Israel Study Tours

Your Tour Leaders

Adi Tufik, Director of Donor Relations, NIF Jerusalem

Adi Tufik is the Director of Donor Relations in the New Israel Fund’s Development Department, in charge of managing NIF study tours and donor visits. Before joining the NIF, she worked at the Prime Minister’s Office, at the Monitoring Unit of the National Information Service. Adi was born, raised and lives in Jerusalem where she earned her BA in Art History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits, Southern California Regional Director

Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits is the Director of NIF’s Southern California Region. He previously worked as the Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University.  Before moving to Los Angeles, Ephraim served as the rabbi of Or Olam: The East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue, a quirky, welcoming, multi-generational congregation in Midtown Manhattan. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2010, where he was a Legacy Heritage Fund Rabbinic Fellow and a Neubauer Family Fellow. Prior to his ordination, he received an M.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics, served as a commissioned lieutenant and chaplain candidate in the United States Navy Reserve, and as a student chaplain at Bellevue Hospital. Ephraim is married to Rachel Weber, an artist, educator and doula, and they are the proud parents of Alexander, Lev, Felix and Frances. In his spare time, Ephraim might be found jogging around the Westside of LA, cycling the canyons of Beverly Hills, or if he’s really lucky, skiing in the Sierras.