Our Team

“The most important thing in life is to dare” – Shimon Peres

Israel is nation of dreamers, go-getters and of innovators – people of vision, ambition and innovation; people, like you, at a crossroads between what’s now, and what’s next. On behalf of the NEXT team, we invite you to take your next step with us.

From advancing co-existence in the Galilee to launching your career in Tel Aviv, to teaching English in a local school, there are so many opportunities to do something truly enriching while getting to explore Israel as a society, not just a place to visit. And on NEXT, you’ll be treated like family, because you are family. Our staff in North America and throughout Israel are here to support you all along the way.

We invite you to learn more and find your next great life adventure with us.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you.

Osnat Spiegel
Director, Israel Office
Osnat was born and raised in Israel. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan and has been involved in the field of Jewish education since 2003. In addition to her background in Israel, she’s lived in Washington, DC and New York City, serving as the Director of Israel engagement for Hillel international and later as the Director of Alumni and Community Engagement for Masa Israel Journey. She returned to Israel in 2016 to direct NEXT programming.

Elkana Bar-Eitan
Director, North America Office
Elkana was born and raised in Jerusalem to parents who grew up in America. After completing his army service, he obtained an undergraduate degree in social work and a graduate degree in diplomacy. An educator at heart, he began his career as a tour guide, sharing his passion for Israel with travelers of all ages and backgrounds. After spending five years on the road, Elkana took on new challenges, directing a gap year program and leading a new business venture, before coming to America to head up the NEXT office in Washington, DC.


Each NEXT experience is staffed by an on-site program leader whose job it is to ensure you get the most out of your time in Israel. The team members below are here to support you as you get ready for the adventure ahead.

Ariel Gordon, Registration Coordinator
Revital Lavi, Internship Coordinator
Naama Tzur, Volunteer Coordinator

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