About Us


Dr. Emily silverman

Founding Director Dr. Emily Silverman is a faculty member at the Hebrew University Geography Department where she teaches courses in housing policy and urban  regeneration, social aspects of planning, and community development. Emily holds a Ph.D. in social policy from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree in public policy from Tel Aviv University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Swarthmore College in the United States.

Her work in academia builds on her previous practice in non-profit management and community development, including working with and for numerous international and Israeli philanthropic foundations, Israeli governmental ministries and municipalities, NGOs and civil society. She is a founding member of both the Coalition for Affordable Housing in Israel, was the first director of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel’s Tel Aviv community action center, and has been a founder and board member of Transport Today and Tomorrow and the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, among others.

During Israel’s 2011 social protests, Emily chaired the Alternative Advisory Committee for the social protest on housing, transport, planning and land uses. In 2009, she led the research team that devised the now-approved strategy for affordable housing in Tel Aviv, and in 2010 she headed the Round Table on Solutions for Affordable Housing for the Arab community of Jaffa with local Arab leadership and local and national officials. In early 2014, Emily co-chaired the 'War on Poverty Commission' Housing Task Force, a governmental committee charged with creating policy and budgetary recommendations on housing for people living in poverty.

During HUJI Talks 2016, an inspiring series of short dynamic talks direct from the Hebrew University, Dr. Silverman gave a talk: HUJI and The City: an Urban Planning Tale. Watch The Full Talk >>>

Contact Dr. Silverman: emily.silverman@mail.huji.ac.il


Moran Dahan

Moran joined the clinic in 2016 as the new coordinator, replacing Hila Bar-Ner. She holds a B.A in French and German literature, and a Master's degree in Community Development (Glocal), both from the Hebrew University. During her M.A, Moran complered a four-month internship in Chiapas, Mexico, working with indigenous women in a women-coffee cooperative. Today she is also active in the local consumer's cooperative - Beshutaf. As the Clinic coordinator, Moran is in charge of new media, publications and projects, and conducts an external evaluation of the academic course "Urban planning for early childhood" led by Dr. Yoav Lerman. 

Contact Moran: moran.dahan1@mail.huji.ac.il




Ya'ara joined the clinic in 2015 as a member of the team and a lecturer in the clinic's internship course. She is an architect, urban planner and a doctoral student at Ben Gurion University. For over a decade, she has led and participated  in planning teams that defined national policy regarding metropolitan parks, coastal environment preservation, and created strategic and statutory plans for cities and regions. She has eight years of teaching experience at the Hebrew University, Bezalel academy and Ben Gurion University and is the winner of several academic grants and prizes, including the Planners' Association "Best Researcher" (2013), the Sandberg foundation scholarship (2009) for excellent research in the field of Architecture and Design (2009), ans was part of a workshop for noted researchers at Harvard University. Yaara's research in recent years had focused on mediating the needs and aspirations of local communities, the Israeli planning system and geographical limitations.

Contact Yaara: yaara.rosner@gmail.com


Hani Caspi-Cohen

Hani joined the clinic in 2016 as the coordinator of the 'Urban Community Planning' project. Hani is an urban planner that specializes in long term planning, with an emphasis on public, sustainable transportation, housing, and social sustainability. She hold a B.A in geography and a Master's degree in public policy and government from the Hebrew University.  Hani has previously worked in transportation planning consulting, in 'Egged' - the national public transportation company, and in the strategic planning department of the Holon Municipality. She believes in the importance of combining academic knowledge and practice, and in assimilating the social and communal components throughout the planning process.

Contact Hani: hanic78@gmail.com



Clil Gross

Clil joined the clinic in 2016 as a teaching assistant in the 'department seminar' - an M.A course composed of a series of lectures by planning professionals. Clil holds a B.A in psychology and geography from Ben Gurion University, and is now completing her M.A in geography and urban planning at the Hebrew University.

Contact Clil: clil.gross@mail.huji.ac.il






Noga Adler

Noga joined the clinic in 2016 as the manager of the Planning for Children program. She holds an M.A in in social work from the Hebrew University. Noga had previously worked for the Jerusalem municipality, in the social welfare deprtment for the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. She later worked in the community and social services department at the Jerusalem municipality, where she promoted a unique program called 'the inclusion of social components in urban planning processes', a new field that promotes the assimilation of social aspects in planning, and advocates for the use of planning mechanisms as tools for social change. 

Contact Noga: noga_stern@hotmail.com



Ori joined the Urban Clinic in November 2015 as the coordinator of the "Friday Tours" series. She holds a BA in social work and is completing her MA in Geography and Urban planning. In addition to her work at the Clinic, she is a practicing community worker in a local community council and serves as a social advisor for urban regeneration processes in Jerusalem.

Contact Ori: shechtman.ori@gmail.com




Ella Gil

Ella joined the Urban Clinic in February 2016 as a coordinator of planning for early childhood, while taking part in the "Jerusalem Fellowship" program where she is part of a Placemaking team.  She holds a B.A. in Life Sciences and Environmental Studies and is currently completing her Master's degree in Geography and Urban Planning. Ella is interested in sustainable urbanism, and involved with local projects that promote the creation of urban nature.   

Contact Ella: ellagil87@gmail.com







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Hila joined the Urban Clinic in November 2014 as the clinic's coordinator. She holds a dual B.A. in Political Science, and from the "Amirim" Humanities' honours program at the Hebrew University, as well as a Master's degree in Geography and Urban Planning, also from the Hebrew University. Her master's thesis work examined the influence of civic society, governmental, and municipal organizations on Placemaking interventions in Israel. Today, she works as an urban planner in the Gavrieli-Segal office of urban planning. While serving as the clinic's coordinator, Hila was in charge of new media and projects, pulishing our booklet "Placemaking in Israel", as well as crafting a series of articles dealing with innovative approaches to public involvement and participation in urban planning. Contact Hila: kookaburra00@gmail.com



Tal Alster

Tal was in charge of urban renewal and housing policy in the urban clinic between May 2013, and December 2015. Tal holds a B.A. in a unique program at the Hebrew University, which combines philosophy, economics and political sciences, and an M.A. in political science and urban planning, also from the Hebrew University. Tal currently works as a consultant for housing policy, lectures on 'the politics of the city' in Shenkar - the College of Engineering, Design and Art, and researches inequality in cities, focusing on influences of housing and planning policies. Contact Tal: alstert@gmail.com



Ying joined the Urban Clinic as a summer fellow in June 2014 from MIT, where she recently completed her Master in City Planning. She holds a B.A in International Politics from Georgetown University.  Before coming to Israel, she has worked in economic development finance and strategy in Asia, and has researched community banks in Brazil.  At the Urban Clinic, Ying is working on organizational development assessment and strategy.  







Free-lance practioners

In addition to salaried project staff, the Urban Clinic contracts with free-lance practitioners for specific projects. Planner Hagit Naaly Yosef  was responsible for delivering the Ministry of Welfare training course; Architect Liyat Izikov worked on the Jerusalem project examining the social impact of 'Raze and Rebuild' tactics. We are fortunate to work in partnership on many of these projects with talented public sector and civil society professionals, and independent academics.​