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma and immigration, having earned her doctorate in the United States. She is also a licensed social worker, with degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University. She has served for many years as professional adviser to SELAH's social worker and emergency aid coordinator.

Shlomo Shapira - Shlomo Shapira served as a pilot and commander, in active and reserve service, in the Israel Air Force from 1960 to 1991. He directed marketing systems of security industries overseas (1985-2004), and served as a representative of Israel Aviation Industry in Latin America (1991-1995). He is a Bar-Ilan University graduate in Economics and International Relations.

David Sorek - David Sorek was the only member of his large family to survive the Holocaust. He came to Israel as a youth and was wounded during the War of Independence. David first went to the Soviet Union in 1957. He took part in the struggle to free Soviet Jewry and helped ease their integration and absorption in Israel. He has lectured throughout Israel about his personal story and the message of the Holocaust.

Alfredo Tor-paz - – Alfredo Tor-paz is a social worker. He served as Chairman of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) and works as a consultant to the tourism industry overseas.


Executive Director


Ruth Bar-On




SELAH Board member Moshe Porath, z.l., passed away on July 30, 2011.

His wisdom, expertise, counsel and love for human beings are greatly missed.