Boaz Ozery, born in Israel in a small village in the center of Israel, he grew up with a strong feeling for family, community involvement, and a passionate belief in the power of transformative educational opportunities for all. Boaz earned a B.A. Degree in Communications at the Northern Campus of Bar-Ilan University in 2009, and a M.A. degree with Honors from Tel Aviv University as part of the Executive Master’s Program of Philosophy, Information, and Digital Culture. Since 2012 he held professional leadership positions with the Youth Renewal Fund, a 30+ year fundraising and planning organization that partnered with the Darca Schools. Mr. Ozery’s lifelong passion for youth development makes him perfectly suited to put his energy behind the growth of Ofanim.
Jamie Polinsky is the Executive Assistant for Friends of Ofanim. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a BA in English in 2018 and after teaching abroad for a year, moved to Philadelphia. Jamie is passionate about closing the opportunity gap in education and Israeli advocacy. She has worked in both public schools and other educational non-profits around the United States as well as lived and studied in Israel. She loves working with Friends of Ofanim because it gives her the opportunity to support Israel while also providing educational opportunities to students around the world.
Michelle Chaykowski Costello
Michelle is the accountant at Friends of Ofanim. She has been in this position for the past two years. Aside from Ofanim, she also works at the Solomon Edwards group and has been there since 2001.
Resource and Development
Born and raised in Chicago, Liz has resided in Israel for almost nine years, currently living in Tel Aviv.
She holds a BA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs and American Studies from the George Washington University. In 2015, she successfully completed her MA degree in Israel Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Today, she is a doctoral candidate at Ben Gurion University of the Negev with her research focused on Bedouin women.
Liz has almost a decade of experience in resource development in a non-profit environment targeting donors from the English-speaking world. Throughout her time in the industry, she has cultivated a donor portfolio that includes corporate partners, private donors, government grantors, federations, and philanthropic foundations. In 2020, she established her business in the US.