Dr. Esti Bar-El directs the Nishmat Ethiopian Women (N.E.W.) Program. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Educational Administration and Jewish Philosophy with a certificate in "Machshavat Israel". She also holds both a Masters (Suma Cum Laude) and Doctorate from Bar Ilan University in Jewish Philosophy. She has taught and lectured at midrashoth and colleges around the country. She was a research fellow for social Justice at Bet Morasha, Jerusalem Leadership Institute. She was part of a fellowship for outstanding doctoral candidates at Bar Ilan University. In addition to teaching, she has served as the Central Region Coordinator of Family Life Studies for the Ministry of Education, and Director of "Seeds of Peace" which aims to encourage increasing tolerance between polarized groups in the population. Dr. Bar-El has two academic publications to her credit and four additional articles published. She received numerous awards. She is a mother of five, and lives in Peduel.