Meir has extensive skills in organizational management and educational leadership, including over 26 years of experience as a director in the fields of Jewish camping and Israel experiences for youth and young adults. Meir served as Director of The Israel Experience: Educational Tourism for English-Speaking Countries. He also spent many years as a director in the Young Judaea Zionist movement in different capacities, among them as the director of Camp Judaea in NC and Director of their national teen camp, Camp Tel Yehudah. Meir lives in Modi’in, with his wife Jen and their 3 children.
Yael was born and raised in Israel. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the field of educational tourism, logistics and finances. Yael has worked with major Jewish organizations including schools, synagogues, and federations in a number of key managerial positions. Yael was a founding partner in the establishment of Israel’s first secular-religious summer camp, Tzav Pius. Yael is now a proud Jerusalemite, but does miss living by the sea!
Ramah Israel Institute Director
Betsalel studied Psychology and Jewish Philosophy from Bar Ilan University, with MA in Jewish History and Jewish Education at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. A licensed Israeli Tour Guide, Betsalel guides groups from all over the world, and over the years taught at a number of Israeli institutions involved in educating Diaspora Jews. He joined Ramah in 2000 as an educator, before becoming Director of Ramah Israel Institute (RII) Betsalel has also been a part of TRY and Seminar’s educational content. Betsalel lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and five sons.
TRY Director and Head of School
Aliza holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education and taught for many years in Philadelphia’s Perelman Jewish Day School. Since making Aliyah in 2012, she has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum writer for The National Library of Israel and Behrman House Publishers. Aliza grew up attending Camp Solomon Schechter in Washington State, and since then, has worked in Ramah Poconos and other camps, as a senior educator and Yoetzet/guidance counselor. Aliza has served as TRY’s Director of Academics since the fall of 2018. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.
Director of Ramah Israel Seminar
Jonathan holds an MSW and is a graduate of Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. He has an extensive background in social work and education both in North America and in Israel. Jonathan served as the Academic Advisor at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and before becoming Seminar director he spent six years as the TRY Director.
Jonathan began his journey at Ramah Poconos as a camper and staff member. After moving to Israel he spent seven summers as a yoetz/guidance counselor for Ramah Israel Seminar. Jonathan is married and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Roni, and sons Yuval, Ori and Noam.