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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 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 also 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 and a grandchild. Carole has been with AACI for over 30 years holding various positions within the organization. She enjoys traveling on many of the programs, seeing the growth and popularity plus meeting many satisfied, repeat customers.

Josie Arbel, Director of Klitah Services,  Josie was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and made aliyah to Jerusalem in the summer of 1983. She’s been at AACI for over 20 years. Josie and her husband Shimon are the proud parents of 3 married children and love being “safta” and “sabba” to five delicious children. The opportunity to see the world with AACI travelers has been challenging and fascinating!

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Elayna Weisel, 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 proud grandmother.

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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.
aviellaAviella Trapido, Director and Producer of the J-Town Theater Company, AACI
Aviella has been producing and directing our small black-box theater for a few years and has an extensive background in music and performing arts. She made Aliya from South Africa almost twenty years ago and is married to Jake Halperin and lives in Jerusalem.

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markMark Feldman, started Ziontours in August 1981 when he made Aliyah, making it the largest American owned travel agency in the Middle East. Merged with Diesenhaus BTC and is the Director of the Jerusalem office. Our One Stop Travel center prides itself on its first class service with the highest level of professionalism. Columnist at the Jerusalem Post.

Chair of AMI-Awakening Jewish Identity through arts & culture in Israeli High Schools to strengthen Jewish Identity and affiliation. He was born with the Gift of Laughter and a sense that the world was mad.

BatshevaBatsheva Ben Yosef, Travel Consultant. Born in Ukraine, Batsheva also lived in Russia and the US. Moved to Israel in 2015. At Diesenhaus she deals mostly with incoming tourism to Israel from the US. She’ll get you a hotel, a transfer, a car rental, and a guide. At AACI travel Batsheva is a point person for the registration for our tours.
Iris2Iris Amsalem, Travel Consultant. With the experience of 25 years as a travel professional with business and leisure travel, Iris is able to provide the best solutions for any of your travel needs. Iris specializes in travel to North America, Europe, and the Far East and cruises.

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.
Moshe Sharon Moshe Sharon, was born in London and is an experienced guide who specializes in conducting kosher tours all over the globe.
Moshe is also an educator and has taught in schools throughout Israel, Belgium, and London, over a 35 year period.  Moshe still serves in the I.D.F. as a lieutenant general, he is married to Dalia, and they have five daughters.

 

 

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