About BNEI AKIVA
Bnei Akiva of the US & Canada is the premier religious Zionist youth movement dedicated to growing generations of Jews committed to building a society devoted to Torah and the Jewish people in the state of Israel.
עם ישראל. ארץ ישראל. תורת ישראל.
OUR KEY PROGRAMMING IS COMPRISED OF
We have over 40 sniffim (chapters) in cities around the US & Canada that join for weekly experiential activities, holiday events, and Shabbatonim focused on Torah, Israel, and Zionism. Our Sniffim are inspired, energized, and led by youth, and offer high quality experiential programs alongside leadership opportunities for our teen and young adult leaders.
Bnei Akiva’s summer experiences give Jewish youth the opportunity to immerse themselves in Torah V’Avodah and to forge a deep love for Israel. Our Moshava Ba’ir day camps and Moshava sleepaway camps throughout the US and Canada welcome thousands of Jewish youth each summer, and Mach Hach BaAretz offers hundreds of teens unforgettable adventures in Israel.
POST HIGH SCHOOL
YESHIVA / MIDRASHA
Our Yeshiva and Midrasha, both located on separate campuses in the heart of Jerusalem offer recent high school graduates a multifaceted, immersive, and enriching gap year experience that’s like no other. A truly integrated experience, our motivated and curious students study Torah at the highest level, contribute their skills to Israeli society through top-notch internships, make a difference through meaningful volunteer opportunities, and fully immerse themselves in the land they love. Our Yeshiva has an approved Hesder track and high-level Kollel.
Empowering Youth to Lead
High School Volunteers
Our young leaders dedicate their free time each week by serving as Madrichim, Roshei Snif, Roshei Chevraya, and Mazkirim.
Every month, volunteers receive an educational guide that helps them plan Snif activities.
Each Galil hosts an annual Bogrim-led leadership training Shabbaton for their Tzevet.
Bnei Akiva Ideological Board Members serve as mentors and guides to our high school leaders.
Glilim host a moving “transition ceremony” on the evening between Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut for communities across the country.
Each year, 38 Bnei Akiva shlichim serve in 21 schools and communities throughout the US & Canada.
Israeli Shlichim infuse Israel education into schools and shuls throughout North America, serving as Hebrew or Judaic studies teachers, youth directors, or student life directors. Shlichim Tzeirim (young Shlichim) serve for one year and Shlichim families serve for up to four years. The National Office connects Shlichim to community partners, and hosts an annual training conference for them.
OUR CORE VALUES
Infusing Torah into all aspects of our lives, ensuring that it guides our work and our daily activities.
Inspiring youth to take action and to make a difference in the world around them.
Manhigut - Leadership
Creating programming for youth of all ages that is dedicated to building leadership.
"Mach Hach Ba’Aretz provided me the opportunity to reconnect with the land of Israel. I was granted the chance to explore, volunteer, and experience Israel in a whole new light with all new friends. I’m so thankful for my summer on Mach Hach!"
-Shira Roth, Cleveland Ohio
"My teachers encouraged me to challenge myself, helping me achieve goals I never would have expected. Whether it’s attending minyan or taking the time to learn with my chevrutah over FaceTime- TVA taught me how to incorporate Torah into my Avodah on a daily basis."
-Shelli Cohen, 2018 TVA Alumna
"We are so proud and excited to see how much our child is learning in Chinuch or in other activities that discuss the parsha - the teachers/staff are clearly engaging."
-Moshava Ba’ir New Jersey Parent
MEET OUR TEAM
Rav Shaul Feldman
Operations Director, Director--Moshava Ba'ir Cleveland
Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Seif
Rosh Yeshiva & Executive Director, Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah
Director, YTVA & Mach Hach BaAretz
Director of Marketing & Communications
Registrar, Summer Programs
Director, Moshava Ba’ir Initiative
Israel Programs Administrator
Assitant Director, Mach Hach BaAretz Mashgicha Ruchanit, MTVA
Director, Moshava Ba’ir
Operations Director, Moshava Ba'ir Camps
Director of Moshava Ba'ir Long Island
Midwest Regional Director
Director of Hadracha Leadership & Director Moshava Ba'ir MetroWest
Director of Moshava Ba'ir Toronto
Director Moshava Ba'ir Chicago
BANA Israel Programs Coordinator
- Wayne Yaffee – Chairman
- Ellen Bayer
- Asher Goldberg
- Romy Koenig
- Leo Korman
- Hartley Koschitzky
- Avi Matanky
- Karen Meyer
- Uri Moche
- Noam Safier
- Alan Silverman
- Gary Weiss
- Rosie Gindoff - Co-Mazkira Artzi
- Aliza Goldschlag - Co-Mazkira Artzi
- Andrew Galitzer
- Dani Lewinger
- Eitan Linsider
- Elisheva Greene
- Gabi Gindoff
- Jacqueline Englanoff
- Yoni Albert
- Leora Taub
- Mendy Kanofsky
- Moshe Amar
- Natanya Ruben
- Sam Clarke
- Shoshi Fogelman
- Talya Berenholz
- Yonina Grauer