Our Staff

Afikim operates 16 centers across Israel, with a staff of over 100 professional teachers, therapists, counselors and volunteers from Israel and abroad.

Afikim Centers are located in Jerusalem, Lod, Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Shmona and Netanya
Afikim’s head offices are located in Jerusalem.

Moshe Lefkowitz, Afikim’s CEO

Moshe Yosef Lefkowitz was born in Tzfat in 1967 and educated in the haredi education system in Bnei Brak.. After years of working as an educator in the Haredi school system Moshe became in social service programs for Israel’s poor and directed a network of soup kitchens and welfare programs. Soon Moshe came to the realization that impoverished families need more than just handouts in order to escape poverty. With that in mind, Moshe moved on to establish the Afikim Family Enrichment Association which provides disadvantaged children and their parents with powerful tools to become productive, independent, and successful individuals. Now, in its Bar Mitzvah (13) year under Moshe’s leadership, Afikim services hundreds of families across the country providing both vital services and education to those in need.

Hila Elimelech, Educational Director for the Jerusalem District

Hila headed Afikim’s branch in Ramot, Jerusalem, for 4 years when she was appointed the counselor of all Afikim’s learning centers in Jerusalem. She is responsible for constructing Afikim’s educational programs and activities.

Rachel Malada, educational coordinator of Afikei Shachar(Afikim's academic scholarship and mentoring program for Afikim graduates).

Rachel has been a member of the Afikim staff for over seven years. As a community social worker, Rachel has established many community oriented programs within the educational framework of the Afikim centers, including community volunteering opportunities and parenting sessions in Amharic, for local Ethiopian-Israeli parents.
An immigrant from Ethiopia herself, her understanding of the Ethiopian-Israeli culture, and the unique needs of her community enhanced her ability to make effective community-wide changes, and to ensure that the Afikim Enrichment Center was appropriately serving the local Ethiopian-Israeli community.
Motivated by a deep-routed desire to give back to her community, Rachel completed her first degree in Community Social Work with honors. She is currently studying for her master’s degree in Public Policy and Government, at the Hebrew University.

Anna Pokidov, Director of Afikim, Lod

Anna has headed the Lod branch of Afikim since its inception, 6 yers ago. As a long-term resident of the the Ganei Aviv neighborhood, and the the absorption coordinator for the Municipality of Lod, she is uniquely qualified to lead the Afikim teens in Lod to success in school, their community and in Israeli society.

Ohad Asraf, Director of Afikim, Kiryat Malachi

Ohad Asraf is the director of Afikim Kiryat Malachi and has headed the center since its establishment 11 years ago.
Born in Kiryat Malachi, Ohad is intimately familiar with and understands the needs of the local population as well as the intricate workings of the municipality, Afikim’s partner. Ohad is the deputy principal of the Amit Junior High and High School where the Afikim center is located.
Ohad is an outstanding award-winning educator, who focuses on the child’s academic success and on his welfare. Ohad has introduced into the Afikim program a volunteer element where, on a weekly basis, the children are involved in giving back to the community. The children visit the elderly and the sick, package food for the poor, participate in city beautification projects and more.
Hundreds of Afikim students have benefited from Ohad’s guiding hand and have successfully matriculated, served in the IDF and become productive members of society.

New person! , Director of Afikim, Kiryat Shmona

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Love, joy & happiness – these are the gifts the children receive at the Afikim center. Not to mention – attention, kindness, a comforting atmosphere, academic help and, of course, a warm meal.