J.J. is a talented educator and administrator who left a promising career in high-tech to pursue his life-long passion – sharing his love for Israel with both adults and youth. A former combat soldier and commander in the Golani Brigade, J.J. is a natural leader and connects easily with people from a wide range of backgrounds. For the past ten years J.J. has overseen the Israel Programs for thousands of students through United Synagogue Youth (USY). He also served as a shaliach (emissary) for USY and the Jewish Agency in the West Coast for two years, during which time he pioneered innovative programs and served as Director of Education at Camp Ramah.
J.J. serves currently as the CEO of Israel Maven Tours but still guides when his schedule allows. JJ lives in Jerusalem with his wife Shira and four children and looks forward to crafting an Israel Experience to suit your needs.