The Tavor Team

The Tavor Team

Amichai Chikli
Amichai Chikli

CEO & Founder

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Born in 1981 in Jerusalem. After nine years of military service, at the end of which he served as a company commander of the Egoz Special Forces Unit, Amichai decided to turn to education and established the Tavor Pre-Military Academy. Amichai has an MA in diplomacy and security studies from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Haifa, with honors. In his army reserve service, Amichai serves as a company commander in one of the IDF’s elite units, with the rank of major. Amichai currently lives in Kibutz Hanaton with his wife and three childrens.
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Itai Freid
Itai Freid

Deputy CEO

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Married to Tal and father of Eitan and Ofri, Itai was born and raised in Neveh Daniel and currently lives in Avnat. Itai served for nine years in the Golani Brigade, in Shaldag, an elite Israeli Air Force commando unit, and in Israel’s security forces as a commander and
officer. Itai was involved in establishing the leadership program of the Ha-Shomer Ha-Chadash (New Guardians) and served as an instructor during its first two years. Co-founder of the pre-military academy
Echad Mi Shelanu (One of Us), he currently serves as a member of its executive committee.
Amit Brand
Amit Brand

Head of Tavor Mechina Program

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Amit, 46, a widower and father to Tavor, Tamar and Yaron, lives in Kibbutz Gazit. He retired from the IDF with the rank of lieutenant colonel after 25 years of service in command and combat positions in the elite Shaldag unit and in strategic planning at the Israeli Air Force headquarters. Amit holds an MA in Diplomacy and Security Studies from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Government Studies from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

Oshrat Siso
Oshrat Siso

Head of the IDF commanders program

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Oshrat 33, a mother of two- Abigail (5) and Erez (3). Lives in Illania, married to Alon, an IDF officer. Graduated from "Kadori" and volunteered for a year of community service in Lakhish. I enlisted for a two-year service in the Prime Minister's Office and stayed for almost a decade in a variety of positions.
Afterwards I worked in the field of organizational consulting for two years, until 2016 when I crossed paths with "Tavor" and I was lucky to manage the 7th and the 8th years of the pre-army academy ("Mechina"). With the approval of the IDF Education Corps for the establishment of "Tavor Institute" I was appointed as the manager of the institute for this year.

Yehonatan Toker
Yehonatan Toker

Pedagogical coordinator

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Yehonatan has a BA in Hebrew literature and an MA in the study of US Jewry, is a PhD candidate at Haifa University. He leads leadership programs in Europe for the JDC and lectures at pre-military academies. He served in the past as the director of Ein Prat’s Graduate Academy and also as CEO of the Hitorerut movement represented on the Jerusalem City Council, and was a member of the educational team of the President’s Residence.

Udi Hershler
Udi Hershler

Instructor of Jewish Studies

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Born in Bnei Brak in 1979, Udi was raised and schooled in Haredi society and studied for seven years in the renowned Ponevezh Yeshiva. He teaches Jewish philosophy, theology and history in various settings, and has headed a program on “Philosophy and Cinema,” which interfaces the worlds of cinema and religious thought and philosophy, for more than ten years. He serves as a cantor and leads prayer services in various communities.

Sagit Murad
Sagit Murad

Office management

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44 years old, married and mother of three. Graduate of Industrial Engineering and Management at Shenkar College.

Topaz Netanel
Topaz Netanel

Head of Keshet program

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Topaz, 31, is married to Laor and mother to Regev, Alex and Nevo. She joins Tavor after four years at the Aluma organization, which works towards the integration of youth in the IDF and in the labor market. Prior to this, she worked at the Aharai organization, accompanying and coordinating service year participants. She is a graduate of military service in the Intelligence Crops and holds a BA in Informal Education.

Tamir Alkana
Tamir Alkana

Head of the Moran branch

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Tamir, 34, married to Maayan and father to Matan, Yuval, and Guy, grew up in Nahalal and currently lives in Kibbutz Gilad.  He served as director of Masa 70, a two month journey through the State of Israel to commemorate Israel's 70th Independence Day, attended by thousands of participants from various organizations.  Tamir served for 16 years in the IDF in command positions and special units.  He holds an MA in Management and Leadership in Education from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Haifa.

