Micha Balf

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation currently visitng Isreli scholar for Israel in DC committee of the Greater Washington Jewish Federation
Location Kibbutz Maagan Michael, D.N. Menashe 37805, Israel
Introduction I was born in the US and made aliyah to Israel in 1978 after graduating from Wesleyan University. I am the product of a mixed marriage. I converted, an Orthodox conversion, as part of my decison to live in Isrel. I have been on Kibbutz Maagan Michael since 1978 with the exception of two three year periods in the US, the first as a shaliach for the Reform movement in New England from 1989-1992 and the most recent period as the education shlaich in Washington DC from 2006-2009. I worked for a number of year in agriculture growing bananas, but have spent the last 20 + years in education, the last five years as the principal of the Hof Carmel regional high school.I have an MA and PhD in Holocaust studies from Hebrew University/Institue for Contemporary Jewry. My thesis on Holocaust memory and commemoration in the kibbutz movements was published as a book in Hebrew (2008). I have been married to Rachel for 29 years. We are the proud parents of Timna (27), Noa (25) and Alon (15).
Interests I am intersted in books, sports, the Jewish world, current events in Israel, kibbutz life and history particualrly of Isrel and the US.
Favorite Movies I enjoy so many movies that it is hard to even list them - I think that I am not too selective, for better or for worse.
Favorite Music Although I have developped a real enjoyment of Israeli music over the last two decades, the sounds of the 60's, blues and Motwon are my primordial music influences.
Favorite Books I have enoyed reading all of the books of Malcolm Gladwell lately. I am intersted in books on history, social issues and the Holocaust. I also admit to really enjoying Dune, the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. There is defintely a place for escapism on my reading lists.