Yifat, born and raised in Israel, returns to education after 20 years in advertising where she worked as a media director for large-scale companies across the globe.
After serving as a Ma-dadit (Youth Counselor) in the Israeli Army, she came to the U.S. as the Israeli Schlicha at Capital Camps during the summer of 1996. Years later, teaching Hebrew at her daughter’s school re-ignited her love and passion for experiential education, along with her desire to bring technology to the forefront of Jewish Education.
Yifat earned her Master’s degree in Education with a strong focus on Experiential Education at American Jewish University (AJU) in fall of 2016. She always brings her Israeli upbringing and experience to bear when teaching her students, and this is what brought her to the iCenter as iFellow for the MA concentration in Israel Education program where she graduated in fall 2016 as well. She specializes in Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) and been teaching 4th-6th grade at a Conservative Jewish supplementary school in Los Angeles and was their Administrative intern, where she wrote Jewish experiential programs for students and family weekend retreats. 20 years later, starting summer 2016, Yifat returned to camp as a JCCA Chizuk Fellow/Jewish Program Director and Rosh Mishlachat working with the Israeli staff comingto work at camp. Being at camp (Camp JCA Shalom) fills her heart with true joy and porpose and it’s where where she feels most at home.
In the past 3 years Yifat served as the Assistant Director of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) Etz Chaim Learning Center (ECLC). She was responsible for designing and facilitating professional development sessions for the school staff and manage and facilitate school programs. She also supervised and taught the Technology Academy, where she curated technology in order to continuously shape Hebrew and Jewish Studies curriculum to be on par with the current emerging new technologies in the ‘outside’ world.
She currently resides in Thousand Oaks and travels back to Israel often to visit her dearly-missed family.