Meet the Caravan Shemer Scouts!

 

Meet Shani!

Hello, my name is Shani Golan, and I am 17 years old. I was born in Israel and until the age of 4 I lived in Herzliya. Then, my family and I relocated to Tokyo, Japan because of my father’s career at a high-tech company. We lived there for 4 years which were absolutely amazing. Growing up on the other side of the world was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! We moved back to Israel in 2010 to a little town called Tel Mond. My father’s name is Oded, my mother is Anat. I have a younger brother called Omri, he is 11 years old, and an older sister called Maya, she is 20 years old and is a soldier in the Israeli Defense Force. My parents own a karaoke business called Plugin; It is a club with around 20 private rooms where you can come with your friends and just have fun. I love going there as well.

Since the fourth grade I have been in the Israeli Scouts Movement, this movement impacted my life in so many ways; it gave me many tools and taught me a lot about myself, I cannot wait to tell you all about it when I meet you!

In Israel, all citizens are obligated to join the military when they reach the age of 18 and most teenagers are really looking forward to it! I have a real connection to this country and I would be honored to serve it when the time comes.

At school, I am in a theater class which basically means that I study acting, playwriting, directing, producing, and more. I love this major at school, it takes a lot of hard work, but it is worth it! Some more subjects which interest me are Jewish philosophy, English, and literature. In my free time, I like playing with my dog Jessie, going out with my friends to restaurants, parties, movies, plays, and more. I love traveling, seeing new places, meeting new people, and creating experiences that will stay with me forever.

I am so humbled to be a part of this delegation and to have the opportunity to represent my beautiful country through traveling and meeting new people! See you soon!

 

Meet Omer!

Hello, my name is Omer Peled and I am 16 years old. I live in Shoham, a town near the national airport of Israel. My mother’s name is Ronit. She is a clinical criminologist. She is a lecturer and researcher. My father’s name is Abraham. He is a financer and he has his own business. My two older brothers, Amit and Nir, are both combat soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces. Amit is 22 years old and Nir is 20 years old. We also have a German Shephard dog called Chaki. We eat family dinners together and we really enjoy traveling as a family. We travel a lot in Israel. I like trips that include swimming and walking along rivers. We love to go to Jorden River, which is in the north of Israel. We have been in many places around the world like the USA and Europe. In the USA we have been on the east coast. We traveled from Florida to Canada and finished our trip in New York. The most exciting place for me was Disney World in Florida.

I have been in the Tzofim since I was in 4th grade. Since then it is a very important part of my life. Last year I was a 5th grade girls’ counselor, and this year I’m a Scouting Skills Counselor with four of my friends. Our main goal is to increase the Scouting knowledge in our tribe. We are creating many grand- scale activities to challenge our trainees. We want to improve their knowledge and mostly we want them to have a great time.

As for my spare time, I like to do many things. First, my friends and I are in combat training. We are training twice a week on mental and physical fitness. Although it is very hard, I like it very much. Second, I like coding and I chose this subject in school because I want to learn more and get better.

I am really excited about this summer and look forward to this opportunity to meet you all!

 

Meet Yael!

Hello, my name is Yael. I’m 16 years old. I live in Gedera. My dad, Alon, used to be a combat helicopter pilot in the Israeli Air Force as well as a police helicopter pilot. He is now the deputy police commissioner. My mom, Lilach, served as a city council member for 10 years. Now she is studying for a master’s degree in Public Policy and administration at the Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva. I have 2 brothers. My oldest brother Yoav, is 19 years old and serves in a special unit in the IDF. My younger brother, Ido, is almost 13. Usually, on holidays and weekends, me and my family go on picnics in nature. During vacations, we usually travel to the south of Israel, especially the Negev. Its a unique, relaxing, and quiet place.

This year is my 7th year in the Scouts. My troop, or Shevet in Hebrew, is called Ha’Shahar, whichmeans the sunrise. There are only about 200 members making it very warm and family like… my second home. Last year I was a counselor for a group of 4th grade girls and this year I work with 6th grade girls, along with 3 more counselors.

I have been dancing and singing since I was little. I danced tap dance for nine years and hip hop for four. Dancing has become an inseparable part of my life. One of my favorite hobbies is to cook and to bake sweets. It has become part of my daily life, whether by making desserts for Shabat dinner with my family, or by just helping my mom in the kitchen. In my free time, I love to draw mandalas and paint watercolor paintings. It’s very calming and satisfying.

