IDIA Founders

IDIA Founders

Tamar Naor, Founder & CEO
Former executive in the high tech and clean tech industry

“I believe in the people of our State, in good intentions and in common sense. The IDIA Method works, and we are hard at work sharing our tools with all those who are committed to living together in peace, here in Israel and with our brothers in the diaspora.”

I was born in Eilat, Israel, and grew up in Ramat Hasharon, located near Tel Aviv. My father’s family came to Israel from Poland in 1936 and I am fifth generation Israeli on my mother’s side. My typical Israeli childhood included youth movements, ballet, lots of Mediterranean water and school. I served as an officer in the IDF, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and a Master’s in Law from Bar Ilan University. As newlyweds, my spouse and I moved to Palo Alto, in Silicon Valley, when my husband began his Ph.D. work and we welcomed two sons into our family. I worked in hi-tech and made friends. And though we live secular lives, deeply connected to our ancient culture and rooted in the Labor Zionist movement ideology, in our time in the US, I experienced diverse Jewish community life, which served as a cherished, eye-opening experience.
I have held executive positions in the hi-tech and cleantech industries in the US and Israel, always in startups, realizing dreams into global companies. Being part of great teams in a world of technology and business innovation became part my identity. Israel, for me, is the ultimate “startup”, a dream that emerged from our Jewish tradition of scholarship, debating and diverse communities, and realized by brave, extraordinary people, through perseverance, endurance and faith. I have met people from all over the world, experienced a connected to diaspora Jewry and returned to Israel, in 1998, ready to continue building my life with my family. I studied at the “Kolot” Torah academy to enrich my knowledge of our ancient culture and its scriptures.

Today, through IDIA, I integrate the knowledge and optimism I acquired while working in hi-tech with Zionism, faith, and hope for a joint future in the State of Israel.

Betty Oren, Co-Founder
Teacher, mentors French Olim converts, promotes Sephardi Jewish heritage

“The whole is the containment of all opposites. IDIA includes everyone, fueling immense power to change and connect communities within Israel, and with our brothers in the diaspora.”

I was born in Paris to secular parents of Tunisian descent who had emigrated to France in the late 1940s. In my parents’ home, I was brought up upon the ethos of Zionism, universal values, love for your fellow person, a deep, emotional connection between Jews and our land and the importance of family. In 1968, following the Six Day War, my parents made Aliyah for Zionistic reasons. At the age of 17, I began a process of becoming more religious and keeping mitzvot, Jewish commandments. I spent a year doing National Service in education in Kibbutz Shaalavim, where I met my husband Elyakim. We were later married and had six children. In addition to teaching, I have worked with Ethiopian Olim, helping them acclimate to their new lives in Israel. Six years ago, we moved to the Samarian community of Kdumim; a Zionistic return to the land of our forefathers. I was the principal of the local girl’s middle school and spent two years studying at the Mimizrach Shemesh Academy, where I got to know more about eastern countries’ heritage and culture. I also teach converts and accompany them to Conversion Court. From 2016-2018, I served as an educational emissary at Jewish schools in Paris. I believe in the possibility of creating a joint society in Israel; one that respects all of its inhabitants, where the whole contains all polar opposites. Or, in short, IDIA.

Dr. Tamar Milo, Co-Founder
Managing Partner at Dorot Family Business Consultants

“A variety of communities in Israel, a sovereign State, is a right and a source of power. IDIA is the way to create a joint life from within this complexity.”

I was born and raised on Kibbutz Yavne, a religious community. As the daughter of two of the Kibbutz’s founders, who integrated Zionist pioneerism, mitzvah (Jewish commandment) keeping, and cultural liberalism, I was taught to be open to others, accept different opinions and maintain an uncompromising commitment to the State of Israel and its establishment. After serving as an officer in the IDF, I decided against returning to the Kibbutz and studied clinical psychology (Bar Ilan University) and counselling (University of Alabama, USA).
Together with my spouse, Hillel Milo, I embarked upon a journey to formulate a strong Jewish, secular, Israeli and innovative identity. I was luck to join “Kolot” for its first academic year, as well as the founding group of IDIA. I am also involved in the vibrant community life in Binyamina, where I have lived with my family for the past 30 years. I founded Dorot Family Business Consultants, a company specializing in the planning of intergenerational transitions, the training of the next generation, creating trust within families and more. I manage Dorot, lecture and write about topics related to family businesses in Israel and in Europe.

I believe that the various and diverse communities living under a single sovereignty have a right to a joint life. It also serves a source of their strength. Despite the inherent complexities involved, we must continuously search for ways to co-exist. This is why we established IDIA and why I remain involved.

Sarah Eliash, Co-Founder
Former principal & educational leader, social activist

“I view IDIA as the answer to the existential need to reach understandings and live a joint life in Israel, together with our brothers in the diaspora.”

I was born in the United States to an American-born mother and a holocaust-survivor father. My family made Aliyah when I was 8 months old and I spent my childhood in Kfar Pines, a national-religious community. My parents espoused a love for the land and a love for the Torah and mitzvot, as well as a sense that the establishment of the State of Israel was a miracle. This sense continues to accompany to this day. I studied chemistry and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the years following the Six Fay War and joined the Movement for Greater Israel. I married Achiya in 1971, a senior doctor, and together we moved to Elon Moreh-Kdumim in Samaria in 1976, realizing our Zionist ideology. I established and ran the local elementary school and later the Lehava girls’ high school, which currently has 1,0000 students. This took place over nearly 30 years and while raising 10 sons and daughters (and now tens of grandchildren). Today, I lecture and oversee courses in innovative pedagogy at Orot Israel College in Elkana. My public involvement led me to recognize a need for dialogue and a connection to all members of our nation. I am happy to take part in IDIA’s establishment and view myself as an emissary in promoting constructive

Dr. Rivka Raviv, Co-Founder
Academic lecturer & develops educational content on the field of Biblical & Talmudic studies

“Life in the State of Israel is a great honor that was bestowed upon my generation. IDIA’s activities strengthen the partnership between the different ethnic groups in Israel and abroad, bringing with it a new way to safeguard the State of Israel.”

I grew up in the city of Hadera as a member of the Borochowitch family, a traditional and Zionistic clan. As a teenager, my heart was drawn to the Jewish texts and before I enlisted to the IDF, I took upon myself a religious lifestyle. I served as a mathematics and physics teacher in the army. I then went on to study the Bible and mathematics (BA) at Michlalah College for girls in Jerusalem. I later obtained my MA and PhD in Talmudic studies from Bar-Ilan University. I married Daniel Raviv, a graduate of the Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva (Torah Academy that combines religious study with IDF service) and we decide to move to Kdumim in Samaria. I was fortunate to welcome seven children and many grandchildren into my life. I worked in various educational programs as a teacher and lecturer and am a partner in the national-religious education movement’s teaching revolution. I have also written several books and tens of articles.