Meet the Team

They come from from all over the world and speak more than 10 different languages altogether. One thing they have in common: their passion for languages and multiculturalism. We are proud to present- the Fluent team!

Jessica Tulchin

Co-founder and director. 

Hebrew/English/French teacher.

Jess was born in the US, grew up in Belgium and moved to Israel when she was 18.  She has a great passion for multiculturalism, and wishes to make the world a better place through languages.

“For me, learning a language is discovering a whole new world, a new culture, other ways of living and thinking. The beautiful thing about learning languages is that you suddenly step out of your comfort zone and you break into someone else’s.” 

When she’s not running Fluent, you can find her playing rugby in the Israeli national team or biking around Tel-Aviv.

Languages: French, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, some Dutch, some Arabic.

Willy Hayman

Co-founder and director. 

Hebrew/Spanish teacher.

Born in southern Argentina and moved to Israel when he was 17, Willy knows what it is to be a “newcomer” and to not speak the native language of the country you move to. 

“This experience made me understand that everyone is capable of learning a foreign language and that the most important thing is just to gain self-confidence.” 

Since then, Willy learns languages on a daily basis, it became his second passion (after Rugby). 

Languages: Spanish, French, Hebrew, English, Italian, Esperanto, some Portuguese & some Russian.

 

Noemi Melul

Community and events & activities manager

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Originally from Castellon, Spain. Noemi is the heart of the Fluent community. She loves connecting between people and always knows how to make everyone feel at home.

Besides managing the Fluent community, Noemi is also finishing an MA in Public Health. You may also find her dancing , volunteering in Burkina Faso or playing rugby in Tel-Aviv.

Languages: Spanish, Hebrew, English, Valenciano some French.

 

Yael Sagiv

Social media manager & content producer.

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Though she was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Yael is crazy about traveling and speaks Spanish fluently from watching Argentinian TV series!

Yael’s energies never end: whether she’s producing a new video, volunteering, studying at IDC, waitressing, enjoying herself at the beach or playing the ukulele, she is always busy on her next project, with a big smile on her face!

Languages:  Hebrew, English, Spanish, some French

Claire Margolis

Students relationship manager 

French/Hebrew teacher

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Claire moved to Israel from France 6 years ago, and she is just the coolest person out there (the person everyone wants to have as a friend)! 

 Though she’s kicking ass in high tech (she is a training & wellbeing manager), Claire always stayed connected to her true love: teaching languages.

Traveling, reading, playing sports and eating chocolate are another few of her passions.

Languages:  Hebrew, French, English, & some Spanish’

Roni Shapira

Jerusalem community manager

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Roni is probably the kindest and most enthusiastic person you will ever meet. We’re lucky to have her as our Fluent JLM community leader! 

She was born and raised in Jerusalem, and is a student at Hebrew University. Roni loves all forms of art and theater, reads as many books as possible, and also likes running long distances and spending time with loved ones. 

Languages: Hebrew, English, some German and some Arabic.

 

Moran Peleg

Events team –  eventmanager

Born and raised in Israel and fluent in more than 4 different languages, Moran is a natural fit in the Fluent family.

She loves living new experiences and meeting new people, and works in a tourism company in Tel-Aviv. . 

Moran manages our Saturday events in Tel-Aviv & makes sure that everyone gets the perfect language learning experience!

Languages: Hebrew, English, Spanish, German, some Yiddish, some Portuguese & some Italian.

Jacqui Mautner

English/Hebrew teacher

If you don’t know Jacqui yet, you’re definitely missing out. Her awesome personality makes all the students fall in love with learning languages (with her).

Besides being the only Australian on the team, Jacqui differentiates herself by using sarcasm as her superpower.

During her free time you’ll probably find Jacqui dancing, reading,  or creating new material for English teachers.

Languages: Hebrew, English & some Italian.

Gal Vaknin

Events team

Gal’s fun and loving personality makes everyone smile when they see her. 

Apart from being your friendly host at our events, Gal is a coordinator for international delegations and tutors Spanish.

She is crazy about Latin languages and wishes to become a polyglot in general, which makes her an obvious fit in the Fluent family.

Languages: Hebrew, English, Spanish, some French & some Hindi.

 

Miriam Fatmi

Events team

 Born and raised in Yafo and with Moroccan origins, Miriam is what you’d call: the ultimate polyglot! 

 Miriam’s passion for languages brought her to speak around 7 languages nowadays, and she’s only 18 years old! 

Miriam is always happy, excited and ready to help out. She is definitely someone you want to come say hi to at the events.

Languages: Arabic, Moroccan, French, English, Hebrew, some Russian & some Dutch.

Yael Copeland

English/Hebrew teacher

Raised by an American dad and a Puerto-rican mother, Yael grew up in Israel and is one of our awesome Hebrew/English teachers.

Besides teaching languageshe is also a talented musician; she writes her own songs and has a few different Israeli ensembles with whom she performs.

Yael loves meeting new people and learning about different cultures, which explains how she’s so passionate when teaching our courses!

Languages: Hebrew, English & some Spanish.

Naama Grinstein

Spanish/Hebrew teacher

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Originally from the North of Israel and raised by Argentinian parents, Naama is our talented Spanish & Hebrew teacher.

Naama is an artist, a teacher, an actress and just a very creative person in general. Her passionate personality and artistic mind come through when she teaches, and just makes it so fun to learn with her.

When she’s not teaching or acting, she’ll probably be walking around with her “mushlam” dog “Gezer”, singing or belly- dancing. 

Languages: Hebrew, Spanish & English.

 

Shalva Liu

Volunteer

Shalva is our beloved representative from China!

Shalva always has the best energies everywhere she goes, it’s such a pleasure to be around her. 

Whether she’s helping out at the entrance of the events, helping students practice their Chinese (as a Chinese Ambassador), or connecting with fellow language learners and exchanging cultures, she is always looking for the way to help out and make everyone happy!

Languages: Chinese, Hebrew, English, some Arabic.

Ran Fischer

Events team

After living in Europe for 5 years, Ran started as a regular language learner in the community and has now become an essential element in the events team!

His love for languages and multiculturalism makes him always eager to get to know new people and new cultures. 

Besides being active with Fluent, Ran is a marketing project manager and loves photography, playing instruments and sports.

Languages: Hebrew, English, German and some Spanish.

Gal Frachtenberg

Events team & Spanish students representative

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Born in Chile and raised in Argentina, Gal left her South-American childhood to settle in Israel last year.

Funny story: her parentseem to have anticipated her move to Israel by giving her one of the most common names in the country, while actually talking it from a Brazilian singer named Gal Costa.

Gal loves trying new food, singing and watching series on Netflix.

Gal is that person everyone wants to have as a friend: fun, sweet and who makes the best Empanadas!

Languages: Hebrew, Spanish, English and some French.

 

Dalia Gwilkie

Events team

After moving to Israel from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dalia immediately felt at home in the Fluent family.

She is probably one of the kindest people you will ever meet, and her peaceful and happy energy is contagious.

Dalia is passionate about cinema and photography- she has her own camera and loves to capture regular everyday life with her photos.

In addition to the languages she already knows Dalia’s next objective will be to learn French and Italian as well.

Languages: Spanish, Hebrew, English and some Portuguese.