Ofek Learning Hub: Learn Hebrew, Israeli Spirit, Israeli Innovation, Enrichment, and more

Our Teachers

  • Shalom I’m Raz, a Hebrew teacher, Jewish educator, and a performer based in New York. I have over two decades of experience in many schools and Jewish Community Centers. I Prepare young adults for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and share the passion for quality training of youth.

    Dancing was the focus of my life growing up. Born and raised in Jerusalem, I was a part of The performing arts community and Taught dance to children for many years. When arriving in The States, I had the opportunity to perform at Disney World Great Adventure with my dance Company.

    After this fantastic experience, I studied acting at Sandi Shurin NYC School, and after a few years in the business and a couple of films I did, I’ve recorded my debut album Raziel “ONE,” and in 2020, I released a music video for my single “Down.” I believe studying Hebrew can be a lot of fun and that every child has a unique way of learning, so I prepared a program with many games and adventures that are both fun and challenging. From absolute beginners to highly advanced materials. I take my passion for the performing arts and bring it to life in class.

  • My name is Gil Ramot and I will be your Ofek Hebrew teacher. A few words about myself: I was born and raised in Israel. I have been a Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher since 2000. I have an MSW with experience in at-risk youth, and a teaching certificate. I began my American life journey as a Shaliach (Emissary from Israel) to the Jewish community of Louisville, KY, and the Hillel Program Director at the University of Connecticut. I Returned to Israel and worked in Jerusalem, as a representative of 13 Jewish communities in Israel. As a representative, I was sent from Jerusalem to various American Jewish communities to speak about Israel.

    I moved to Ventura County to serve as the first Shaliach at the local Jewish Federation of Ventura County. I also served as the Torah School Principal at Temple Ner Ami, and as a Hebrew teacher at various Temples. I taught Modern Hebrew courses at UCSB, and I am currently working on my conversational Hebrew online book.

    I am married to Revital and we have an eleven and a half years old girl – Healey, and an eight years old boy – Ofree. I Have been a speaker and a teacher about Israel for the last 21 years at various Jewish and non-Jewish venues. I served in the Israeli Army, and I LOVE Israel.
    I look forward to see you in class.

  • Keren is a teacher with varied practice in teaching Hebrew at Sunday’s schools and in the private Jewish schools systems. She holds a law bachelor’s degree from Israel and soon finishes a master’s degree in Teaching Second Language from Middlbery College, Vermont. Keren loves the Hebrew language and believes that language is the basis to building strong identity and connections to the Jewish people. Keren strives for students to enjoy together and meet more friends, while finding a common denominator and instilling values ​​of community caring and mutual guarantee.

  • Shalom! My name is Sarit. I was born and raised in a small place next to Haifa, Israel. I have BED in special education with specialization in learning disabilities in reading, writing and Math. I came to New York 12 years ago and since then I teach children Judaic studies. I taught grade 2nd and 3rd grade, but for the past years I am a 1st grade teacher at a Jewish school in Manhattan. I also teach the Hebrew language to children form elementary school to high school.
    I love to engage technical learning with experiential learning. I believe that children learn the best from games and songs and experiential learning. I work with children for many years and I believe that I can light the love in children for Israel and the Hebrew language.

    Looking forward to see you in my class.

  • Roman was born and grew up in the USSR (now Russia). At age 17 he made Aliyah and moved to Israel. Roman wanted to be a teacher since he can remember. His childhood dream came true and for about 20 years Roman had his educational career in Israel, teaching History, Hebrew and Civics in Middle school and High school. (After 3 years in the Israel Defense Forces). Since Roman received his Master’s degree in Educational Counseling (with honors) from Bar – Ilan University, he worked as a High School Counselor. His Bachelor’s degree and Teacher’s Credential are in History. After Roman immigrated to the U.S with his wife and daughter, he continued to teach.
    He now teaches Hebrew at one of the Jewish High schools in sunny California, Los Angeles.

