Beren SEA

Beren SEA – Partnership

The SEA BEREN Foundation is a US based philanthropic foundation focused on the development of the northern Galilee region of Israel through the promotion and support of social initiatives and enterprises impacting the region and its residents.

The SEA BEREN Foundation selected the Galila Foundation as its partner for its activities and engagements in Israel and by means of this partnership, the SEA BEREN Foundation selects the programs and projects that it supports.

The Beren fellows program

The ‘Beren Fellows’ Program – a social initiative for the development and empowerment

of regional activities & leadership development in the Galilee.

The Galila Foundation’s flagship program – the ‘Beren Fellows’, is a joint venture between two independent organizations: Galila and the Beren Foundations. This initiative is based on a longstanding partnership and shared vision that has evolved over the years between these two foundations and their founders.  The ‘Beren Fellows’ is a social venture aimed at supporting, empowering and enhancing entrepreneurs and organizations whose initiatives are based in the Galilee region of northern Israel. The aim of the project is to enable the development and expansion of these change-agent initiatives, which are making a difference to various populations and groups living in the Galilee.

The initiative was launched in 2011, with the first group of social entrepreneurs working in the areas of education, sport, social welfare and community development. Since then, the foundation continues to review new initiatives, in line with the program goals and has invited new entrepreneurs to develop and expand their initiatives, supported by the ‘Beren Fellows’ program.

Galila invites any new social entrepreneur, developing his/her initiative in the Galilee region, to contact the foundation by email and present the vision and mission seeking support. Following our review, we will invite suitable applicants to join the ranks of fellow social entrepreneurs working in the Galilee and to become part of the ‘Beren Fellows’ program.

This group of Fellows includes:

Vered Osman

Director of the DocuVillage organization



Rafi Bouganim

Graphic & Design Artist

Osnat Ur-Leurer

Holocaust education specialist The Fifth Quistion

Dr. Nili Galyam

School Principal for Gifted children & Academic lecturer

Shaul Zohar

Director of the Tennis Center in Kiryat Shmona.

Micha Simbalesta

Director of Nirim

Yossi Gimon

Erez College

Efrat Noy

Sustainable farm on Kibbutz Hukok

Sharona Shalev-Mayer

Adrenaline running club

It is our intention to expand this program and incorporate more social entrepreneurs from our region to engage them with a project of their own to be enhanced for the community across our northern Galilee region.