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.
Social Media Coordinator
Logistics & Reservations Coordinator
Researcher and Speaker
Graphic and Video Editor
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
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