Wayne Yaffee – Chairman
Jen van Amerongen – Merakezet Chinuch
Rabbi Shaul Feldman – Director
Rabbi Shaul Feldman is the Executive Director of Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada. He received smicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and a law degree from Bar Ilan Law School. After serving as a paratrooper in the IDF, he went on to teach in the Kerem B’Yavneh overseas program, Stern College and Torah Mi’Zion Kollel. In the past six years, Rabbi Feldman built a network of Bnei Akiva Shlichim (Israeli emissaries) sent to North America, consisting of 10 families and over 20 young shlichim. He also founded the new Moshava Ba’ir day camp network that serves over 1,000 campers in several states. Rabbi Feldman served as the campaign manager for the Religious Zionist Party in the previous World Zionist Congress elections, Most recently, he created Yeshivat and Midreshet Torah Va’avoda, a new and innovative year in Israel program. Rabbi Feldman is a highly admired Rav both in Israel and North America and mixes a keen mind with humor and a down to earth nature. Rabbi Feldman is married to Libby and has 5 children. email@example.com
Bini Dachs – Operations Director
Bini Dachs is the Operational Director of Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada. She received Her BA in Art shaped major from Stern College for Women. Bini has been working for Bnei Akiva for the past 8 years. She has served as the national Program director, Assistant director of TVI summer program and now as the Operational Director. She grew up in Chicago and attended Moshava Wild Rose for over 15 summers. firstname.lastname@example.org
James Williams – Director of Administration & Regional Director of Florida
James Williams is a passionate Jewish Educator currently living in Efrat, Israel. Born and raised in Birmingham, United Kingdom, his passion for educating began early on and it has stayed with him ever since. James was involved in Snif in Birmingham as Chanich, Madriach & Rosh. James continued his involvement with Bnei Akiva working on the Mazkirut of Bnei Akiva UK and then after his aliyah worked for World Bnei Akiva overseeing British Hachshara. James and his family have completed two successful shlichuts through Bnei Akiva of the US & Canada in both Toronto and South Florida. James has also held a number of positions outside of Bnei Akiva working for UJIA Scotland, Yeshivat HaKotel, Matara Residential School, Alexander Muss High School in Israel, and Ramah Camps Israel.
James studied Jewish History & Informal Education at Jews College London and continued his studies at Yeshivat HaKotel Jerusalem. James is working on finalizing his Smicha through Rabbi Shmulowitz. James firmly believes in the power of informal and experiential Jewish education and aims to connect people to Judaism, whilst growing their potential and becoming future Jewish role models. email@example.com
Ariel Shields – Mazkir Artzi
Ariel Shields is the Co-Mazkir Artzi of Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada. He is currently studying Business Technology Management at Ryerson University and is very involved in Israel engagement and Jewish life on campus. Ariel has been actively involved in Bnei Akiva ever since he started attending snif as a chanich. He was previously the Merakez of Bnei Akiva of Toronto, a Rosh Eidah at Moshava B’air in Toronto for 2 summers and the Rosh Moshava of Moshava Ba’ir Toronto. Ariel also attended both Moshava Ennismore and Machane Stone as a chanich. Ariel currently lives in Toronto but is counting down the days until he makes Aliyah! firstname.lastname@example.org
Michal Laub- Mazkira Artzi
Michal Laub is the Co-Mazkira Artzi of Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada. Michal is a senior at Yeshiva University majoring in Sociology and Judaic Studies. Michal’s involvement with Bnei Akiva started back in the day as a camper in Eidah Aleph at Moshava IO, where she continued as tzevet for three years. Along the way, Michal was both a chanicha and Madricha on Mach Hach Ba’Aretz, a Rosh Snif in Fairlawn, NJ, and a member of the Hanhalla Artzit. She is very excited to continue with Bnei Akiva as Mazkira Artzi! email@example.com
Shula Bashkin – Registrar, Summer Programs
Shula Bashkin has been part of the Bnei Akiva family for eight years she holds the position of office administrator as well as the registrar for Moshava Ba’ir and Mach Hachach Baaretz.
She was born and raised in Kiryat Bialik, Israel. There Shula served in the Israeli Army for two years as a Women’s Squad commander before moving to America. She currently lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and three beautiful children. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Katz – Director, Mach Hach BaAretz
Rabbi Dan Katz has been the Director of Mach Hach BaAretz since 2012. Previously, he served for ten years as part of the administrative team at Camp Moshava (IO). Dan has been an active leader in Bnei Akiva, serving in the positions of Director of Bnei Akiva of New York and Rosh TVI (Bnei Akiva’s leadership seminar). Today, he lives in Yerushalayim and teaches at Yeshivat Hakotel. email@example.com
Shlomo Stern – Director, Moshava Ba’ir New Jersey
Shlomo Stern is a Bnei Akiva veteran and an experienced informal educator. A former Senior staff member at Moshava IO in Honesdale, PA, he was also the Regional Director for Bnei Akiva of NY and NJ. Shlomo, together with his wife, Temima, and their children, spent the last 4 years running Bnei Akiva activities in Houston and the Southern Region of the US as well as coordinate the student activtiies at the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston. Shlomo completed his BS in Accounting at YU’s Sy Sym School of Business. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dikla Weitzner – Director, Moshava Ba’ir Toronto
Dikla is the Director of Moshava Ba’ir Toronto, now just completed it’s 7th successful summer. Dikla has been involved in Bnei Akiva of Toronto since she was 9 years old and still helps to organize administrative work for Bnei Akiva of Toronto. Dikla has 4 children, all of them attend Bnei Akiva camps and are involved in Bnei Akiva throughout the year.
Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Seif is the Rosh Yeshiva and Director of Midreshet and Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and received his ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg. He received his BA from Columbia College, his MA in Religion and Education from Columbia’s Teacher’s College, and Israeli Teacher Certification from Herzog College, and he completed his PhD in Religious Studies at University of Pennsylvania. He served as the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus educator at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2006. email@example.com
Michelle Kaplansky – Israel Programs Administrator
Michelle Kaplansky is the Administrator of Israel Programs for Bnei Akiva of the U.S. & Canada. She has been part of the Mach Hach BaAretz administration for the past 14 years, and now splits her time between that and Midreshet V’Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah (TVA). She also helps oversee other programs such as Tochnit Tzion and Tochnit Nissan. Before going on Aliyah, she served as Assistant Director of Camp Moshava Wild Rose. She’s originally from Chicago and now lives in Chashmonaim, Israel.
Zvi Zobin – Managing Program Director & Operations Associate
Zvi is Bnei Akiva’s Director of Israel Initiatives. After working for Bnei Akiva’s national office in New York for three years, Zvi will now also be running our Shana BaAretz seminars in Israel. He graduated from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business with a major in Management in 2015. Zvi was the Mazkir Artzi for two years and the Merakez Shevatim for Bnei Akiva of NY/NJ in 2015. Zvi served on the Hanhala Artzit throughout his three years in college. was a Madrich on Mach Hach Ba’Aretz in the summer of 2014, a Rosh Bus summer 2015 and 2016, and a Rakaz summer 2017 and 2018. He grew up in Toronto and spent five summers at Moshava Ennismore. firstname.lastname@example.org