Meet Our Board

Sandra Weil, Board Member & Chair

Sandra moved to Tel Aviv from Stockholm, Sweden in 1997 to study in the Multi-Disciplinary Arts Program at Tel Aviv University. For the past few years, she has been working as a curator and cultural producer. She has been a curator and co-curator for many art exhibitions at different art institutions, galleries and museums located in both Israel and Sweden. In addition, Sandra has introduced the contemporary cultural scene of Tel Aviv to a number of Swedish museums, theaters, music scenes, television shows, radio stations, and private groups. Sandra is currently one of Kuchinate’s board members, as well as a board member for the following NPOs: Batsheva Dance Company, Oleh! Records Israel’s Music Export, and MARCEL art projects.

Michal Zimry, Board Member

Michal is a social worker and family therapist. She has her BA in Deaf Education and her MA in Educational Counseling. Michal has had many years of experience in counseling parents, educators, social workers and care workers. Since 2009, she has been working and volunteering with asylum seekers, including managing a shelter for mothers and children, establishing and managing an educational-therapeutic children’s club and caring for refugee families who are in need of education and financial assistance.

Anat Kliger, Board Member

Anat Kliger is an Israeli business consultant who specialized in business consulting for third sector organizations and social businesses. In her previous capacity, Kliger was supervising law students at the Clinical Law Program of the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, focusing mainly on micro and social business within the refugee and asylum seekers community in Israel. Prior to that, she held several marketing and sales positions within IBM Israel. Today, Kliger is working on a new ground-breaking database for Israel’s philanthropy at the Institute for Law and Philanthropy, Tel Aviv University. Kliger holds an MA in Sociology from Tel Aviv University, specializing in the NGO sector, and a BA in Sociology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Kliger lives in Herzliya with her husband Ophir Herbst and their four children.

Rachel Gutman

November 12, 2019

Rachel Gutman is the managing director at the Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers, an umbrella organization dedicated to coordinating efforts and raising awareness about the African asylum-seeking communities in Israel, and involving donors, volunteers, and communities in seeking an improvement to this issue. Raised in the U.S and Israel, Rachel studied English Literature and Anthropology at  the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to pursue a degree in teaching from the University of San Francisco.  She taught Social Studies and Language Arts in San Francisco public schools as well as at Upward Bound, a college preparatory program for inner-city youth. She returned to Israel in 2002 and has worked in the sphere of writing and fundraising, most recently as director of development at Unitaf, an organization dedicated to providing daycare and social services to the children of refugees and migrants in Tel-Aviv.  Rachel lives in Tel-Aviv with her husband and three daughters.

Natasha Miller Gutman, Co-Founder

Natasha co-founded Kuchinate with Diddy in 2010. Natasha is also the owner, head instructor, and resident Art Therapist at Tel Aviv Art Studio (www.telavivartstudio.com). She has a passion for art, teaching, and helping others. This passion has pushed her to work with various communities, including underprivileged children and teenagers at risk in South Africa, as well as survivors of gender-based violence in Haiti. Natasha studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town and later received a post-graduate certificate in Education for Art and Life Orientation. In addition, Natasha received her MA in Art Therapy from Haifa University.

Kedest Gebrewold, Board Member

Kedest made aliyah from Eritrea in 1997 and lives in Rishon Letzion with her husband and three children.

She has a degree in education. For nearly 13 years she worked as a teacher, coordinator of projects and a community mediator in the Ethiopian community.

She worked for roughly a year as a project coordinator at Kuchinate, and for the past two years has been working for the UNHCR Refugee Community Relations Department.

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