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Tal Ohana – Mayor of Yerucham

Tal was born and raised in Yerucham and is the fourth generation of immigrants from Morocco.

Tal completed her undergraduate degree in Organizational Sociology at the Emek Yezreel College in the North and has a master's degree from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya.

Between 2004 and 2009, Tal held a number of positions in managerial positions at the Rashi Foundation, the ISEF Foundation and the Yerucham Community Center.

From 2009-2010, Tal served as the director of the Young People's Association in Yerucham and focused on youth at risk, leadership and settlement.

In 2011, she established a movement for Zionist activities in Morocco, in which hundreds of youth from the Jewish community of Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Agadir and Rabat participated in several programs in Israel and abroad. This is in addition to encouraging the immigration and absorption of families as well as fundraising and support for welfare, health and relationship between Jews and Muslims in Morocco, supported by the Keren Leyedidut (International Fellowship for Christians and Jews).

From 2010 until her election as Mayor, Tal served for as Deputy and Acting Mayor of Yerucham. This was the first time a woman held this position. She also held the portfolio of education and strategic development in the city, as well as a member of the Planning and Building Committee.

Tal has worked for Yerucham's economic and social development, enlisting partners from Israel and around the world, and has made a significant impact on the community, employment, education, welfare and health. Yerucham's socioeconomic ranking is 3 out of 10 - a figure that emphasizes the depth of poverty of some of its residents.

As Mayor, Tal plans to promote two main issues in the next few years:

• economic development - the fields of tourism and mid-tech will be at the center of opportunities for inclusive economic growth.

• social mobility. In order to have maximum impact, a unique model is being developed which will guide all municipal investments.

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