Adi Maoz / Executive Director
Adi holds a master’s degree in intercultural conflict management and a certificate as an organizational consultant. She has been actively engaged in civil society organizations in Israel for over 20 years. She has participated in bi-national and cross-border initiatives and organizations as well as political education to address injustice, racism and the occupation. She joined KLO in September 2018.
“I think this place is one of the most amazing organizations I’ve seen in Israel, mainly because it’s so connected at the grassroots level to the people who need help the most. KLO is relevant, it is needed, and its achievements are incredible at all levels.”
Adv. Michal Tadjer / Manager of Legal Department
Michal holds an MA from the School of Philosophy and a Law Degree (LLB) from the Law School at Tel Aviv University. As lead advocate at KLO, Michal directs the organization’s legal work to protect workers’ rights. Prominent High Court Cases she has led in recent years include repeal of the Deposit Law for refugees and asylum seekers, reform of the pension and sick leave funds for Palestinian workers from the West Bank and the contributed to civil society and government efforts to address labor trafficking in Israel.
“I fell in love with the work at Kav LaOved during my time as a volunteer here, over a decade ago. I seem to have fallen in love with this plan within a minute—with the tangible, accessible support that is KLO. I’m still in love. I’m proud of all our dozens of volunteers and our staff who work hard to give workers not just the salary and benefits they deserve, but also their self-respect.”
Adv. Aelad Cahana / Legal Department
Aelad holds a law degree and general studies BA from Hebrew University. Prior to joining KLO, he worked as a clinical instructor and lawyer at the refugee rights legal clinic at Tel Aviv University and as an advocate for the Center for Defense of the Individual. He began working at Kav LaOved in January 2020, focusing on principle level legal work to promote policy change.
“Working here gives me the opportunity to help all kinds of people. I believe that everyone should have their basic rights respected, that’s why KLO is so important.”
Abed Dari / Field Coordinator, Palestinian Workers Department
Abed holds a BA in sociology and social work from Bethlehem University and an MA in sociology and human development from Beir Zeit University. Before joining KLO in 2011, he worked for over 14 years as staff coordinator at Beit Hanina Association to promote community organizing in East Jerusalem. When he started working at KLO in Tel Aviv, he planned to stay three months, but after learning more about the work, he loved it and decided to stay.
“It’s similar to other jobs I’ve held, which focus on helping people. However, even though it’s farther away from home and the workload is demanding, I prefer KLO because I feel really satisfied with myself and my work here.“
Arafat Amro / Fieldworker, Palestinian Workers Department
Arafat is dedicated to protecting the labor rights of Palestinians working in Israel. He was employed at the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Labor for 13 years prior to joining KLO in 2006 as a field worker. He also volunteers with several charitable organizations, including labor unions and charitable organizations working in the field of human rights, cancer treatment and supporting those with autism.
“I have dedicated myself to defending the rights of Palestinian workers who are among the most neglected and exploited within Israel. I feel a sense of pride and happiness in my work at KLO because we ensure that these workers are given the highest quality of services to help them attain their rights.”
Diana Baron / Research & Public Policy Manager and Spokeswoman
Diana holds a bachelor’s degree in law and international relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in labor law and human rights from University College London. She worked as a labor law lawyer in the private sector as well as with the International Labor Organization in Geneva. Recently, Diana worked as Head of Education Rights in the Rights’ Advocacy and Government Relations Department at ALUT, the Israeli Society for Children and Adults with Autism. She has volunteered with the Public Policy and Research Department at Kav LaOved. She is also an independent filmmaker and writer! Her first book, “The Facility,” was recently published by Pardes Publishing.
When asked about joining the team at KLO, she said “In my opinion, Kav LaOved sets the moral standard that decision-makers should strive for when regulating the employment of marginalized workers. I dreamed of working for the organization for many years and, as a volunteer, I was privileged to take part in writing reports KLO published on occupational health and labor rights’ enforcement. Wearing my new hat as the Manager of KLO’s Public Policy and Research Department, I plan to harness my experience and skills to support the organization’s collective efforts to create a respectful, fair and sustainable world of work.”
