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MEET OUR STAFF

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Shay Tal 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. He has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University. Throughout his life, he has been engaged in informal education and youth leadership through the Tzofim and Or Yarok organization, which educates about road safety. His previous role was in Israel as the Director of the Education and Community in Or Yarok organization. Prior to that, he held several management positions in the Tzofim movement in Israel. He is married to Lee, and they have three daughters - Omer, Shachar, and Ron.

Executive Director

Shay Tal

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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. 

Finance Manager

Hilla Ten-Ami

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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.

Office Manager and Summer Delegations Director

Sophie Levi Kotler

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. 

Director, Tzofim Tzabar

Liron Lichter

Bio coming soon! 

East Coast Educational Director, Tzofim Tzabar

Matan Alboim

Bio coming soon! 

East Coast Educational Director, Tzofim Tzabar

Tslil Zvi

Bio coming soon!

West Coast Educational Director, Tzofim Tzabar

Noy Zong

Bio Coming Soon!

Director, Tzofim Friendship Caravan and Social Media Manager

Danya Wasser

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Jordan grew up in Western Pennsylvania. After graduating with her BA in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, she has lived between the East Coast and the Middle East. Jordan moved from Tel Aviv to Manhattan last year, and is enjoying working with the Jewish community in the US and Israel through Chetz V'Keshet. 

Assistant Director, Tzofim Chetz V'Keshet

Jordan Miller

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. 

Assistant Director, Machane B'Yachad and Logistics Coordinator

Amit Barnathan

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Bio coming soon!

Assistant Director, Tzofim Garin Tzabar

Michal Shamir

Itamar Bliman was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. He grew up in the Israeli Scouts youth movement and did Shnat Sherut - a gap year through the Israeli Scouts, Young Judaea, and FZY, where he lived in Bat Yam and did volunteering and community service with Jewish teens from abroad. He served in the IDF as a combat infantry soldier and a commander. Itamar moved to Miami, Florida for his Shlichut for Tzofim Garin Tzabar and Young Judaea.

Southeast Regional Director, Tzofim Garin Tzabar

Itamar Bliman

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Originally from Israel, Adi now lives in Chicago. Adi went to school for graphic design, and has worked as a web and application designer in Tel-Aviv. Adi connected with the Friends of Israel Scouts and Tzofim Garin Tzabar through his network in the Chicago Jewish community.

Midwest Regional Director, Tzofim Garin Tzabar

Adi Elias

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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.

Northwest Regional Director, Tzofim Garin Tzabar

Sharon Grosbard

Shira is originally from Tel Aviv, Israel. The Israeli Scouts, Tzofim, has always been a significant part of her life, and she has had a variety of roles in the organization, both in Israel and in the US, including Tel Aviv Regional Coordinator of the Tzamid program for inclusion, and East Coast Educational Director of Tzofim Tzabar. She served in the IDF as an artillery instructor, after which she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Special Education. She received her Master's in Social Work from NYU and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing services through Jewish Family Services of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, where she resides with her husband, Guy, and their daughter, Tamar.  She enjoys working as the director of the Northeast Garinim.

Northeast Garin 1 & 2 Director, Tzofim Garin Tzabar

Shira Bar-On