The Center for Compassionate Mindful Education
Cultivating a vigorous, caring and pluralistic society in Israel
At Educare IL we specialize in developing mindfulness & compassion based
Social-Emotional Learning programs for the education system and society at large.
We believe that the path towards a caring society, begins with cultivating the potential of the change agents and model figures for the next generation:
parents, educators and therapists.
Our programs are based on empirical studies and are focused on improving the well-being, awareness and social-emotional skills of educators, caregivers
and the children whom they raise.
Educare IL is a non-profit institution dedicated to making mindful compassionate education accessible to all populations in Israel.
Since 2014 we've trained over 500 educators and thousands of students in the Israeli education system.
Mindfulness and compassion practice cultivates:
Awareness of oneself & others
Emotional and behavioral regulation
Concentration, co-ordination and motor skills
Care for oneself & others
Reduced stress and anxiety
Increased levels of well-being
Needless to say these skills are essential and highly effective for leading a humanistic values-based life, even in times of radical social and global change as we are experiencing in the 21st century.
"My staff and students are more aware of themselves and their surroundings. You can see it in their approach to friends at recess, in the classroom climate and in the presence of the teachers, who arrive each morning lighthearted."
Shir Kedar, Tamir school principal
Co-founders and Management
Dr. Ricardo Tarrasch
Co-founder, Chairperson & Director of Research
Ricardo is a faculty member at the school of education and school of neuroscience of Tel Aviv University, with 30 years of experience in practicing meditation and yoga. During the last 10 years, he integrates mindfulness education and research in the academic field. Ricardo has been developing a mindfulness teaching program for children and studying the effects of this program and other teaching programs among children and teachers. Additionally, he studies the effects of mindfulness practice in adults with attention deficit disorders and/or dyslexia on cerebral, cognitive and emotional measures.
Co-founder & CEO
Moriya is a social entrepreneur and educator, walking the path of meditation for a decade. She specializes in developing mindfulness, movement and compassion-based educational content, and trains educational teams in Social-Emotional Learning programs. She is a senior workshops facilitator at Rhythm Therapy® for groups of people from all walks of life. Previously a dance artist and journalist, she has been involved in peace activism, primarily through The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, Women Wage Peace and Minds of Peace. Currently, Moriya holds a Master degree in social psychology from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Rony Berger
Co-founder & Director of Pedagogy
Clinical psychologist, senior lecturer and faculty member at the international stress and trauma program at the Tel Aviv University. World renowned expert at coping with stress and trauma, and one of the founders of the international association Psychology Beyond Borders, which works with war, terror and nature disaster survivors. He developed resilience kits for coping with traumatic situations, that were translated into 15 languages and implemented in many of the world's most disastrous events. Dr. Berger is also an adviser at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, where he collaborates in designing programs which cultivate mindfulness and compassion. Lately he has worked with the institute founded by the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life Institute, in building pedagogy which praises civilian ethics, and was a partner in writing an appraisal for Call to Care, which he has been studying lately with Dr. Tarrasch.
Co-founder & Director of Professional Training
Maty Lieblich is a Scholar- Practitioner integrating Mindfulness based practices and theory from current psychological research and the traditional Buddhist points of view. She is the co-founder and academic director of the Mindfulness Based Therapy program at The School of Social work of Bar Ilan University. Maty has co-developed the two-year course for educators at Tel Aviv University’s School of Education, and directs school counselor supervisors at Israel’s ministry of education. She has been practicing and studying mindfulness for the past 28 years, and teaching mindfulness practice and theory for the past 17 years. She holds an MA in East-West psychology (1999) from The California Institute of Integral Studies. Her Book “At the edge of Ego” has been published in 2009 by Keter- Rimon publication and her second book (as Editor and co-writer) “Mindfulness- Here and now, theory and practice” has been published in early 2018 by Keter publication and has been a national best seller since publication.
Co-founder & Director of Community Relations
Educational psychologist working at the psychological public services, organizational consultant at the Research and Development Department of the Ministry of Education specializing in mindful and compassionate school systems. Develops and teaches mindfulness and compassion based social emotional skills programs and workshops for therapists, educators, children and adults to fulfill personal and social growth and wellbeing. Established the Mindfulness Forum for educational psychologists to enhance the integration of mindfulness based therapy and school interventions in educational psychology. In the last decade Ravid has been practicing yoga and learning Buddhism as a way of life. These, along with her rich background in dance in Israel and France, influence her professional work as a psychotherapist, school psychologist and organizational consultant.
Co-director of Mindful Parenting
Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She practices and teaches Mindfulness and Compassion at the University and elsewhere and is currently developing the realm of Mindful and Compassionate Parenting. In the past, she served as the chairperson of the Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies, as the chairperson of the Social Sciences Ethics Committee and as Dean of Students at the Hebrew University. She took a leave of absence from the University to serve as the Chief Scientist and chairperson of the Israeli Committee for the Advancement of Women in Science and Technology at the Ministry of Science and Technology. She has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. She practices Yoga, Pilates and Nia and volunteers in NGOs for underprivileged women and children.