ABOUT

Atalef is a foundation of Shayetet-13 (Israel’s Elite Navy Seal) veterans whose mission is to maintain an active and supportive community of veterans and to help its members integrate, lead and contribute to Israeli society in the spirit of the values of the Shayetet-13.

The Atalef provides a framework for Shayetet-13 veterans to continue and impact the nation of Israel as they transition from military leadership to civilian leadership through investing in their personal and professional development, providing safety net to bereaved families and injured soldiers, and designated programs for reaching out to the community and creating social impact.

The Atalef aims to establish a legacy of grit, perseverance, and tenacity that empowers veterans of Israel’s elite combat naval unit (Shayetet-13) with the tools for contributing to and impacting Israeli society.

Our programs focus on supporting and empowering the members of our community, our unit – Shayetet-13, and Israeli society as a whole.

Once our soldiers complete their mandatory military service, they return to civilian life, where all medical, mental, and emotional needs return to the care of the State. However, the effects of military combat life continue long after and often require additional assistance. Atalef is providing a uniquely tailored safety net for wounded soldiers, those suffering from PTSD, and for bereaved families through the Ogen Safety Net program. We have also established programs for unit veterans to further contribute to society, working with disadvantaged populations through our Seal Social Impact program. Atalef is also about strengthening the community and supporting veteran soldiers in their personal and professional development and equipping them with the tools to create a great impact in society. The community plays a vital role in this endeavor.

Atalef’s Goals

To nurture and strengthen an active and vibrant community that maintains a warm relationship between its members, promotes mutual aid and helps its members.

To help the Shayetet veterans integrate, lead and contribute to society in Israel.

To support, empower and help the bereaved families.

To support and assist the injured in the service of Shayetet-13, the physically and mentally injured and the Kishon diving patients.

To contribute to society as a whole in Israel with an emphasis on casualties of the defense forces and at- risk youth, through volunteering activities at sea and its surroundings.

To be a link between Shayetet-13 and its veterans after their discharge from regular service.

To support Shayetet-13 and its regular and reserve soldiers.

To assist Shayetet -13 in establishing its legacy and promoting unique projects.

The Atalef Foundation- Ripple Effect

The impact of the Atalef Foundation is multidimensional, creating infinite ripples across Israeli society. Like a small stone thrown into water, the foundation generates a tremendous movement that begins as a small ripple and reaches the shore. Similarly, the activities of the Atalef Foundation have a significant effect on Israeli society, operating over time and positively transforming it.

The influence of the Atalef Foundation extends throughout various sectors of Israeli society. It reaches bereaved families, the injured, victims of security setvice, at-risk children, those in need, and more. These efforts bring about positive change and affect the lives of many individuals.

The ripples of the Atalef Foundation will continue to spread and strengthen in the future. The foundation will persist in working towards its goals and continue to contribute to positive change in Israeli society.

Atalef’s Core Values

Companionship

Community

Responsibility

Social Impact

Humility and Modesty

Commemoration and Legacy

Israeli Navy Seals- Shayetet-13

Shayetet-13 is a naval commando unit that operates in the sea, on land, and in the air, undertaking various daring and specialized activities beyond enemy lines.

The unit, its operations, and the means entrusted to its fighters are shrouded in secrecy and will always remain classified. Since its establishment, Shayetet-13 has become a central component of the IDF’s combat force, integrating intelligence capabilities, naval commando expertise, and advanced technological applications. However, above all, the unit excels due to the exceptional individuals it recruits, trains, and prepares – the fighters.

Members of Shayetet-13, whether in regular or reserve service, dedicate the best years of their lives in service to the country, risking their lives in operational activities and training.

Our Team

STAFF

Tal Berman | CEO

In his role as the CEO of the Atalef Foundation, Tal oversees all aspects of the organization, including defining and leading the strategy, managing ongoing activities, overseeing financial and logistical operations, establishing partnerships, resource mobilization, and managing the team of employees.

Tal holds a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Over the past 25 years, he has held various management positions in the third sector and academia. His journey with the Atalef Foundation began about five years ago as a volunteer, later becoming a board member. Since 2021, Tal has served as the CEO of the foundation.