My majors at school are Arabic and Cinema and Communication. We learn how to film and edit videos using special software. I’m really proud to represent the Israeli scouts and my country, and am more than excited to meet you all!! See you soon 🙂

 

Meet Nir!

Hello, my name is Nir Cnaan, I live in Beit Dagan with my family: my father, Eli, my mother, Noa, my sister Gal, my brother Omri, and our cute dog that I love very much. My father works for a construction company as VP of Sales. My mother works for an or- ganization called Enosh, where she helps and rehabilitates people with mental illnesses. She is also a parent counselor. My sister is a fitness trainer, and my brother works for a credit card company.My grandmother, my mother’s mom, lives in Moshav Orot in the south. When my mother was a little girl my grandmother and my grandfather (RIP) were working in agriculture and they had a chicken coop, where I learned a lot about the country and working the land and way more connected with it. I study at Mikve Isra- el Agricultural School in Holon. In the framework of the school we work in all sorts of industries such as chicken coop, gardening, greenhouses, etc. I have a driving license on a tractor through the school and I am working with it at school. All of the above strengthens my connection to my country and my family.

In my free time I really like to hang out with my good friends, go with them to eat, to the movies … I do not have many hobbies other than the Scouts. I also practice in the gym and I used to play tennis.

I have been in the Scouts since the fourth grade. Until 9th grade I was a trainee and in the 10th grade I joined the senior class and was the counselor of a group of girls in the sixth grade. To be a counselor was challenging, but fun and worthwhile. This is an amazing and enjoyable experience. This year I have been chosen to be a course counselor (training future guides). It is so different, the children are more mature and there is someone to talk to. It is also challenging and hard, but I have a very good team that together we are excellent and have fun. My father used to be the head of my Scouts tribe. My sister used to be a young coordinator, and after graduating she did a year of service with the Scouts. My brother used to be the head of warehouse. My grandfather was one of the founders of the Scouts tribe in Rishon Lezion. As you can see, the Scouts are very significant in my family.
I am looking forward to seeing you, and I’m very excited about meeting with you!

 

Meet Noam!

Shalom! my name is Noam Izhak and I’m 17 years old. I live very close to Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot. I love my neighborhood, there are nice people and all of my close friends live nearby. My father’s name is Moti and he is a police officer. My mother is Shlomit and she works as a gym teacher. My brother is Meishav, he is 20 years old and he serves in the IDF. My family has a great relationship and in Shabbat meals we talk a lot about the society and politics in Israel.

I have been in the Scouts since I was in 4th grade. My tribe’s name is Yarden. It is named after the Jordan River in Israel. Last year I was a counselor for 13 boys in the 5th grade, and this year I’m responsible for a larger group of 30 kids also in the 5th grade. I have a team of three counselors who guide the kids in different groups, and I enjoy every minute. The Scouts is a big part of my life, it has made me creative, responsible and independent.

Dance is an integral part of my life. As long as I can remember, I have always been dancing. I have been dancing different dance styles, such as Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, but in recent years I realized that I enjoy hip-hop, it releases all the pressure or anger I am experiencing at that moment. The Hip-hop style reflects my personality; jumpy, energetic, and confident. I like being with my friends, we hang out a lot together. We spend a lot of time at the beach, having a picnic outside or creating DIYs.

I study in Amos De-Shalit High school in Rehovot, I study physics and I love this subject. I also take part in the student council, and participate in sports competitions such as handball, soccer, and running. This year, our school rose to the High schools’ basketball league championship and I was the leader of the cheerleading team. I am very excited to see you!

 

Meet Yali!

Hello, my name is Yali , I’m 16 years old and I live in Ganey Tikva. My mother Galit and she works at a clinic in a government company. My father Yossi and he is an artist. My sister Rani is 14 years old. She is in the Scouts and she in a training course to be a counselor. We spend a lot of time together. We love to travel, eat and even to do a dance party in the living-room.

I have been in the Tzofim – the Israeli Scouts – since 4th grade and since then it has been a huge part of my life. Last year I was a counselor of a group of 6th grade girls, I had 18 girls in my group. This year I’m a counselor of a group of 8th graders, girls and boys. I love the Scouts and my troop. I grateful for being part of so many young girls’ and boys’ lives.

