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Vision Statement of MAYANOT Israel
Thousands of people choose MAYANOT for their Birthright Israel trip each year for good reasons. 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
Levi Margolin was born and raised in Norfolk, VA and called both Brooklyn and Montreal home before moving to Jerusalem in August 2012. He began his Mayanot career shortly after as the Social Media Coordinator and quickly climbed the ladder, becoming the Director of Marketing in 2014.
After a short break from Mayanot to focus on career development, traveling the world and family life, Levi returned to Mayanot in August of 2018 and became the Director of the program in June of 2019
Levi’s love for Mayanot and Birthright began in 2010 when he led his first group of youngsters through the Holy Land. In the 2.5 years that followed, Levi was back in Israel as a Birthright leader eight times. In June of 2012, again on Birthright, he met his wife, Aidel. Levi spent the next three and a half years trying to swoop her off her feet. The two finally married in June of 2016, four years after they met.
Levi was educated in Rabbinical Seminaries in Montreal and Brooklyn and has served as guest Rabbi in 11 States and 14 countries on five continents during his rabbinical career. From 2010-2012, Levi served as the Assistant Rabbi at Chabad of McGill University.
Standing at five-feet, Levi has been described by those who know him best as “Short and Sweet.” Levi loves Judaism, sports, politics and world travel. He misses the New York Yankees, American Hotdogs and his family the most, since he moved to Israel. Yes. In that order!
Sam was born and raised in the suburbs of London, UK. After having spent a year or two on the Island of Cyprus learning to paint, he made his way over to Israel in early 2010. His journey over the past seven years has seen him working on a kibbutz, learning at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies, serving in the IDF Infantry, and taking up painting again at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Sam joined the team in November 2017, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rachel and their sons Elijah and Isaiah.
Rachel Urison, originally from South Africa, serves as Mayanot's Director of Education, always striving to bring our participants to the very best Birthright Israel has to offer! She has called Israel her home since 2002. During her free time, she enjoys doing nothing.. because she has no free time. Besides being an expert at all things, Mayanot Rachel is a special effects makeup artist, lover of classic rock and mother to Milo her doggo.
Ariel is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey. He moved to Israel at age 16 and has never looked back. When he isn't busy trying to get you to share in his love of Israel, he is either playing percussion instruments or performing in pyrotechnics shows.
Laurie Tamres made Aliyah from Boca Raton, FL. in 2010. She loves living out her dream in Jerusalem with all the history, culture and nightlife. She loves to laugh, live life to the fullest and you can usually find her out on Thursday night listening to live music with her husband, Avi. Laurie joined the Mayanot Team in August 2017 as a part-time staff and started in her current position in January 2018.
Esther Charnowitz, originally from New York, serves as Mayanot's eligibility coordinator. She works tirelessly on a daily basis to help bring as many people as possible to Israel. Esther made Aliyah in 2012 after falling in love with the land. She loves photography, music and all things in Israel, especially It's food =)
Shoshana Munk moved to Israel from Stamford, CT in 2017. Shosh is Mayanot's Recruitment & Staffing Coordinator, and all about bringing you and your friends to Israel! When Shosh is not hanging out with Mayanot groups she can be found watching Netflix shows about food, or planning where she wants to travel to next!
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!