Yvette Nahmia-Messina
Born in Athens on July 15, 1970


Professional History

2009- Teaching & lecturing Peace and Coexistence through poetry and reiki
2009 Chairwoman of NGO Ecoweek Israel
2005 Co-founder of international environmental NGO Ecoweek
2005-2008 Columnist on Jewish/Women's Issues in Aleph, the bimonthly magazine of the Jewish Community of Athens (in Greek)
2000- Reiki teacher and Grinberg Method therapist, private practice, Jerusalem and Aegina, Greece
2000-2009 Greek Teacher at the Greek Community Center of Jerusalem, Aegina, Greece and Kibbutz Kramim
1998 - 2000 Senior Writer and Managing Editor
Yad Vashem Yad Vashem Martyr' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority Magazine Jerusalem
Winter 1996 Research Assistant
Thessaloniki Archives at the Diaspora Research Institute
Tel-Aviv University
9.93 -6.1995 Administrative Assistant
Jewish Museum of Greece Athens
2003 - 2004 Reiki Master Course
Learned with Master Sarandis Haloulos, Athens, Greece
2000 - 2003 The Avi Grinberg Method student and therapist.
A developmental therapeutic process through bodywork
1996-1998 MA in Jewish Civilization Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem - Advisor: Prof. David Satran
Master Thesis: "Under the shadow of the Holocaust: The disappearing Jewish Communities of Greece"
1996-1997 Graduate Fellow of the Senior Educators Program
Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora of the Hebrew University. Jerusalem
1995 - 1996 Mahon Pardes Jerusalem
Graduate in Advanced Jewish Studies
1991 - 1995 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
American College of Greece (Deree College) Athens
1989 - 1991 International Relations and Economics
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1988 - 1989

Mechina of Social Sciences and Modern Jewish History
Preparatory course at the Overseas Program
Tel-Aviv University Ramat-Aviv, Israel

1983 - 1988 Athens College High School, Athens

Informal Jewish Education

September 1997 International Nahum Goldmann Fellowship Glamsta, Sweden
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
1.7.97-23.7.97 International School for Holocaust Studies
Yad Vashem Jerusalem
1992 - 95

Seminars on Jewish Philosophy by Stephanos Rozanis Organized by the Descendents of Holocaust Survivors Athens

21.8.94 - 28.8.94 Summer University ‘94 Lalandia, Denmark
European Union of Jewish Students
1.8.93 - 11.8.93 Nahum Goldmann Fellowship Zvenigorod, Russia
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
3.1.93 - 8.1.93 Vision in the Desert 22nd World Gathering and Congress World Union of Jewish Students Arad, Israel
1.7.92 - 29.7.92 Keren Kolot Jewish Studies Course Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
26.4.92 - 9.5.92 March of the Living Poland - Israel

Therapeutic & Personal
Growth Work

2001 - today Reiki & Grinberg Method Therapist Jerusalem and Aegina
1997 - today Women's Support Group Facilitator Jerusalem and Aegina


1996 - 2002 Teacher of Greek
Greek Community Center Jerusalem
1997 Founder of the Talmud Torah Hakatan
Beit-Midrash Teacher of Torah, Greece
July 1996 Organizer and teacher of the Jewish Program
Jewish Summer Camp of the Greek Jewish Community
July 1993 Organizer and teacher of the Jewish Program
Jewish Summer Camp of the Greek Jewish Community

Honors, Fellowships

1997-98/95-96 Community Service Scholarship
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York, NY
1997-98/96-97 Golda Meir Scholarship
Rothberg School Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1997/1993 International Nahum Goldmann Fellowship
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Sweden & Russia
1996-1997 Fellowship at the Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora Jerusalem
1988/9 Nahum Goldmann Fellowship Review Committee of Fellows applications
Dec 1994 Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
Yale University - Interview Assistant to Mr. Yasha Almuli
1992 - 1993 Chairperson
Athens Union of Jewish Students Athens, Greece
January 1992 Volunteer
Kibbutz Ketura Israel

Societies and Associations

2003 - 2006 Association of Active Citizens of Aegina Greece
2001 - today Greenpeace International Member (Israel)
1995 - today Deere College Alumni Society Member
1988 - today Athens College Alumni Society (SAKA) Member


Greek Native Language
Hebrew Ptor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (1990)

Cambridge Proficiency in English, (1988)

French Certificat De Langue Francaise, (1985)

Articles Published

View and read articles in English
View and read articles in Greek
Articles on Yvette's work  
HAARETZ English Edition Healing Through Poetry, , Friday June 4, 2010 Building Paradise on my moving to Israel story and work
therapeuticjustice blog Midwives of Peace on a presentation I gave at the conference of the Association for Women in Psychology

Picture: Sofia Kouvanidou