My main hobbies are drawing and cooking. I’ve always loved to cook, to watch cooking TV shows, and obviously- to eat. Every year me and my aunt Tami invite our family, friends and neighbors to celebrate with us the Mimuna, a feast that takes place after Passover. This feast is a unique celebration of food and music celebrated by Jewish people from North Africa. We make a lot of sweet and delicious traditional food to celebrate the end of the holiday. This is my favorite time of the year. My grandmother is an artist and she is a role model for me in the art industry. I love to go with her to museums and art shows. Since I was a little kid I had a strong connection with art and painting.

I study at Meitar High School and major in Biology and chemistry. In the future I think I want to be a doctor.

My favorite place in Israel is the Negev (a desert in south Israel). Me and my family love to travel there. Even in the holidays we love to go there and spend the vacations watching the amazing and calming views of the desert.

I am very excited and looking forward to meeting you!

 

Meet Tal Fries!

My name is Tal Fries, I’m 17 years old and I live in Kiryat Ono. My mother Shirley is a social worker, and my father Dror works in high-tech. I have 3 siblings: Maya is 19 and we have a lot in common. I also have a younger sister and a younger brother, Shira and Ben, they are 14 year old twins who get along really well. We have a dog, Blacky, who was adopted 3 years ago. My family is close and warm and we enjoy spending time together, especially to travel in Israel and abroad.

One of my favorite things to do is play the piano, which I’ve done since I was 4 years old. Some other hobbies that I enjoy are dancing, reading, baking, and traveling. I like to spend time with my friends, they are very important to me and I love sharing with them different experiences.

I’ve been in the Tzofim since I was in the 4th grade, and I cherish every single moment that I’ve had here. Most of my friends are from the Scouts. Last year I was a guide of a group of 16 girls in the 4th grade. This year I’m head of the guiding staff. There are 7 guides in my staff, each one of them has a group and I’m responsible for all the guides and their group members. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to create good memories with all the people I met in the Scouts- memories that will be remembered forever. I think it’s very important to influence younger kids in a positive way, and be a supportive figure for them.

Since I got the announcement about being part of the delegation, I can’t stop thinking about the summer and the people I’ll meet and the places I’ll see. I’m sure that reality will exceed my imagination, and I can’t wait for this experience. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all!

 

Meet Eldar!

Hi! My name is Eldar Herman, and I’m 17 years old. I live in Haifa which is located in the northern part of Israel, my country! My father’s name is Shimon and he owns a jewelry designing studio, and my mother Hagit is working in Haifa University. My sister Erel is 23 and is working with my father in his studio. My brother Maor is 20 and serves in the IDF as a commander in the Home Front Command Unit. Of course my family wouldn’t be complete without my dog, called Gavri who’s 8 years old and is a mixed breed.

My school is one of the few arts schools we have here in Israel, and it’s called Reut High School for the Arts. My major is theater. Since a young age I’ve been passionate about theater. The feeling of standing on the stage and acting and performing is something I need on a daily basis, so it’s a great privilege for me to attend a school that excels in theater.

I joined my Tzofim tribe in the 4th grade, and immediately fell in love with it and with the whole Tzofim movement. My tribe is called Afik and it has two special signatures: the color purple, and a panther. Afik has become my second home ever since. Spending my time there, especially with my close friends, is one of my everyday pleasures. Last year my posi- tion in the tribe was to counsel ten girls in the 4th grade. This year I was assigned to be the head of the 4th grade troop in my tribe.

Another hobby of mine, is hiking and going out on field trips. As a hiker, it is a great luck for me to live in a country which includes all the different treasures of nature. Israel has a little bit of everything: a beautiful dessert, a long coastline full of calming beaches, many moun- tains and woods, the Dead Sea and many more magical places to explore. However, it is very exciting to have the opportunity this summer, to experience and see so many other beautiful places and people in a whole different country. But most of all, I’m even more ex- cited to finally meet you!

 

Meet Tal Grinstein!

Hi, my name is Tal Grinstein. I’m 17 years old and I live in Ramat Gan. My mother Iris is a first and second grade teacher. My father Yaniv is a professor of finance. My oldest sister Yuval is 24 and she just finished her bachelors in psychology. My sister Roni is 20 and she is in the army, helping soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds who dropped out of school at a young age complete their education. The last but not least member of the family is Pheobe, our beloved dog, she is the princess of the family. I was born in a small town in upstate New York called Ithaca. I lived there until I was six, when my parents decided to come back to Israel. My childhood was full of nature, snow days, hiking, and traveling.