  • Ori Tzuriel lives in peaceful Bristol, Vermont with his wife and two kids. Holds a BA, majored in Social Studies and Anthropology with a minor in History and a minor in Judaism from Bar-Ilan University. Teaching Diploma from the “Kibbutzim” college of education in Tel Aviv. And completing his MA in Cultural Studies from the Open University in Israel. Ori grew up in Israel and was a history teacher and a homeroom teacher for 8 years at “Brener” high School in Givat Brener. During the past 4 years, Ori has been teaching Hebrew at the Middlebury College Language School in Vermont, leading interactive full emersions courses, exposing students to the different aspects and dimensions of the Hebrew language using cultural and historical events as a window to the language. Alongside being a teacher, Ori is a certified EMT, volunteering with the community rescue squad and deeply involved in the community life of his place of residence. Ori’s rich background of both religious and secular life, military and educational experiences provide him with a unique approach to teaching, which evolved through many years in the class room with a variety of students, younger and older, Israeli and American. Ori enjoys the outdoors immensely and find the best ideas will emerge when hiking deep in the woods, breaking sweat on the bike or sailing on the lake.

  • Ziva Trau was born in Northern Israel and moved to Marin County in 1990. She received her BA in History with a Teaching Credential at Seminar HaKibbutzim in Tel Aviv. Her initial work experience in the US was at a small Jewish day school in Santa Rosa, twenty years ago. There, she taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies for grades 1st-8th. With her experience, Ziva opened her own afternoon Hebrew school in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol in 1997. She has also worked at various synagogues, such as Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and currently works at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. Ziva has taught eleven summer sessions of Ulpan at USF, working with many middle and high school students. She is a full-time teacher at Oakland Hebrew Day School, where she has taught students from 1st through 8th grades. She currently teaches Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and is a mentor teacher for their Judaic Studies team. Ziva lives in Richmond, CA and has two children, Danit and Leedan. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and water sports.

  • Ornit Levinson-Suter is the Hebrew Educational Manager of OFEK Hub. She is an English and Hebrew teacher with many years of experience, working for both the Israeli Ministry of Education as well as the education system in the USA. Ornit holds a BA in Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University in NJ, and a teaching certificate from the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She has worked both as a classroom teacher and as a Jewish educator in the community. Ornit believes in a differentiated learning experience for each student. She likes to use creative and engaging teaching and technology in her classroom. Ornit’s goal as a teacher is to be able to engage the students in developing meaningful relationships. She would like to see her students feel comfortable enough to try using Hebrew in situations outside the classroom. Ornit’s view on learning a language is that sometimes a small step in the right direction can turn out to be the beginning of a march to victory.

  • Shalom! My name is Milka. I grew up in Petah-Tikva, Israel, and I have lived in NYC since 2015. I graduated from Levinsky College of Education with a B.Ed. in Bible, and I hold an M.A in teaching Hebrew as a second language from Middlebury School of Language. I am specialized and trained in second language acquisition and proficiency-based language instruction. My qualifications include 9 years of teaching experience, 6 of them teaching Hebrew as a second language. In my most recent position as a 4th-6th grade teacher, I developed engaging and innovative curriculum units that promote Hebrew language acquisition through communicative and student-centered methods. My classes are infused with authentic Israeli materials to immerse students in Israeli life and culture. I am passionate about developing my students’ love and connection to the State of Israel and to the Hebrew language through relevant and engaging activities that make learning Hebrew meaningful and exciting.

  • Shalom, I’m Seth – a science teacher in NYC. I was born in the US but grew up in Jerusalem, close to Shuk Mahane Yehuda, where I could find amazing, fresh food on an almost daily basis. For the past 6 years, I have lived in NYC and taught Hebrew, Judaism, math, and science. I am particularly interested in applying the science we learn to understanding technologies and procedures that can help us change the world, such as solar energy or desalination plants in Israel. When I am not teaching, you can find me traveling, cooking, reading, and cycling!

  • Dana Bar-Or is a Middle School Director and has 16 years of teaching experience, mainly in Middle School and Upper School. Dana was highly involved in the IAC and served as the first member of the ‘Gvanim’ leadership group. Her teaching style is engaging and focused on the students. In her free time, she enjoys practicing her boxing skills. In the past, while in Israel, Dana worked as a lawyer in her hometown of Haifa.