From a young age, the sea has been a home for Tal. Before his military service, Tal was a member of the Israeli national rowing team. Transitioning to the Navy and Shayetet-13 after his service from 1980 to 1985 was a natural progression.

Tal resides in Zichron Yaakov with his wife Ella, whom he has been married to for over 30 years. They have two children, Yahel and Stav, both navigating their way in the adult world.

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Tali Ben-Dor | Operations & Administrative Manager

 

טלי בעלת תואר ראשון במדעי המדינה וסוציולוגיה אוניברסיטת אריאל, במקצועה למדה כלבנות טיפולית ואילוף כלבים באוניברסיטת תל-אביב. במשך עשרות שנים עסקה בתפקידי ניהול בכירים בתחום האדמיניסטרטיבי בחברות המובילות במשק בתעשייה ובאקדמיה.

טלי רואה בספורט דרך חיים: מתאמנת בפילאטיס, רצה חצי מרתון שמשתתפת במרוצים בארץ ובעולם. קיבוצניקית בנשמה, אוהבת טבע ובעלי חיים, קולנוע, גולשת בים…

In her role, Tali is responsible for the operations and administration of the foundation, which includes managing designated donations, overseeing bank accounts and financial interfaces, handling accounts and suppliers, submitting annual reports and financial statements to the foundation registrar, budget tracking, and insurance. Additionally, Tali is in charge of payroll reporting, managing the Salesforce system, the welfare domain, and providing assistance as needed to the foundation’s team.

Tali holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Ariel University. Professionally, she studied therapeutic dog training and obedience at Tel Aviv University. Tali has extensive managerial experience, with many years in senior administrative roles in leading companies in industry and academia.

Tali sees sports as a way of life: she has been practicing Pilates for years, has run a half marathon, and participates in races both in Israel and around the world. A true kibbutznik at heart, she loves nature and animals, enjoys surfing, and loves to travel the world with friends and family.

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Anat Rabau Brakin | Senior Development Manager

In her role, Anat is responsible for resource development at the foundation, which includes resource mobilization, managing relationships with donors both domestically and internationally, submitting grant applications to governmental and private entities, and overseeing the Friends of the Atalef Foundation forum. Additionally, Anat is in charge of developing a strategic plan and ensuring the foundation meets its Key Performance Indicators.

Anat holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Law, a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the Reichman University, and a second master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from UCL in London.

Anat served in Shayetet-13, where she met her husband, Omer, and they have two children: Ariel and Adam. In her free time, Anat enjoys reading books, solving puzzles, and traveling the world with her family and friends.

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Mordechai Luxemburg | Social Impact Manager

In his role, Mordechai is responsible for the social impact domain, with a focus on security service casualties (body and soul), at-risk youth, and Holocaust survivors. The main social initiatives include: Buddy Line, Still Water, Atalef in the Community (renovation of Holocaust survivor homes), and collaborations with other organizations and initiatives such as My Wave, Yamtov, and more. Mordechai oversees hundreds of Atalef community volunteers who make these activities possible.

Mordechai served in Shayetet-13 from 2002 to 2007 and currently resides in Moshav Shoresh. He is married to Michal and is a father to Gili and Amichai. In his free time, Mordechai enjoys spending time at the sea with family and friends, having a beer, and indulging in a good meaty meal.

 

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Amit Babluki | Community Manager

In her role, Amit is responsible for community events in the foundation, including the Atalef Run, surfing competitions, visits to veterans, focused events, heritage evenings, and more. Additionally, Amit oversees the personal development programs for the foundation’s alumni, which include workshops, mentoring programs, scholarships, and networking. Furthermore, Amit is in charge of providing support to the reserve forces and addressing the needs of Shayetet-13 unit.

Amit holds a BSc in Marine Sciences from the Hebrew University, with professional experience in aviation security at the Airport Authority and in Israir Airlines. She also served as a board member of the International School in Namibia.

Married to Ofer, a Shayetet-13 veteran, and a mother of three: Noam, Omer, and Yael. In her free time, Amit enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling the world, and being by the sea.

