Hop on board for our virtual Mission to Israel — no passport or mask required.
Each session will highlight a different aspect of Israel’s vibrant history, culture, and sights. We’ll explore the DNA of Israel’s political system, discuss the dreamers and achievers of the startup nation, and go in-depth on Israel’s unique food and culture. We’ll also learn more about Israel’s Shoah survivors and how UJA is supporting Israel during the pandemic.
Please register by April 12. Limited space available.
Lyana was born in the U.S., and when she was three, her family moved to Israel. Lyana grew up in an extremely Zionist home in Jerusalem, first in the Jewish Quarter and then in one of the newer neighborhoods of the city. Her family’s love of and commitment to Israel and the Jewish people inspired Lyana deeply, and from a young age she became interested in Jewish history and the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. Lyana was introduced to Land of Israel studies in high school, and later in the army, she worked the new immigrants coming from the Former Soviet Union as well as with Israeli soldiers, educating them in the deep connection between Israel, the Bible, and the Jewish people. Following her military service, she went on to get her B.A. and M.A. from Bar-Ilan University in land of Israel studies.
In order to combine her love of Israel with her love of people, she decided to become a tour educator. Lyana’s goal was to expose as many people as possible to the wonders and miracles of the land, its Biblical heritage, and its age-old deep-rooted connection with the Jewish people, while at the same time bringing enrichment to people’s lives and providing a deep and meaningful experience.
For the past 25 years, Lyana has guided and enlightened a wide variety of clients: community and national leadership missions — mainly from the U.S., Canada, and Australia — families, individuals, political groups, interfaith and intergenerational groups, and others.
Lyana lives in Modi’in, the city of the Maccabees and the site of the Hanukkah story, with her husband and four children.
Zalman was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and made aliyah to Israel with his family in 1986. He served in the Israeli Army’s Nahal infantry unit for three years, after which he earned a B.A. in Jewish history and comparative religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studied education at Herzog College, and studied toward a master’s degree in Jewish education at the Melton School for Jewish Education at Hebrew University.
From 2007 to 2010 he had the privilege to serve as the Israeli shaliach for the Jewish Agency and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in Los Angeles, primarily working with teens and university students throughout California and the U.S. southwest.
Zalman’s passion for hiking around the country started from an early age. After completing his IDF service, this passion evolved into a calling for guiding groups and families through Israel. Now as a licensed tour guide certified by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, he has worked with youth and teen groups, Birthright groups, Jewish federations, synagogues, Christian groups, families, and more.
He lives with his wife, Bracha, and their four children in Nofey Prat, a young pluralistic Jewish community in the Judean Desert, where they enjoy gardening, hiking, reading and learning new things, playing games, and baking and cooking. They regularly open their home to guests and consider them all members of their “extended family.”
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