MEET OUR TEAM
We're a group of educators committed to facilitating participants in their educational journey to gain a nuanced and complex foundation for further personal exploration on the issues.
Founding Educator & Executive Director
Benji Davis is the founder of Impact Seminars, an educational organization specializing in the geopolitics of Israel and the Middle East. Benji and his team provide interactive lectures, tours, workshops and weekend retreats. He began giving Israel Updates to Taglit-Birthright groups in 2011 as an educator for Kol Voice Seminars. In addition, Benji teaches a course on Israel & the Conflict to gap year students through Jerusalem U. Benji made Aliyah to Israel from Los Angeles, CA in 2009. He holds a BA in Middle East Studies and History from the George Washington University and an MA in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University. He currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife.
Eylon Aslan-Levy is the former anchor of IBA News. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He served in the IDF's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit, liaising with the Palestinian Authority, Israeli government system and international community.
Educator & Licensed Tour Guide
MAYA LISS GROGIN
Maya was born in Los Angeles, California. It was after she completed her BA in communications that Maya moved to Israel in pursuit of her Master’s Degree in diplomacy and conflict studies at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Upon completing her MA, Maya drafted into the IDF and towards the end of her service, she was awarded Soldier of Excellence by the Major General of the IDF Manpower Directorate. She currently facilitates educational workshops and is developing an international start-up called Spring Theory. In her free time, Maya works on her life's passion, finding the most delicious Israeli breakfast. Follow her at Israel4Breakfast.com
Growing up to a father who is a career diplomat, Assaf has spent most of his childhood outside Israel in different countries across Europe. From this constant moving around Assaf developed his passion for travelling and meeting new people.
Assaf is a graduate of the Hebrew University with a double major in Political Science and International Relations. He has been working as a licensed tour guide for the past three years. In his work as a guide and educator, Assaf loves to introduce the complexities and challenges that Israel is facing. Assaf is a strong believer in honesty and complexity and believes that no question, opinion or issue is off the table. Assaf is 28 years old and lives in Tel Aviv with his girlfriend.
Educator & Licensed Tour Guide
Elisheva Goldberg moved to Israel in 2012 and joined Molad: The Center for The Renewal of Israeli Democracy, Israel's premier progressive think tank, as an international relations Analyst and Editor. While there, she also began working part-time with MK Stav Shaffir and for a boutique political-risk consulting firm called PrimeSource. Prior to her arrival in Israel, she worked as assistant editor for Open Zion, a Daily Beast blog about Israel, Palestine and the Jewish future edited by Peter Beinart. Elisheva has written on issues of Israel, Palestine and the Jewish future for The Daily Beast, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Atlantic, Shma Magazine, and others. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She speaks fluent Hebrew and proficient Arabic.
Daniel Rubenstein has spent his entire professional life at the nexus of politics, media, and education related to Israel. Before moving to Israel in 2011, Daniel worked for five years at AIPAC headquarters in Washington, DC, where he was the organization’s senior writer as well as the managing editor of its biweekly publication, Near East Report. In 2012, Daniel volunteered to be drafted into the Spokesperson’s Unit of the Israel Defense Forces, where he was the managing editor of the IDF’s social media platforms and a key architect of the IDF’s communications strategy during Operations Pillar of Defense (2012) and Protective Edge (2014). After leaving the IDF, Daniel was an editor and researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where he assisted Amb. Dore Gold. Born in California, Daniel grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, and earned his B.A. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Today Daniel lives in Tel Aviv and works as a tour guide and political communications consultant.