Welcome to KeepOlim
KeepOlim is a new amuta (non-profit) that provides programs and services to new Olim (immigrants to Israel).
From Free Legal Aid, Adopt an Oleh Program, No Oleh Alone for the holidays, Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick Olim), social events, advocacy on behalf of Olim, self-help groups (and coming-soon, a low cost, quality individual mental-health counseling; as well as a support hotline).
KeepOlim (RA 580613610) is a registered non-profit organization, authorized by the Israeli Corporations Authority and the Ministry of Justice.
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Who We Are
KeepOlim began from the frustrations of one Oleh Chadash, LiAmi Lawrence. Lawrence struggled in Israel with no job, no money and no hope. After watching many of his Olim friends leave Israel, he decided to leave as well. But his friend Tal Ekrony convinced him to create a Facebook group to show the Israelis the struggles of Olim. Within a week over 3,000 diverse Olim from around the world were venting the same tune in many languages.
After meeting with his friend, Attorney Tzvika Gravier, together they decided to empower and unite all Olim by creating a non-profit post Aliyah Movement. The non profit KeepOlim (RA-580613610) was born August 9, 2015, with the goal of providing all Olim and returning residents with vital programs, services and advocacy. Too many Olim were needlessly leaving and Israel was missing a historic opportunity to keep them here thus making Israel stronger. Our diverse community has grown to 43,000 Olim and supporters. KeepOlim is changing the lives of Olim for the better.
There has never been an organization whose sole purpose is to unite and assist Olim from all over the world to stay in Israel. We are creating a post Aliyah support system to help Olim overcome their struggles. We have become the voice of all Olim in many languages. With more support and programs, more Olim will stay in Israel and in return inspire others to make Aliyah.
More than 43,000 Olim and their supporters have joined our KeepOlim Community. Join Us!
The co-founder and CEO of KeepOlim, LiAmi made Aliyah July 24, 2014 from Los Angeles. It was the troubles he faced post-Aliyah that were the impetus for the creation of KeepOlim. LiAmi was the former Director of Media for the Consulate General of Israel for the Southwest Region of the United States. He was also Public Relations Director for a non-profit that worked with at risk inner city teens in Los Angeles. In addition, LiAmi also produced events and parties for the LA Jewish Community and hosted a popular weekly radio talk show with many controversial guests and celebrities.
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
OF THE BOARD
The co-founder and Chairman of the Board of KeepOlim, Tzvika is a native born Israeli. An entrepeneur and inventor by nature, he earned a Law Degree at Hebrew University and started to volunteer at NefeshBNefesh as a lawyer for new Olim. Sadly Tzvika quickly saw that the same Olim that he helped to make Aliyah returned to their countries. Then through the hand of fate Tzvika met LiAmi and together they decided to start a post Aliyah non-profit for all Olim, in order to make real changes for all Olim. Tzvika advocates for Olim in the Knesset to try to make life easier for Olim through legistration. Moreover, he runs KeepOlim's Free Legal Aid Program to review contracts and provide legal help for Olim in their first year of Aliyah. Tzvika's goal is to Keep Olim in Israel so that Israel will thrive and grow.
Board Member Josh Aronson is a millenial immigrant from Manchester, England, who currently works as a noted journalist for"Maariv" newspaper and the website "Shavim."
Being on the Autism Spectrum has not limited Josh in any way, as proven by his numerous roles and contributions in Israeli society: He serves as the Disabilities Coordinator for the Israeli Reform Movement, works in the communications department of Keren Hayesod- UIA, and is an activist for one of the major political parties in Israel.
"I suffered a lot integrating into Israeli society especially due to my disabilities but I succeeded. Through KeepOlim, I hope to help as many Olim as possible to integrate into Israeli society."
Board Member Susan Cohen made Aliyah in April 2019 along with her husband, joining the rest of their family in Israel. Susan is a Therapeutic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, having earned her diploma in 2013, from the United Kingdom. She has worked in both the Volunteer and Private sector, including “Her Majesties Prison Service” for the last 8 years.
