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Painted Leaves

Educator - Speaker - Writer - Musician

Invite Akiva to your community...
For over two decades, Akiva has been creating meaningful experiences for communities and groups both in Israel and the USA. With his personable style of speaking participants leave their time with Akiva both moved and inspired. 

As an educator, Akiva prides himself on the ability to connect and deliver the message of love of Israel and Judaism to all ages and to all denominations. 
If you would like to connect with Akiva, book him for your next trip to Israel or invite him to speak in your home community, please click here.

Akiva is passionate about teaching, about sharing and about engaging with students of all ages on topics that are relevant, meaningful and personal.

Originally from New York, Akiva moved to Israel in 2004 and has worked in the field of Jewish and Israel Education for over 20 years. He has taught, guided and spoken with thousands of people on a diversity of topics relating to Judaism and Israel.


Akiva received a BA from Brown University in Religious Studies, an MA from Yeshiva University in Jewish Education and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov in Jerusalem. From 2007 to 2020 he worked at the JNF-Alexander Muss High School in Israel program, guiding high school students from America and Australia through 4000 years of Jewish history while traveling the length and breadth of modern Israel with them. In 2020, Akiva took his Israel education work online through the creation @Israel, where he offers a wide variety of classes, courses and virtual tours to strengthen people's understanding and connection to Israel. Akiva has also lectured for many college Hillels, Jewish communities and programs around America and Israel. 

Akiva uses the mediums of speaking, writing and music to share his passion for the Jewish people, for Israel, for the environment and for the world. 

A little about Akiva

Click on the following links to explore the different facets of Akiva's work.

@Israel Online Education


A portal for classes, courses and virtual tours that strengthen people's knowledge of the inspiring story of Israel's establishment, survival and success, as well as their personal connection to the Jewish State.


Speaking engagements 


Each year I travel to the U.S. to speak and teach at university Hillel chapters and synagogues around the country. Click for a list of topics related to Israel and Judaism that I can speak or teach about for an event in your community.


My Book, "Becoming Israeli"


My book about the hysterical, emotional and challenging sides of making aliyah to Israel. A collection of 50 essays from 40 different olim (immigrants), together giving an insight into the experience of acclimating to Israeli society. With foreword by Yossi Klein HaLevi.

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My personal blogspace at The Times of Israel. Pieces cover topics relating to Judaism, Israel, politics and environmental issues.

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A collection of some of my own original music, sharing my thoughts, hopes and visions for the world in musical form.

Talit and Torah

Torah teachings

A collection of YouTube videos I have shared throughout the years on the weekly Torah portion.

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