  • Mirit Balkan, a mom of 3, arrived in Cleveland a decade ago from Israel. Mirit is teaching with the “Bishvil Ha-Ivrit” program at @Akiva School in Cleveland. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in group facilitation with expertise in conflict transformation and peace building. Mirit worked at The Yitzhak Rabin Center and Gilo Center for Civic Society and Democracy in Israel and served as a program manager at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She represented IAC as a mentor and facilitator of the ‘Gvanim’ Community Leadership Program in Cleveland, served as chaplain at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, and as a life cycle celebrate and registered wedding officiant.

  • My name is Hanita Hayim and I have been a Hebrew teacher for more than 20 years. I started my teaching career in Israel when I taught first, second, and fifth grades in elementary school. Out of love for the Hebrew language and a desire to pass it on to future generations, I studied teaching Hebrew to the upper grades. I also specialized in teaching Hebrew as a second language. After a few years, I realized that my goal in life is to teach Hebrew in other countries. About 6 years ago, I moved to the US and since then I have been enjoying teaching Hebrew in a Jewish school where I get great pleasure from hearing the children learn this special language.

  • Hi, my name is Jenny. I will teach Hebrew level 1 through Israeli songs, poems, books and more. I have been a teacher for more than a decade and started my teaching career in the IDF. I hold a master’s degree and specialized and worked as a special Ed teacher. I am the mom of 2 wonderful kids. Teaching is my passion, and I can’t wait to share my knowledge and my fun way of teaching with you.

  • My name is Sarit, and I am currently located in Los Angeles. I chose to work in Hebrew education because of my love for Israel and for teaching children. I enjoy teaching kids of all ages and love seeing them make progress in learning the Hebrew language and in appreciating the culture and history of Israel. I like to teach in a way that fosters experiential learning and believe that this is the way to instill the love of the Hebrew language in my students. Looking forward to meeting you all in my class!

  • Mirit is an educator, born and raised in Israel where she taught immigrants the Hebrew language and Israeli culture. She has multiple degrees in Hebrew language and linguistics, and in education. Mirit has lived in the U.S. since 2008, where she has taught Hebrew and Israeli studies at Binghamton University and Ithaca College, and co-founded the local Israeli Film Festival.

  • Michal Bar is a Brooklyn based Jewish educator. As a native Hebrew speaker, she enjoys teaching the language and Jewish studies while incorporating her passion for the performing arts. Michal has experience in teaching adults as well as young children. She has taught modern and biblical Hebrew, Mishnah, Talmud, prayer, Jewish history, and preparatory classes for B’nai/B’not Mitzvah.

  • Nava was born in Israel and grew up in the sunny port city of Haifa. In a search for adventure and excitement, she has lived all over the world including in Canada, Greece, Germany, and the US. Nava’s love of working with people and helping others led her to teaching different languages over the past decade and she has no greater satisfaction than making a difference in people’s lives and seeing them achieve their goals. Being a teacher, she believes, is not just about teaching grammar and vocabulary, but effective communication skills, confidence, and the ability to deal with uncertainty.

    Nava also has a passion for creating things and built a tiny off-the-grid house in which she lived with her family. Nava currently lives with her family in Austin TX and enjoys the laidback fun atmosphere of the city where she teaches Hebrew and Jewish studies, and has many hobbies including pottery, cooking, and exploring the city. She can’t imagine life without books, her friends, and macaroni and cheese.

  • Shalom! My name is Sharon and I live in Atlanta. I have chosen the teaching profession out of true love for the field of education. I enjoy guiding students to maturity, using a unique combination of education knowledge coupled with eighteen years of experience. I like to incorporate games and technology into my classes and a lot of fun. So, if you want to learn Hebrew in an experiential way – I’d love you to join me!

  • Maya was born and raised in Israel and lives in the beautiful city of Austin, TX. She teaches and tutors Hebrew and Jewish studies and has over a decade of experience in education in various settings. Her passion for education began in college while tutoring elementary through college students with learning disabilities.

