Prof. Marilyn P. Safir
Program Coordinator: Claudia Goodich-Avram
Resource and Development Director : Aviva Hemi Hoffman
Resource and Administrative Coordinator:Eti Ganon Elazar
Prof. Marilyn P. Safir.
Director: Prof. Marilyn P. Safir is Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa. She is the Founder and former Director (1983-1993) of the University's Women's Studies Program and was Adviser on the Status of Women to the Institution's President and Rector through 2000. She was Academic Adviser to KIDMA since its establishment in 1984, and became its director in 1996. A pioneer of the Women's Movement that began in Haifa in 1970, Professor Safir is a founder and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Israel Women's Network, and is active in a wide range of women's advocacy organizations. She served as Director of the National Commission on the Advancement of the Status of Women from 1986 to 1991 and has written numerous books and articles on the status of women in Israel. The American Psychological Association awarded her a citation as Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology in 1992. In 1998, Professor Safir received an award in Rochester, New York: “100 Heroines of the World” in recognition of her life’s work dedicated to the advancement of women. In July 2002, Prof. Safir gave the Keynote Opening Speech at the 8th International Interdisciplinary Women’s World Congress, held in Kampala, Uganda. She also took part in a Fulbright conference in Istanbul, Turkey on, “Bridging the Gap” and ‘Academia and Public Policy.” Prof. Safir was the first recipient of the Florence Denmark and Gori Gundvalt Prize for Research in Gender and Women, awarded by the International Council of Psychology in June 2003 (in Toronto, Canada). Prof. Marilyn Safir retired this year from the Psychology Department yet continues to head KIDMA.
Claudia Goodich-Avram, is the program director of KIDMA. She has a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology where she completed her thesis on gender related issues. Ms. Goodich-Avram is an active member of several social organizations including the Mayor’s Council on Women of Haifa's Municipality. She is an experienced lecturer, has taught courses on gender and regularly lectures for KIDMA. Claudia has been with KIDMA since 2000
Ms. Goodich-Avram has an M.A. in Sociology with a focus on women's issues and women in the media. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Sociology focusing on women in politics. Ms. Goodich-Avram is an experienced lecturer in the field of women's studies. She is an active member of several social organizations including the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women.
Aviva Hemi Hoffman
Aviva Hemi Hoffman is the Resource and Development Director of KIDMA. She has an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Haifa. Over the years, she has taught classes in Introductory and Developmental Psychology. She has been running workshops on various topics, such as: The Status of Women, The Psychology of Women, The Development of Gender Identity, Assertiveness Training, Leadership Training and more, in KIDMA and elsewhere for nearly twenty years. In her clinical experience, Aviva has worked with abused children and abusive families. In addition, she has volunteered in the Scouts Movement and was also Head of the Scouts in Haifa.
Eti Ganon Elazar
Eti Ganon Elazar is the Administrative Coordinator of kidma. She has a B.A in psychology, and is currently studying towards her M.A. in psycho-biology at the University of Haifa. Eti volunteered as a counselor in the CISV youth movement, which encourages youth towards international tolerance; within that youth movement, Eti participated in several international summer camps as a counselor.