2021 Board of Directors


Judy Labensohn


Judy is a writer and retired teacher of creative writing. She enjoys music, dance, cutting hair and playing with her grandchildren.


Susan Elster


Susan is a health and social policy researcher and writer. When not dreaming of sailing around the world, she tries to respond to the growing interest in CHI communities.


Yoram Kalman

Finance and Strategy

Yoram is an academic at The Open University of Israel, an entrepreneur and researcher of the world.


David Kurz


Life metaphor: Dancing. MSW (community and organizational development), Registered Coach (personal, leadership, clutter). Loving Judy (partner), children and grandchildren. Focus: CHI, writing a novel. Hobbies: music, dance, reading, hooking.


Batya Malichi

Kfar Saba

Batya is an urban planner at heart and an enthusiastic logistics guru who spends lots of time with Humphrey Bogart. Contact her if you’re interested in joining the Kfar Sava project. Or if you love HB.


Idele Ross

Jerusalem’s Halomot Arnona

Idele is a retired broadcast journalist and media coordinator who edits and translates Hebrew to English. In addition to her passion for building cohousing projects in Israel, she hangs out with her grandkids in Yafo, works in her garden and promotes concerts of Motown music.

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Community is about open communication. The consensus decision-making process ensures the involvement of all members in decisions that affect their lives. When everyone is involved in the decision-making process, people get to know each other well and this fosters community. One of the key elements of consensus is learning to listen to others. Disagreement does not mean the end of discussion, but the beginning of a more meaningful and deeper discussion.

Member’s Agreement

A Members’ Agreement is a binding agreement drawn up by the people who plan to live in a particular cohousing project. Each cohousing site has its own Members’ Agreement. Subjects, such as waiting lists, meals, meetings, behavior in common spaces, rituals and pets are defined by the members for themselves. Experience shows that it is wise to begin forming a Members’ Agreement months before moving in. The process itself builds community.