Our Team

Executive Management
  • Zohar Maimon
    VP of Operations
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    Zohar Maimon
    VP of Operations

    Zohar Maimon previously held a variety of senior management positions at the Jewish Agency, including serving as the Jewish Agency’s representative at the Friends of Atidim, managing the Otzma and various study programs, and leading the activities of the Agency’s summer camp division. In her most recent role, she was in charge of managing all of the Jewish Agency’s activities in the northeastern United States. In this context, she was responsible for about 100 emissaries, handled the immigration to Israel of 1,400 immigrants per year, and represented the Agency across various Jewish community institutions. Zohar was a member of the Jewish Agency’s global executive committee, and is currently a member of the Kolot alumni network, an organization that promotes social change in ​​accordance with Jewish values. She has a BA in behavioral sciences from Ben-Gurion University.

     

  • Era Duek
    Vice President of Operations
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    Era Duek
    Vice President of Operations

    Vice President of Operations Era Duek has wide-ranging experience managing public systems and leading organizational processes. She was a senior advisor to the director general of the Israeli Employment Service, a large public corporation; as a member of senior management, she was involved in managing all change processes in the organization. Duek served as executive assistant, and then as Middle East analyst, to the Israeli Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C. (Ambassador Sallai Meridor). She is a board member of Maas, an organization dedicated to fortifying and renewing public services in Israel. She is also active in the alumni network of Maoz, which is dedicated to promoting socio-economic resilience in Israel. Duek has a BA in government and politics from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and an MA in public management from Tel Aviv University.

Management Team
  • Dr. Nadav Shalit
    Psychiatrist
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    Dr. Nadav Shalit
    Psychiatrist

    Dr. Nadav Shalit is a psychiatrist who received his training in adult psychiatry at the Geha Mental Health Center. He has experience treating patients with addiction at the addiction and dual diagnosis clinic of Lev HaSharon Mental Health Medical Center. He conducts research on the psychiatric effects of cannabinoids and hallucinogens. Dr. Shalit graduated (with honors) from the Faculty of Medicine at Ben-Gurion University.

  • Avital Friedman
    Director of Training
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    Avital Friedman
    Director of Training

    Avital Friedman previously worked as a social worker at a treatment center for at-risk parents and children and headed the Child’s training department’s National Council.

     

    She later served as the program director for social workers at the Haruv Institute, a training organization for professionals who work with abused children. During her work at the Institute, she gained extensive experience in training professionals and developing training programs; she supervised the social welfare simulation learning at MSR—The Israel Center for Medical Simulation at Sheba Medical Center. Avital later established and managed a branch of the Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

     

    Upon her return to Israel, she served as the Director of Social Welfare at the Haruv Institute, where she was responsible for the clinical training of social work students at the Haruv Children’s Campus. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW, with honors) from the Hebrew University.

  • Udi Israeli
    Director of Resource Development
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    Udi Israeli
    Director of Resource Development

    Director of Resource Development

    Udi Israeli has extensive experience in business development, financial recruiting, managing budgets, leading work teams and carrying out large-scale projects. He has led long-term strategic partnerships with government and public organizations in diverse fields. Udi has a BA in business administration from the IDC Herzliya.

    Udi has held a number of managerial positions in the business and public sectors. He previously served as CEO of the Atalef Foundation (for alumni of the Israeli version of the Navy SEALs), as business development manager at Siemens AG, and as head of Abengoa’s business operations in Israel. Passionate about doing good for people, society, and country.

ICA Team
  • Magali Vaserman
    Office Manager
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    Magali Vaserman
    Office Manager

    Office Manager Magali Vaserman served as an officer in the military police investigations unit of the Israel Defense Forces. She managed complex cases as an investigations officer in the fraud investigation unit, and completed her service with the rank of captain in charge of the Kastina headquarters. She also worked as a reliability consultant to various clients in the field of worker recruitment and as an interviewer in reliability evaluations. Vaserman is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in criminology and political science at Bar Ilan University.

Clinical Team
  • Roni Rokah
    Coordinator of Family Therapy
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    Roni Rokah
    Coordinator of Family Therapy

    Coordinator of Family Therapy Roni Rokah is a clinical social worker that has treated patients at the addiction and dual diagnosis clinic at Lev HaSharon Mental Health Medical Center. She previously worked as the coordinator of foster families at the nonprofit organization Yeladim: Fair Chance for Children, where she was involved in recruiting and guiding foster families for children without families, living in residential group homes. She participated in setting policy and guiding professional staff on this subject. She also has managerial and clinical experience working with families and at-risk children in public education and therapeutic frameworks. Rokah has an MSW in clinical social work and an MA in rehabilitation criminology. She is a certified couples and family therapist from the Israeli Association for Marital and Family Therapy. She is currently completing her studies in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Israel Winnicott Center.

  • Noar Elron
    Coordinator of Group Therapy
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    Noar Elron
    Coordinator of Group Therapy

    Coordinator of Group Therapy

    Noar Elron is a clinical social worker with experience treating patients with addiction, especially severe cases with dual diagnosis. He has experience working integratively with other mental health professionals in order to formulate individual treatment plans that fit each patient’s needs. He also facilitates dynamic group therapy for dual diagnosis patients.

    Elron previously taught practicums on addiction at the Central School for Workers in the Social Services, and provided individual instruction in dynamic psychotherapy, with an emphasis on the complexity of dual diagnosis treatment.

    Elron has an MSW, with a specialization in mental health, from the University of Haifa, and is currently studying analytical psychotherapy.

