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Vision Statement of MAYANOT Israel
Thousands of people choose MAYANOT for their Birthright Israel trip each year for good reason. We spare no expense to give you an experience of a lifetime! We are all about creating memories.
From bright sunny days to dazzling starry nights; ancient traditions and modern innovations; climbing Masada or white-water rafting down the Jordan River. Only Mayanot Israel helps you appreciate Israel from all angles. With Mayanot, you experience the land in all its beauty, and the mix of people whose many cultures weave into a beautiful tapestry you can’t find anywhere else.
A high-quality Israel experience in ten activity-packed days, and meet young Israelis and participants from diverse backgrounds. Wherever you’re from, no matter what your background is, you’ll feel at home on a Mayanot Israel trip. Highlights of your Israel experience with Mayanot include: Hiking Masada, Floating in the Dead Sea, Shabbat at the Western Wall and much more!
“Mayanot” means wellsprings – a stream of water that you must dig deeper to discover. At Mayanot, we give you the tools you’ll need to dig a little deeper and discover something new about yourself, your family, your people and your history. We are built upon a love for Israel, the Jewish people, our common history and Jewish tradition. Mayanot draws inspiration from Chabad spirituality.
Each Mayanot trip has a great team of dedicated staff to help make your journey an A++ experience! Our staff are well trained to tailor this experience for you and facilitate discussions where everyone can contribute in their own unique way.
For our campus-based Birthright Israel trips, we partner with the Chabad on Campus International Foundation through their 100 + centers across the United States. Click the button below to find your campus trip.
Meet Our Team
Danny Sack, originally from South Africa and raised in Sydney, Australia, is the Director of Mayanot's Birthright Israel Division. Danny has been in Israel for 12 years and enjoys snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.
Levi Margolin, our Director of Marketing, was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. After living in Brooklyn, NY, College Station, TX and Montreal, Canada, and travelling to 25 other countries, Levi moved to Jerusalem in August of 2012. He enjoys hanging out with friends, Social Media, fine wine and fancy cigars. Levi married Aidel in June 2016, exactly four years after he met her on a Mayanot bus! Those who know him best describe him as #ShortAndSweet!
Rachel Gelfand, originally from New York, serves as Mayanot's Director of Education, always striving to bring our participants the very best Birthright Israel has to offer! She has called Israel home since late 2014. She is a certified yoga teacher, enjoys sharing a good laugh and exploring the world.
Nicole Friedman moved to Israel from sunny Miami, Florida in 2014 and serves as Mayanot's Registration Coordinator.
She takes the responsibility of getting you to Israel very seriously! She loves her family, her job and everything Israel!!
Gainya St. Clair grew up in Singapore and made aliyah from Miami, FL in 2015. She currently serves as Mayanot Israel's Project Coordinator and enjoys working with #spreadsheets, . She loves the diversity and uniqueness of Israel and and her favorite places are the beach in Haifa, the Yehuda hike in Katzrin, and the book store on Boris Shatz St in Jerusalem.
Devorah Leah Huber, originally from St. Louis, MO, 'Murica, serves as Mayanot's eligibility coordinator, helping YOU get to Israel for free! In 2014, after living in Italy (wow!), India (awesome!) and Ukraine (cool!), Devorah Leah decided it was time to come home to Israel. Devorah toils away on a daily basis to bring as many people to Israel as possible each season. She loves nature, hiking, and all the yummy vegan food in Jerusalem!!
Shimon Deitsch grew up the third child of six in New Haven, CT. His favorite spots in Israel include the famed Machane Yehudah Market (especially at night) and the running track at Sacher Park. Shimon came to Israel in August 2016 to take up a leadership role in the fast-growing “Post High School Program” at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies. Four months later he joined our Birthright Israel program. He’s an avid New England Patriots fan and supports the scholars of Yale University on and off the field. As he says “watching scholars toss a ball around is pretty entertaining!”
Born and bred in Seattle, WA, Kalman Clement, our Recruitment Coordinator, went on a Birthright Israel trip with Mayanot in the summer of 2015. After his trip, he extended his stay in Israel to explore his Judaism at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies. Kalman moved to Israel in December 2016 and began working at Mayanot two months later! He describes himself as an overall everything-enthusiast, his spirit animal is the golden retriever and he is still unsure of whether he loves coffee or hummus more. When he's not in the office, he can be found exploring Jerusalem's multitude of narrow streets, local eateries, or spontaneous dance parties.
Jessica Miller IS Mayanot. Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Shuk and the Tel Aviv Beach are her fave' places and she absolutely loves anything orange. Especially Mayanot. She loves #Mayanot, #Birthright and trip participants more than she loves herself and really wants YOU to come to Israel for FREE!
Shmulik Israel, Mayanot's Logistics Coordinator, first tasted the Mayanot experience as a young "Madrich" (trip staff) 15 years ago and has been involved ever since! He loves his twice weekly runs through the streets of Jerusalem, and makes sure never to miss his annual ski trip to the Swiss Alps! Shmulik is THE man at Mayanot, making sure your trip runs smoothly, from touchdown to takeoff!
Yes YOU! You can be a part of the Mayanot team! Like Social Media? Graphic Design? Creativity and content creation? Let us know! We are always looking for new people to become be Mayanot Interns! Join the family you know you love! #MyInternship for the win!