Travel

Meet the Staff


AACI Staff Escorts -What makes them unique

All AACI staff escorts are employees of AACI working for the successful absorption of English speaking immigrants to Israel. In addition to being staff escorts, their positions at AACI reflect their caring and love for our community. They are dedicated to the strengthening our homeland and the Jewish people. On our trips their goal is to make sure that each and every participant has a wonderful time.

 

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David London, Executive Director, under his tenure as the National Executive Director of AACI (since 2003), started the AACI overseas travel program. David Is married to Karyn London MSW and they have with four children. Before making Aliyah in 1991 David was director of Young Judaea of the Southeast United States. In Israel, David has worked in various positions within various youth movements, Intel and AACI. David has been organizing and leading Kosher groups for over 25 years and strives to make AACI travel program the best.

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 Carole Kremer,  AACI Director of Operations & Communications,  Carole is the Travel Administrator working directly with David London to ensure the organization of our trips. Originally from the United Kingdom, Carole made aliyah in 1983 and is married to Yoni and they have 3 sabra children, Racheli, Daniel and Gidon.

Josie Arbel, Director of Klitah Services, Josie was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and made aliyah to Jerusalem in the summer of 1983. Josie and her husband Shimon are the proud parents of Rena & her husband Shai, Noam & his wife Hadara, and Adina.  She recently became a safta and is enjoying that role.

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Elayna Weisel, Assistant Director of Development works with the development team on special programs and projects to raise money for AACI.  Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Elayna made Aliyah five years ago from Hollywood, Florida with her husband, Steve and three children, Chava, Marty and Aviva.  She especially enjoys traveling the world with AACI.

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Sheila Bauman, Counselor, AACI Jerusalem Branch, Sheila came to AACI with a rich background in special education and counseling.  Sheila made aliyah over 20 years ago with four children, and now has 12 grandchildren both in Israel and in the US.  As AACI’s counselor, Sheila deals with a broad range of situations in order to help tourists,  potential olim,  new olim and vatik AACI members who consult with her.

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Miriam Green, Counselor, AACI Southern Branch  is a 25-year resident of Beer Sheva, Miriam has been working for AACI since 2001 as a counselor to olim and vatikim in the south. She counsels olim on a variety of subjects and has enabled the expansion of activities and communication for English speakers in the south. Miriam is the mother of three sabras, and a soon-to-be grandmother.

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Robby Grossman, Director of Development is responsible for fundraising at AACI. He works closely with the Board of Directors on a variety of resource development campaigns and builds relationships with philanthropic partners to support AACI’s rich programs and resources. Robby is originally from Richmond, Virginia, made Aliyah in 2004 and, along with his wife Dara, is proud parent to Gavri, Noam and Brachie.

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Susan Kirshner Sheldon is the administrative assistant to David and Carole and works with them on all pre-travel logistics, as well as other projects. Originally from Chicago, IL, Susan made Aliyah in September 2014.

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Miriam Barth, Program Manager. Miriam manages all of the programs and events at the AACI in Jerusalem, and is the editor of the AACI Jerusalem Voice Magazine. Originally from Detroit, Mi, Miriam made Aliyah to Jerusalem in 2014.

NavaNava Hyman, AACI Travel Escort Team Member. Nava has more than 2 decades of administrative and managerial experience in Jewish organizations and camps. Born and raised in Chicago, Nava is married to Josh and they have 5 children. They made aliyah in 1994 to Efrat. Today the entire family lives in Elazar including 2 married children.

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Frumie Hfrumieorowitz, AACI Account Manager at Ophir Tours main office in Tel Aviv was born in NY, and moved to Israel ten years ago. Her love of traveling naturally brought her to work in the travel business, specifically at Ophir Tours. She lives in Tel Aviv along with her photographer husband, Gavriel.
sharon bergmanSharon Bergman, worked as a  Travel consultant in South Africa  from 1982  until she  made Aliyah in 1997 with her Husband and Three children. She is now a grandmother to one grandson. She has been working at Ophir Tours, Netanya for the last 5 Years. Booking both local and internationally trips which include flights, hotels, car rental and organized tours
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Marcelle Kornel, Marcelle has been with Ophir Tours since she made Aliyah in 1993. She handles the entire spectrum of corporate and individual travel requirements in the Ophir Tours Ra’anana Branch.

Our Israeli Guides

 

michael tuchfeldMichael Tuchfeld, born in Jerusalem, is an experienced tour guide who specializes in conducting kosher tours all over the globe.  Michael is also a journalist, a political analyst, a correspondent and a broadcaster for over 30 years. He worked for “Kol Israel” for 17 years, Channel 2 News – The Knesset Channel and currently for Makor Rishon and NRG news web site. Married to Dvora, former special education art teacher, and they have 4 sons. They Live in Givatayim.
AsafAsaf Segal is a traveler & a tour guide in his soul.  After several years of backpacking in the Far East he commenced studying for his BA  in  India Studies and Philosophy. Having finished his studies he moved to the UK to study for his Masters degree in Tourism Business Administration. He also has a degree as a licensed Tour Manager from the University of Haifa. Asaf specializes in conducting kosher tours with an expertise in the Far East. Asaf  also  lectures on different subjects related to the Far East. He is Married to Anat, they have four children and  live in Rotem Village in the Jordan Valley.
 yrubenstein2Rabbi Yitzchak Rubenstein, made aliya in 2002 after a long career in both formal and informal education in South Africa.  Rabbi Rubenstein began educational work in Poland in 2007 and has guided close to fifty different groups.  He has also guided groups at other locations in Europe. He strives towards a balance between learning about the rich and diverse Jewish community that existed in Poland for centuries before the war and discovering what happened during the period of the Shoah.

 

 

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