Yael is a teacher and an educator for more than 30 years.
She holds a master degree in literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her book clubs started 6 years ago and are focused on human point of view and academics.
Hi! My name is Michal Lev. I’ve been an educator for 22 years. Currently, I’m a Hebrew and general studies consultant and a teacher-trainer. I am a Certified Evaluator and a Highly Qualified AEPA Teacher by the Arizona Department of Education. In addition, I’m a speaker and presenter of “Effective Teaching” workshops for general studies teachers. I’m the author of “Chaverim BeIvrit” and a digital App developer. Prior to this, I was a lead Montessori teacher for elementary and middle school, teaching all core subjects and more. I’ve been an educator in Israel, NY, and Arizona and earned my degree in education in Israel. I am a certified K-12 teacher and a proud mom of two girls – and two dogs.
Hi, my Name is Adi and I am from Israel and currently live in Manhattan, NY. I have been teaching Hebrew and Israeli culture at a unique school in Harlem for the past four years, and this year I am the Grade Team Leader for Hebrew studies. I studied at the University of Management, Communication, and Business.
If I could have any superpower I would like to have the power to fly anytime so I could visit my family and friends in Israel, but also travel all over the world and see as many places as possible every year! My favorite part of my job is getting to teach my amazing students, meet new students every year, and learn as much as I can about them.
I am a mom to two sweet boys, Ariel and Aviv, and they keep me busy all day long!
My favorite thing to do with my boys is to bake delicious cakes, muffins and cookies and then sit and eat what we’ve baked together.
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.
Hello everyone, 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 I have 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 I maintain a YouTube channel which I upload easy and delicious recipes to every week.
Yakir Ben-Moshe lives and works in Tel- Aviv. He was the winner of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature in 2012, and the Israeli Minister of Culture’s Prize in 2003. Yakir has published six books, the most recent of which, “Whistle of a Night Watchman”, will be published by the ‘Bialik Institute’ in early 2021. His poems have been translated into various languages, including English, Russian, Greek, Chinese, and Turkish, and published in anthologies and literary journals. Since 2000, Yakir Ben-Moshe has been the literary editor and cultural events editor at Beit Bialik, the house of the Israeli national poet Hayim Nahman Bialik. He has edited the ‘Poetry on the Road’ project of the Tel Aviv Municipality (2004-2015), as well as the International Poetry Festival ‘Gate’ (2011-2015). Additionally, he served as a judge for the best Poetry Award by the Israeli President’s House in Jerusalem (2018-19) and also served as a judge for the ‘Haaretz’ newspaper competition for the short story (2005). In addition, Ben-Moshe writes for the press about literature and classical music, edits poetry and prose books for many writers (including Nava Semel, and 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.
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 Gavanim leadership group. Her teaching style is engaging and students centric. In her free time she enjoys practicing her boxing skills. In the past, while in Israel, Dana worked as a lawyer in Haifa her home town.
Mor Cohen was born and raised in Israel and works as a Jewish educator, focusing on Hebrew teaching, Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring, Israeli Spirit, and Judaism. She has been working with students of all ages from all around the United States.
In the lessons she teaches, Mor pays great attention to creating a constructive environment. As a professionally trained performer and filmmaker, she uses arts and crafts, acting exercises, and music in her lessons, through which the students get a creative outlet to explore new ideas in a fun, interactive way.
Mirit Balkan, a Mom of 3, arrived in Cleveland a decade ago from Israel.
Mirit is teaching with “Bishvil HaIvrit” IN @Akiva school in Cleveland.
She brings with her over twenty years of experience in group facilitation with expertise in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. 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.
Represented IAC as a mentor and facilitator of Gvanim community Leadership program in Cleveland.
Chaplain at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital and 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 the 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 came to the conclusion that my goal in life is to teach Hebrew in countries overseas. About 6 years ago I moved to the US and since then I have been teaching Hebrew in a Jewish school.
I really like teaching Hebrew and enjoy hearing the children speak Hebrew.
