Our Guides

Itai-Amir-150x150Itai Amir

Born in Herzelia, Itai is in the process of moving to the Negev desert to help develop the land. Itai’s favorite moment on a trip was when he met his future wife who was working as a field coordinator at the time.  When not guiding Itai loves playing with his baby and spending time with his family.

Einav-Ayalon_125Einav Ayalon

Born and raised in Israel, Einav was a counselor in a youth movement from the age of 15 and continued as an informal educator throughout his life. Einav is married and lives in Jerusalem.

Shakked-Beery_125Shakked Be’ery

Born in Tel Aviv, Shakked traveled far from home to live 45 minutes away in Jerusalem. Shakked’s favorite part of an Israel Outdoors trip is sitting on the grass in a park on shabbat afternoons and talking with her participants.  She loves visiting the ancient ruins of Tzippori.  When not guiding, Shakked loves to dance!  Her specialty is Lindy-Hop.

Gadi-Ben-Aharon_125Gadi Ben Aharon

Gadi was born in Israel but spent part of his childhood in Virginia. He currently lives outside of Tel Aviv. He loves the Judaean Desert and cannot get enough of Masada. When not guiding, Gadi enjoys reading watching TV shows and sports, and playing basketball.

Gadi-Ben-Dov_125Gadi Ben Dov

Gadi was born in the United States and moved to Israel when he was a child. Currently he lives in Modiin in Central Israel.  Gadi loves the ancient Roman city of Tzippori with it’s beautiful mosaic floors. When not leading a trip Gadi loves to watch TV. His personal favorite is detective shows but often ends up watching Disney movies with his two kids.

Adam-Bodenstein_125Adam Bodenstein
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Born in Los Angeles, Adam lives in Tzfat in northern Israel. His favorite part of a trip is taking his participants to meditate and stargaze in the desert, but he also loves bringing participants to his home town of Tzfat. When not on a trip, he loves hanging out with his kids, particularly on nature hikes.

Asaf-Brav_125Asaf Brav

Born and raised in Kibbutz Ga’aton in Northern Israel, Asaf currently lives in Tel Aviv.  Asaf has guided many Israel Outdoors trips, but his favorite moment  so far was when his group won first place at a Birthright-wide sports day. Despite all of his trips, Asaf will never get tired of visiting the old city of Jerusalem.  When not working, Asaf enjoys playing soccer.

Liat-Bussiba_125Liat Bussiba

Hailing from Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev Dessert, Liat currently lives in Jerusalem. Liat loves Masada and especially enjoys practicing yoga at the top. Liat has many hobbies including hiking, traveling and playing guitar.  Her favorite TV show is Game of Thrones.

Libbi-Cohen_125Libbi Cohen

Born in Ramat Gan Israel, Libbi currently lives in Tel Aviv. Libbi loves hiking through the desert and says there is nothing like watching the sun rise over Masada. Libbi’s least favorite part of a trip is saying goodbye at the end. When not guiding, Libbi is an artist, sails, and couchsurfs around the world!

Nadav-Dori_125Nadav Dori

Before becoming a tour guide, Nadav worked as a bike mechanic. His favorite part of guiding is watching participants as they discover new things and have new experiences, and his favorite site is the City of Jerusalem. In addition to being his hometown, Nadav loves it’s diversity and feels that it truly reflects Israeli society. When not guiding, Nadav enjoys biking, cooking, swimming and rock climbing.

Asher-Drimmer_125Asher Drimmer

Asher was born in Hod Hasharon, Israel, and currently lives on Moshav Thuvut.  Before becoming a tour guide, Asher served as the head of formal education in a local school.  His favorite part of the trip is group discussions about life and Judaism. During his free time, Asher enjoys spending time with his kids, biking and hiking.

Shimi-Edrey_125Shimon Edrey

Born in Jerusalem, Shimon currently lives in Eliav in Southern Israel with his wife and children. His favorite site to visit is the Western Wall, as he feels grateful for the opportunity to be there so often. When not guiding, Shimon enjoys exploring and finding new, undiscovered springs. He takes a swim all by himself and enjoys a Turkish Coffee. He also enjoys good books and action movies.

