Luncheon with the Director General of Israel's Ministry of E...

Luncheon with the Director General of Israel's Ministry of Education, Michal Cohen

Jan 27, 2015 12:30pm

As Director General of the Ministry of Education, Michal Cohen oversees the second largest government ministry in Israel, responsible for policy and budgets of all public school streams in the country, Jewish and Arab, secular and religious. With the majority of Jewish and Arab students in Israel attending separate school streams, educational gaps between the communities persist and few opportunities exist for Jewish and Arab students to meet and learn about each other.

Join the Task Force, UJA Federation of New York and the Jewish Funders Network for for a discussion with Michal Cohen about the status of Arab public schools in Israel, why closing educational gaps is a priority for the Ministry of Education, and efforts to institute a national curriculum for shared living in Israel.

Event details:
Tuesday, January 27th at 12:30 pm
New York City
A light lunch will be served
Location details provided upon RSVP

About the Speaker

Michal Cohen
Michal Cohen was appointed Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Education in November 2013. In this scope, Mrs. Cohen manages a NIS 42 Billion (USD 12 Billion) budget and oversees approximately 160,000 workers in over 23,000 educational institutes. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Cohen was a Senior Deputy Director and Head of the Pedagogical Administration. As such, she was a primary party to policy and decision making in the management level of the office, was also in charge of all the pedagogical branches and oversaw the ministry's headquarters' preparations for the first day of school each year. Between 2008-2010, Mrs. Cohen was a Senior Deputy Director for Administration and Human Resources, responsible for the development of the organization as a whole, and individuals in particular. She was also the leader of a program to improve customer service and managed several branches, including procurement, logistics, industrial engineering, and security. Having a career of over twenty years in the Educational System, Mrs. Cohen has worked as a Director General Advisor, a Supervisor of the Jerusalem Region, a school principal, vice principal, head of class and teacher. Mrs. Cohen holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor of Education degree from The David Yellin Academic College of Education. She has also studied Personal Coaching at the CoachMe School (2005-6), Organizational Management in the University of Tel Aviv (2006-7) and Public Sector Management at the École nationale d'administration in Paris (2010). Mrs. Cohen is married to Meir and they have three sons, all currently in service of the IDF.