Erez Halfon has been serving as Vice Chairman of Nefesh B’Nefesh since September, 2009, and is responsible for enhancing the organization’s strategic partnerships with Israeli government bodies and agencies and furthering its ties within the Jewish World.
Prior to joining Nefesh B’Nefesh, Halfon served as Director General of the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration from 2006 to 2008. During this time, he instituted various reforms which vastly improved the absorption process for Olim and returning citizens, including the introduction of new tax breaks for Olim and returning residents and the implementation of an extensive international campaign to attract returning residents back to Israel.
In addition, Halfon acted as Chairman of the committee responsible for assessing and bettering the State of Israel’s conversion process as well as Chairman of the committee for repatriating Israeli scientists. From 2001 to 2006 Halfon served as a Senior Advisor in the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) with regard to the Municipal Councils under Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. In addition, Halfon was a member of a strategic planning team founded by the PMO. Erez Halfon was born in Petach Tikva, Israel in 1971. He served in the IDF as a training officer of the “Raful Youth” at Chavat Hashomer and still serves in reserve duty. Halfon has a BA in social sciences and communications from Bar Ilan University and an MA in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He lives in Kiryat Ono with his wife Anat and their two children.