The Israel Mediators Organization – Mission and Vision
The Israel Mediators Organization is a registered non-profit organization that strives to establish, shape and position the mediation profession in Israel.
The organization is committed to:
- Developing a culture where mediation is the chosen means for resolving disputes.
- Nurturing a professional, strong, learning, and evolving community of mediators striving for excellence.
- Leading public processes that promote and regulate the field of mediation in Israel.
The Israel Mediators Organization is the flag bearer of hope for a society where decisions are made through agreement, tolerance, cooperation, and acceptance.
- Expanding the use of mediation as a means for resolving disputes between individuals, organizations, companies, and institutions.
- Promoting the mediating profession by establishing high professional standards.
- Impacting regulations and the legal system by representing the mediation community.
- Changing awareness and perceptions of mediation in Israeli society.
Organizational Structure and Activities
The Israel Mediators Organization is a registered non-profit organization, managed by the organization’s Board of Directors, comprised of seven elected members who invest their time and skills in nurturing and achieving the organization’s objectives.
Board elections are held every other year.
On June 4th, 2020, Attorney and Mediator Michal Landau was appointed Chairperson of the organization.
All position holders in the organization are volunteers and do not receive payment for their work and contribution to the organization.
The organization is comprised of several professional committees that make great efforts towards promoting and achieving their goals. These include the Members’ Committee, Legislation Committee, Ethics Committee, Training Committee, Mediation Committee for Labor Disputes, Mediation Committee for Business Disputes, Family Mediation Committee, and more.
The organization continuously updates its members on mediation news and developments from Israel and overseas, through newsletters and updates, while ensuring that the relevant literature and knowledge are accessible and readily available to its members.
The organization has helped members prepare for their certification exams, a prerequisite for becoming a registered mediator on the courts’ official list of mediators. In addition, the organization was greatly involved in preparing the 2017 Israeli Court Regulations (Mediators’ List), and participated as a friend of the court in a number of discussions on mediation-related petitions filed at the High Court of Justice. At the height of the Covid-19 crisis, the organization distributed a professional document – to both members and decision makers – for regulating online mediation in Israel.
The Israel Mediators Organization promote an advanced cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and with the Courts Administration on implementing, promoting, and enforcing the 2017 Court Regulations (Mediators’ List).
The organization holds a range of conferences for its members on current issues, with lecturers from the forefront, as well as enriching round tables, while working towards establishing a mediation Mentoring array for connecting between veteran and novice mediators.
Members of the Israel Mediators Organization are graduates of recognized academic institutions, the basic mediation course, and a guided experience program (the “Practicum”) – all of which are recognized for serving as professional mediators.
The Israel Mediators Organization is home to mediators who provide services privately or through mediation centers in the community, who are included in the “MAHUT” process, offer Information, Acquaintanceship & Coordination (IAC) meetings, and who provide mediation services in a large range of fields, such as family and labor. Members include instructors from training centers, novice mediators, and veteran mediators.