Aliza Zef Appointed Director of TRY


When former Portland resident Aliza Zef, daughter of Laurie and George Fendel, was 18 years old she boarded a plane and came to Israel with USY High. At that time, she didn’t know a soul and nobody in her family had ever been to Israel. Now she is going to be influential in helping other teens experience the life-changing program, as the recently appointed incoming director of TRY, Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim in Israel.

TRY is a semester of study at Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim, the Ramah Jerusalem High School, a fully accredited international secondary school program. TRY offers 10th, 11th, and 12th graders two different opportunities to live and learn in the land of Israel.

“There are so many people who played a role in helping me get here, and I hope I’ve already told each of you how much that means to me. Thanks to Ramah Israel for entrusting me with this huge responsibility, to Jonathan Madoff, who is handing over a program that he has put his heart and soul into, and most of all – to my family. I couldn’t do this without them. To all of my friends who have teenagers, if you do not know about this program, please be in touch with me!” Aliza posted about her new position.

For more information on the program, contact Aliza at or visit

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