Shabbat Shalom everyone. When we came to Beth Tikvah for the first time we were jet-lagged, confused, worried and frankly, rookies. But not surprisingly and very quickly we were embraced by your community. This year we wrote and delivered 21 Divrai Israel from this podium , trying every time to introduce to you different aspects and points of view of our amazing and complex homeland. The time has passed by so quickly, and we can’t believe that our time here is coming to an end. So with tears in our eyes, we would like to say thank you.Read More
Yael was born in Tallahassee, Florida and moved to LA when she was in first grade. Her family made aliyah and now she lives in Givat Ada, which is a town in the Haifa District. Yael is the oldest of 3 girls in her family. She has a younger sister who is 14 years old and her baby sister is 3. Yael held a dual major in high school where she focused on Diplomacy and International Communications and theatre. Yael served on her student council, was a counsellor in the Tzofim and took part in Camp Kimama as a foreign exchange student in Amsterdam. In her free time, Yael enjoys going to the movies, hiking, sailing and running. Yael is looking forward to bridging the gaps between Israel and the Diaspora and bringing her Israel to our community.
Omri lives in Herzliya which is a city near Tel Aviv. As a child, Omri lived in LA until he was 9 when they moved to Caesarea where he learned to love Israel and become a proud Israeli. Omri is the youngest of 3 brothers. His oldest brother is a student at Hebrew U and his middle brother just finished his army service in the IDF. Omri majored in Theatre, Biology and International Relations in high school. Omri has a lot of hadraha/leadership experience from his time spend in the Tzofim. He also spent many summers back in the LA where he volunteered as a counselor in a summer day camp. Theatre and acting are Omri’s passion. He also enjoys tennis, running and exploring. Omri feels it is very important for Jews around the world to know that Israel is always there for them and for every person to develop their own connection to the holy land. By bringing his authentic Israel to Beth Tikvah, Omri looks forward to making those connections with our community.
Click to watch their intro video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzYx9eUYZUc&feature=youtu.be