Israeli Department, Bayit Ba’Valley
JFCS’ Israeli Department, Bayit Ba’Valley, offers a range of services for the Bay Area’s growing Israeli community. Our Hebrew-language services include:
- psychotherapy for children, teens, and adults,
- parent consultation and counseling,
- support groups
- virtual events and educational programming
We also connect Israelis with meaningful volunteer opportunities in the wider community all year long, assisting Holocaust survivors, seniors, families, and adults with special needs.
To learn more about services in Hebrew and local volunteer opportunities, please contact Naama Lugasi, Director of JFCS’ Bayit Ba’valley, at [email protected] or 650-688-3022.
Meet the Bait Ba’valley team:
Naama Lugasi, MSW, Director
Naama has a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a specialty in Group Therapy, from Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Over the last 18 years, she has worked as a therapist with children, adolescents, and families in both individual and group settings. After spending 7 years at JFCS providing therapy for children and families, running support groups, and overseeing JFCS’ YouthFirst program in Palo Alto, Naama launched JFCS’ Israeli Department, Bayit Ba’Valley, in order to bring much-needed services and resources to the Bay Area Israeli community. She lives in Los Gatos with her husband and three children.
Avital Priel, PhD Clinician
Dr. Avital Priel provides psychological services for children, families, and adults as part of JFCS’ Bayit Ba’valley. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Child Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Bar Ilan University, Israel. Avital has experience providing psychotherapy for children and adults, crisis interventions, and parent counseling. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, behavioral challenges, stress, relocation challenges, life transitions, relationships, self-worth and identity issues. As part of JFCS’ Bait Ba’valley department, Avital co-lead a support group for Israeli women who have relocated to the bay area. Avital is a registered psychological assistant #PSB94024902 working under the supervision of Dr. Beth Berkowitz.
Ayelet Litani, Volunteer and Outreach Manager
Ayelet holds a Master’s degree in organizational consulting and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bar Ilan University. For the past decade, she has worked as a training manager in non-profit organizations, and before that as an organizational consultant in corporate and social enterprise consulting firms. Ayelet has a wealth of experience in project management, development and implementation of workshops, and managing training and volunteer teams. She is a co-founder at ‘Klika,’ a community for Israeli women in the Bay Area, as well as a former co- founder of the ‘Moving to the stories’ experience for children.
Ayelet joined JFCS in April 2020 as the Peninsula Region Volunteer and Outreach Manager.