Sara Van Gunst / Manager of Resource Development
Sara holds an MA in Russian Studies from Indiana University and an MA degree in social work from Columbia University. Prior to joining KLO, she worked in the fields of international development and clinical social work. She moved to Israel from New York City in 2018 and has worked at KLO since 2019.
“I really appreciate the range of issues KLO works on and the diversity of people working here. I think it’s really unique. Although it’s a small organization, KLO makes a big difference in the lives of many different people here in Israel and I’m proud to be part of that.”
Iris Bar / Coordinator of the Haifa Branch
Iris holds an MA in anthropology from the University of Haifa. Prior to joining KLO in 2008, she was engaged in community organizing and activism in Haifa and worked for a brief period in accounting. She currently manages the Haifa office, overseeing KLO programs to support Israelis and caregivers.
“I like KLO because I feel that I really help people. It’s quite hard to make major policy changes to improve the protection of people’s rights, but at least I can ensure that workers get the rights they deserve on the basis of the laws currently in place. So, while it takes time to change the “big things,” I can at least help people with the “small things” and make a difference.”
Adv. Khaled Dukhi / Manager of Palestinian Workers Department
Khaled earned an MA in Law at the University of Sassari in Sardegna Italy. After working as a judge’s assistant in Beer Sheva and then at a private law firm, he felt drawn to use his law degree to help others and applied for a job at KLO in 2000. During the job interview he learned there was a shortage of volunteers that day, so stayed to help out. He loved it, and never looked back.
“The work is always interesting and it’s really important for me to see that my work has meaning and positively impacts others. I like to feel I’m making a difference.”
Adv. Meytal Russo / Legal Department
Meytal holds a law degree from the Academic Center for Law and Business. She joined KLO in 2018 to manage the caregiver program. Prior this, she worked at non-profit organizations and private law firms on issues related to immigration law and human rights of marginalized communities, including refugees and Palestinians.
“For the first time in my work experience I can really see that I’m making a difference for people. KLO is on the frontlines of assistance to migrant caregivers—they come to us for help with labor rights, but really this is door they enter to get support for so much more. Their situation is delicate and complex, and they face a dizzying array of bureaucratic hurdles on a regular basis. We empower them to advocate for themselves and affirm their humanity.”
Michael Afowerki / Fieldworker and Translator – Refugees and Asylum Seekers dept.
Michael came to Israel in 2010 as a refugee from Eritrea. He began volunteering in KLO four years later and saw the importance of the organization’s work to benefit refugees and asylum seekers in Israel and joined the refugee team as an outreach worker in 2016. In addition to his work at KLO he also continues his love of music, born in Eritrea, where he played in a band performing on both lead and bass guitars and keyboard. He continues performing here in Israel and is also building an acting career.
“Since the time I began volunteering at KLO, I have witnessed the importance of my role in translating important information about labor rights to my community so that people can understand what they are eligible to receive and be treated fairly.”
Marina Polinovsky / Manager of Migrant Caregiver Department
Marina holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and joined Kav Laoved in 2022 as Manager of the Migrant Caregiver Department. Prior to KLO, she worked for several years in the Israeli NGO sector in positions focusing on the protection of social and economic rights.
“”I am deeply committed to social justice and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). I feel helping workers receive just compensation for their hard work is an important part of this commitment. As Deuteronomy 24:14-15 teaches us: Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise, they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.” ”
Lior Malka / Manager of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Workers dept.
Lior holds an MA in International Community Development from Hebrew University and a BA in African Studies from Ben Gurion University. Interested in KLO’s work, she came on board as an intern for four months and then transitioned to her current position in 2020.
“I feel like almost no one is turning to this vulnerable community [refugees and asylum seekers] to ensure their labor rights are protected and so KLO is an important place for them to come and get help. I’m glad to be a part of this.”
