Israeli Scouts in the San Fernando Valley
At the end of last year there was a fear that the Los Angeles chapter of Israeli Scouts, Zofim, would cease to exist. With enrollment down to 50 children, moral was at a threatening low. ILC member Eli Fitlovitz stepped in, and under his leadership the momentum suddenly changed.
Eli immediately assembled a new parents board and brought in Itay, a new Shaliach from Israel. Itay’s great experience and background working with the Zofim make him an asset to the programming. Today, there are more than 200 kids involved, with the new location at the Woodland Hills JCC proving itself as a successful base. The ILC has assisted in the re-branding of the local chapter, aiding in strategic planning and innovative marketing. An ILC committee is working closely with the Zofim, supporting efforts to strengthen their foundations and increase participation. A delegation of 5 Zofim counselors was sent to a NYC training session on funds from the ILC. Additionally, the ILC plans on expanding its investment in the Zofim, presenting contributions to match funds coming from the Federation. There are plans for camps during the winter and summer, and the possibility of upcoming programming in Israel. The learning curve is high, showing constant improvement, and increasing support. With great ILC and Federation collaboration, and fresh new content, things are looking up.