WHO WE ARE
Dr. Aaron Greener,
Dr. Mechael Osband,
Mechael has directed and participated in many excavations in Israel, including Tell-es-Safi (Gath), Khirbet Rasm, Tel Maresha, and the Golan. Besides being a field archaeologist, he works in Israel as a tour guide and educator. Born in Boston, Mechael moved to Israel in 1995 and lives in the Golan with his family.
Director of Communication
Melanie Takefman has extensive experience in communication, including work in the nonprofit sector and print, broadcast and online journalism. A native of Montreal, Canada, her career has spanned four continents.
Most recently, Melanie served as the communication manager of the New Israel Fund’s New England regional office. While living in Israel, she was the North Africa correspondent for The Media Line, a multimedia news agency. At the same time, she worked as a copy and foreign editor at The Jerusalem Post. Earlier, she taught computer courses at Mujeres en Acción, a women’s organization in Tarija, Bolivia.
Melanie holds a master’s degree in communication from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with great distinction from McGill University. In addition to English, Melanie is fluent in Hebrew, French and Spanish.
Owen is a Ph.D. student in Biblical Archaeology at Andrews University. He is working on his dissertation about Tell Safut, a site 12 km north of Amman in Jordan. In addition he is teaching several classes at the undergrad level at Andrews. He has participated in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, excavated at Tell es-Safi, and is currently a staff member and undergrad field school coordinator for the sites of Tall Jalul and Tall Hisban. Owen earned his B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Old Testament studies from Wheaton College, and his M.A. in Historical Geography from Jerusalem University College.