JCC Maccabi Israel® allows Jewish teens, from JCCs and JCC camps to experience the culture, history, and people of Israel with other Jews from across North America, opening eyes, minds, and hearts through diverse programs. We offer a pluralistic and non-denominational approach, within the framework of an organized educational program, for the purpose of strengthening, developing, and enriching Jewish identity and identification with the Jewish homeland. JCC Maccabi Israel has been creating trips and guiding Jewish teens through Israel since 1996.
Leah Garber is the senior vice president of Israel engagement at JCC Association and the director general of the Center for Israel Engagement in Jerusalem, where she facilitates connections to Israel in all JCCs in North America. She previously served as a shlicha (Israeli emissary) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing an educational and cultural link between the local community and the people of Israel. Garber also served as a teacher and principal at the School for New Immigrants under the Israel Ministry of Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and art history from Hebrew University; an MBA in finance and human resources from the Academic School in Kiryat Ono, and a general management diploma from Beit Berl College. A native of Jerusalem, she lives in Modi’in with her family.