I am 35 years old and I was born and raised in Bnei-Brak. I recently moved to Kibbutz Shluchot with my husband, who became the kibbutz's rabbi.
I have always directed my path towards giving back to my community and to my people - I founded and chaired for two years the "Amutat Dror", the non profit student organization for the release of the Israeli soldiers captured or missing in action, I worked as national coordinator for Religious Noar Oved and Lomed garins and then as marketing and events coordinator for the "MiBeresheet" social movement, headed by Rabbi Mordechai Alon. I was also a member of "Active for the Public", that does social activities and volunteers in our community - I worked mostly with young olim in youth villages.
I then went on to study for a B.A. in Jewish History and an M.A. in Eretz Israel studies from the Bar Ilan University, and during my studies I worked as an advisor to MK Saul Yahalom, then Minister of Transportation, and as an advisor to MK Zvulun Orlev, then Minister of Welfare.
I learned a great deal during these years, especially through the Ministry of Welfare - where I worked closely with almost all of the local municipalities. But I feel that most importantly, I've learned much about how the municipal and national welfare systems treat children and teenagers at-risk, and about their point of view and work methods.
The Youth Futures program completes me, because it allows me to see the other viewpoint in this equation - the child's. I believe in putting the child in the center, and focusing on his/her specific good points and treating each child personally.