Executive Board

The Executive Board was established to manage The Center’s affairs. At least half of its members must be residents of Israel.

 

Members of the Board are authorised to prepare the annual budget and various financial statements; arrange the employment agreements; appoint members of the Board of Trustees and choose the CEO.

The unveiling ceremony- Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center
Prof. Efraim Sadka
Professor Efraim Sadka - Chairman of the Executive Board

 

Sadka, born in 1946 in Basra, Iraq, made aliya with his family in 1951. He completed his BA in Economics and Statistics, graduating from Tel University in 1970; in 1974, he received his Ph.D.  in Economics from MIT, and since 1975 he is with the Department of Economics of Tel Aviv University . During his career at the University, he held the positions of chairman of the Department of Economics and acting dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Sadka  served as President of The Israeli Economic Association (2006-2008). He published more than 100 scientific articles and more than 10 books. He managed to combine a successful business career alongside his all-time prolific academic career. He served, among others, as chairman of the board of directors of the construction and real estate conglomerate, Housing and construction Holdings, Inc. (1989-2005); chairman of the board of directors of K.G.M. Pension Fund (1996-2000); and board member of Bank Leumi (2006-2015). He is currently serving on the board of directors of various corporations (Paz, Ravad, etc.). Throughout his academic and business  career, he always volunteered to serve on numerous public and professional committees in the areas of taxation, pension, social security, corporate governance, etc.

Eli Amir
Eli Amir

 

Amir immigrated as a youth to Israel in 1950.  He grew up and was educated at Kibbutz  Mishmar HaEmek.  Later he worked in the Prime Minister’s Office and served amongst other things as head assistant to the prime minister’s advisor on Arab affairs and consultant on East Jerusalem.  Amir also held the positions of deputy director general and director general of the Aliyah Office. As the manager of the Sephardic Federation in the United States, he established a bureau for yordim (ex-pats). He was chosen as the director general of the Youth Aliya Department of the Jewish Agency and was responsible for the absorption of Ethiopian and Russian Jews. Amir is the author of books that deal with the crisis of absorption and culture between east and west. Several of his books have been translated into many languages and received awards in Israel, and abroad. Two of his books, The Dove Flyer (in English: Farewell Baghdad) and  Scapegoat were made into movies. Eli was awarded the Yakir Yerushalayim Prize, the Yigal Alon Award for outstanding service to society.  He has been a guest lecturer at universities and was radio columnist with Geula Cohen. An activist for peace and improvement in society, he is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Weizmann Institute, Ben Gurion University, and Tel Aviv University.

Eli Amir
Eli Amir

 

Amir immigrated as a youth to Israel in 1950.  He grew up and was educated at Kibbutz  Mishmar HaEmek.  Later he worked in the Prime Minister’s Office and served amongst other things as head assistant to the prime minister’s advisor on Arab affairs and consultant on East Jerusalem.  Amir also held the positions of deputy director general and director general of the Aliyah Office. As the manager of the Sephardic Federation in the United States, he established a bureau for yordim (ex-pats). He was chosen as the director general of the Youth Aliya Department of the Jewish Agency and was responsible for the absorption of Ethiopian and Russian Jews. Amir is the author of books that deal with the crisis of absorption and culture between east and west. Several of his books have been translated into many languages and received awards in Israel, and abroad. Two of his books, The Dove Flyer (in English: Farewell Baghdad) and  Scapegoat were made into movies. Eli was awarded the Yakir Yerushalayim Prize, the Yigal Alon Award for outstanding service to society.  He has been a guest lecturer at universities and was radio columnist with Geula Cohen. An activist for peace and improvement in society, he is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Weizmann Institute, Ben Gurion University, and Tel Aviv University.

Itzhak Barzilay
Itzhak Barzilay

I was born in Baghdad – Iraq in June 1939

I am married to Neta and have three children 

I immigrated March 51 to Israel. I grew up and was educated in Kibutz Givat Hashlosha. 

I have joined the army and served in the famous unit 8200.   

I served 38 years in the P.M office of which I spent 18 years in Europe as well Middle Eastern countries. 

I became a head of 3 departments. The last one, was the head of the Foreign Relations Department in a rank equivalent to that of Major General.

Having retired, I became a consultant to the Defense Minister for 7 years.

I have a B.A degree for Middle Eastern studies. As well as graduee of the National Defense College.

I am a member of the Israeli Artistic Society as a Painter.

Member of the administration board of ISRAEL INTELLIGENCE COMMEMRATION CENTER.   

Mosheh Ben Atar
Mosheh Ben Atar

 

Born in Jerusalem, a son of Iraqi born parents.

My father Haim was born in Baghdad, my mother was from Nasiriya and a daughter of the Zilka family.

I am married to Orna, director of The National Lottery Cluster for Sciences in the Ministry of Education that engage in science teaching, and a father of three sons, high-tech engineers.

I was a general manager of the Zionist Council of Israel of the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency; the director of the Johanna Jabotinsky Youth Village in Beer Yaakov; and the director of the Center for Education and Research in Beit Berl College.

I am a former advisor of few ministers, a publicist, an educator and a guide.

Behind me are dozens of ventures and factories established over the years, as well as membership of boards of various social bodies

My book Hamasa Le'Israel Ha'Acheret (the Journey to the other Israel) was recently published and contains a sociological and strategic analysis of the global and cultural social reality.

