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.

In 2019 Bnei Akiva celebrated its 80th birthday in the UK!

You can read more about Bnei Akiva’s history by clicking the button below.

A Brief History

Winter Machane

Warm up your winter with BA – Years 6-12!

Dates: 23rd-30th December 2021

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Yom Ha’atzmaut!

Catch all the highlights from this year’s fantastic event!
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HACHSHARA – Gap Years!

With Universities on Zoom, now is a better time than ever to think about a Gap Year.

Year 13’s can join us at events during November to find out more

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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

Sam Prais

Sam Prais

Mazkir (National Director)

Sam manages the Mazkirut and is responsible for the strategic direction of the movement. He is the National Director and represents the Movement to the wider community. If he’s not ‘strategising’ over lunch he can be found in the garden pruning his prize crop of deciduous azaleas.

Ariella Herman

Ariella Herman

Camps & Social Action Worker

Ariella oversees our summer and winter camps, managing our team of volunteer madrichim, and ensuring our chanichim have a fantastic experience every year! In her spare time she can be found translating the complete works of Shakespeare into manageable language for KS1

Shira Collins

Shira Collins

Israel & Sixth Form Worker

Shira is responsible for all our Israel programming, from Israel Machane at the end of Year 11, through to preparing and going on Hachshara Gap Years after Year 13. In her spare time she is blogger for footwear fashion brand Dune, and currently has 5 pairs of shoes under her desk ready for review.

Adi Abeles

Adi Abeles

Svivot & Hadracha Worker

Adi 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 her spare time Adi loves to improve her DIY skills and is currently working on a project to fix the roof of the Manchester Bayit.

Dania Mann-Wineberg

Dania Mann-Wineberg

Chinuch Worker

Dania works in partnership with Josh and 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 her spare time, Dania can be found bobbing along the Grand Union Canal on her SUP. Every Sunday she covers another 5 miles of the route and is aiming to make it to Birmingham in time for Shabbat Ha'Irgun season.

Josh Daniel

Josh Daniel

Chinuch Worker

Josh works in partnership with Dania and 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 Josh can often be found heading down to the Jurassic Coast to study rock formations. His favourites are the Triassic era rocks.

Rav Joel and Rabbanit Sarah Kenigsberg

Rav Joel and Rabbanit Sarah Kenigsberg

Rabbinical Shlichim

Rav Joel and Rebbetzin Sarah are our Rabbinical Shlichim, and the halachic guides of the Tnua. They run shiurim, events and more for all our Bogrim and Madrichim, as well as providing halachic guidance and support for our Machanot and events. Rav Joel grew up in South Africa before making Aliyah, whilst Sarah hails from Manchester! They have two children, Yonatan and Tsofia.

Lani and Elad Eshel

Lani and Elad Eshel

Northern Shlichim

Lani and Elad are our Northern Shlichim. They look after Chaverim in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and beyond - putting on events, supporting Svivot, and engaging with the local communities. They are based in the Manchester Bayit. They have two children, Yehuda and Yishai.

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 Abi Laderman, Daniel Ross, Raphael Kastner, Sophie Harris, Dani Donoff, & Naomi Brookarsh