    Maya teaches learning strategies to help her students reach their full potential. Maya likes to provide an inviting, exciting, and joyful learning environment to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and needs. She strongly believes in using games, which in her experience have a tremendous impact, both educationally and socially. “The most effective way to learn Hebrew is through fun and engagement”. Maya is looking forward to all the wonderful learning ahead of us!

  • Yakov was born and raised in Israel and currently lives in New York City. Yakov is a highly experienced teacher of Hebrew and Israeli culture. Since he relocated to the US, Yakov has been working as a Hebrew teacher and a youth guide in several schools and Jewish community centers in Manhattan. During his career, Yakov has worked with diverse populations and age groups, including children with special needs. His passion for education began during his military service as a commander in an elite IDF unit where he was responsible for educating the next generation of Israel. Following his military service, Yakov was engaged in various army-preparation programs, and he went on to study education in college. Yakov believes that having fun in class is the key to learning. Perseverance, investment, and hard work are the hallmarks of success.

  • Dalia Mendel is an experienced teacher of Hebrew and Israeli culture. Dalia relocated to the US in 2014 with her family and since then has been teaching Hebrew to different age groups and in different Jewish organizations such Jewish day schools and Temples. In her classes, she will focus on the four Hebrew language skills – speaking, reading, writing, and listening – using authentic Israeli songs, games, teacher prepared materials, videos, and more in order to keep her students engaged and to meet different learning styles. Dalia brings her love and passion for Israel and Hebrew in her classes.

  • My name is Zehava Dahan, and I am the Enrichment Educational Manager of Ofek Hub. I have been working as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area for 30 years, both as a classroom teacher and as a head of Jewish and Hebrew studies in formal and informal Jewish education. Studying education at Haifa University and at San Francisco State University inspired me to use varied education approaches, keeping the student at the center. For me, the most exciting aspect of working with students is the creation of a warm environment through a broad partnership of teachers, parents, and students. My goal is to use that partnership to develop inquisitive, engaged, and caring children who will become lifelong learners and compassionate human beings.

  • Dana was born and raised in Jerusalem. She graduated with honors from David Yellin Teachers College in Jerusalem where she received her B.A. in education and she earned her Master Degree in Education at the American Jewish University. She previously taught English to third through sixth graders in Israeli public schools. Dana learned French and Spanish, served in the Israeli army and received an award of excellence from the IDF for her service.
    Dana pioneered a new pilot program with Rabbi Melissa Buyer, utilizing an experimental Distance Learning teaching model and was presented a BJE Lainer Award in 2011. She currently teaches 3rd, 5th and 6th grade at the day school of Stephen Wise Temple and was the Hebrew coordinator of the religious school there. Dana also teaches Hebrew at The American Jewish University – Aju and at Los Angeles Hebrew High school. Dana believes that each student is an individual and has a unique gift to offer the world.

    She believes in teaching her students according to their path and it is important for her that her students are happy and learn to think outside of the box, become positive, empathetic, appreciative, creative and self-reflecting. It is also important for Dana to pass on to her students her love and devotion to Judaism, Israel, and Hebrew. Dana loves music and is a proud mother of Ariel and Daniel.

  • Aya Goshen is an independent art curator based in New York City, originally from Israel. She received an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, an MBA from Tel-Aviv University, and a BA in Economics and Communications from Haifa University. Aya combines a passion for art with a broad proficiency in marketing. She initiates, curates, and produces contemporary art projects that celebrate art and bring people together.

  • Sheryl Silver Ochayon holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a BA in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Certificate in Genocide Studies from Stockton University.

    After a long legal career, she followed her passion for Holocaust education. In 2005 she began working for the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, guiding in the Holocaust history museum, writing and developing online courses for educators around the world and creating educational videos. Currently, Sheryl is Yad Vashem’s Program Director for Echoes & Reflections, a program that empowers American middle and high school educators to confidently teach the Holocaust, with dynamic classroom materials and professional development.

    Sheryl has represented Yad Vashem in different contexts both in the US and in Israel at seminars and international conferences, and at the United Nations.

