Ari enjoys having Israel at the center of his work at The iCenter. A Midwest native and a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers, Ari lived in Israel on three different year-long programs: Young Judaea Year Course, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, and at Hebrew Union College, where he earned a Masters in Jewish Education. As an educator, he experienced the impact educational travel can have during the two summers he guided high school trips through Europe and Israel. Before joining The iCenter, Ari directed the Marin/San Francisco Jewish Teen Foundation, where he learned about the power of education through Jewish philanthropy and social justice.
What’s one of your favorite books?
One of my favorite books is On the Road by Jack Kerouac. The thrill of adventure and search for meaning Kerouac writes about in some way influenced my decision to live in Israel for a year after high school. That year impacted me in so many ways, and I have Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise to thank (in part) for the inspiration.