Susan’s expertise’s covers a wide range of specialities including working with suicidal ideations, domestic violence /abuse, sexual abuse and people suffering from chronic and terminal illness, as well as a wide range of mental health issues.
Soon after Susan’s Aliyah, she volunteered for KeepOlim as a therapist. She worked alongside Dr. Robert Lubin, Volunteer Programme Director of KeepOlim’s Mental Health Division, taking on a larger and vital role in the organization. Susan’s hope is to build and develop the Mental Health Division of KeepOlim, taking it forward with new ideas and initiatives, with the aim of keeping our Olim safe, well, and in Israel.
Board Member David Hovav is a 34 years old Jerusalem-born Sabra, son of an Israeli father and an American mother.
David was raised in a Kibbutz and served in the IDF in the Paratroopers Unit from 2003 to 2006. David traveled around the world and lived in England for two years and America for eight.
Today, David has returned to Israel and works as a businessman, as well as “youth at risk”. David is a member of Inter-Aliyah football team, a team made up of Olim from all around the world.
“I’m very glad to be a part of KeepOlim. I believe that Olim are the real treasures of Israel and that’s exactly the way how they should be treated!”
Board Member Nurit Iluz is a self-made woman. A Sabra, born in a broken home, she overcame poverty, abuse and near death and chose to leave it all behind and become a business and social entrepreneur who is dedicated to improving the lives of as many people as possible.
She has had an amazing career as a Business Consultant to SMB (Small Medium Business) and holds an MBA in Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Nurit is the founder of a nonprofit “Everything Is Possible For Me” which motivates and helps disadvantaged people to find themselves and to create new possibilities for their lives. Nurit is bringing her special courses and skills to help inspire our Olim to overcome their obstacles in Israel! Nurit is the mother of two grown sons and lives with her partner Eitan in Tel Aviv.
Board Member Anne Pollard, from the famous "Pollard Affair" made aliyah from New York, USA. She is an American Prisoner of Zion, known worldwide for her contributions to Israeli security, and for subsequently sitting in American prisons between 1985 - 1990 under cruel, inhumane conditions - after she and her former husband Jonathan, were betrayed by the Israeli government.
Anne grew up in NYC, New Jersey and Washington, DC. She worked for major American lobby organizations which brought her to Capitol Hill. She acted as a spokesperson and ran press offices for her organizations throughout the USA. Anne also specialized in media training for CEOs and top level executives from fortune 500 companies.
In prison, Anne and her father Bernie formed "Justice for the Pollards" due to the enormity of fake news and injustice both Anne and Jonathan were subjected to. After Anne completed her prison sentence, she became an accomplished speaker. She is a passionate Zionist and proud Jew who advocates for Judaism, Israeli defense and security force personnel, women's issues and animal rights. Today Anne lives in Tel Aviv with her adopted dog "Prince" and her kitty "Angelique."
Board Member Lenny Ravich was born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA in 1936. He earned his BA in English Literature from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and his Master’s Degree in Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Lenny made Aliyah in 1964, married his Israeli born wife, Alisa in 1965 and they have three children and nine grandchildren. He was an inspector of English teachers for the Israeli Board of Education and his wife is presently a psychiatric social worker.
Among other talents, Lenny is an actor, drama coach, director, stand-up comedian and a Gestalt Therapist. Mr. and Mrs. Ravich presently live in Tel Aviv.
Board Member Yaffa Safadi made Aliyah from Las Vegas with her six children during the 2014 Gaza war. Yaffa was born in Mexico city, Mexico and moved to Montreal, Canada at the age of 7.
Yaffa received a Masters Degree in Childhood Education in Paris, France. After moving to Las Vegas, Yaffa was introduced to the world of Hospitality where she worked as an event coordinator. In addition, she volunteered for the Sheldon Adelson School for 8 years.