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Coral Moria | Ogen Manager

In her role, Coral supports and accompanies the bereaved families of Shayetet-13 members. She provides assistance to the unit’s injured personnel (physically and mentally) and aids community members in need of the foundation’s support. This is done through organized team journeys, processing service and combat experiences, and providing financial assistance in the realms of physical and mental well-being.

Coral served in Shayetet-13, where she met her husband Shay, a Shayetet-13 veteran. The emotional and familial connection to Shayetet-13 never left Coral, leading her to volunteer for the foundation for several years after her release. For many years, Coral worked in the field of design and event production until the birth of her first son, Itay. Motherhood presented her with a unique opportunity to “come home” and work for the Atalef Foundation.

Coral holds a degree in Communication and Business Administration from the Reichman University and is a mother to Itay and Neli.

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Ami Haziza | Buddy Line Manager

In his role, Ami manages the Buddy Line program as part of the social impact domain of the Atalef Foundation.

Ami holds an M.Ed. in Educational Counseling, a B.Ed. in Education, and a teaching certificate. He is also a lecturer and group facilitator. With professional experience in managing therapeutic educational programs on a national scale in the public and third sectors, Ami brings a wealth of expertise to his role.

Ami, a father of four, enjoys traveling, reading, and learning new things in his free time. He began his journey with the Atalef Foundation as a participant in the Buddy Line program, and his passion for surfing, a hobby he continues to pursue, started during that time.

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Noa Yuran | Buddy Line Coordinator

In her role, Noa coordinates the Buddy Line program as part of the social impact domain of the Atalef Foundation.

Noa holds an M.A. in Education Management and Leadership from Tel Aviv University, a BSc in Design from Shenkar College, and is currently completing an M.A. in Clinical Social Work. With professional experience in the security sector and roles in training and management in organizations focusing on social impact, community, mental health, and rehabilitation, Noa brings a diverse skill set to her position.

Married to Yoni, in her free time, Noa enjoys spending time by the sea and in the desert with friends and family, traveling, reading, and listening to music.

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Paz Rozen | Ogen Manager (Maternity Leave Cover)

In her role, Paz supports and accompanies the bereaved families of the Shayetet-13, as well as the injured members of the unit (both physically and emotionally), providing assistance to community members in need of the foundation’s support through team journeys for processing service and combat experiences, as well as financial aid in the realms of physical and mental well-being.

Paz recently concluded her position as the Victims Officer in Shayetet-13 and is taking over from Coral Moriya during her maternity leave.

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BOARD

Tal Shaul

Chairman

Born and raised in Kibbutz Kisufim, Tal is married to Abigail and is a father to Shai, Anna, Yasmin, and Ruth. He resides in Givat Ada. Tal served in Shayetet-13 from 1980 to 1997 and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, serving as the commander of the fighters’ platoon. Since leaving the IDF, he has held various senior managerial positions in the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Clalit Health Services. Currently, he is engaged in entrepreneurship in the medical field and provides strategic consulting.

David Granot

Board Member

Married and a father of three children. Drafted into the IDF, completed a combat officers’ course, and served as an instructor at the Officers’ School. Holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Business Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Possesses extensive experience in senior managerial positions in the financial sector, including roles in the Ministry of Finance, Bank Leumi in Israel and abroad, Discount Bank, Union Bank, and the First International Bank of Israel. Currently, occupies senior business roles in the corporate sector. In his leisure time, David enjoys playing tennis and skiing.

Gal Shacham

Board Member & Chairman of the Finance Committee

Resides in Binyamina, married, and a father of three sons: Omer, Itai, and Guy. Gal served in Shayetet-13 unit from 1990 to 1996 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the reserves. Gal serves as the CEO of UPS International Shipping.

Adam Yaari

Board Member & Chairman of the Scholarship Committee

Resides in New York, married, and a father of one child. Adam served in Shayetet-13 between 2007 and 2012 as a team commander and participated in numerous operations during his regular service and reserve duty. Holding a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in Cambridge, USA, a master’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Weizmann Institute, and a dual bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Brain Sciences from Bar Ilan University. Adam is the founder and CEO of Serinus Biosciences, a biotech company specializing in the identification and production of drugs using artificial intelligence for cancer patients unresponsive to current treatments. Over the years, Adam has been actively involved in the foundation, participating in various programs it offers, and currently serves as the chairman of the scholarship committee at the Atalef Foundation.

