Tomer was born in Givatayim and moved to Shoham, where his parents still live, when he was 8. After high school he joined the IDF and served as paratrooper in the 101 battalion. When his army service was over, Tomer flew to the US and worked in Jewish summer camps in Colorado and Texas, as part of the Jewish Agency Shlichim program. After returning to Israel, he attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received his degree in Political Science and International Relations. Upon graduation, Tomer returned to the US and served as the Israel Fellow of at the Hillel of The University of Texas at Austin for 2 years. As his time in Austin came to an end, Tomer already knew that he wanted to continue working within the Jewish educational world, this time in Israel. Working for the Israel Experience and serving as Director of the wonderful Masa Israel Teaching Fellows with Israel Experience is exactly what he was looking for and he is very excited to be able to provide this opportunity for participants from all around the world.
Neta-Lee Grinfas grew up in Rishon Lezion, Israel. She served as a Commander in the Education and Youth Corps of the IDF, teaching Hebrew and social integration to immigrant soldiers and minority groups in Israel before they enlisted in the Israeli Border Police. She worked as a counselor in Jewish summer camp Ramah Darom in Georgia through the Jewish Agency. Neta holds a BA from Tel Aviv University in Political Science and Education. After graduation, Neta volunteered in Oaxaca, Mexico as part of the Jewish Agency 'Project Ten'. She worked with the local community and took an active role in developing the region and participated in educational, public health and agricultural projects. Afterwards Neta worked with Grain Tzabar and with Israel Experience and Masa as Madricha. In 2015 Neta went on shlichut and served as the Israel Fellow to Hillel at Binghamton University. Neta believes in the strong connection between Israel and the Jewish people around the world. She knew she wanted to continue working within the Jewish educational world in Israel. She's excited to serve as the Educational Coordinator of Masa Israel Teaching Fellow with Israel Experience in Rishon Lezion and Petach Tikvah.
Rosie was born in New York and grew up in Tel Aviv, where she currently resides. She served as a soldier in Israel's Ministry of Defense unit "The Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria". Upon completion of her army service, Rosie enrolled into Bar Ilan University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Social Science, majoring in the field of Humanities and Human Behavior. Rosie's keen sense and passion for Israel and Judaism coupled with her love for education and people led her to join the Israel Experience team as the Petach Tikvah "Madricha" (instructor) in 2016. She is excited and honored to continue to inspire, coach and lead the 'Masa Israel's Teaching Fellows' in their meaningful experience here in Israel.
Yaniv Weiss was born in Israel. He has vast experience in the informal education system, teaching in NGOs such as the "Aharai" youth movement, "College for Excellence", and "Kivunim" Beer Sheba. He also has a background in Industrial Engineering, and has worked for some of Israel's leading High-Tech companies. He started to work at the Israel Experience in January 2017, as an Internship Coordinator for the High-Tech themed program Onward Gotech. He loves the different dynamics of working in Israel Experience and is passionate about music, technology, and volunteering.
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