Rachel Offer, Chairperson of Sulamot
Yair Mashiach, Sulamot’s CEO
Yair has played trombone for the Tel Aviv Youth Orchestra, IDF Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and as a freelance musician. He has taught music and instructed ensembles in music centers in Holon, Netanya, Yokneam and Haifa, as well as the National Youth Orchestra and Bnei Hakibbutzim Orchestra.
Yair Mashiach managed conservatories and conducted youth orchestras in Yokneam Elite, Tirat HaCarmel, Haifa and Kfar Saba. He also conducted the National Youth Orchestra, Bnei Hakibbutzim, the Haifa Symphony and chamber orchestras in Netanya and Kfar Saba.
Yair has a BA in Musicology and a Music Teacher’s Certificate. He is authorized to direct culture institutes and conservatories and has an MA in Law. He served as Director of the Culture Department, Chairman of the Leisure Culture Society and the Sapir Society in Kfar Saba.
Since 2019 Yair Mashiach has served as CEO of Sulamot – Music for Social Change
Sulamot's Board of Directors
Anette Bollag-Rothschild, Former Chairperson of Sulamot
Co-founder and ex-chairman of Sulamot has a law degree from University of Stockholm.
After a career in insurance and reinsurance she has mostly been active with philanthropic work within the arts, music and education.
Yoel Abadi - IPO Committee and Horn Player
Yoel Abadi is both a managing member and a horn player in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has performed under the batons of renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, and many others. As a soloist in the Kaprisma Ensemble, Yoel regularly performs in concerts in Israel and abroad, and has recorded 5 albums which include some pieces written specifically for him.Yoel is a founding member of The New Israeli Ensemble and has performed in chamber concerts with Sharon Kam and Itamar Golan. As a natural horn player, Yoel has performed with Anthony Fey, Marc Vallon, Zvi Meniker, and other prominent artists in the field of early music.Amongst the festivals he participated in, are the Rolandseck Festival (Germany), Classical Winter Festival (Israel), Spring Festival of St. Petersburg, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, where he performed alongside Daniel Barenboim.Yoel Abadi studied with James Cox, and received a scholarship to study at Rice University with William VerMeulen. He has also studied natural horn at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University.For more than 10 consecutive years, Yoel was a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Yoel Abadi teaches at the Academies of Music at both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Universities, and serves as a representative of the International Horn Society in Israel.
Aharon Yaron was born and raised in Haifa. He is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and completed Psychology and Special Education courses at Tel Aviv University. He learned how to play the viola under the tutelage of Zev Steinberg and Gad Levertov. Aharon was a member of the Broadcast Authority’s Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, where he served as Assistant Principal Violist and also appeared as soloist.
Aharon Yaron joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. He is active in various chamber ensembles as well as in IPO’s KeyNote program.
Currently, Dafna is Chairperson of the Executive Committee at the Mofet Institute and Chair of the Education Committee at the Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Levinsky College. Dafna is also a member of the Hamada Directorate, a Scientific Education Promotion Association and the Director of "Youth Futures" - a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for the Advancement of Students in Israel's Social and Geographical Periphery. She is on the "Open Future" director's committee to promote children in disadvantaged populations; and on the Israeli Opera Director Administration Board.
In the recent past, Dafna was a member of the National Museum Council. She was the Culture and Community Education Director in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Director of the Central District in the Ministry of Education.
Michal Musak started learning how to play the horn at the age of 12. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem School of Arts and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and History. In 1992, with a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (which she received from 1987-97), she studied under Dale Clevenger in Chicago, where she also appeared with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
After serving in an IDF music unit with accomplished musicians, Michal served as an assistant first horn player in the Broadcast Authority’s Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (1995-2003). In 2007, she was an assistant first horn player in the Rishon Letzion Philharmonic Orchestra. Another scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation enabled her to continue her studies at Bloomington University in Indiana, USA.
Michal has played with most of the key Israeli orchestras, and is currently a member of the 21st Century Ensemble. She has appeared in festivals in Israel, Switzerland and the United States, and participated in workshops with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, under the leadership of Daniel Birnbaum. Since the 2007-08 season, she has been playing for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yehoshua Pasternak – Former Chairman of IPO and Trombone Player
Yehoshua was born in Givatayim and began his musical studies with Zvi Zori who introduced him to the trombone. Like many professional trombone players in Israel, Yehoshua also studied with Ray Parnes, who for years served as first trombone player in the orchestra. In 1966, Yehoshua toured in Holland with the Gadna Orchestra and in 1967 joined Danny Kay’s famous world tour conducted by Shalom Ronelli-Riklis. Afterwards, he served with the IDF Orchestra, conducted by Ziko Graziani. In 1972, on the same night as his discharge from the IDF, Yehoshua joined the ranks of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Lorin Maazel.
With encouragement from Zubin Mehta, Yehoshua continued his studies with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s trombone group in 1976. Yehoshua is the former Chairman of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Administration.
Avi Shoshani –Secretary General of IPO
Avi joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973 and has been the Secretary General since 1980. He is currently Artistic Consultant for the Verbier Festival and Academy which he founded in 1994, and where he was Artistic Director for the first decade. In 2019 he co-founded the Tsinandali Festival.
Avi is responsible for the logistic and artistic planning of the musical seasons of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Verbier Festival and Academy and the Tsinandali Festival. He is also charged with the organization and implementation of all aspects of their world tours (flights, hotels, fees, programmes) and special musical events. Other duties include negotiating artists’ contracts as well as recordings (actual and internet) of both the Orchestra and the Festival, local and international fundraising, and coordinating administrative and artistic liaisons. Throughout his career, Avi has established relationships with many famed artists – past and present – and has been fortunate to count them among his close friends.
Avi Shoshani holds a Master's degree from Tel Aviv University where he studied comparative literature, theatre, business administration and education.
Alex is an accountant, with majors in Economics and Accounting from Tel Aviv University . He has been the Finance Manager of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005. Prior to that he served as CFO of Ness Technologies, an IT company.
Alex is also a member of the Heichal Hatarbut (Tel-Aviv Culture Center) board and an observer in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation Board.
Current Chairperson of Sulamot's Board of Directors. Involved in philanthropy-managing the donation's department of a trust company. C.E.O of stock exchange Company. Was a manager of sales and marketing for a hotel. After giving birth to her son, worked in a law firm, managing the department of the land registry. Worked as a secretary in a school for children with C.P. (Cerebral Palsy). Born in Tel-Aviv. Served in the army. Married and left Israel to live one year in London, England, studying English and working in the Embassy of Israel. Upon returning to Israel, studied interior design.