For our Youth:
Bnei Akiva has been in important presence in the Los Angeles Jewish community for the last six decades, helping to plant and nurture the seeds of religious Zionism and support for Israel among both youth and adults. In the last decade, a new group of lay leaders – many of them alumni of Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles – has inspired a rebirth of the movement by reintroducing shlichut (emissaries) from Israel, a more robust calendar, higher participation, and a revival of Camp Moshava on the West Coast.
Camp Moshava California (formerly Moshava Malibu) hosted 160 campers in its first year, expanding to 200 in its second and third years. Our programs include the full spectrum of summer camp activities, all within a framework of inspiring a love for Israel and Judaism in our campers.
During the school year, we have 4 snifim (branches) of our popular Shabbat afternoon groups, where high school-age leaders run games, educational activities and storytelling for our elementary school kids. More than 200 children attend groups weekly in Beverly Hills (SNIF Shluchot), Hancock Park (SNIF Saad), North Hollywood (SNIF Tirat Tzvi) and Tarzana (SNIF Lavi).
We also host regular monthly social and educational activities, such as Manhigut (leadership training) and weekly Israel & Ice Cream parlor meetings for high school students. Our invigorating Shabbatonim give students a chance to spend an entire weekend together, cementing their bonds through stimulating discussions, spirited Shabbat services, and meals energized with song and dance.
Our Youth Leaders:
Most of our activities are lead by high schoolers, a system that gives our young children relatable role models and also gives our teens hands-on experience in leadership and finding their own voices. Our teens also serve on local and regional boards, creating and running programming and activities that further Bnei Akiva’s mission.
To that end, we offer numerous leadership training opportunities for teens. We have ongoing seminars and training for our teen leaders where local and national teachers and leaders share their wisdom and experience. In addition, we offer an intensive, year-long leadership training experience for 9th graders through our Manhigut program.
For our Community:
In addition to our work with youth, Bnei Akiva hosts the community’s largest Yom Hazikaron/Yom Haatzmaut program, with the involvement of Israeli and Los Angeles dignitaries and community leaders, Los Angeles yeshiva day schools, and our Bnei Akiva youth. This important and inspirational communitywide program draws more than 800 participants annually.
Our annual fundraiser, Erev Gevurah (Evening of Jewish Heroism), has become a much anticipated community event, as we bring from Israel figures who inspire others with their personal tales of acheivement and service. Past honorees have included Karnit Goldwasser, Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, Space IL, and IsraAid to name a few.
Our Leadership: While our high schoolers lead many of our activities, they are guided and supervised by our shlichim, emissaries from Israel who bring the perspective, language and spirit of Israel to Los Angeles over their two-year residencies here. Together, they are a great resource for Bnei Akiva programming for our schools and synagogues in both the San Fernando Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area.
Other Shlichim: Shlichim join our community to supervise and implement youth programming, develop leadership skills within our teen leaders, and imbue a love and knowledge of Israel in our community.
Bnei Akiva is also proud to be hosting 8 B’not Sherut Le’umi, young women fulfilling their second year of Israeli national service here in Los Angeles, dedicated to the students of the Maimonides Academy, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, and Yeshivat Yavneh. These outstanding young women provide our children with a strong and authentic connection to the State of Israel. Our Banot have formed deep attachments to both the youth and adults in our community and we value their presence immensely.
An active lay board made up of parents, community leaders and Bnei Akiva alumni support the work of the shlichim and youth leadership with guidance and fundraising.
The immeasurable contributions of our Shlichim, along with the B’not Sherut Le’umi, madrichim, generous supporters, and capable volunteers have brought Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles to its full influential potential for the youth of our community.
Our Mission: Our mission is to develop and train the next generation of Orthodox Zionist leaders and thinkers from within the Los Angeles Jewish Community. We seek to do this through year-round programming which is fun, educational and which teaches leadership skills and a deep love for Am Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael and Torat Yisrael.