Akiva made aliyah from the USA together with his wife in 2004. He has rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov in Jerusalem, an MA in Jewish education from Yeshiva University and a BA in religious studies from Brown University. He serves as an Israeli instructor in the JNF Alexander Muss High School in Israel. In the past he worked as a Jewish Environmental Instructor in the Eco Activist Beit Midrash, and as an educator and musician in the Ohr Chadash program for college students from abroad studying in Israel for the year. He is also the editor of the book “Becoming Israeli”, a compilation of blogs and essays about the funny, challenging and inspiring situations of his Aliyah experience.