Rabbi Avi Berman is the Executive Director of OU Israel. He has served in this capacity since 2006, working tirelessly to address the issues facing Jewish youth and adults in Israel. Under his leadership, OU Israel inspires and educates thousands of Israeli teens in 20 low socioeconomic communities throughout Israel. Over 60,000 Anglos come to the OU Israel Center annually for Torah learning and educational programs. Prior to this position, Rabbi Berman was the Regional Director of the Northwest Region of NCSY and in five short years succeeded in expanding the region from 30 participants to an active 1,500. Rabbi Berman and his family traveled to Canada after receiving a Bracha from his Rav, and former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu z”l. Through NCSY, Rabbi Berman succeeded in bringing the light of Torah and Achdut of Am Yisrael to the Vancouver Jewish community. Rabbi Berman spent 12 years studying at the Hesder Yeshiva in Shiloh, where he received his Smicha. It was at this time that he began his successful journey into the world of Jewish communal work and informal Jewish Education. Rabbi Berman, his wife Pnina and their nine children reside in Givat Ze’ev.