Hi, my name is Jenny. I will teach Hebrew level 1 through Israeli songs, poems, books and more. I am a teacher for more than a decade. I started my carrier in the Israeli army as a teacher. I hold a master degree and I specialized and worked as a special Ed teacher. I am a mom of 2 wonderful kids. Teaching is my passion and I can’t wait to share with you my knowledge and my fun way of teaching.
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 plant the love of the Hebrew language within 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’s taught Hebrew and Israeli studies at Binghamton University and Ithaca College, and co-founded the local Israeli Film Festival in the area.
Shalom, My name is Amir, I am an Israeli American who had the honor of teaching High School students Hebrew since 2006. I served as a Hebrew teacher, a Hebrew Department Chair, Hebrew translator, and as a Middle and High School Principal. In my free time, I love to read, travel, and play soccer. I have two boys: Gahl who is 19 and Neev who is 16; they keep me young
Nava was born in Israel and grew up in the sunny port city of Haifa. Looking for adventure and excitement led her to live all over the world including Canada, Greece, Germany and the US. Her love of working with people and helping others led her to teaching different languages over the past decade. For Nava, there is nothing more satisfying 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 an off-the-grid tiny house which she lived in with her family. She can’t imagine life without books, her friends and macaroni and cheese. Nava currently lives with her family in Austin TX and enjoys the laidback fun atmosphere of the city. She teaches Hebrew and Jewish studies, and has many hobbies including pottery, cooking and exploring the city.
Shalom! my name is Sharon and I live in Atlanta. I have chosen the teaching profession out of true love for the education discipline. I am enjoying 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 too – 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 in order 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 for all the wonderful learning ahead of us!
Yakov was born and raised in Israel and currently lives in New York City. Yakov is an experienced Hebrew teacher with years of teaching 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 worked with a diverse population and ages, including children with special needs. His passion for education began during his military service as a commander in an elite 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 continued to study Education in college.
Yakov believes that having fun in class is the key to learning. Perseverance, investment, and hard work are the hallmark of success.
Dalia Mendel is an experienced Hebrew teacher with years of teaching 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 meet different learning styles. Dalia brings her love and passion to Israel and Hebrew in her classes
Udi Urman is the Executive Director of Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Previously, Urman served as 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 Culture spheres and has extensive experience developing and executing large-scale fundraisers and nonprofit projects. He is raising brand awareness through producing exhibitions, events, tours, and more in his current role. Udi is the founder of NY Public Art, a platform for tours, and public art projects in New York.
Nice meeting you. My name is Etty Yogev. I am married and a mother of two teens. I am a certified Parenting Coach by the Adler’s Institute, and the Ministry of Education in Israel. I coach parents, both in Israel and the U.S, in workshops and in private sessions.
I have an MSc degree in Organizational Development & Behavior, certificate in Mediation, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness.
Community Manager of: “Moms for Teens Consult Together”
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An Occupational & Organizational Consultant expert in career development, to leverage people’s strengths and identify a career path through the process of self-awareness and unique assessment techniques. Multiple references from worldwide customers who were coached to accomplish career breakthroughs via individual and group workshops.
Her own career journey includes several relocations to Barcelona and the USA, moves that forced her to maintain a career continuum in an ever-changing reality. Ela has 20 years of broad experience in HR senior roles, assessment, recruitment, training, and career development. MBA in Human Resources, CBT & Mindfulness therapist from Shiluv Center, Haifa Univ. Ela’s approach that the world is a flat one, laid out in front of us, allowing us not only to break geographical boundaries (that’s easy) but also our own self-inflicted ones. Read latest articles: https://www.elabarzvi.com/
Rachel was born in Israel and grew up in Jerusalem.
Over the last 10 years, Rachel has become a Texan, living in Austin and most recently, Lubbock. Rachel has two B.A.s from higher education institutions in Israel and vast experience in teaching Hebrew, in both Hebrew and English.
Rachel has been teaching Hebrew for over 10 years, beginning in Israel, teaching Hebrew to foreign students, and later in the U.S. teaching at the Austin Jewish Academy. Her experience includes teaching all levels and all ages, from kindergarten to adults, beginners to advanced students.
Rachel has been leading and managing Hebrew programs and curriculum, as well as Jewish Studies, in different communities in Austin and Lubbock.