Ran-Eliyahu_125Ran Eliyahu

Ran grew up in Jerusalem and currently lives in Mezaseret Tzion,  a suburb of Jerusalem.   Ran’s favorite part of a trip is star gazing in the desert at the Bedouin tents but he hates waking participants at 4 a.m. to climb Masada.  When not guiding, Ran is a student of business and international relations.  He also enjoys watching movies and reading books.

Irad-Fenichel_125Irad Fenichel

Irad is one of our guides with the most seniority with close to 100 Israel Outdoors trips under his belt.  He was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, and currently lives on the Ein Ayala moshav just outside of Haifa. Irad’s favorite part of any Israel Outdoors trip is visiting the Old City of Jerusalem. Irad is an avid outdoorsman.  When not guiding an Israel Outdoors trip (with almost 100 trips, when does he have the time) he loves to go spear fishing by free dive.  

Tete-Greenberg_125Tete Greenberg

Being fluent in Spanish, English and Hebrew, Tete has the distinction of guiding our joint US-Argentina trips. Hailing from Jerusalem, Tete’s best moment on a trip so far was a bar mitzva ceremony under the AHAVA/love sculpture at the Israel museum. He loves all of Israel , but he just can’t get enough of the beach in Tel Aviv. Tete describes himself as “a soccer guy.” He loves reading about history and eating good food.

Dima-Gohshet_125Dima Gohshtet

Dima was born in Chernowitz in the former USSR and moved to Israel with his family when he was three.  He currently lives in Netanya, Israel. He loves the moment on a trip when 40 individuals become one group and he never gets tired of visiting the city of Tzfat.  In his free time, Dima likes to travel, go to the beach, and spend time with friends.

Hagai-Gove_125Hagai Gov

Hagai resides in the city of Netanya, 15 miles north of Tel Aviv. Hagai loves guiding and cannot get enough of meeting new people in a very familiar place.  During his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and playing Frisbee.

Menash-Golan_125Menash Golan

Menash Golan hails from Rehovat, Israel. Menash completed his service in the Israel Defense Force in a combat unit with the rank of leading sergeant. Menash completed his studies on the “Land of Israel” through a program sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. Some of his favorite non-work pastimes are reading, music, and soccer.

Pauline-Kelif_125Pauline Kelif

Originally born in Paris, France, Pauline now lives in Jerusalem. She loves participating in activities that are being run by participants that demonstrate their experiences in Israel, but she cannot get enough of the desert.  She loves hiking and Masada. When not hiking with an Israel Outdoors group, she is probably off hiking somewhere on her own!

Dror-Kidron_125Dror Kidron

Dror is an 8th generation Jerusalemite from the famous Sherizli family who immigrated to Jerusalem in 1807 from Thessaloniki, Greece. Dror has worked with groups of all ages, aiming to share the love he has for the country of Israel. He spreads his passion and knowledge through stories, informal education, and touching the land of Israel with the intention of creating a unique and successful experience. Dror lives with his wife, Efrat, and their three children near Jerusalem.

Uriel-Kremer_125Uriel Kremer

Uriel was born in Herzelia, just outside of Tel Aviv, and still lives there today.  He has guided more trips with Israel Outdoors then any of us can count.  Even though he’s visited a million times, he still loves going to the Kotel and climbing Masada. When not guiding, Uriel enjoys watching TV and mountain biking.

Erez-Landau_125Erez Landau

Born and raised in Haifa, Erez served as a medic in the Israeli air force. In 2006 Erez became a licensed tour guide working with Israeli youth, Jewish students, and tourists from all backgrounds. When not working or traveling the world, Erez lives on Kibbutz Neve Yam.

Hila-Madar_125Hila Madar

Hila lives in Kibbutz Ramat Hasophet in Israel.  Her favorite part of the trip by far is Northern Israel.  She cannot get enough of the Golan Heights and the Galilee. Hila’s hobbies include traveling, dancing, and bird watching.

Michael-Mashawi_125Michael Mashawi

Originally from the city of Be’er Sheva in the Negev Desert, Michael currently lives in Ashkelon, Israel. His favorite moment on a trip is the moment when 40 people on a bus suddenly become a group.  His favorite activity is water hikes.  He can’t get enough of them.  Michael loves to play music, hang out on the beach, and salsa dance.

