Tiferet Bassel was born to American immigrants to Israel and raised in Jerusalem. She currently resides in Jaffa with her wife and their giant brown dog, Miso. Tiferet holds a BA in Eastern Asian and Interdisciplinary studies from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prior to working at Dorot she was the Director of the Yahel Social Change Fellowship. Tiferet has taught Hebrew extensively and conducted academic research in Cultural Studies with a particular focus on postcolonialism and conflicting narratives of world history. In addition, she has worked at an antiques auction house, researching and writing about artifacts important to Jewish culture and Israeli history.