My name is Mira Abrevaya Shacham. My family and I came to the United States three years ago.
I believe that understanding the Hebrew language is a basic and important tool in our connection with Israel. Knowing the language creates a bridge for a better understanding of the Israeli experience, Israeli culture, and Jewish heritage.
I teach a wide range of ages and group levels; from beginners who are starting their journey with the Hebrew language to more advanced groups who can understand and speak the language.
My name is Rivka. I grew up in the North of Israel, and I am currently living in Carmel, New York. I studied at Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and at Lehman College CUNY in the Bronx. I have four daughters and my oldest one is in the Israeli Army. I have been teaching for the last 20 years, both in Israel and in the USA. I have experience teaching in Elementary and Middle School. Learning any language is a tool for you to gain access to the world and its people in some way. I believe students should be actively involved in their own learning as I aim to be merely a facilitator that allows discovery and curiosity to take place to learn about the Hebrew language and Israel. When I am not teaching, I am interested in reading, cooking and dancing. Apart from that, I am always on a quest to meet new people and learn about their language and culture.
Dr. Rave believes that, “there is a direct correlation between a healthy relationship and abundance. Our relationship can fulfill us very easily- as well as drain us just as quickly. As long as I know how to love myself and others, I can succeed in other fields in 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 and supports couples, and leads online workshops through Zoom. Dr. Rave also lectures about coaching at schools for MBA students.
Aviv Fishler, mother of three dragons and personal chef. Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu San Francisco, Diplôme de Pâtisserie, started her career in cooking and baking in 2010 when she was selected to participate in MasterChef Israel- first season. Her recipes were published in the book, “MasterChef Recipes”. Aviv also took part in private cooking lessons with Eyal Shani and Haim Cohen, which was turned into a TV series on MakoTV. Aviv was the executive chef and manager of Patisserie Mazarin in Tel-Aviv.
Shiri Rosenblat-Itzhak holds a Masters 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, finding her calling in life, and coffee.
An Entrepreneurs Performance Coach/ Speaker/ Podcaster/ Real Estate Investor / Motivational Speaker It was a personal transformation that motivated me to sell the successful tourism company I was running after years of growing and developing it. I then took the time to pursue my entrepreneurial nature and fulfill the dream of economic freedom through investing in Real Estate. Nowadays, I mentor entrepreneurs and leaders to challenge paradigms and realize their full potential.
Barak Sella is a social entrepreneur, activist and expert in informal education, media and community organizing. 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. Over the past few years he lived in NYC working as a Central Israeli Emissary for the Jewish Agency and today Lives in Haifa and manages a Community-Urban renewal project for the city in collaboration with several offices in the government 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. Through the concept of Minyan to the Israel kibbutz, Judaism found answers to these questions through building communities. Join Barak to learn about how communities and new forms of living can actually change the world.
Celebrated by the New York Times for “his vibrant playing full of texture and nuance” Israeli Cellist Elad Kabilio has dual career as performer and lecturer. He currently teaches at the famed Manhattan School of Music and gives lectures through the concert series MusicTalks. Mr. Kabilio has performed in prestigious hall such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Philharmonie Berlin and Teatro La Scala in Milan. Mr. Kabilio holds 4 degrees from Tel-Aviv University, Mannes College of Music – New School University and Manhattan School of music.
Lior loves to teach, and loves to learn! Lior is up-to-date with the newest and coolest software on the market in order to create the best apps, videos, and computer games. His online courses have been running for more than 10 years and he has more than 20,000 fans on the courses list of his newsletter. He also trains instructors and develops new tutorials for schools and after-school programs. Recently, Lior has been running the Facebook page Stay Creative, which he launched two months ago, for those students who have been forced to stay home complying with the new global situation.
Moshe Machline is an entrepreneur and a high level executive with over 25 years of experience in starting, building and growing technology companies; he has a passion for teaching. Moshe holds a Bachelor of Science 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.
Hello everyone, my name is Ojas Waldman I am married and the father of three children. I have been a Chi Kung, Tai Chi, and meditation instructor, for over 25 years. I live in Pardes Hanna – Karkur in Israel, and I have a Chi Kung school where I teach classes and train instructors. I lived in East Asia (India, China, and Japan) for seven years and studied their methods in depth. For the past 20 years I have been teaching in Israel at Colleges of Complementary Medicine, the Ministry of Education and at a studio that I founded in Karkur – Pardes Hanna.
