Ihab balha

Ihab is the manager of the “The Orchard of Abraham’s children” Foundation, a peace activist and an educator, with experience in the area of Coexistence and bridging gaps between people. For more the 18 years, he has been an Islamic Cleric and a researcher of the Sufi Movement - the mythical Islamic movement.

Ihab is sanctifying values of Islam for Peace and Love which constitute powerful tools to bridge and join hearts between people.

Ihab is a family man and the father of Noor, Anis and Habib.

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Ora Balha

Ora is the manager of the foundation alongside Ihab. She is a young mother of three sons. Ora has been the director of the association since its inception. Ora is the key contact in Israel and around the world. She is a mediator between people from different cultures, and has a belief that each person is a messenger of peace and love.

Ora is a qualified dance teacher and Feldenkrais method instructor. She is also an experienced Sufi whirling teacher and has considerable knowledge of the Sufi Mevlavi order.


Ihab and Ora are leading an inspirational life of reconciliation, coexistence, and instilling a culture of peace.

Irit Tzoref

Irit is the manager of finance and administration, and producer of the events of the association.

After a rich 36-year career in high-tech, she has become part of the actual realization of the vision for peace and closeness between humans, of connection to nature and human nature.

Mother of two wonderful young women, engaged in art and going in the Sufi way.

The foundation board members:

Hayat Abou Shmess: Chairman, as of December 2011. Principal of the AHVA primary school in Jaffa.

Monir Urial Shoat: Member of the committee, as of December 2011.

Elishevah Gostphson: Member of the committee, as of December 2011.

Zachariah Awad: Member of the committee, as of April 2018.

Adi Ashkenazi: Member of the committee, as of May 2020.

Salim Sa’aba: Member of the Audit Committee, as of December 2012.

Myasar Zachariah: Member of the Audit Committee, as of April 2018.