Miriam Anati / Outreach and Resource Development
Miriam holds an MA in politics and international relations from the University of Milan in Italy. Prior to working at KLO, she spent 15 years in the civil society sector promoting human rights in Western and Eastern Europe, focusing on the rights of vulnerable minorities. Miriam worked as KLO’s agriculture director before switching to outreach and development work. She speaks English, Hebrew, French and Italian.
“I feel lucky to be working at a place in Israel where the background of a person is less important than him or her receiving equal rights.”
Adv. Tamar Niv Israel / Manager of Israeli Workers dept. and Houselceaners dept.
Tamar holds a Bachelor of Laws (BLL) degree from the Ramat Gan Academic Center for the Study of Law as well as an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. Throughout her career, she has specialized in the field of women’s rights at work along with general labor rights law. After volunteering at KLO for a number of years, she joined the team in 2018.
“I’m here at KLO to do something for other people and improve the society of Israel. I’m doing something I really believe in—working here is not so easy, the organization is very small and underfunded and so it lacks the perks of other places, but it fills me with happiness to know I am making a change.”
Assia Ladizhinskaya / KLO Social media & website
Assia holds a degree in sociology and anthropology from The Hebrew University. She grew up in Jerusalem after immigrating to Israel from the former Soviet Union at the age of three. Life in Jerusalem exposed her to the occupation and its consequences on a daily basis in the city streets. Her experience as a researcher for TV documentaries led her to work as a writer in civil society organization and she joined KLO in this capacity in 2018, as a staff member and a volunteer. She began managing of KLO’s new media work in 2021 where she uses her skills to share the stories of those who are marginalized.
“When I worked in television, I was exposed to injustice on a daily basis, and I tried to make the voice of the voiceless heard, at least on the screen. At KLO, I can do the same using social media and am inspired by the beautiful souls working side by side with me.”
Ran Vilner / CPA – Financial Manager
Ran Vilner (Accountant). Ran holds a CPA license and holds an MBA from Ono Academic College and an MA in law from Bar Ilan University. Prior to working at Kav LaOved he spent 35 years working as a finance director in the private sector.
Eva Abraham / Administrative Manager
Eva holds a master’s degree in math from Rostov University in the Russian Federation. Prior to immigrating to Israel, she worked as a chief economist with the State Department of Statistics. She immigrated to Israel in 1991 and, after completing training in accounting, worked in a nonprofit that supports older persons in Rehovot. She joined KLO as office manager in 2018 after two years volunteering in the caregiver program.
“It’s important to me that we at KLO support workers and protect their rights. I know how hard it is for vulnerable workers—I saw it in my job as an accountant helping older persons.”
Karin Koretsky / Reception Assistant
Karin joined KLO for the first time as a civic service volunteer where she gained experience handling individual cases, accompanying volunteers and assisting with legal work. She then came on board in her current position in 2020 in which she supports the ongoing work of the department and translates for Russian-speaking caregivers.
“When a worker sits down in front of me, she always starts with the overall situation regarding her work problems- unpaid money, illegal dismissals, harsh working conditions etc. Then, slowly, this top layer, which is important, but covers the person’s whole story, is peeled away and other issues start to come up. These issues stay with me.”
Adv. Orit Ronen / Manager of Agriculture Workers Department
Orit holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the College of Management and a law degree from the Ramat Gan Academic Center. Previously, she worked as a lawyer specializing in immigration and refugee law and also as a producer of films and documentaries.
She joined KLO as a staff member in 2021, assuming the role of Manager in the Migrant Agricultural Workers program after a long history of supporting the organization. She began volunteering at KLO in 2007 to support Israeli workers and later moved to supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Orit has been a board member at KLO and also sits on the board of ASSAF (Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel).
“I started volunteering at Kav LaOved as soon as I graduated from law school in order to help the most vulnerable workers in Israel – those who get up every morning for work, want to earn a decent living with dignity, but who end up being taken advantage of by their employers and the authorities. Today, as Manager of the Migrant Agricultural Worker Program, it’s still hard for me to really take in the reality [of these workers] I’m witnessing day in and day out.”