Nice to meet you! My name is Tal Hadari. I’m 43 years old, and I live in Israel. I’m 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 more. This initiative includes empowering videos in social media, private coaching sessions, lectures, mini group sessions, group coaching, writing a book, and in the spirit of this period – Zoom sessions and a lot of other surprises. Who comes to me? Girls that decided they want to succeed!! In which area? 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.
My name is Maya Lotan, I am a tour-guide and Jewish educator since the days of my military service.
I hold a master’s degree in Israel studies with a specialization in modern history.
I am originally from Tel Aviv, and I love the city and its history and culture.
I have been guiding for over a decade families from abroad, birthright and school trips.
I have also initiated Tiyul-Ledet (hike-birthday) – tours and trips for parents on maternity leave and a concept of combining birthday celebrations in nature.
Shlomi Katz has been training in martial arts for 34 years, and teaching youth and adults, civilians and soldiers, for over 26 years. He served as a fighter in Special Forces in the IDF and later as the head of Krav Maga and hand to hand combat in the LOTAR – the Counter Terror School (CTU) of the IDF. He train all the Special Forces including, seals, special unite in the air force etc.…. Shlomi specialized in brining elite soldiers with no background (in hand to hand combat) to a high level of fighting. And in combining the hand to hand fighting skills with the armed fighting. After the military, Shlomi trained and consulted different security organizations and opened his own school for civilians. He raised hundreds of martial arts students that reached the highest level of krav maga. Many of them also reached to the top of Israeli full contact fighting. Among them; world champion in Pankration, Israeli karate full contact champions, kickboxing top rank fighters etc.…
In 2008 Shlomi moved to Sunnyvale California and in 2009 he open his Krav maga and martial arts center called Kravzone. Since then He teaches there along with one of his senior black belt form Israel, Tomer Davidovich and several of black belts that he raised in the states.
I have been working as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area for 30 years, both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. For me the most exciting aspect of working with learners is the creation of a warm environment through a wide partnership of teachers, parents, and learners.
My goal is to use that partnership to develop inquisitive, engaged, and caring children who will become lifelong learners and compassionate human beings.
Yael Mann-Shahar, holds a B.A in psychology and M.A in organizational development. Yael spent parts in her life in Canada, researching different cultures and the influences of technology on our lives.
During the last few years, Yael is involved in the field of “Psychology of Technology” – relatively a new field. The field examines the psychological and neurological influences that smartphones and the internet have on our lives.
My name is Gil. I was born and raised in Israel, served in the IDF and later worked as an analyst for the Israeli Defense Ministry. I came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Fellowship, and completed my PhD degree in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then I taught at various universities and colleges across the U.S., such as Washington University in St. Louis and Oberlin College. I served as the director of the Institute on American Jewish -Israeli Relation at the American Jewish University (Los Angeles), and now I am an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Arizona. I am a published author of a book and many articles on different topics.
I like to travel both in the U.S. and abroad, and to laugh (mostly about silly things).
My name is Shir, I am an interdisciplinary artist and a teaching artist. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Education from Hamidrasha Faculty of the Arts in Beit Berl, Israel. I am also a Masters candidate in Art History, graduating from Tel Aviv University. I’ve been an art teacher at a number of 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.
For the last 17 years, Tali Peleg has been revolutionizing the lives of thousands of families through her best-selling lectures.
A psychotherapist, art therapist and certified Adlerian parenting educator.
She’s favorite guest on Israeli’s morning tv show and a popular parenting blogger at Haaretz.
Tali volunteered teaching parenting groups to inmates and also volunteered supporting refugee children with art therapy at Mesila organization.
Lilach has been working with parents for more than 15 years. She has a Masters in psychology, practices CBT and ACT Therapy,is a Parent educator and a Life and marriage coach. She is also a Certified Gottman Seven Principles Leader.
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 4020 Festival in Austria, to name a few.
Arbel holds a Bachelor of Arts 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, 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.