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Dr. Reuven Gal
Born in Israel, 24 August 1942, as a sixth-generation \"Sabre\" (native born) of a Jerusalemite family. Reuven was an active member and a \"Madrich\" (group-leader) in the Israeli Scouts Movement. Served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a combat infantry officer (1960-1963) and commanded a reserve recco-unit participating in the battles on Jerusalem in the Six-Days War.
After completing his academic studies in psychology and sociology (B.A, and M.A. at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1968; Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, 1975) - Reuven served as IDF\'s Chief Psychologist (1976-1982) and retired from the IDF with the rank of Colonel (1983).
Between 1983-5, Dr. Gal was awarded a Senior Research Associateship by the National Academy of Science, and spent two years in Washington DC., doing research and academic work.
In 1985 Reuven founded and subsequently headed (until 2002) the Carmel Institute for Social Studies, a non-profit research and policy-making center, which studies and promotes social and psychological projects, both in Israel and internationally. Among these projects was the \"Helping-the-Helpers\" program, designed to help mental-health professionals in the Former-Yugoslavia countries ( Bosnia-Hertzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Cosovo) throughout their recent civil wars (1992-2001). Similarly, he engaged in conflict-resolution and reconcilliation issues in Northern-Ireland, as well as in Jewish - Arab co-existance programs. Another project was the \"World Jewish Peace Corps\", an attempt to creat an international network of young Jewish volunteers, serving in non-Jewish, disaster-blown, communities.
In 1991 Reuven, together with two colleagues, founded the Center for Outstanding Leadership in Zichron Ya'akov, Israel. To thess days, the COL has trained and supervised hundreds of Israeli leading CEO\'s and leaders of various institutions.
From 2002 to 2004 Dr. Gal served as the Deputy National Security Advisor, for Domestic Policy, at the Israeli National Security Council (NSC) and between 2005 - 2007 he served as a senior consultant to the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, on Coexsitence Leadership Institute research and design project.
In 2007, Dr. Gal was invited by the Israeli government to establish a universal framework for National Youth Service in Israel. Consequently, he has been appointed (Jan\' 2008) as the General Director of this framework, called The Authority for National Civic Service, at the Prime Minister\'s office.
Beside his academic and research work (among his books are: A Portrait of the Israeli Soldier, 1986; Legitimacy and Commitment in the Military, 1990; The Seventh War, 1990; Handbook of Military Psychology, 1991; Service Without Guns, 2006), Reuven is a board member of numerous public and academic organizations as well as professional-journal editorial boards.
Reuven is married to Ivria, a family-therapist, and together they have (so far...) five children and eight grandchildren. In summer of 2004, Ivria and Reuven took off on a year-long journey around the world. The Gal\'s reside at Zichron-Ya\'akov, a small picturesque tawn in Northern Israel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
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