Tsionit Fattal-Kuperwasser
Tsionit Fattal-Kuperwasser

 

Tsionit Fattal-Kuperwasser was born in Israel (Petach Tikva) to Iraqi-born parents (originally from Baghdad). She served in various roles in the IDF's intelligence corps and was advisor on Palestinian affairs to the coordinator of the government activities, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Tsionit holds an MA in the History of the Middle East studies. She is a winner of the INS (Association to encourage the study of literature and art - founded by veterans of Iraq) award for her first novel "The Pictures on the Wall" which deals with the Jewish life in Iraq in the first half of the twentieth century. Her book, translated from Hebrew to Arabic, was the first novel written by an Israeli-born author that was published in Iraq. She maintains contact with Iraqi intellectuals and together with them promotes projects regarding literature and research.

Nora Haim-Huri
Nora Haim-Huri

 

Haim grew up in Tel Aviv and studied at Alliance High School. She served in the IDF as an education NCO at Shmonim Camp (Nahal), and after being discharged, continued to work in education. Nora holds a BA in Sociology and Criminology and also has extensive knowledge in the fields of communications, journalism, public relations, and marketing. Today, she is married and the mother of four children, and manages a finance and real estate business. She holds an MA with honours in Hebrew Literature and authored a book published by HaKibbutz HaMeuchad.

Rony Hizkiyahu
Rony Hizkiyahu

 

Mr. Hizkiyahu served as the Accountant General at the Ministry of Finance since January 2017 till October 2020.

Prior to joining the Ministry, Mr. Hizkiyahu held several managerial positions in the public and private sector.

He served as Chairman of the First International Bank, and prior to that as the Supervisor of Banks at the Bank of Israel, a position he held from 1/2007 to 12/2010.

During his tenure as Supervisor he faced many challenges spurred by the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

Mr. Hizkiyahu stated his professional career at Bank Hapoalim. After several managerial positions, he was appointed as the CEO of the Maritime Bank and then appointed as EVP and Head of the Business Division at Discount Bank. Additionally, he served as a member in several Boards of Directors.

Mr. Hizkiyahu holds a B.Sc in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Ben Gurion University.

Eytan Irani
Eytan Irani

 

Graduate of an English high school in England.
Military service in the Intelligence Corps, decoder of aerial photographs.
BA degree In Philosophy and History, Tel Aviv University.
Occupations in the field of finance and the capital market.
Together with his brother and sister, they run the family businesses (founded by Father Avraham) in the field of fashion (Factory 54, Helga, etc.) and income-producing real estate, focusing on the latter field.

Ezra Kama

 

Served in the Armored Regiment in the 7th Brigade, and still serves in the Military Court of Appeals with the rank of Colonel.

He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, holds a law degree and is licensed as a lawyer.

He worked for about twenty years in legal advice at the Ministry of Transportation and was the National Supervisor of Transportation, the Deputy Attorney General, was a judge of the magistrates court in Jerusalem, and a judge of the District Court.

Retired in 2003 as vice president but continued for another five years as an associate judge.

Ezra served as a representative of the judges in many organizations and served as chairman of many committees.

Deals with arbitration and mediation in cases referred to him by the various courts.

Books: "Seventy Shades of Homeland" - Memoirs, October 2016. The book won the Achi-Literature Association Award.

In 2015, he was awarded the Yakir Jerusalem Medal, and in the same year he received the Yakir Advocates Award in Jerusalem.

Hanna Kazzaz-Dallal
Hanna Kazzaz-Dallal

 

Kazzaz-Dallal, born in Baghdad, studied at Kibbutz Kabri and completed her matriculation certificate in Tel Aviv. She studied at the Commercial College in England and holds a BA in History.

For 35 years, Kazzaz-Dallal was involved in public service and volunteering in several foundations, including: WIZO, and the Suzanne Dellal Center. She was also the chairperson of both the Student Foundation and the Prize Committee for Achievement.

Hanna worked for El Al and the American Air Force. She also managed a commercial enterprise and was a manager at Bank Hapoalim.

Today, Kazzaz-Dallal is the treasurer of the Foundation for the Elderly in Or-Yehuda and at the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center.

Vivien Rakib
Vivien Rakib

 

Holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Vivian worked in Israel and the United States as a software engineer, now as a businesswoman and entrepreneur.

The controlling owner and director of a public company engaged in development and marketing of health products.

Since the past year, Vivian helps the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center to establish the "Lily garden" in its courtyard.

Yehuda Zadik
Kobi Zalicha

Kobi Zalicha

Kobi Zalicha was born in 1965. He is married and has a son and two daughters. His father's family originated from Basra and his mother's family originated from Baghdad. Born and raised in Ramat Gan, where he also studied at "Ohel Shem" High School. In the army and in the reserve forces he served at Unit '8200' of the Intelligence forces.

He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics from Bar-Ilan University and completed a degree as a CPA.

Kobi is one of the managing partners in the accounting firm "Lion Orlitzky & Co.", which is one of the ten largest accounting firms in Israel which is also the Israeli representative of the global accounting network 'MOORE GLOBAL'. Kobi specializes in consulting to tourism and industry companies and big non-profit organizations.

His hobbies are learning of Jewish history in general and the history of Iraqi Jews in particular.

איריס שמעונוב
Iris Shimonov