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talking aliyah

interview series


aliyah video series

"Talking Aliyah" is a series of interviews with olim of all kinds with the goal of celebrating aliyah, sharing stories of aliyah, and offering practical guidance to new and potential olim. 


Subscribe to "Talking Aliyah" with host Akiva Gersh and enjoy, relate to and learn from the personal stories of olim's journeys making aliyah, acclimating to life in Israel and becoming Israeli.  

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meet your host

AKIVA GERSH has been working in the field of Jewish and Israel education for 20 years.


He teaches Jewish History and Modern Israel at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, where he guides visiting high school students through the story of the Jewish people, mainly through excursions around the country.


He is also a  contributing blogger at the Times of Israel as well as a musician.


In 2017, Akiva published "Becoming Israeli", a collection of essays and blogs that gives an inside look into the funny, inspiring, emotional as well as challenging sides of making aliyah. 


Akiva holds a BA in Religious Studies from Brown University, an MA in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University, and received rabbinic ordination.


He and his wife live in Pardes Hanna with their four children.

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