MEET OUR STAFF
Efrat Lichtman is the Executive Director of ‘Friends of Israel Scouts – Tzofim’ in North America, as a Shaliach of the Tzofim and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Efrat holds an honor Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and Negotiations from Tel-Aviv University.
Efrat served as the Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in Matzmichim – The Israeli Violence Reduction Organization. During her stay in Vienna as an Israeli emissary, she was the Director of the Israeli school in the city and wrote articles on parenting during relocation. In the framework of the Branco-Weiss Education Institute, she gained a wealth of experience as a manager of educational programs, leading and training school principals on pedagogical leadership and educational excellence.
Efrat is a senior trainer and certified group facilitator of the MICHAEL method - Maximizing Individual potential to attain excellence.
During her Military Service Efrat served as an Officer Commander in Medics course.
Efrat is married to Roei and they have three children
Originally from Yavneh, Israel, Hilla was a Basic Training Commander in the IDF, and then an Officer. She moved to New York in 1998, and earned her degrees in Hospitality Management and Business at New York Institute of Technology. She began working for the Tzofim in 2012, after different positions in finance around NYC. Hilla lives in Ridgefield with her husband Yariv and her wonderful children Leo, Ethan, and Chloe.
Sophie Levi Kotler
Office Manager and Summer Delegations Director
Sophie was born and raised in Bat Yam, Israel. During her time in the army she was a Gadna youth instructor before working as a conference director at Keren Yeda, Foundation of the Histadrut Organization.
After moving to the states with her family, she worked as a Consul Assistant at the Israeli Consulate in New York.
Sophie has two adorable kids, Roni and Guy, with her husband Lior. In her free time, she loves to run outdoors, attend book clubs with her friends, and spend time with her family.
Director, Tzofim Tzabar
Liron is originally from Yehud, a small suburb in Israel. During her IDF service she worked in social behavior diagnostics alongside a psychologist to determine eligibility for future commanders. She received her BA in education and communication before going on to complete an MBA in non-profit management. Liron began her own non-profit in Jerusalem to benefit at risk youths, that is still thriving while she is here in the states.
Before coming to New York, Liron worked for the Israel Scouts for four years while living in Tel Aviv, and spent two summers in the mishlachat at a camp in Wisconsin. During her free time, she loves to travel, dance, and hike.
East Coast Educational Director, Tzofim Tzabar
Matan is Educational Director of Tzofim Tzabar, as a Shaliacha of the Tzofim and the Jewish Agency for Israel. She has a Bachelor's degree in psychology and MBA in non-profit management. In her previous roles, she managed the Social Business Entrepreneurship Incubator Program at Tel Aviv and worked at the Israeli scouts in different positions.
In recent years, Matan focused on creating connections between Israeli and Jewish identity through various programs. She studied at the Hartman Institute in Israel and she is currently studying at the Rotenberg Institute (the center for Jewish Psychology) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
West Coast Educational Director, Tzofim Tzabar
Netanel is originally from Tirat Carmel, a small city next to Haifa in Israel. During his service in the IDF Netanel engaged in the education and teaching of ‘at-risk youth’ in high school.
Netanel has a B.Ed. in formal and informal education from “Oranim College” and a M.A. in political science from the University of Haifa.
Before coming to Los Angeles, Netanel worked at the Israeli Scouts for 10 years in a variety of roles.
During his free time, Netanel loves to hike, travel, cook, and learn new things.
Assistant Director, Machane B'Yachad and Logistics Coordinator
Amit was born in New York City and made Aliya with his family in his childhood. Growing up in Modiin, Israel, Amit was a committed member of Shevet Yuval - the local Israeli scouts chapter.
After graduating from High school, majoring in Theatre and Social studies, Amit attended the Garin Atid Shnat Sheirut (volunteering gap year with Young Judaea Year course in Israel program). Through the program Amit joined the Tzofim summer delegation to Camp Judaea, NC as the head of scouting program on camp.
On November 2015 Amit joined the IDF, serving in a classified unit as a commander.
On 2018 Amit moved back to New York City, working on Shevet Tapuach (Israeli scouts of NYC) as an education program director, alongside studying acting at the Lee Strasberg institute.
Today Amit works as an Assistant Director of Camp B’Yachad, the Israeli summer camp in Milford, PA. Summer 2020 will be his second summer in camp.
Northwest Regional Director, Tzofim Garin Tzabar
Sharon Grosbard is the mother of Ofri and Itamar and is happily married to Dean. Sharon was born and raised in Israel and served in the IDF as a search and rescue instructor and later on as an officer. She continues to serve as a Major in the IDF search and rescue core. Sharon received a BA in Social Work and an MA in clinical social work. In the past 7 years since graduating Sharon has been working as a social worker in state-run foster care facilities, working with children and youth ages 4-18 who have been removed from their homes under court order, as consulting foster care families, and acting as lead counsel for the youth volunteers that lived and worked at the facility. As part of her role, she established a new program to accompany and support young adults who have aged out of the foster care system and were beginning the transition into adult life. Sharon enjoys working with teenagers and her hobbies include reading, kickboxing, hiking, family time and hanging out with friends preferably while drinking a good cup of coffee. Sharon is excited to join the team and is looking forward to doing some meaningful and challenging work with Garin Tzabar.