  • Evi Ziv
    Dual Diagnosis Coordinator
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    Evi Ziv
    Dual Diagnosis Coordinator

    Dual Diagnosis Coordinator Evi Ziv is a clinical social worker and certified supervisor with an MSW from Tel Aviv University. She specializes in family therapy, conflict resolution and mediation, treating the victims of addiction (both direct and indirect), complex multimorbidity (addiction, mental health and physical illness), and coping with addiction among the elderly. Ziv has experience developing and managing inpatient care facilities for populations coping with dual diagnosis and special needs. In addition, she has provided counseling and supported families going through the cycle of addiction, and has trained multidisciplinary staff in rehabilitation programs and clinics for opiate dependence run by the Ministry of Health, in both individual and group settings. Ziv is a member of the multidisciplinary professional team at the dual diagnosis unit at the Lev Hasharon Mental Health Medical Center.

  • Amir Gornitzky
    Clinical criminologist
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    Amir Gornitzky
    Clinical criminologist

    Amir Gornitzky specializes in the treatment of addiction and dual diagnosis. For many years he treated patients in the dual diagnosis unit of a therapeutic community for drug and alcohol addiction. He also has a private clinic where he focuses on addiction, parental instruction, and mental health issues.

     

    Amir has extensive experience instructing and treating youth with mental health and behavioral problems, as well as juvenile offenders in boarding facilities. He previously served as the training coordinator for the adolescent unit of a post-hospitalization treatment facility.

    Amir gives lectures and conducts workshops in various settings on the topics of addiction and treating young people. He previously gave a course on the therapist-patient relationship at the Open University.

     

    Amir has an MA in clinical criminology from Bar Ilan University (thesis topic: codependency and empowerment among addicts in treatment in therapeutic communities). He is currently a student in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy program at the Israel Winnicott Center.

  • Dr. Yuri Shpak
    Psychiatrist
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    Dr. Yuri Shpak
    Psychiatrist

    Dr. Yuri Shpak is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist who received his training in adult psychiatry at the Lev Hasharon Mental Health Medical Center. He serves as director of a unique clinic that treats addiction to pain medication, run by Maccabi Health Services, the Ministry of Health and the Israel Anti-Drug Authority of the Ministry of Public Security. Dr. Shpak has experience treating patients with addiction in various settings, including a dual diagnosis clinic, an integrated center for addiction treatment, and a clinic for drug replacement and maintenance. He is a graduate of a two-year course on addiction medicine at Tel Aviv University, and a two-year course on cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) run by Bar Ilan University and Sheba Medical Center.

  • Orit Kovatz
    Head of Training and Recruitment
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    Orit Kovatz
    Head of Training and Recruitment

    Head of Training and Recruitment Orit Kovatz is a medical psychologist who received her training at Sheba Medical Center, where she helped establish the addiction medicine clinic and was in charge of professional training. She previously worked in the training department of the Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR), where she helped develop training approaches for healthcare professionals and facilitated groups of clinicians during their simulation-based training. She also evaluated candidates for training and trained other evaluators. Kovatz is a member of the international organization of mentors called MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), who specialize in the motivational approach. Today, she trains therapists and other clinicians in the motivational approach in hospitals, clinics, professional organizations and academic settings. Kovatz has a BA in psychology from Tel Aviv University, and an MA in medical psychology from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. She is a graduate of the Zippori program for Group Dynamics and Group Facilitation.

  • Hadar Peled
    Social Worker
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    Hadar Peled
    Social Worker

    Hadar Peled is a clinical social worker and group facilitator with experience treating adults in individual care settings, in the “rehabilitation basket” assistance program, and in various mental health clinics, including at the Lev HaSharon Mental Health Medical Center and Clalit Health Services. She also has experience treating the elderly, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and assists families in coping with dementia. Peled has an MSW from Haifa University, and a BA in behavioral science from Ben-Gurion University. She studied group facilitation at the Adler Institute.

  • Orly Pecker
    Psychologist
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    Orly Pecker
    Psychologist

    Orly Pecker is a specialist in rehabilitation psychology, with experience treating patients with depression, anxiety, life crises, grief, bereavement, trauma, chronic diseases and and chronic pain. She received her training at the rehabilitation hospital of Sheba Medical Center (orthopedic rehabilitation and inpatient pain rehabilitation units). Pecker has a BSc in brain sciences from Bar Ilan University, and an MA in rehabilitation psychology from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo.

  • Eli Helman
    Social Worker
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    Eli Helman
    Social Worker

    Eli Helman is a clinical social worker, trained in the treatment of both national- and individual-level trauma at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, affiliated with Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem. He has worked with the various rehabilitation services of Enosh, the Israeli Mental Health Association. He treats patients at a private clinic and at Clalit mental health clinics. He specializes in the treatment of ADHD, trauma, anxiety, depression and more. Helman has a BA in social work from Bar Ilan University, and an MSW in clinical social work (specialization in trauma) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Ronnie Neeman
    Psychologist
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    Ronnie Neeman
    Psychologist

    Ronnie Neeman is a clinical psychologist with experience in both individual and group therapy. In addition to her private practice, she facilitates groups that focus on social skills; treats adolescents and guides parents at the supplementary psychological service of Rishon Letzion; and provides support for women dealing with pregnancy and childbirth using birth-oriented therapy (B.O.T). Neeman has a BSc in brain studies from Tel Aviv University, and an MA in clinical psychology from the University of Haifa. As part of her clinical internship, she worked as a psychologist at the counseling service of the Technion, and in the adult psychiatric ward at Sheba Medical Center.

Clinical Office
  • Enas Gawi
    Medical Secretary
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    Enas Gawi
    Medical Secretary

    Medical Secretary Enas Gawi previously served as an instructor and coordinator of the educational staff at Arazim, a therapeutic boarding school for children and adolescents, where she also led the support and guidance program. She also has experience in informal education.

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