  • Jonathan Emanuel has been an educator and program provider for over 2 decades, working in both formal and informal settings, Jewish and secular. He has served as a Camp Director, Program Director and has created a number of leadership programs for teens and young Jewish leaders. He has a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, spent time studying text and mysticism at Yeshivat Shalom Rav in Tsfat, Israel, and is completing his Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA. He has served as the Director of Teen Services for the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, supervising programming and educational resources for a program serving over 1000 Jewish teens. Mr. Emanuel served as the Director of Youth Education and Family Education at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA, and currently teaches Jewish Studies to the Middle School at Brandeis Marin Day School in San Rafael, CA.

  • Vavi was raised in Tel Aviv by a theatrical and artistic family and studied English Literature and Art History at the Hebrew University, and Painting and Drawing at the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem. Her career as an Israel educator spans more than 30 years. As a freelancer, Vavi creates educational materials, conducts workshops for educators and adult learners, and serves as a consultant on Arts & Culture for the iCenter for Israel Education.

  • Yael has been a teacher and educator for more than 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her book clubs started 6 years ago and are focused on a human point of view and academics.

  • Sivan Arbel is an Israeli vocalist, composer, and educator who has performed all around the world in places such as The Lincoln Center in New York City, the Minsk Jazz Festival in Belarus, Bratislava Jazz Days Festival in Slovakia, Boston Jazz Festival, and the 4020 Festival in Austria, to name just a few.

    Arbel holds a B.A in Jazz Performance from the Newpark Music Center in Dublin and is a graduate of the Jazz Performance Program at the Rimon School of Music in Israel. She has collaborated with musicians around the world such as the Japanese band Ichimujin, Brazilian Pandeiro player Túlio Araújo, the ‘Groove It Forward’ Project, and pianist Guy Mintus. Arbel has also released two albums: Broken Lines in 2016 and Change of Light in 2019, which was selected as the Best Vocal Disc of 2019 by Jazz2K.

  • Shalom, my name is Eathan Wysoki and I have been training under TKM New York Head Instructor and founder Eliran Cohen (Dan 3) since the school opened its doors in 2013. I was the youngest TKM NY student to hold a Brown Belt and completed my Class A instructor course in 2017. In 2019, I completed my Class B instructor certification and earned my Brown Belt. Throughout the training and following my certification, I have participated, among others, in law enforcement, anti-kidnapping, and a 3rd party protection course. I am already well on my way to advancing as a high-level instructor after having become a regular instructor at traditional Krav Maga while navigating my first year of college.

  • Barak Sella is a social entrepreneur, activist and expert in informal education, media, and establishing communities. For the past 15 years, he has been part of Dror Israel, an Israeli Educators movement dedicated to promoting equality and social justice in Israel. He served in many positions in one of the largest youth movements in Israel and led many national media campaigns with various activist groups.

    In recent years, he lived in NYC working as a central Israeli emissary for the Jewish Agency and today lives in Haifa where he manages a community-urban renewal project for the city in collaboration with several government ministries and philanthropic foundations. In addition, Barak works as a community consultant for emerging Jewish communities in Europe and North America and is currently working on his Masters in North American Jewish studies at the University of Haifa. Many people all around the world are trying to figure out how to make a meaningful impact on their society while living a fulfilling life for themselves. Judaism provides answers to these questions through building communities. Join Barak to learn about how communities and new forms of living can actually change the world.

  • Leslie is currently the Director of Education for the JFCS Holocaust Center in San Francisco. She hopes to inspire students and teachers alike with her passion for Holocaust education. Leslie taught Holocaust studies at Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine, where she also accompanied her students on study trips to Poland and Israel. She received her BA in History (with a focus on Holocaust Studies) from Loyola Marymount University, where she studied under world renowned Holocaust scholar, Dr. Michael Berenbaum. Leslie has worked as a museum educator for both the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Merging her two passions for theatre and history, she has also served as a historical consultant for multiple high school productions of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” one of which she directed herself. Leslie is a graduate of the Orange County/Long Beach Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute and was selected as an educational consultant for Chapman University’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. She was honored to be chosen by the OC Register as one of Orange County’s Most Influential 2019 for her ongoing work with high school students in combatting antisemitism.

