Our Clergy and Staff


Rabbi Alona Nir Keren

Alona Nir Keren was ordained as a Rabbi at Hebrew Union College in 2016. During the first two years of her work, she served as a rabbi in the YOZMA community in Modiin. During the last twenty years, she has been involved in informal Jewish education for young Israelis and for Jewish youth from the Diaspora. Alona served twice as a Jewish Agency emissary - for the first time to the Metrowest Federation in New Jersey and for the second time to the headquarters of the Reform Movement of North America, based in New York. Alona has a BA in International Relations and an MA in Research, Settlement and Conflict Management, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alona lives in Mevasseret Zion with her partner Yael and their children Ori and Itamar.


Michal Sabel Darel, Community Coordinator

Michal has joined Kamatz after taking early retirement in 2017 from Israel's State Attorney's office where she has worked for over 20 years as a prosecutor of White Collar Crime. She has an LLB from the Hebrew University and an LLM in Commercial Law from the Joint program of the Hebrew University and Georgetown University Law Center.  As a daughter of an Israeli Diplomat, she spent some of her childhood abroad and is a graduate of the Charles E Smith Jewish Day School of Greater Washington DC. Michal has been very active in the Parents' Associations of her childrens’ schools over the years and was head of the Parents' Association at Israel's Science and Arts Academy.  She lives in Mevasseret Zion with her husband, Arnon Darel, and her children: Dana, Omer and Tamar, all of whom have had their Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Kamatz.


Rabbi Maya Leibovich


Rabbi Leibovich is the first Israeli born female rabbi ordained by Hebrew Union College. She brings to the congregation her values including: a love of Jewish heritage, spirituality, text study, a love of the land of Israel, Israeli poetry and literature, and involvement in social and intellectual topics. Rabbi Maya is married to Menachem, the Deputy Chair of Keren Kayemet l'Israel and is mother to Yitzchak, Gilad, Avishag and Yiftach.


פעילות הקהילה מתקיימת בתמיכת הסוכנות היהודית לא"י, המגבית היהודית מטרו-וסט, התנועה ליהדות מתקדמת בישראל, WRJ , האיגוד העולמי ליהדות מתקדמת ותורמים פרטיים.