Aryeh Myers – MADA (Magen David Adom)

Aryeh Myers – MADA

Born in the UK, Aryeh Myers made Aliya for the third and hopefully final time just over 7 years ago. After toying with the idea of working in education, followed by a short stint in travel, he finally found his calling in the Emergency Medical Services, serving as a front-line Paramedic for the past 17 years. He qualified initially in London where he worked for a decade, and since making Aliya, he has been working for Magen David Adom – Israel’s National Emergency Rescue Service.

He has held a variety of roles in MDA, including serving as the station manager in Lod, a city near Ben Gurion Airport; has worked for MDA’s Hasbara and International Departments; and today is the regional mentor to the next generation of Paramedics.

Aryeh lives in Modiin in central Israel with his wife Zippy and their four children. As well as working too many hours, he is trying to finally get his first book published.

Ariella Zeitlin- Hoffman – Violinist

Ariella Zeitlin – Violinist

Ariella Zeitlin-Hoffman is a world renowned violinist, known for her “unique abilities to inspire audiences with a blend of humour, beatboxing, technology, the sweetest voice I ever heard, and classical virtuoso violin playing of the highest caliber”. Born in Baltimore MD, she was accepted to the esteemed Peabody School of Music at the age of 8, where she began her solo career under the guidance of Mellasenah Edwards. Performing with orchestras from the age of 10, she flew to Japan for her first international tour at the age of 13.

She moved to Israel at the age of 17, to study under the best teachers in the country, and quickly was accepted into the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where she studied with the demanding Michael Gaisler. Under his guidance, she won competitions both in her degree program, and internationally, chosen from a list of hundreds to be flown to Montecito, California to attend the Music Academy of the West in 2009. In 2010 she was invited to attend the Perlman Music Program in Jerusalem, as a representative of the JAMD, and she was awarded many prizes and scholarships from the JAMD in order to continue her studies.

In 2011, she was awarded a highly coveted scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation prize to continue on to her M. Mus, and she began performing and gaining a following in recital halls around Israel. She completed her M. Mus in 2013, and was flown a week later by the World Zionist Organization to London to perform for a crowd of hundreds on their “Night to Honor Israel”, to the delight of the crowd. She returned to Jerusalem to teach and perform, most notably performing the Mendellsohn Violin Concerto while 9 months pregnant with her second child. In November 2014, she was flown to Toronto to perform at a gala for Yad Vashem, where $2.6 million was raised for their educational programs. In January 2015 she launched, a wildly popular website combining tutorial videos for playing popular songs on the violin, covers of popular songs, and a witty blog with helpful articles for striving violinists.

Rabbi Benjy Myers

Rabbi Benjy Myers

Rabbi Benjy Myers is a native of the UK, spending his teenage years in London and other parts of his childhood in Israel and Australia before making Aliyah with his wife, Ayelet, in 2000. He holds a degree in Jewish Studies from the London School of Jewish Studies (University of London), a teaching diploma from the Herzog Teachers’ Training College and Semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.

The Myers family – Ayelet, Benjy and their six children – spent five years on shlichut in Dallas, TX, before returning to Israel where they now live as members of Kibbutz Migdal Oz.

Rabbi Myers serves as the Director of Education in Ohr Torah Stone’s Straus-Amiel | Beren-Amiel Institute, training rabbis and educators in Israel for leadership positions throughout the Jewish world, and has also served as a chazzan in numerous communities in Israel, the USA, UK and Northern Ireland.

An experienced and accomplished educator, Rabbi Myers blends knowledge, a passion for teaching and a healthy dose of humour into his sermons and lectures.

Sari Sobovitz- Trauma and Resilience Expert

Expert in Resilience, Coping with Trauma, Post Traumatic Growth; Personal, Couples and Family Therapy

Sari, who has an MSc in Applied Psychology works with children, youth, adults and communities that were victims of terrorist attacks, as well as working with professional staff (social workers, psychologists, teaching staff) to prepare for emergency situations. Central to her work is helping communities and individuals strengthen their resilience and their ability to cope with complex, challenging and difficult events.

Sari believes that through a process that includes mind, body and spirit, and with an empowering therapist, people can identify their natural strengths and can overcome trauma in such a way that they will not just return to what they were before, but they will discover that they are much more than they were before the traumatic event in many different ways.