  • Susanne M Reyto, an award-winning author, speaker, world traveler and an ardent supporter of Israel and the free world. She is an active member of several organizations, immediate past Chairman of the Board of Governors of City of Hope and board member of Beverly Hills Women’s Club. She served as president of Hadassah Los Angeles and ZOA Western Region. Being a child survivor, she is a frequent speaker at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. She works tirelessly for the education of our future generations, about history including the Holocaust and Communism. Now as Chairman of VIOLINS OF HOPE Los Angeles County, Susanne will continue to engage in educating the public, particularly students about history, culture and music.

    Her childhood experiences and her ultimate escape from Communist Hungary in the late 1950’s left Susanne with an unwavering spirit of optimism and perseverance. She grew up in Australia, lived on Guam while her husband served in the US Navy and has traveled the world. Her writings have been featured in major US newspapers and Internet magazines/websites. She has appeared on television and radio in the US and Canada. Her book, Pursuit of Freedom has been designated as recommended reading for youngsters. Her recently published book, Destination Freedom, aims to reach middle-school age and older.

  • Leora Raikin is the Executive Director and Founder of the David Labkovski Project. As the artist’s great-niece, she has the connection and understanding of Labkovski as a person and an artist. Leora has assumed the responsibility of carrying on her uncle’s work through the creation of the DLP. She works tirelessly using her great-uncle’s artwork to engage, enrich, educate, and empower audiences and students through lectures and workshops. Leora has been a keynote speaker at numerous schools, synagogues, and organizations including Chapman University Rogers Center Holocaust Commemoration Program, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Johannesburg Holocaust Museum, and the Genocide Center and the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles. Leora has a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She and her husband have a son and a new puppy, Whisky.

  • Since its founding five years ago, Stephanie Wolfson has been the Director of Education and Curator for the David Labkovski Project. She was also a consultant to the Education Department at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Stephanie was taught about the Holocaust at too young an age and with inappropriately graphic material and has since made it her mission to engage audiences with this history in a way that is accessible, and which provides an opening for discussion and thought. Stephanie holds a BA in Education from George Washington University, an MA in Jewish Communal Service and Education from Brandeis University and is currently working toward an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Stephanie and her husband live outside LA. They have 4 grown children, a grandson, and a little dog – CC.

  • Hello, my name is Tony Ben-Zion. I am a mother of two sweet boys, happily married, and I live in Los Angeles, California. I am a teacher of cooking and baking. I grew up at home with my grandmother who was an amazing cook and had a great love for cooking and baking. Over the years, I have recreated recipes and dishes that are passed down in our family from generation to generation, and also created my own recipes. I am a Wingate Institute graduate in yoga instruction, and a therapist in Shiatsu and reflexology. I have been teaching yoga classes to pregnant women, children, and adults for 13 years. For the past three years, I have created workshops, and taught cooking and baking classes for adults and children at the IAC Sheffer Center, and privately in Los Angeles. I currently teach cooking and baking classes on ‘Zoom’. I am the owner of The Sixth Spice blog and maintain a YouTube channel to which I upload easy and delicious recipes to every week. https://youtube.com/c/TheSixthSpice

  • Yakir Ben-Moshe, born in 1973, lives and works in Tel Aviv. Yakir won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature in 2012 and the Israeli Minister of Culture’s Prize in 2003. He has published six books, the most recent of which, “Whistle of a Night Watchman”, was published by the Bialik Institute in 2021. His poems have been translated into various languages, including English, Russian, Greek, Chinese, Turkish, and have been published in anthologies and literary journals. Since 2000, Yakir has been the literary editor and cultural events editor at ‘Beit Bialik’, the house of the Israeli national poet Hayim Nahman Bialik, has edited the ‘Poetry on the Road’ project of the Tel Aviv Municipality (2004-2015), and the International ‘Gate’ Poetry Festival (2011-2015). He served as a judge for the best Poetry Award of the Israeli President’s House in Jerusalem (2018-19) and for the ‘Haaretz’ newspaper short story competition (2005). In addition, Ben-Moshe writes press articles about literature and classical music, edits poetry and prose books for many writers (including Nava Semel, Yossi Alfi), and has rich and varied experience in teaching literature and writing workshops in many settings, including Tel Aviv University, Seminar Kibbutzim, Helicon (the Association for the Advancement of Poetry in Israel), Kibbutz Yotvata, and more. For this, he was awarded the title of ‘Best Writing Workshop Teacher in Israel’ by the ‘Maariv’ newspaper.

