Our Volunteers

Laura Lee Burch

Dolls & Sewing instractor

" I’ve been creating my whole life, it’s a lifestyle for me. I’m from a small town in Indiana, U.S.A., I now live in Jaffa, Israel with my three daughters and my husband. 

My art is an expression of a positive place that I choose to be; I express myself through art. 

As much about visually and tactilely entertaining the viewer, I aim to achieve realism and sometimes humor and I want the viewer to be delighted, sometimes informed or made to think about an issue as they experience my art. I try to help people and animals through my artistic endeavors by raising and donating money from the sales of my art . I have been teaching the women of Kuchinate in Tel Aviv how to make dolls and other sewn products to sell, to support themselves." 

Nellie Van Den Bos

Nellie began volunteering with Kuchinate in Development in June 2018. She supports the Director of Development wherever needed and as a Dutch citizen, she focuses on bringing in Dutch/European donors.

Nellie is a PhD-student in Occupational Therapy at the University of Haifa, where she conducts international research into the handwriting skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Artal Rylski

Artal is the Coordinator for the Children’s Center. She is an Occupational Therapist with 30 years of experience in treating and managing services in the special education system.
"Becoming a pensioner allowed me to give my time and expertise to the asylum
seeker community. My time here at Kuchinate is the most significant time of my

Sharon Cohen Tischler

Sharon is an Occupational Therapist specializing in neurological rehabilitation.
“I arrived here during my studies for a master’s degree in Social Change and have
not left. The time I spend supporting, teaching and empowering the women of
Kuchinate is the highlight of my week. Hugging and dancing are the perfect way to
bring joy into each other’s lives, and it reminds me of my African origins”.

Ayşe Hatunoglu Macchia

Ayse is from Turkey. She moved to Israel with her husband and 2 kids, following her
husband’s diplomatic service in the Italian embassy.

She has a diploma in Business Administration and 10 years of experience in project development, illustration and event organization.

At Kuchinate, she mainly supports new product development and helps with the design and styling of the Kuchinate sales points. She also organizes independent fundraisers for Kuchinate, with international women’s clubs and diplomat groups.

Talli Sharon

Talli is a graphic designer and illustrator with over a decade of experience.

She moved to Israel from South Africa at the age of fifteen with her parents. Talli first heard of Kuchinate through Natasha Miller Gutman, and met some ladies of Kuchinate when she attended a workshop at Har Tziyon 104 to crochet baskets.

She has been working with Kuchinate on their graphic marketing efforts for close to four years now and has developed most of their brand language. Talli is honored to work for such a life-impacting organization.

Lior Hermoni Gati

Lior Hermoni is an industrial designer by training. She started volunteering with Kuchinate in 2020 and works on developing new products. She worked as a curator and director at the Saga Design Gallery in Tel Aviv, and she lives in Tel Aviv with her partner and two daughters.

'”I joined Kuchinate during the Corona period. I thought I could contribute from my experience in developing new products, building new collections and choosing materials. I discovered a group of strong, creative, and talented women with amazing abilities and a strong desire to develop and learn."

Miri Bicekova

Miri is originally from Slovakia, but now she lives in Jaffa with her husband and 2 children, where she moved 2.5 years ago due to her husband's work in diplomacy.  Before she came to Israel, Miri ran her own creative studio where she designed toys and accessories for children. 

"At Kuchinate, I have the opportunity to use my sewing skills and to work there as a sewing instructor.  I am also involved in the process of developing new products."