My name is Sivan, I am 25 years old and born in New York to two amazing parents, Miki and Roni. I have an older brother Dani and a younger sister Lital. We made Aliyah in 1996 when I was 6 years old, and since that time I have lived in Ramat Gan, in the center of Israel.
My parents loved the Scout movement and sent me there from a young age. I went from being a “chanich” to being a leader as many Scouts do. In the 11th grade I was accepted to be a part of the delegation of Scouts to a day camp in Richmond, Virginia. This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I fell in love with the idea of Israeli involvement in summer camps in the US – a way of connecting Israel to the American Jewish world. I was hosted by incredible families and I created relationships that will be with me for the rest of my life.
My involvement in the Scouts inspired me to put off my army service for a year and participate in a year of service . I was placed in a poor neighborhood in Haifa where I focused on the Scouts and the surrounding community and lived communally with six other young people, each with their own role in the “shevet”, the Scout Tribe. It was this experience that helped me to realize that I wanted to be involved in community work and education for the rest of my life. After this amazing year, I served in the Israeli Air Force for two years.
Since I had been bitten by the camp bug, after the army I jumped at the chance to return to camp. This time, I headed to Crane Lake Camp, again with the Scouts, as a senior madricha. And of course, I loved it. I recently finished my Bachelor’s in Community Social work.
In my spare time, I love to do yoga, travel, read and especially to cook. In the past year, I became a vegan and I am enjoying every moment. I have been working these past couple of years doing marketing and sales for a boutique chocolate shop. But I am now ready for my next adventure, Young Judaea.
My involvement in the Scouts strengthened me a lot as an Israeli, as a Jew and directly impacted my decision to work within the community. I developed an understanding that youth movements have a very positive impact on the development of children and teens. This made me want to continue working in this field today
I am very excited about starting this “mission” to South Florida, I see it as an opportunity to make new friends, bring Israel to the community and to work together to build something very special in South Florida and in Young Judaea.