MITF Ramah Director
Aliza has been an integral part of the Ramah Israel team since 2001. She recently served as associate director and guidance counselor for Ramah’s high school semester in Israel program (TRY). Aliza also staffed Ramah’s summer Seminar program, including as director of camper care and coordinator for its Poland trip. In addition, Aliza worked for the Jewish Agency’s Zionist Seminars department as a shlicha (educational emissary) to schools and communities in the US, England, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. She also spent two summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin through the Jewish Agency’s Summer Shlichim Program.
Director of Recruitment and Sales
Before joining the Ramah Israel team as Director of Recruitment and Sales, Sarah spent many years working closely with lay and professional North American Jewish community leaders, creating and selling travel experiences customized to each community’s unique makeup. Most recently, she served as director of strategic fundraising initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Sarah lives in Jerusalem with her husband Gabi and two daughters.
Betsalel was born in London, England, and made aliyah to Israel as a teen with his family. After his army service, he earned a BA in Psychology and Jewish Philosophy from Bar Ilan University, and he is currently completing an MA in Jewish History and Jewish Education at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. A licensed Israeli tour guide, Betsalel leads groups from all over the world, and over the years he has taught at a number of Israeli institutions involved in educating Diaspora Jews. Betsalel joined Ramah’s professional team in 2000 and is currently director of the Ramah Israel Institute. His previous positions at Ramah include director of education for Ramah Israel, head of education for Ramah Israel Seminar, and director of Israel studies for Tichon Ramah Yisrael (TRY). He is blessed to live in Jerusalem with his wife and five sons.
Rav Na’ama Levitz Applbaum
A seventh-generation Jerusalemite, Rav Na’ama has a wealth of experience in Jewish education, Israel education, and running programs in Israel for North American teens. She currently serves as director of Ramah Israel Seminar. Before joining the Ramah Israel team, Rav Na ‘ama held the positions of director of community engagement at Mechon Hadar in Israel and director of Israel operations at Golda Och Academy, heading the school’s semester-long senior program in Israel. She also served as a program manager at The Israel Experience. Rav Na’ama received her ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes in Jerusalem in 2016 and has studied at various educational institutions on her path to becoming a rabbi. Rav Na’ama enjoys leading communities in tefila (prayer) and has served on the leadership team at Washington Square Minyan in Boston, and most recently at Kehillat Sod Siach in Jerusalem. Na’ama was shlicha to Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 2002 and was rosh tefila at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in the summer of 2016. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband Ari and their four children.
Alexandra made aliyah in 2002 from London, England. She currently serves as the director of general studies for Tichon Ramah Yisrael (TRY). For nine years Alexandra worked as a senior educator and consultant at Melitz, Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, where she was the director of overseas programming, lecturing and teaching extensively throughout the US and Europe. For several semesters she also taught and guided at the Machon L’Madrichei Chul program of the Jewish Agency. As a licensed tour guide she has worked with groups from all over the world on short trips and long-term programs. At Ramah, Alexandra has also worked as an educator for Ramah Israel Seminar and TRY. She holds a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from University College, London and is an active member of her community, Shira Hadasha. She lives in Jerusalem together with her beautiful baby son Ivri.
Miriam currently serves as Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim’s director of Israel education. She has been a tour educator for over 10 years and has extensive experience guiding families, and 8th, 10th and 12th grade groups, including Birthright, March of the Living and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Miriam has a BA in Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology and a BA in Informal Experiential Education, both from Bar Ilan University. She received her tour guiding certificate from the Ministry of Education and Haifa University. She is approaching the completion of her MA in Jewish Education at Hebrew University. Finally, Miriam participated in an experiential Jewish educators course at Yeshiva University in New York.
Miriam was born in the US and moved to Jerusalem when she was just a few weeks old. She lives in Jerusalem and is what we call a full “Yerushalmit,” from the Friday afternoon hummus and kubbeh soup, to never missing a Hapoel Yerushalayim basketball game.
Executive Director, Ramah Israel
Meir has been working for over 23 years as a director in the fields of Jewish camping and Israel experiences for youth and young adults. He honed his extensive skills in organizational management and educational leadership as director of The Israel Experience: Educational Tourism for English-Speaking Countries, and during many years as a director in the Young Judaea Zionist movement, including as director of Camp Judaea in North Carolina and director of Young Judaea’s national teen camp, Camp Tel Yehudah. Meir lives in Modiin, with his wife and their 3 children.