Vavi Toran was raised in Tel Aviv by a theatrical and artistic family. She studied English Literature and Art History at the Hebrew University, and Painting and Drawing at the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem. Vavi joined the Israel Center of the San Francisco-based Jewish Federation in 1996. As the Director of Cultural and Educational Resources of the organization, she helped fashion the Arts and Culture programs that have since become a model locally and nationally. In 2003 she was assigned the position of Director of the Israel Education Initiative, a joint project of the San Francisco-based Bureau of Jewish Education (now Jewish LearningWorks) and the Israel Center. Until recently, Vavi has served as the Israel Education and Arts Specialist at Jewish LearningWorks. For the past ten years, Vavi has also been a consultant on Arts & Culture for The iCenter for Israel Education. Today Vavi is an independent consultant.