In addition to his work as an educator and guide at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Akiva travels each year to America visiting high schools, universities and synagogues, to speak with students and communities about a diversity of topics related to Judaism and Israel, adding a fresh and different perspective to their programming and events.
Universities Akiva has spoken at include: UPenn, Wesleyan, Brown University, University of Maryland, Towson, Columbia, and UMass at Amherst.
He has also spoken in Jewish communities in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Silver Spring, Baltimore and Miami.
Below is a sample of some of themes and topics that Akiva speaks about.
Contact Akiva (below) to invite him to your community for an informative
and inspiring event.
Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism
Jewish Spirituality and Music
The Revolution of the Hasidic Movement
Kabbalah and Campus Activism
Judaism, Reincarnation and the Afterlife
Judaism as a Spiritual Path
Searching for God in the Modern World
A Personal Story: Searching for My Jewish Roots
Judaism and the Environment
Jewish Environmental Ethics
Shabbat and its Role in Tikkun Olam
Jewish Thought on Vegetarianism and Veganism
Judaism, Baal Tashchit and Modern Consumerism
Jewish Food Ethics
Teachings on Tu B'Shvat and musical and spiritual Tu B'Shvat seder
Zionism and Modern Israel
Early Zionism and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict
What's Behind Israel's Success as a Start Up Nation
The Experience of Making Aliyah to Israel
Modern Israel and the Diaspora: One Nation or a Divided Nation?
What You Can Learn About Israel from Israeli Music
Akiva is also available to be a Shabbat scholar-in-residence for high school Shabbatonim, campus Hillels, synagogues and gap-year and other programs. Includes pre-Shabbat musical preparation, Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday night tisch, teaching and learning throughout Shabbat and a musical Havdallah service.