Yaffa speaks English, Hebrew, French and Spanish. Today Yaffa is the Guest Relations Manager at the Daniel Hotel in Herzlia.
JESSICA C. THANGJOM
Board Member Jessica C. Thangjom made Aliyah from India in 2008 with her husband and daughter. Jessica is part of the Bnei Menashe Community of Indian Jews whose ancestry goes back to the Menashe Tribe.
Jessica’s family lived in several cities before finally settling in Ramla. As a new immigrant, Jessica faced several issues finding a job in Israel, even with her Masters Degree in Sociology and her amazing work experience at World Vision and Medecins Sans Frontiers.
Finally finding employment in high-tech, Jessica also met LiAmi and Tzvika of KeepOlim, who saw an amazing opportunity for Jessica to contribute to the growing Bnei Menashe Community of Israel and KeepOlim itself. Jessica is also a liaison to our Bnei Menashe Community and all Olim!
Jessica had found her calling at KeepOlim which is a perfect convergence of her previous experiences and personal aspirations.
RABBI BRIAN THAU
Rabbi Brian Thau has been a dynamic leader in Rabbinics and Jewish Education (both formal and informal) in synagogues, schools, and camps for over 20 years.
He made Aliyah from the United States and currently resides in Beit Shemesh, as the Executive Vice President of "The American Friends of House of Hope." Rabbi Thau's contributions to KeepOlim are highly valued, as he comes with vast experience, having served in leadership positions at ZDR Academy/ Rambam, Yeshivah of Flatbush, the 92nd Street Y, Ramaz Middle School,and many other Jewish educational institutes.
YOUNG ADULT SOCIETY - PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Ari is a native Californian who is passionate about Aliyah and helping Olim succeed! He made Aliyah in August 2012, and was drafted into the IDF/Tsahal in November of the same year. He served until the end of 2015 as a Combat Soldier in Sayeret Rimon.
"The transition into Israeli society can be overwhelming, but can be made much easier if we help one another and stick together, as such I am honored to take the reins of the KeepOlim Young Adult Society." Ari currently resides in in Holon with his girlfriend Meital.
DR. ROBERT LUBIN
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - PROGRAM DIRECTOR
With over 25 years of experience in clinical work, teaching, and management experience, Dr. Robert Lubin lends his expertise as the Program Director of KeepOlim's Mental Health Services.
An Oleh from America, Dr. Lubin’s professional experience and expertise spreads over a broad spectrum. As a Psychologist, he has provided clinical services, counseling and testing to individuals and groups. He has authored several articles on the career development process, job burnout, medical education and the development of empathy. In addition, he has developed and taught courses in Psychology, Education and Counseling for over 20 years. Robert hopes that the development of the mental health unit will strengthen the experience and unity of all olim and enrich the general Israeli society.
BIKUR CHOLIM - PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Joan made Aliyah from the United States in 1981 with her husband and 2 daughters. Within 4 years of her Aliyah she founded Mercaz Harmony, a unique inclusive educational program for children with disabilities who learn with children who have no disabilities. Joan directed this program until her retirement in 2008.
She has served on the board of many organizations devoted to the inclusion of children and adults with special needs. In 2002, she was chosen as one of 21 American-Israeli Women highlighted in the book "Portraits in Passion: Vision and Values of American-Israeli Women. Although she still consults with families of children who have special needs, today, she devotes her time to her family (including 9 grandchildren), her friends and of course to KeepOlim and administering the KeepOlim Bikur Cholim program.
LONE SOLDIERS - PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Levi Tabachnikov was born in 1996 in Donetsk, Ukraine and made Aliyah to Israel in 2015 via the SELA Carmiel Aliyah program. Levi is multilingual and speaks 4 languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew and English.
He served in the IDF Artillery Corps as a combat soldier and now is dedicated to helping Lone and Oleh Soldiers in KeepOlim! Levi is looking forward to attending Hebrew University this fall.