Ask the Specialists

What do you seek?

One of the most special things about our Jewish tradition is our value on questioning everything.  That’s why at Livnot, we have put together this resource for Chevre from all countries and backgrounds to be able to freely ask our stellar team of educators what’s on their mind. Click on any of our educators’ names to read more!

There is no question too big or too small. Our team would love to work with you to find the answer to the burning questions in your soul – and sometimes, the journey of simply asking leads to whole new possibilities…

Ask Meir about Jewish Practise

Program Director

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Meir received his BA in American History and Political Science from Tulane University and his MS in Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He arrived in Israel in 1992, served in the Nahal Infantry Unit before moving to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. On Kibbutz, Meir was Assistant Manager of the Fisheries.

Meir joined Livnot in 2002 as a Program Coordinator and is currently Director of Programs and Alumni. He and his wife Nechama, live with their six children in Hispin on the Golan.​

Ask Rav Meir about Jewish History and Community

Resident Scholar

Rav Meir is a recognized scholar in the field of Jewish History, specifically the history of Jewish mysticism, philosophy and medicine. He holds a rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, a Ph.D. with Distinction from Harvard University and a Master’s from Yale University. Rabbi Sendor lectures widely on his specialties and holds many classes on various Torah topics for all levels.

Ask Yifat about Kabbalah

Yifat Levana Raphaeli

Yifat is our sage, teacher, guide and a source of so much wisdom of the ancient and beautiful area of Jewish Mysticism.

Ask Michael about Judaism and Nature

Senior Educator & Nature Guide

Michael was born and raised in Kansas City. He received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism before moving to Israel in 1979. Michael served in the IDF Paratroops, was a nature guide in the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, led exploration teams for the Israel Cave Research Center, spent time as a shepherd in the Galilee, was an organic farmer, and is a licenced tour guide. Since 1991, he’s been working with Livnot U’Lehibanot leading educational hiking trips, teaching classes, and keeping in touch with alumni.

Things he has been quoted as saying:

  • In a perfect world, your cave guide would not have claustrophobia.
  • Before you die, try to farm for at least a few minutes.
  • There is no such thing as a Jewmometer.

Michael also runs “The Jewish Snake Project,” in which he uses live snakes to teach groups about Jewish Values. He lives with his family (and snakes) in the Golan Heights.

To see more from our educators, check out our new online initiative, Livnot Live! where we bring the magic of Livnot to you with free daily classes from our team.


Fusion of hiking, community service, and hands-on learning, creating an integrated Israel experience


National Heritage Site, bringing to life an authentic 16th Century community center


Livnot Alumni network, building continuity into the Israel experience

Inspiration Center
Inspiration Center

Center for spiritual workshops and activities, opening a portal to awareness and reflection

Educational Resources
Educational Resources

Wide range of materials on Nature & Judaism, Shabbat, holidays and Jewish values