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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

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).

 

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