Our Board of Directors
Rinat R. Green Psy.D. – Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Rinat R. Green is the Founder and Executive Director of Kol Koreh. She is a licensed psychologist both in the United States and in Israel. She received her doctorate in psychology from Pace University and completed her Post-doctoral studies in Forensics at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Dr. Green is the mother of 7 beautiful children, including children with dyslexia and other language-based learning issues. She founded Kol Koreh in response to the growing awareness that many capable children with language-based learning disabilities are struggling in the mainstream and special education system. With her passion, drive, and determination to enable all children to succeed academically and in life she decided to combine her background in psychology and experience as a mother of learning disabled children to invoke a research-based educational solution for these children, that addresses their challenges, while recognizing their areas of strength.
Dr. Green made aliya with her family in 2009. Shortly after arriving in Israel she helped establish Magen, a child protection organization, and continues to lecture on behalf of the organization. While helping her community has always played a central role in her life, Dr. Green takes greatest pleasure from being a wife and mother.
Hindy Fishman – Board Member
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Hindy and her husband Ariel made aliya in 2005. While living in LA Hindy taught third grade at a local day school and tutored third and fourth grade students who had trouble learning to read Hebrew. For the past 10 years Hindy and her husband have been running alternative education programs for teens, including wilderness therapy programs and experiential education seminars. Hindy brings with her much experience with alternative education, and is very enthusiastic about being involved in Kol Koreh and its promising change for education in Israel and abroad.
Rochelle Ram – Board Member
Rochelle Ram has been a board member of Kol Koreh since its founding. For the past 10 years, Rochelle has been the Operations and Investor Relations Manager at MediTech Advisors – a medical device focused investment company. Rochelle brings a unique mix of operational, investor and health care experience to the organization. Rochelle received a Bachelor’s degree with the highest honors in Psychology and Jewish Philosophy from Bar Ilan University. Rochelle lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with her husband and 3 children, and is an avid puzzler.
Penina Akselrud – Board Member
Penina Akselrud made aliya with her family in 2005. Prior to her aliya, she worked as an accountant at Jay Gelbein, CPA, CFP. Aside from being a busy mom to her five children, aged seventeen to one, including a set of twins, Penina is an avid runner and recently participated in the Tel Aviv half marathon. Penina is excited to be involved in Kol Koreh and work on behalf of the community’s children, and help fulfill their unmet needs.
Shira Schijveschuurder – Board Member
Shira Schijveschuurder has extensive experience working with a wide range of special needs children since she was 16, including both working in special needs institutions and mainstreaming. Shira has also worked with teenage girls at risk. Shira lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh, where she is fully occupied by her wonderful children!
Elisha Tirosh – Board Member
Elisha has a degree in political science. A retired colonel following a long service in the Israeli Air Force where he held a variety of senior positions in the fields of management, command, and human resources. Since retiring from the Air Force, Elisha is involved in many community projects and various business functions. Elisha Volunteers at “Kol Koreh”- bringing with him extensive management experience and the “Sabra” culture.
Melissa Rayman – Board Member
Melissa Rayman, originally from Teaneck NJ has a degree in computer science from Stern College. Before making Aliya to Beit Shemesh with her husband and five children in 2009, Melissa taught Hebrew studies for 16 years and was a sought after and beloved teacher. Since moving to Israel, Melissa has been involved in a number of communal projects. Currently, she holds the position of Hebrew Language Coordinator for the online department of Yeshiva High Tech via Bonim Yachad. Melissa also offers tutoring services and is studying at the Dyslexia Training Institute. Melissa’s strong dedication and giving spirit are a valuable asset to Kol Koreh.