Rabbi Nir Barkin
Rabbi Nir Barkin, a sixth-generation Jerusalemite, serves as the first director of the newly- established Israel Diaspora Department of the Israel Reform and Progressive Movement (IMPJ) and leads the DOMIM-aLike initiative.
Rabbi Nir was one of two spiritual leaders of Congregation YOZMA in Modi’in, a growing city between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, from 2005 through May 2015, and served as a Shaliach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1999 to 2003.
Nir is a graduate of the Department of Middle Eastern and African studies at Tel Aviv University, receiving his bachelor’s degree cum laude, and holds a Master’s degree from the Hebrew University in Contemporary Jewry Studies.
Rabbi Nir Barkin was ordained at HUC-JIR in 2007.
Nir is married to Anat and they have three children, a girl and two boys (24, 21, 16).
Smadar Bilik works in the Israel Diaspora Department of the Israel Reform and Progressive Movement (IMPJ), and is the coordinator of the DOMIM-aLike initiative.
Smadar was an educator and coordinator of Jewish Studies at YOZMA school -= a school established by Congregation YOZMA in Modi’in - from 2011 to 2015.
Since 2001, Smadar has served as a cantor in several Israeli Reform communities, including YOZMA in Modi’in, Darchei No'am in Ramat Hasharon, and Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv.
Smadar is a graduate of "Hamidrasha" - The Faculty of Art and Education at Beit Berl College, and holds a Master’s degree in Pluralistic Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in Jerusalem in collaboration with the Hebrew University.
Smadar is married to Ilia and mother of Yonatan (3).