  • Shalom everyone! My name is Liat and I was born and raised in Rehovot, Israel. I graduated from Hadassah College in Jerusalem as an industrial designer. I worked for a short time as an exhibition designer and quickly moved to the field of graphic design. After marrying in 2000, I moved to New York where I continue to work as a packaging designer in Brooklyn. 4 years ago, I opened my blog “Food for Thoughts” where I express my love for baking, making food, and everything in between. I host workshops and chefs in my home kitchen. When Covid hit, I started hosting Zoom workshops for the Israeli and Jewish American communities. I believe in seasonal local cuisine and venturing into neighboring cuisines for a new and different taste of our own.

  • Hi, my name is Judy. I was raised in South Africa and since 2011 I have been living in Demarest, New Jersey with my husband and three kids. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Education, I am ESL certified by the State of Israel and the State of New Jersey and hold a master’s in political science and journalism. I own a tutoring business, teach Hebrew in the mornings at a local high school in New Jersey, and previously worked for a high-tech company and the office of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

  • Anat has served as MATI board member for 9 years and as CEO for 7 years. MATI (Merkaz Tarbut Israeli) is a non-profit organization for Israeli Culture in Los Angeles. For more than 30 years, she has taught music, working with special needs kids and young adults and is also a writer and a producer of different Israeli-Jewish community events in Los Angeles including the Holocaust Memorial family community program in the last 10 years.

    Anat has been a guide at the Holocaust Museum LA for the last 5 years, giving tours in Hebrew and English. She is involved in other Holocaust-related school programs and the Violin of Hope project in LA. Anat serves as the West Coast Representative of ‘Anu’, the Museum of the Jewish People of Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv and the Chair of the Board of the Advot Project – a non-profit organization that uses art-based curriculum to teach communication and relationship skills, empowering participants to find their voice and use it.

  • Udi Urman is the Director of the Lambert Center for Arts and Ideas and the The Sonabend Center for Israel at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.
    Previously, Urman served as the Executive Director of Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. He was the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New England and New York, was a Board Member at NEMPAC, and has taught at Brandeis University. He specializes in the Arts and in cultural spheres and has extensive experience developing and executing large-scale fundraisers and nonprofit projects. In his current role, he is raising brand awareness through producing exhibitions, events, tours, and more. Udi is the founder of NY Public Art, a platform for tours and public art projects in New York.

  • Celebrated by the New York Times for “his vibrant playing full of texture and nuance”, Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio has a dual career as both a performer and a lecturer. He currently teaches at the famed Manhattan School of Music and gives lectures as part of the concert series ‘MusicTalks’. Mr. Kabilio has performed in prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Philharmonie Berlin, and Teatro La Scala in Milan. Mr. Kabilio holds four degrees from Tel-Aviv University, Mannes College of Music, New School University, and Manhattan School of Music.

  • Hi – my name is Lior and I love to teach and to learn! I keep up with the newest and coolest software on the market to create the best apps, videos, and computer games. My online courses have been running for more than 10 years and I have more than 20,000 fans subscribed to my newsletter. I also train instructors and develop new tutorials for schools and after-school programs. I recently began running the Facebook page ‘Stay Creative’ that I launched two months ago for students who have been forced to stay home due to Covid restrictions.

  • My name is Maya Lotan and I have been a tour-guide and Jewish educator since the days of my IDF service. I hold a master’s degree in Israel studies and specialized in modern history. I am originally from Tel Aviv, and I love the city, its history and culture. For more than a decade, I have been guiding families from abroad, Birthright tours, and school trips. I have also initiated ‘Tiyul-Ledet’ (‘Hike-Birthday’) – tours and trips for parents on maternity leave that combine birthday celebrations and nature.

  • Moshe Machline is an entrepreneur and a high-level executive with over 25 years of experience in starting, building, and growing technology companies who has a passion for teaching. Moshe holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the Technion, an M.Sc. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and an MBA from INSEAD.

