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 will be celebrating its 80th birthday in the UK! Keep an eye out for celebrations near you.

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

A Brief History

Winter Machane

Light up your Winter with Bnei Akiva!

Dates: 23rd-30th December 2019

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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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Provisional Dates 2020

Summer 
Machane Ari – 3rd-7th August
Aleph Machane – 6th-16th August
AC/BB/BC/G – 3rd-16th August
Israel Machane – 5th/6th – 28th July
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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

Rafi Cohen

Rafi Cohen

Mazkir (National Director)

Rafi 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 kitchen creating culinary dishes for family and friends.

Chana Bernstein

Chana Bernstein

Chinuch Worker

Chana 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 Chana can often be found collecting wild mushrooms in the top class countryside of Norfolk

Zoe Daniels

Zoe Daniels

Svivot Worker

Zoe 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 Zoe can be found either building IKEA furniture or helping with the washing up at Tami's Cakery in Hendon.

Eli Maman

Eli Maman

Israel Worker

Eli oversees all of Bnei Akiva's Israel programming, from our two Hachshara Gap Year programmes (Kivun & Torani), to our brilliant Year 11 Israel Machane. He liaises with our partners in Israel, and makes sure our families here stay connected and informed. In his spare time Eli runs a Kosher food comparison website, specialising in the various nuances between Rakusens biscuits.

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.

Nini and Matan Milner

Nini and Matan Milner

Northern Shlichim

Nini and Matan 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. Before arriving in England Matan taught at Ulpanat Rosh Tzurim and Nini was a nurse at Hadassah Medical Centre. They have two children, Maor and Shachar.

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 Rachel Cooklin, Sam Prais, George Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Dania Mann-Wineberg, Adi Dinowitz & Ben Rothstein.