Ohad-Mass_125Ohad Mass

Ohad grew up in the Golan Heights and currently lives on Kibbutz Metzer in Northern Israel. Ohad has guided numerous Israel Outdoors trips but before he became a tour guide he milked cows. He loves visiting Ein Gedi and his favorite moment on a trip is introducing his group to his family. One day Ohad would like to be a zoologist.

Hillel-Meyer_125Hillel Meyer

Born in Montreal, Canada, Hillel currently lives with his family in Tel Aviv. His favorite part of an Israel Outdoors trip is meeting a new group when they arrive, but he also cannot get enough of the beauty of the mountains in the Galilee. He can’t stand when there is traffic and a group arrives somewhere late.  During his free time, Hillel enjoys working out and hanging out with his family.

Batsheeva-Miller_125Batsheva Miller

Batsheva grew up in the city of Haifa in northern Israel and currently lives in Bat Galim, a seaside neighborhood of Haifa. Here favorite moment on an Israel Outdoors trip so far was taking part in a Havdala (end of the Shabbat) ceremony, overlooking the sunset on the beautiful city of Jerusalem.  Her favorite site to visit is the Ramon Crater. When not guiding Batsheva is working on her college degree and enjoys discovering new places in Israel.

Zack-Novak_125Zack Novak

Born in the US, Zack moved to Israel when he was a little kid. When asked his favorite part of a trip, Zack responded “when someone takes a moment to truly reflect on their own and realizes that close to 50 strangers have become a community in just a couple of days. I am still humbled and amazed that this happens on every trip.” When not on a trip, Zack can be found mountain climbing and bike riding.

Einat-Nuri_125Einat Nuri

Einat grew up in a small community north of Shomron. Einat feels very privileged to be able to follow her dreams and believe in what she is doing. She loves hiking, especially in Israel’s Negev desert. Einat currently lives in Tel Aviv.

Elaun-Rave_125Elaun Rave

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Elaun currently lives in Haifa in northern Israel. Before moving to Israel, Elaun worked at the Gap, the Body Shop and was the overnight manager at the Apple store the night before the first iPhone came out. His favorite site is Har Hertzl as it never ceases to move him and his groups. When not guiding, Elaun plays ultimate Frisbee and volunteers for the non-profit Ultimate Peace.

Itay_Rotem_125Itay Rotem

Itay comes from Ramat Ishai in northern Israel and currently lives in Jerusalem. In addition, Itay is also a yoga instructor.  See what positions you can get him to do while waiting for the sun to rise on the top of Masada! He claims he loves every moment on a Birthright trip and  cannot pick a favorite – however he hates it when people come late to activities.  When not guiding, Itay loves hiking, biking and meditation.

Yaakov-Shabbat_125Yaacov Shabbat

Yaacov was born and raised in Jerusalem. In addition to being a tour guide for 12 years he has a passion for photography, which he studied at Hadassah College.  After spending 4 years living in Montreal, Canada, Yaacov now lives with his wife and two sons in Maale Adumim, right outside of Jerusalem.

Mark-Shapira_125Mark Shapira

Originally from Colombia, Mark currently resides in Hod Hasharon in Central Israel. Mark has led over 20 trips with Israel Outdoors. Mark’s favorite part of any Birthright trip is visiting Jerusalem. When not leading an Israel Outdoors trip, Mark enjoys hiking.

Amir-Tal_125Amir Tal

Amir grew up in Kfar Adumim, and currently lives in Jaffa. Amir’s favorite moment on a trip was from the first Israel Outdoors trip that he guided. The trip conflicted with his college graduation. Amir was sad to miss it so his participants made their own graduation ceremony for him.  Amir had not been that excited for a ceremony since his own Bar Mitzvah! Amir’s favorite place to visit on a trip is Tel Aviv.   When not guiding, Amir likes to watch and create short movies.

Moran-Waysberg_125Moran Waysberg

Currently she lives outside of Netanya on a Moshav. Moran believes that Birthright is a journey and she loves taking young adults around Israel. Without a doubt her favorite part is when the Israelis join the group. Every time she goes to a site on a trip it is like she is going again for the first time- seeing the places through the participants eyes. She sees each day as an adventure and loves to travel.

This Trip is a gift from birthright israel

Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).

People Riding Camels in Israel