The Kaima family is passionate about what they do. Our collective experience working with youth and our respect for the environment and community development align to offer dropout youth an essential sense of personal pride, civic responsibility and the possibility of a brighter future.
Yoni Yefet Reich
Yoni was born in Beit Zayit and is a graduate of the nearby Ein Kerem Community Environmental School. He has considerable experience in non-profit organisation management, as well as in informal social educational program development and implementation.
Yoni received his Bachelor of Law (LLB) in 2005 and graduated with an MA in Non-Profit Management at Hebrew University in 2013.
As an educator and organic farmer with experience in both Israel and Europe, and a first degree in psychology, Erez is uniquely qualified to serve as the organization's pedagogic agriculturalist. He has also worked extensively to help rehabilitate youth-at-risk at Amutat-Em-Haderech in the village of Lifta, just outside of Jerusalem.
Tamir, a social worker, has extensive experience with both youth at risk and organic farming. He established and managed a social business venture at Ein Yael which runs experiential workshops for schoolchildren and teens. Tamir also has a broad knowledge of organic farming, which he gained working in organic farms in
Israel, Switzerland and Portugal. Tamir is a graduate of the Department of Social Work of the Hebrew University and is currently studying for his MA within the University's Faculty of Agriculture.
Sharon is highly experienced in training at-risk and special needs youth. She runs a youth-at-risk club in Mevaseret Zion and teaches Krav Maga (non-competitive martial arts) at the Variety Center in Jerusalem. Sharon also serves as Kaima's professional photographer as she received a BA degree in photography from the Bezalel Arts Academy.
Gilad, passionate about connecting people to nature, has worked extensively with environmental start-up efforts around Israel and in Ethiopia. He also has experience in rehabilitation work with youth through gardening.
Nomi is an educator who works at the Ramot School in Bat Yam to reduce educational gaps and encourage matriculation for youth-at-risk through the Tafnit advanced learning program.
Ishai holds a BA degee in business management from the Lander Institute Jerusalem Academic Center. He is also a graduate of the social business course operated by ESCO Israel. For the last eight years, Ishai has been working at Amutat Etgarim which operates structured outdoor programs and sports challenges for people with disabilities.
Uri is an experienced educator who runs a club for troubled teens sponsored by the Mevasseret Zion Municipality. His bachelor's degree is in Philosophy; he is currently studying for a second degree in Public Policy. Uri is a member of ROI Community, an initiative that connects dynamic Jewish leaders from around the globe, enabling them to turn their passion into action by creating transformative work for the Jewish world and beyond.
Nadav is the former coordinator of Moadon Re'ut, a soup kitchen and social club for Jerusalem's poor and elderly, created, established and run by high school youth. Prior to his military service in the IDF, Nadav volunteered for a year in a project in the Negev whose goal is to advance and support vulnerable communities in the city of Beersheva and the surrounding area. Nadav is currently studying for his BA at Hadassah College in Jerusalem.