Staff Profiles



Photo Noach BraunNoach Braun

Founder of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind - 1986

Began training dogs while a paratrooper in the IDF

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

2 years training - Pilot Dogs, Columbus, Ohio, USA

2 years training - British Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, England

First dog trained in Israel - 1991




Photo RafiRafi Taglicht

Director of Strategic Planning & Senior Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

3 years training - Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, England

Joined IGDCB: 1992






Photo Yael ColumbusYael Columbus

Senior Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB: 1992

12 years education with "Bugrut"

3 years training with Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, England





Photo AmiAmihai Toren

Director of Guide Dog Training and Operations

Joined IGDCB: 2001

Hebrew University, B.S. Marine Sciences

Guide Dogs for the Blind in Oregon, USA

Clicker Training at Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, California, USA




Photo YarivYariv Melamed

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB: 2001

High School: Toronto, Canada

1 Year scholarship with Guide Dogs Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

2 Year program at IGDCB, Beit Oved, Israel





Photo RoeeRoee Rosen

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB: 2007

IDF "Oketz" - trained dogs to detect bombs

Seeing Eye in Sasa, Israel & Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California





Nathanel ElbazNatanel Elbaz

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Joined IGDCB - 2010

University for Durable Development (Ecology)

Trained in Mobility Rehabilitation (use of a cane)

Trained at our center in Beit Oved, Israel



Yoav OrtovYoav Ortov

Guide Dog Trainer - apprentice

MA in Environmental studies

Photographer in IDF spokesman unit

Joined IGDCB: May 2013






Hila BenmeirHila Benmeir

Guide Dog Trainer - Apprentice

Joined IGDCB 2014

Therapeutic Riding Instructor for 10 years

Border Security for the IDF using bomb sniffing dog 1 year






Photo Orna BraunOrna Braun

Director of Animal Services

Joined IGDCB: 1987

Professional Training:

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association - Great Britain

Veterinary Support Personnel Network



Photo Eli

Eli Ben Boher

Supervisor for Puppy Raising Families

Joined IGDCB: 1999

BSc in Animal Sciences

Guide Dog Trainer - Beit Oved, Israel





Dana HalperinDana Halperin

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor - Apprentice

Joined IGDCB - 2011

University - Studied Music and Sociology

Formerly worked in dog grooming

Trained at our center in Beit Oved, Israel




Photo TimoraTimora Sela

Kennel Staff

Joined IGDCB: 2001

PE Teaching Credential, Wingate Institute

Two years with the SPCA - Israel







Gal-li Gal-Li Danon

BA in Management and Marketing: College of Management

Young Entrepreneur's - JA Worldwide. Teaching kids about business

Joined IGDCB: July 2015








MenasheMenashe Kashi

Director of Administration & Finance

Returned to IGDCB: 2014

4 years' experience as a non-profit professional, Operations, HR & Finance Manager

Education: MA in Political Science and Public Administration, Bar Illan University

MCSE - Microsoft Certified Professional System Engineer

BA in Social Sciences, Open University

Associates Degree - Business Administration and General Management, University of Haifa

Efrat Gal-MorEfrat Gal-Mor

Human Resources Coordinator & Operatioins

Joined IGDCB: October 2012

MBA: Business Operations from Michlali College

BA: Human Resources from College of Management

10 years experience in Human Resources





Dennis AllonDennis Allon

Director of Resource Development

Joined IGDCB May 2012

MA: Political Science, Hebrew University

23 years experience as a non-profit professional, donor consultant and project manager





Photo LisaLisa Baron Haet

International Liaison - Tour Coordinator (English Speaking)

Joined IGDCB: February 2009

16 Years Jewish Community Professional - San Francisco, California

BA - Recreation Therapy/Dance Therapy - San Francisco State University






Zippi NisimTzippi Nissim

Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the Director

Joined IGDCB: May 2000







Photo SaritSarit Sharon


Joined IGDCB: 2009

Professional Bookkeeping & Computer training

Trilingual: Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese (and a little English)




Avital Margulis

Director of Marketing

MBA - 10 years experience in entrepeneurship and strategic marketing, sales activities, fund raising, business development, channels of distribution and management, market analysis and communications.

Joined IGDCB: February 2013



Jed Schlesinger, PhD

Psychologist, Staff Consultant

Education:  PhD Clinical Psychology + Post Doctorate U.C.L.A.

Army experience: Paratrooper

Training: Specialization in Health Psychology

Joined IGDCB: October 2013




Bracha Ben-Avraham

Assistant - Resource Development and Marketing

Degree in Preschool Education, Music Education, and Technical Writing

Freelance technical writer & translator. Former kindergarten and music teacher.

Musician: Specialty in Traditional Irish & Israeli Folk Music

Guide Dog user since 2009

Joined IGDCB: October 2013






Photo FriedaFrieda Tinn

House Mother - Student Support

Joined IGDCB: September 2005

Professional Training: Executive Business Secretary & Culinary Arts






Rute Teper

House Mother - Student Support

Education: Alternative Medicine & Management of nursing homes

IDF: Officer in acquisitions, Tel Ha Shomer, Education Department

Joined IGDCB: March 2013




Photo MeirMeir Mordechai

Maintenance Manager

Joined IGDCB: April 2008

Professional Background: Electrical Communication Systems



Photo AlizaAliza Lugacy

Kennel Staff and Building Maintenance

Joined IGDCB: May 2006








Photo Bar Ben DavidBar Ben-David

Maintenance Department

Joined IGDCB: August 2004

Competitive Swimmer

Assisted in Dog Competitions








Michael LeventhalMichael J. Leventhal

Executive Director

Joined IGDCB - 1987

Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy - Business Administration

LaSalle University - MBA in Healthcare Administration

215-343-9100 (work)


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