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Yitzhak Sokoloff, Founder & Chairman

Yitzhak Sokoloff is the founder and President of Keshet. A veteran tour guide, educator and political analyst, Yitzhak founded Keshet in 1996 with the intention of creating a state of the art educational travel organization based in Israel. Keshet has become a pioneer in its field and now brings thousands of people to Israel (and to Europe) each year. Yitzhak continues to guide whenever possible. He also lectures widely on issues of strategy and political culture in the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict and the contemporary challenges of Zionism.

Yitzhak studied History and International Relations at Columbia University, Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminar, Political Science at the Hebrew University, and advanced Jewish Studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He taught Political Science and Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University.

Yitzhak served in the Golani Brigade of the IDF and fought in Lebanon in 1982. During the second intifada and the Second Lebanon War, he gave numerous briefings and lectures on issues connected to the political and military situation. He spoke at university forums in the United States, Canada and Israel, and he developed seminars for Israeli victims of terror, and IDF soldiers who emerged from difficult combat conditions. He has also been an activist in the Ethiopian aliya movement since its early days. Yitzhak lives in Efrat together with his wife Ruti and the youngest of their five children.

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Dr. Peter Abelow, Vice President

Dr. Peter Abelow, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, served as General Studies Principal of Ohr Torah High School in NY, Educational Director of Student Activities at the Ramaz School in NY and Principal of the Beth Tefiloh Community High School in Baltimore, MD before making aliyah in 1990. Peter is a licensed tour guide, and he has lectured to fellow educators at numerous CAJE (Coalition for Advancement of Jewish Education) Conferences. He is a contributor to the Hadassah Magazine Jewish Parenting Book and writes the Israel Tourism Column for the Orthodox Union Jewish Action magazine.

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Kayla Ship, Vice President & Program Director

Kayla was born and raised in Boston. She received a BA in Anthropology and Religion from Dartmouth College and a holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she concentrated on Scripture & Interpretation. In addition, she participated in the Visiting Graduate Student Program at Hebrew University, where she concentrated on Second Temple Period History. Kayla taught Jewish studies at Prozdor and at other religious schools in the Boston area and attended Camp Yavneh as a camper and counselor. Kayla made aliyah in 1997. She is a licensed tour guide and a proud member of the Masorti Kehillah, Moreshet Yisrael where she serves on the Executive Board and as the synagogue's representative to the Masorti Movement in Israel.

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Daniel Ehrlich, Vice President & Educational Director

Danny was the Founding Director of the Tehilla Aliyah movement and Director of Yeshiva University's Communal Services and of the Bnei Akiva Zionist Youth Movement. Since making aliyah, Danny has been the editor of the Amiel Publications Project and worked for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers, while serving the Jewish community of Curacaoa Netherlands Antilless as Cantor. As a noted Holocaust Educator, Danny leads Keshet groups in Poland and other parts of Europe. He has Masters Degrees in Community Social Work and Jewish History. As a licensed Tour Guide and pioneer in Jewish-Christian relations, Danny has served as Israel Tour Educator for a wide variety of Jewish and Christian groups, and he appears as guest speaker and scholar in residence at churches and synagogues all over the world.

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Steve Zerobnick, Vice President & Content Development Director

Steve Zerobnick is the founder and director of ISI and Shovalim Tours and Travel which merged with Keshet in 2008. As a Jewish historian, educator, and tour guide licensed by the Israel Tourism Ministry, Steve's unique approach to touring Israel has made the country, history, culture and people come alive for thousands of visitors for the past 23 years. He has crafted specialized tours which became memorable and transformational experiences for clients of all ages, denominations and backgrounds. Steve is a runner and avid biker, which encouraged him to develop and implement the concept of fund-raising bike rides with tours of Israel. A native of Denver, Colorado, Steve made aliyah in 1980. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Rebeca and their four children.

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Moshe Gabay, International Department Director

Moshe grew up in Schaffhausen, Switzerland where he worked for four years at an Insurance Company. He made aliyah in 2002 and joined the IDF. After working at the Hilton Queen of Sheba Hotel in Eilat and the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Moshe developed a deep commitment to studying the land and history of Israel. After taking the Ministry of Tourism's Tour Guiding Course, he joined the Keshet staff in 2007 and spends much of his time marketing Keshet's tours to Christians in Switzerland and Germany.

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Geoff Winston, Program Manager

Geoff grew up in New Jersey and graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Judaic Studies. Geoff made aliyah in 1992 while volunteering on Project Otzma. He has worked as a program coordinator with Project Otzma and has been a guide and educator for Ramah Seminars in Israel and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel before joining Keshet. Geoff started working with Keshet as a tour guide and group leader for Keshet's youth programs, which he has done every summer since 2006. In 2002, he was a founding staff member and worked for six years at the Keshet Democratic School for religious and secular children in his home town of Zichron Ya'akov. Geoff is a licensed tour guide through Israel's Ministry of Tourism. He is married with five adorable children.

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Jacqueline Hantgan, North American Representative

Jacqueline has previously served in leadership and outreach roles at Americans for Cures Foundation, The California Research and Cures Coalition, Americans for Cures and The Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, CA. She was an elementary school teacher in California and New York City. Her volunteer experience includes serving on the Board of the Women's Alliance for Jewish Federation and the Kavod tzedakah collective. Jacqueline holds a BA in Anthropology from Tulane University and a graduate degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She and her husband, Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, have three children.

 
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