Offir Maimon

Board Member & Chairman of the Dolev Committee

Resides in Kfar Yona, married, and a father of three children. Ofir served in Shayetet-13 between 1994 and 2000 as a team commander.

Ofir holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics. He currently serves as the chairman of the Dolav Committee and has been leading the volunteer activities for the “Still Water” program at the IDF Soldiers’ Club pool in Tel Aviv since 2016.

Oren Most

Board Member

Resides in Tel Aviv, a father of three, and a grandfather of three. Oren enlisted in Shayetet-13 in 1970. Oren has a rich and diverse managerial background in Israel and abroad, particularly in the fields of cellular and satellite communications, various industries including publishing, banking, and ventures. He was a partner in the establishment of Cellcom and Golan Telecom, leading them to significant success. He is an active member of the boards of public and private companies and a founder of the Israeli Diving Association, serving as its chairman. Oren is involved in extensive community and social activities, with a focus on education and the sea, such as “Ziv Neurim,” “Mifrasim,” and “Atid Tzur Yam.”

Andi Kaye

Board Member

Residing in Savion, married, and a father of three children, Andy served in Shayetet-13, and after 7 years of service, he was discharged with the rank of Major. Andy holds a master’s degree in business administration and has had an illustrious career on Wall Street, including managing two investment banks in Israel, senior management roles in Europe, and 5 years in China as a regional manager in Asia. Since returning to Israel 5 years ago, Andy has been serving as the President and CIO at OurCrowd, a platform for high-tech investments that has invested $2.3 billion in companies in Israel, the United States, and Europe, actively operating globally.

Arnon Rozmarin

Board Member

Residing in Beit Hanania, a widower and a father of four children and a grandfather to three grandchildren, Arnon served in Shayetet-13 and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the reserves. In the past, he worked as a teacher and educator, and currently, Arnon is involved in municipal management. He is passionate about people, the sea, and books.

Ilan Egozi

Board Member

Residing in Herzliya, married, and a father of three children, Ilan served in the Navy for 25 years, with 15 years in Shayetet-13 as a fighter and in various command positions, including the commander of the training school with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Throughout his military service, Ilan participated in numerous operations and missions. During the Six-Day War, he was held captive by the Egyptians for about 9 months, and later, in one of the Unit’s operations in Lebanon, he was severely injured during operational activity. Ilan was awarded two citations during his service. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion, as well as an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

After his release, Ilan served as a representative of the JNF in London, and later, he served for 13 years as the manager of the fund of the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization. Upon completing his tenure, he continued volunteering as a member of the organization’s national committee.

Anat Harel

Board Member

Residing in Tel Aviv, Anat is married and a mother of three children. Professionally, Anat is a lawyer and economist, and she served for many years in the IDF as a legal advisor to various military entities and to the “Hever” group. In her last position, she served as the legal advisor responsible for the military orders in the Planning Division of the IDF. In recent years, Anat has been involved in groundbreaking entrepreneurship in the medical field.

Amir Halevy

Board Member

Residing in Tel Aviv, married, and a father of three children and grandfather to five grandchildren, Amir served in the Shayetet-13 unit between 1970 and 1974 and later as part of his reserve duty. In his professional life, Amir is a lawyer and currently serves as a senior family business advisor and succession consultant at EY Israel. Until September 2022, Amir was a founding partner at the law firm Gross & Co. Amir has been actively involved in public activities for many years. Currently, Amir serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College, Chairman of the Israeli Volunteering Council, a member of the board of Keshet Fund for Sharing Donors (NGO), and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. In the past, Amir served as a board member of the Global JDC and as the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee of the Atalef Foundation.

Oded Sela

Secretary

Residing in Tel Aviv, married, and a father of three children. An attorney and a partner in a law firm specializing in commercial law, insurance law, provident funds, pension funds, special risk law, corporate governance, and regulation. With over 25 years of experience, providing legal guidance to private and public companies in diverse commercial areas, with a particular focus and expertise in information security regulations and privacy. A graduate of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Tel Aviv University. 

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