Formed in 1995, the Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. – Tzofim (FOIS) encompasses programs that began in the early 1960s. These programs develop and maintain a connection between the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) movement in Israel and North American Jewry.
Dr. Adelson has been a member of the Israel Scouts since her youth. She is a leading supporter of our organization and its mission of strengthening the connection between Israeli and North American youth. Dr. Adelson's support is central to our goal of inspiring children and teenagers with leadership skills and integrating them as vital members of Israeli society and Jewish communities around the world.
Daniel J. Katz
Daniel Katz was born in Milwaukee, WI. In 1970, about to enter 8th grade, as zionists should, he moved to Israel, for four and a half years, with his parents and his 2 siblings. Daniel returned to the States in 1975, to attend Washington University in St. Louis where he received his undergraduate degree in Business and then his Law Degree. In 1980, he returned to Milwaukee where he worked for his father for a few years until he started his own company, Katz Properties, Inc., which he still owns and manages. Daniel's greatest passions in his life are his wife, 6 kids, and where he is the National President for the Friends of Israel Scouts as well as where he is the President of Hillel Day School of Boca Raton. Daniel is a very proud Jew and a very proud Zionist! In the 1990's, Daniel was the National Chair of New Leadership for the State of Israel Bonds.He is presently a Vice President of the Zionist Organization of America, on the executive board of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School and on the boards of Yeshivat Chovevai Torah and Yad Vashem. Daniel was also the previous president of the Boca Raton Synagogue.
An attorney, Isaac (Ike) Blachor has been an active member of the American, New York State, and Nassau County Bar Associations, and is a past President of the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County. He served as the Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the Nassau County Bar Association and as a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility. He is a past Chair of the Long Island Cabinet for State of Israel Bonds and the founder of the Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County. As founder of the Friends of Israel Scouts, Isaac has served as pro-bono legal counsel and as the national secretary of the FOIS board, ensuring that the organization meets the standards of the Philanthropic Advisory Council of the Better Business Bureau.
Tila Falic Levi
Elad Sanderovich is the Executive Director of Tzofim Tzabar Olami - the global Israeli Scouts Youth Movement and the main program to support Lone Soldiers in the IDF. He has a Bachelors degree in Education and Economics from the Haifa University.
Throughout his life, Elad has been engaged in informal education management and youth leadership through the Tzofim. Elad established a project for at-risk youth in the Tzofim Haifa region, creating a new model for informal education in disadvantaged neighborhoods. After this venture, he was the Director of the Tzofim Haifa region, encompassing over 4,000 active participants. He was the Director of the Education Department of the Tzofim movement, leading a team to strategically re-envision the Tzofim curriculum, which was implemented in over 200 Tzofim chapters around Israel. He served as a Jewish Agency Central Shaliach, and served as the Executive Director of the Friends of Israel Scouts - Tzofim in North America, encompassing programs for over 5,000 children and teens each year.
Elad served in the IDF as an Officer in the artillery forces and still serves as captain in reserves, as an Operation Officer.
Doron came to know the Tzofim during the years in which he served as the National Director of Young Judaea, the Tzofim’s sister movement in the United States. Throughout his tenure with Young Judaea he worked closely with the top international leadership of the Tzofim and helped to promote and develop its projects and programs on both sides of the ocean. He has spent much of his career working on behalf of Israel and Zionist education. He currently serves as the senior executive for the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Shelly Weil z"l
A 70 year veteran of scouting, Shelly served as Chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting, was the recipient of the Silver Bear, Silver Antelope, Distinguished Eagle, and Shofar awards. In addition, Shelly staffed 10 National and 10 World Jamborees with the scouts, and was active with the Friends of Israel Scouts since its inception 40 years ago. He hosted Friendship Caravan delegations for 22 years, first while living in New York, and continued after retiring to Delray Beach, FL 18 years ago.
We lost Shelly in October 2014 - a tragedy for the Friends of Israel Scouts, and the Jewish people.