Amichai Chikli
Amichai Chikli

CEO & Founder

 

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Born in 1981 in Jerusalem. After nine years of military service, at the end of which he served as a company commander of the Egoz Special Forces Unit, Amichai decided to turn to education and established the Tavor Pre-Military Academy. Amichai has an MA in diplomacy and security studies from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Haifa, with honors. In his army reserve service, Amichai serves as a company commander in one of the IDF’s elite units, with the rank of major. Amichai currently lives in Kibutz Hanaton with his wife and three childrens.
Graduation speech

Itai Freid
Itai Freid

Deputy CEO

 

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Married to Tal and father of Eitan and Ofri, Itai was born and raised in Neveh Daniel and currently lives in Avnat. Itai served for nine years in the Golani Brigade, in Shaldag, an elite Israeli Air Force commando unit, and in Israel’s security forces as a commander and officer. Itai was involved in establishing the leadership program of the Ha-Shomer Ha-Chadash (New Guardians) and served as an instructor during its first two years. Co-founder of the pre military academy Echad Mi Shelanu (One of Us), he currently serves as a member of its executive committee.
Amit Brand
Amit Brand

Head of Tavor Mechina Program

 

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Amit, 46, a widower and father to Tavor, Tamar and Yaron, lives in Kibbutz Gazit. He retired from the IDF with the rank of lieutenant colonel after 25 years of service in command and combat positions in the elite Shaldag unit and in strategic planning at the Israeli Air Force headquarters. Amit holds an MA in Diplomacy and Security Studies from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Government Studies from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

Oshrat Siso
Oshrat Siso

Head of the IDF commanders program

 

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Oshrat 33, a mother of two- Abigail (5) and Erez (3). Lives in Illania, married to Alon, an IDF officer. Graduated from “Kadori” and volunteered for a year of community service in Lakhish. I enlisted for a two-year service in the Prime Minister’s Office and stayed for almost a decade in a variety of positions.
Afterwards I worked in the field of organizational consulting for two years, until 2016 when I crossed paths with “Tavor” and I was lucky to manage the 7th and the 8th years of the pre-army academy (“Mechina”). With the approval of the IDF Education Corps for the establishment of “Tavor Institute” I was appointed as the manager of the institute for this year.

Yehonatan Tucker
Yehonatan Tucker

Pedagogical coordinator

 

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Yehonatan has a BA in Hebrew literature and an MA in the study of US Jewry, is a PhD candidate at Haifa University. He leads leadership programs in Europe for the JDC and lectures at pre-military academies. He served in the past as the director of Ein Prat’s Graduate Academy and also as CEO of the Hitorerut movement represented on the Jerusalem City Council, and was a member of the educational team of the President’s Residence.

Udi Hershler
Udi Hershler

Instructor of Jewish Studies

 

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Born in Bnei Brak in 1979, Udi was raised and schooled in Haredi society and studied for seven years in the renowned Ponevezh Yeshiva. He teaches Jewish philosophy, theology and history in various settings, and has headed a program on “Philosophy and Cinema,” which interfaces the worlds of cinema and religious thought and philosophy, for more than ten years. He serves as a cantor and leads prayer services in various communities.

Sagit Murad
Sagit Murad

Office management

 

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44 years old, married and mother of three. Graduate of Industrial Engineering and Management at Shenkar College.

Topaz Netanel
Topaz Netanel

Head of Keshet program

 

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Topaz, 31, is married to Laor and mother to Regev, Alex and Nevo. She joins Tavor after four years at the Aluma organization, which works towards the integration of youth in the IDF and in the labor market. Prior to this, she worked at the Aharai organization, accompanying and coordinating service year participants. She is a graduate of military service in the Intelligence Crops and holds a BA in Informal Education.

Tamir Alkana
Tamir Alkana

Head of the Moran branch

 

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Tamir, 34, married to Maayan and father to Matan, Yuval, and Guy, grew up in Nahalal and currently lives in Kibbutz Gilad. He served as director of Masa 70, a two month journey through the State of Israel to commemorate Israel’s 70th Independence Day, attended by thousands of participants from various organizations. Tamir served for 16 years in the IDF in command positions and special units. He holds an MA in Management and Leadership in Education from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Haifa.

Tavor’s Core programs

Keshet

The Keshet young leadership program for high school students grades 10-12.

Mechinat Tavor

The Mechina – Tavor’s premilitary
academy for high school graduates.

Machon Tavor

Tavor Institute for IDF commanders.