About Us

Bnei Akiva inspires and empowers young Jews with a sense of commitment to the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the Torah. As the largest Jewish youth movement in the UK, Bnei Akiva runs weekly activities, summer and winter camps, tours and gap years in Israel, and so much more!

We’re an inclusive youth movement, so while we have high religious standards, everyone is welcome. And wherever you go in the world, you’ll find Bnei Akiva – we have branches in 37 countries all over the globe!

‘Bnei Akiva’ means ‘the children of Akiva’, and our ideology relates directly to the story of Rabbi Akiva. At the age of 40, after growing up tending flock, he decided that he needed to find out the essence of the Jewish faith. He reasoned that just as something as soft as water can penetrate a solid rock and cause it to erode, so too can the Torah penetrate into himself.

We endeavour to follow Rabbi Akiva’s qualities, namely his love of Hashem, his devotion to the Torah, his love of Israel and the fight for its independence, and respect for work.

Bnei Akiva gives young Jewish people a framework to live a religious lifestyle in the modern world and a mission to make an active contribution to our community and the State of Israel

Bnei Akiva is more than just a cohort of individuals, we are a united community of like minded, young individuals. We describe ourselves as a youth movement, constantly changing and reshaping, moving with the times. To become part of this incredible community, all you need to do is sign up for your Mas Chaver.

Our Ideology is that of Torah Va’Avodah. In a nut shell, that expresses itself as Religious Zionism and Modern Orthodoxy. We at Bnei Akiva couple the challenges of living an orthodox Jewish Life within the modern world as well as promoting the need to make a positive contribution to Israel, in Israel.

Winter Machane

23rd – 30th of December 2018 
Join Bnei Akiva this Winter!
Every winter Bnei Akiva is the place to be as we run our fantastic machanot (camps) for Years 6-12. All the Bnei Akiva camps are run by volunteers, who go through a selection process from which only the most talented, responsible, capable and committed leaders are chosen.
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BA80!

The year 2019 is Bnei Akiva’s 80th Birthday in the UK!

To celebrate this milestone, we will be running 80 events and activities across the country, and in Israel for our numerous Olim! Stay tuned for events near you…

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Summer Machane

Join Bnei Akiva this Summer in England, Europe and Israel!

Every summer and winter Bnei Akiva is the place to be as we run our fantastic machanot (camps) for Years 3-12. All the Bnei Akiva camps are run by volunteers, who go through a selection process from which only the most talented, responsible, capable and committed leaders are chosen.

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Mas Chaver

Bnei Akiva is more than just a cohort of individuals, we are a united community of like minded, young individuals. We describe ourselves as a youth movement, constantly changing and reshaping, moving with the times. To become part of this incredible community, all you need to do is sign up for your Mas Chaver.

Mas Chaver Form

Our ideology

Our Ideology is that of Torah, Avodah v’Aliyah. In a nut shell, that expresses itself as Religious Zionism and Modern Orthodoxy. We at Bnei Akiva couple the challenges of living an orthodox Jewish Life within the modern world as well as promoting the need to make a positive contribution to Israel, in Israel.

Constitution

Meet the Team

Hannah Reuben

Hannah Reuben

Mazkira (National Director)

Hannah manages the Mazkirut and is responsible for the strategic direction of the movement. She is the National Director and represents the Movement to the wider community. If she’s not ‘strategising’ over lunch she can be found in the kitchen creating culinary dishes for family and friends.

Chana Bernstein

Chana Bernstein

Israel & Sixth Form

Chana is responsible for Israel-related activities including recruiting for our Hachshara gap year programmes and planning our fantastic Israel Machane as well as directing our sixth form programming. Outside of office hours she can be found hiking, eating chocolate or reading, sometimes all at the same time.

Rafi Hambling

Rafi Hambling

Camps & Social Action

Rafi plans, deploys and manages all our camps and social action projects throughout the year. He is our Events Manager extraordinaire and a whizz at logistics. In his free time he also likes to try baking, 3D print various objects, and play games in Virtual Reality.

Eli Maman

Eli Maman

Chinuch Worker

Eli is responsible for all the educational content of Bnei Akiva. This includes publications such as Shabbat Lashem, weekly chovrot for Sviva - and involves lots of visits to schools to educate the next generation of leaders. In his spare time Eli can often be found collecting wild mushrooms in the top class countryside of Norfolk

Rafi Cohen

Rafi Cohen

Communities & Hadracha

Rafi works with each Sviva's Roshim, Sganim and Madrichim to ensure that the skills and professional outlook of all madrichim and Tzevet members are as strong as they can be, and for Sviva to be successful. In his spare time Rafi can be found either building IKEA furniture or helping with the washing up at Tami's Cakery in Hendon.

Rav Aharon and Shira Herskovitz - BNEI Akiva
Rav Aharon and Shira Herskovitz

Rav Aharon and Shira Herskovitz

Rav and Rabbanit Shlichim

We work closely with the Mazkirut, directing and advising them in running Bnei Akiva nationwide, especially in creating educational content. We also run informal educational and social programming for bogrim and sixth-formers, including weekly shiurim in schools and homes.

Benaya Maayan- BNEI Akiva
Benaya and Ma’ayan Cohen

Benaya and Ma’ayan Cohen

Northern Shlichim

We work to promote Bnei Akiva and Israel across schools, campuses and throughout the community, as well as supporting our svivot in Manchester and Leeds. With the Mazkirut based in London, we are the central address for the movement’s needs in the North, and often run activities across other northern communities.

Bnei Akiva is made of our Chanichim, Madrichim, Bogrim, Nivcharim, Mazkirut and Shlichim, with each category providing a key role to the Tnua. There are currently six nivcharim, and they are Harry Salter, Eli Gordon, Nathan Daniels, Penina Myerson, Jodie Franks and Gidon Schwartz.