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Danielle Bett

Danielle Bett

Danielle is SICA’s chair and co-founder.

The idea to found SICA came from a desire to allow the Israeli community to come together and celebrate culture and bring a taste of home to Israelis in Scotland; while also promoting education on the diverse culture of Israel.

Danielle was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Israel, in the city of Ramat Gan. She moved back to Scotland with family as a teenager and completed her high school education here. She studied International Relations and Spanish at the University of St Andrews and is currently working in Public Affairs.

Danielle has enjoyed working closely with the Jewish Community in Scotland, and has a keen interest in learning about different cultures.

Niva Mclellan (Aldema)

Niva Mclellan (Aldema)

Niva is SICAs vice chair and co-founder. She moved to the UK in 2008 to raise a family with her British husband.

Niva has a degree in Computer Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her professional background is in software development.
Niva joined SICA as she feels passionate about celebrating Israeli culture, particularly in her new home, Scotland. Thus fully expressing the multiple aspects of identity.  

Niva also manages a popular Israeli atheist group on Facebook and is an active member of the atheist community of Israel.

Gitit Kadar-Satat

Gitit Kadar-Satat

Gitit Kadar-Satat is SICA's treasurer and co-founder. She joined SICA to create opportunities to celebrate and promote awareness of the cultural heritage of the diverse Israeli community in Scotland. Gitit grew up in a Kibbutz and then lived in Zichron-Yaakov before moving from Israel to Edinburgh in 2009 to complete her doctoral training. Gitit was awarded a PhD in Education from the University of Edinburgh, where she is now working as a social researcher and tutor. Gitit is also the University of Edinburgh Q-Step centre outreach and placements supervisor. Before that, she completed an M.A. in Sociology at Tel-Aviv university and a B.A. in Social Sciences at the Open University of Israel.

Linor Kirkpatrick

Linor Kirkpatrick

Linor is SICA's Secratery and co-founder. She's passionate about people, culture and diversity and her personal mission is to create a positive impact by connecting and empowering the community.

She reached out to the Israeli and Jewish communities as soon as she moved to Scotland and since her move has volunteered in different community building and cultural initiatives.

Linor's professional background is in Technology and Telecommunications. She's a certified Project Manager, studied Business at the Open University in Israel and has a CMI diploma in Leadership and Management.

The SCOTTISH ISRAELI CULTURAL ASSOCIATION (SICA) was established by a dedicated diverse group of volunteers who shared the passion and desire to further encourage links between the Israeli and Scottish culture

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