  • Ronnie Setty is a high-tech veteran with over 25 years of experience in developing, leading, and growing high-tech organizations, both in Israel and the USA. Ronnie has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Tel-Aviv University, an MBA from Tel-Aviv University, and is currently studying for his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Ben Gurion University.

  • My name is Shir, and I am an interdisciplinary artist and art teacher. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Art and Education from ‘Hamidrasha’ – Faculty of the Arts at Beit Berl, Israel. I am also a master’s candidate in Art History, after graduating from Tel Aviv University. I have been an art teacher at several schools for the last eight years, and I enjoy meeting and learning from kids and their creative pursuits. In my classes, I emphasize self-expression through art, and at the same time create communication through talking about artwork.

  • Hello, my name is Yris Bilia. I was born in Israel and served as a Lieutenant and air-traffic controller in the IDF. I hold a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Haifa University and then moved to NY where I live in Manhattan with my husband and our four children. My background is in advertising as a TV producer with some acting, and I currently teach Hebrew in Elementary and Middle school. I am passionate about travel and have visited over 30 countries around the world. I love learning about the nature, history, and customs of the places I explore and enjoy their adventurous side. I create an exciting environment in my classes where students can see themselves as global citizens and independent learners with an open mind to explore and understand the world around them.

  • Nice to meet you! My name is Tal Hadari. I’m 43 years old, and I live in Israel. I am an expert in Organizational Behavior (M.A. in Organizational Sociology) with extensive experience working in the private and government sectors. About a year and a half ago, I decided to focus on what really matters – in my opinion – and I built a magical social initiative: #You’ve Got It, (“Yesh Lach Et Ze” in Hebrew). #You’ve-Got-It focuses on personal empowerment, with an emphasis on young women, teenage girls, and others.

    This initiative includes empowering social media videos, private coaching sessions, lectures, mini group sessions, group coaching, writing a book and, in the spirit of the current era, Zoom sessions and a lot of other surprises. Who comes to #You’ve-Got-It? Girls that decide they want to succeed!! In what? In any area of life, and together we can learn HOW! If you want to really get to know me: I love dark chocolate, can’t stand the smell of coriander, and if I want to relax – all I need is to sit by the beach and watch the waves. And what I truly believe in is that when you have faith you can accomplish anything you desire. Well, almost. The rest we can learn together.

  • Nice to meet you. My name is Etty Yogev and I am married and a mother of two teens. I am certified as a Parenting Coach by the Adler Institute and the Ministry of Education in Israel. I coach parents, both in Israel and the U.S, via workshops and private sessions. I have an MSc degree in Organizational Development & Behavior, and a certificate in Mediation, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. I am community manager of “Moms for Teens Consult Together”. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersandteens/?ref=share –

    The quality of relationships we have with our families directly affects the quality of our lives.

    -The “how” is more important than the “what”. Our positive approach is everything!
    – It is never too late to improve the relationship with our teens
    – there is always an opportunity to tighten and strengthen the bond. Optimism!

  • Dr. Shelly Rave believes that “there is a direct correlation between a healthy relationship and abundance. Our relationship can fulfill us very easily and drain us just as quickly. As long as I know how to love myself and others, I can succeed in other fields of my life”. Dr. Rave is an engineer with a high-tech management background and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a PhD in Faculty Management. She has had a coaching clinic for over 12 years where she supports couples and leads online ‘Zoom’ workshops. Dr. Rave also lectures MBA students about coaching.

  • Shiri Rosenblat-Itzhak holds a master’s in Psychology Counseling from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a certified Executive Coach (School of Continuing Education at NYU), is a member of the ICF, and holds certificates in positive psychology (Cipp, CAPP). Shiri has over 20 years of experience working with teenagers and young adults. She is grateful for her family and friends, for finding her calling in life, and for coffee.

  • Lilach has been working with parents for more than 15 years. She has a master’s in Psychology, practices CBT and ACT therapy, and is a parent educator and a life and marriage coach. She is also a certified Gottman Seven Principles Leader.

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