Board Of directors
Ayelet, Maaglim’s founder, is a proud parent of Yarin, her son, who was diagnosed with Autism at 2 years old. As a young mother, Ayelet took it upon herself to be Yarin's advocate by creating a safe and welcoming space for him in the world. She looked for ways to integrate him with different programs.
Ayelet is a passionate “force of nature” focused on the inclusion of the special needs community within the general public. This translates to all levels of their lives, including: social, educational, as well as helping those with special needs to lead a productive lives. Ayelet has been working alongside other organizations
Ayelet is involved with and participates in many local special needs programs. She was invited several times to be a Keynote Speaker at charity events such as at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and the Tzofim (Scouts).
Ayelet graduated from “Tadmor Hotelier School” in Israel
as well Accounting graduate from the College of Management Academic Studies ”Colman” in Israel & was a teacher in Chabad of Agoura for 9 years.
Above all, Ayelet is a determined and compassionate mother for her four loving and supportive children. As a parent who wants the best for all her children, she has become a champion for her son Yarin, educating others and opening up opportunities for those with special needs to have the best quality of life we should all have.
Co-Founder, CFO & COO
Rachel was deeply touched and moved by Ayelet life story and is excited to apply her business experience, life long passion and love of education in serving the special needs community.At the age of 10, Rachel became a certified counselor and organized weekly meetings and activities for other kids in her community.
As a lieutenant in the IDF, Rachel spent several years managing a special army program helping struggling women acquire a profession and guide them to find a better place in society.
After the Army, Rachel earned her Bachelor's degree in physical education from the Wingate Institute in Israel. Along with her husband Moti, Rachel raised two wonderful daughters, now in their twenties, and manages her family software business.
In her free time,Rachel enjoys playing bridge, volleyball, hiking, biking, folk dancing, walks on the beach, clay sculpting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Rachel is passionate about the work that Maagalim does and is proud to be a part of its leadership team.
Avi (short for Avital) is a proud mother of two sons Lee and Daniel.
Daniel, has been diagnosed with severe Autism at the age of three.
The connection formed with Ayelet Sasson through another event for people with special needs, urged Avi to get involved and she has been committed to the growth and success of Maagalim Community Circles since its inception.
Her background includes over 15 years of event planning/catering and 16 years as a mortgage loan consultant.
Her core values of tolerance, inclusion, equal rights and harmony within our communities are above all.
Avi has volunteered over 7 years at the Orange County Jewish Federation and was one of the founders of the Israeli Jewish committee.
She was also one of the founders of OC Israeli (established 2010) and an Executive Board Director – the one and only Israeli non-profit 501(c)3 in Orange County established for the Israeli (and Jewish) community – now part of the IAC.
Avi has also volunteered at other organizations but her time now is dedicated to Maagalim Community Circles and she is proud to be part of the organization.
Nufar Kadosh Azulay
Nufar Kadosh, manages Maagalim’s Teen Volunteer Program, which provides inclusive exposure and opportunities for young adults to learn, contribute and form lasting bonds.
Nufar received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California and is a mother to three young boys. She joined the Maagalim team because of her deep commitment to the organization’s mission. An important goal she has is to help raise widespread awareness for Maagalim’s cause so that students will look to it for meaningful volunteer opportunities. She is also working to build strong relationships with middle and high school leaders who can direct students to explore Maagalim. Nufar feels fortunate to be apart of this important organization and is looking forward to continue her contributions in its subsequent growth.