With: Eliya & Oded Pe’er | Lower Merion
Current role in Bnei Akiva
Slichim in Bnei Akiva of Lower Merion
Where in Israel do you live?
What is your first memory of Bnei Akiva?
Oded: Masa Pesach in Shevet Nevatim
Eliya: My first Chodesh Irgun (when we went up to being Nevatim)- I remember talking with Gadi Ezra and him being funny.
What did you do in the army/Sherut Leumi?
Eliya: Komonarit in Bnei Akiva
Why did you decide to go on Bnei Akiva shlichut?
Oded: The best way to connect to and inspire people outside of Israel
Eliya: Because I wanted to be actively doing something for Am Israel
Tell us your favourite Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada experience?
Oded: IDP shabbaton
Eliya: Kenes Shlichim- it’s the time when all the idealistic people that came on shlichut get together and laugh about everything.
What does Torah V Avodah mean to you?
Oded: The ultimate way of living
Eliya: It’s a way of living
What was the one thing that you felt you had bring with you in shlichut?
Eliya: My family 😄
Most meaningful Zionist/Jewish quote?
Oded: עלה נעלה וירשנו אותה כי יכול נוכל לה
Eliya: בארץ-ישראל קם העם היהודי, בה עוצבה דמותו הרוחנית, הדתית והמדינית, בה חי חיי קוממיות ממלכתית, בה יצר נכסי תרבות לאומיים וכלל-אנושיים והוריש לעולם כולו את ספר הספרים הנצחי.
Name the place in Israel you are the most connect to and why?
Oded: Mizpe Yosef bear har bracha. I used to sit there with my boys almost every Friday having ice cream and chatting right above where it all started
Eliya: Bat Yam- that’s where I grew up and where my journey with religion and Bnei Akiva started.