Ayal’s passion for Israel was cultivated early on and quickly became a major guiding influence throughout his life. He has previously lived in Israel and Nepal working in youth leadership development, and has also traveled extensively internationally. He is an experienced songleader, trip leader, and facilitator who loves photography, spicy shakshuka, and being outdoors—and likes these things even more so in Hebrew and while in Israel. Ayal holds an MPA from UW-Madison as well as a BA from Brandeis University in Environmental Studies and International Studies, and a minor in Hebrew Language.
Tell us about your name:
My name, Ayal, means “deer” in Hebrew. I love that my name connects me to Israel, no matter where I am. Interestingly, Israel is the place where my name causes the most confusion, as many Israelis mix it up with a more common, similar sounding name, Eyal, which means “strength.” Also, during travel, I learned that Ayal means ‘woman’ in the Kyrgyz language!