I have been in the Israeli Scouts since I was in 4th grade. The Scouts has always been a big part of my life and it has taken a significant role in shaping my character. Last year I was a guide of 4th grade girls and this year I’m the head of the 4th grade counselors. It means I am in charge of the counselors as well as the 4th grade children. Having this role is a big responsibility. It is our job to make sure these children learn new values, connect with each other through scouting, and hopefully to make an impact on them, like our counselors did on us.

My major in school is theatre. I love acting so much because I feel that it’s a way for me to express myself. I also love dancing, I have been dancing for 10 years, three times a week in a studio. We compete and perform in many places. I love dancing for the same reason I love acting; it is one of my favorite mediums I can express myself through.

I am very excited to meet you all, see you soon!

 

Meet Adam!

Hello, I am Adam Hoffman, I’m 17 and I live in Ramat Gan. Lilach and Din are my parents, my mother is a nutritionist and a positive thinking coach from the coaches’ office in Israel and my father is a CFO of a real estate company. They raised me and my sisters, Lovely and Ela, with warmth and love and I love them very much. We are very connected and loving, go on trips in Israel and abroad together even with my grandparents and other family members.

I am a Scout counselor to 15 sixth graders, I have been in the Scouts since fourth grade. I love counseling and scouting, I am very connected with the Scout’s values and I believe in it as an educational framework. In eighth grade, I was elected to represent the Scouts in a delegation to London, and I enjoyed meeting teenagers from Britain and getting acquainted with their culture and local customs.

My passion is music, from all over the world. I play the piano and guitar and like singing dancing and acting. I enjoy sports, especially team sports. Movies and Marvel movies in particular is another way to fill free time

with pleasure. I volunteer in MADA (Magen David Adom) – this is the main volunteer system of first aid and ambulance services in Israel. I have a lot of friends from plenty of different frameworks such as from my school, scouts and other schools as well. I love spending time with friends, hang out in Tel Aviv, go bowling or just sit at a friend’s house and laugh about things with the company.
I learn in Blich High School in Ramat Gan in a special program called Nachshon, which is an excellence and leadership program. My majors are chemistry, computer science, and application programing.

I’m looking forward with great expectations to meet with Jewish communities in the US, especially with Jewish kids. I hope to contribute to a meaningful encounter to strengthen your connection to Israel.

 

Meet Scouts Leader Dor!

Hello, my name is Dor Shatil and I’m 23 years old. I was born in Neve Monoson on the 19th of April 1996 and I live in Neve Monoson ever since with my family. A little bit about my family- my mom, Vered, she is a home stylist. My dad, Alon, is a project manager. My brother Yarden is 19 years old and now serving in the IDF. My sister Ronni 14 years old, she is a middle school student. My little brother Yuval is 9 years old, he is an elementary school student. We also have a small female dog – Choocha.

I started my way in the Scouts when I was 10 years old at 4th grade in my local Scouts troop called Macabim. As years went by I was a counselor, head counselors and in charge of all the special activities in my troop like camps, trips, holidays, etc.

After graduating high school majoring economy, sociology, and robotics, I joined the army. I served for 2 years as an infantry instructor. I taught soldiers how to drive APCs (Armored Personnel Carrier), like mini tank. 3 months in my army service I trained new instructors who just finished their basic training how to become an instructor on the APC.

In summer 2016, I was a camp counselor in the MJCCA day camps in Atlanta. I was in charge of the nature activities and a general counselor. At the end of 2016, I started to work in the Scouts. I was in charge of the troop I grew up in, Macabim. I managed all the activities, trips, camps, counselors, head counselors, training of new counselors…I did this job for almost 2 years and finish in September 2018. I loved everything about this job, working with kids and counselors, help them become better counselors, teach them how to manage teams…I learned a lot of new things from every single thing I did and really enjoyed every part of this job.

In November 2018, I volunteered in South Africa in a place called Riverside, a rehabilitation center for monkeys. I took part of all the tasks- feeding the animals, play with them and clean the cages. It was a one in a life time experience and I hope it can be more than one time, and go back one day.

I’m excited to meet all of you this summer!

 

Meet Scouts Leader Amit!

Bio coming soon!