The Alma Research and Education Center is a non-profit (501c3) and bipartisan organization with the mission of making in-depth geopolitical knowledge about the Middle East accessible to English speakers. In addition to offering field briefings at various lookout posts along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon and Syria, we also provide lectures and workshops around the globe based on our daily research and analysis of the developments in Israel’s border conflicts. Because all of our research team reside in Israel’s northern border communities, we are uniquely equipped to combine our professional expertise and background with a first person perspective of how the conflict is affecting life near Israel’s borders. Our work addresses the changing cultural climate and current trends in Muslim societies in light of other events in Israel’s neighboring countries, while focusing on how they all impact the IDF’s security challenges along Israel’s volatile northern border. The Alma Center is funded by private philanthropists from all over the globe who believe in our cause.


Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi is the founder and president of Alma – a nonprofit and an independent research and education center specialized in Israel’s security challenges on its northern border. Sarit has briefed hundreds of groups and forums, ranging from US Senators, Congressmen/women and politicians to senior journalists and visiting VIP groups in Israel and overseas. Sarit scripts numerous position papers and updates focusing on Lebanon, Syria and Israel’s national security challenges. She served for 15 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, specializing in Military Intelligence. Sarit holds an M.A. in Middle East Studies from Ben-Gurion University. Her unique achievements led her to be selected by the Jerusalem Post as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Global Jewish personalities of 2021.

Sarit, her husband Yaron, and their children live in the Western Galilee.


David Ur


Tal Beeri 

Director of the Research Department

Avraham Levine 

Speaker and Digital Content Manager

Lisa Zecharia


Hala Hino

 Social Media Coordinator

Henry Zaher

Logistics & Reservations Coordinator

Shadi Khalloul

Speaker and Director Strategic Partnerships 

Boaz Shapira 

Researcher and Speaker

Colin David 

Graphic and Video Editor

Research Fellows

Yaakov Lappin

Military Affairs Correspondent and analyst

Erez David Maisel

Brigadier General (Res.)

Teddy Sapir

Ph.D. Student In Middle Eastern History

ALMA Advisory Board

Maj. (Res) Natan Golan – Chair

Philanthropic Strategic Consultant


Colonel (Res.) Miri Eisin

Former Israeli PM advisor and government spokesperson.

IDF Intelligence officer, Geopolitical Speaker, Lecturer

Dr. Oded Eran

Former Israel Ambassador to the European Union and Jordan

Brigadier General (Ret.) Ilan Lavi 

Former Chief of Staff of the IDF Northern Command

Dr. Dina Lisnyansky

Geopolitical expert on Middle East affairs and Islamic movements

Dr. Eric Mandel 

Founder and Director of MEPIN™, the Middle East Political and Information Network

Cliff Sobin

Attorney, Author with a special interest in modern Israeli history

Brigadier General (Ret.) Ram Yavne

Former head of Strategic Planning division, IDF

Brigadier General (Res.) Erez David Maisel

Former chief of the International Cooperation unit in the IDF.

Defense engagement & border stability expert


Brigadier General (Res.) Sima Vaknin Gill

Former Director General of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy

Chief Censor of the state of Israel 


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