Program Staff

Amit Metzl-Raz

Ramla Coordinator

Amit was born on Kibbutz Barkai and at a young age her family moved to the pastoral town of Pardes Hana.During childhood and adolescence she was very active in the Israeli Scouts Movement.After high school graduation Amit deferred her IDF service and volunteered for a year in the neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv.She served as a tank instructor, where she acquired a driving license for five different kinds of tanks.Amit has traveled around Central America, the Far East, Europe and Africa, and volunteered for 6 months at an orphanage in Ethiopia. Amit has a B.S.W. from Sapir College in Sderot and is currently studying for her Masters in NGO Management and Community Development at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.Amit lives in Rehovot with her husband Eyal (whom she met while serving in the IDF) and she is the proud mother of Gur, an adorable baby boy.

Leah Bauman

Tel Aviv Program Director

Leah was born in Toronto, grew up in New York, and came to Israel for a gap year after high school. She decided to stay and study at the IDC in Herzliyah. After university she worked for one of the Birthright trip organizers for several years before moving over to long term Israel porgramming with Israel Way. Leah currently lives in Tel Aviv and strongly believes that it is the best city in the world.

Carmel Feller

Tel Aviv Program Coordinator

Carmel was born and raised in Petah Tikva. He served in the IDF as part of a technical crew in the Navy. Upon his release from the army, Carmel travelled to South America and learned Spanish on the way. Carmel lived and studied in Beer Sheva for five years and recently finished his M.A in Sociology from Ben Gurion University. During his time in Be'er Sheva he was involved in different activists’ groups and advocated for social change. During his studies, he also interned in organizational advising for an NGO. Carmel believes that Ramla can become a model for co-existence and cooperation between different groups in the Israeli society, and that participants who come to Ramla have the privilege to create alternatives to the current reality and make their mark in the community.

Peleg Lotan

Internship Coordinator

Peleg was born in Bat-Yam to Yoel and Miriam. He has a twin brother named Almog and a little sister named Noam. His father moved to America and for a year and founded a company called Alpen (Almog Peleg Noam). After a year, once he was more financially stable and the paperwork was completed, the entire family settled down in the Bay Area. After high school, his parents decided to move back to Israel and took Peleg's sister back with them. Peleg and his brother stayed in California and he completed his BA in psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara. When he graduated, he decided to come back to Israel to reunite with his family. Peleg moved to Bat-Yam and lives there with his girlfriend of two years. During his free time he likes to surf, play basketball and soccer with his friends. He is currently in his second year of graduate school in IDC Herzilya in Organizational Behavior and Development.

Shiran Seemann

Ashdod City Coordinator

Shiran Seemann was born and raised in Rehovot. She served in the IDF as an Operations Officer in the Navy. 

She holds a BA in Management and Human Resources from Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva. During her studies, she was involved in volunteering projects in the community of Beer-Sheva. Shiran married Ziv in July 2012 and they currently reside in Rehovot.

Shiran believes that participating in one of Israel Way-Oranim's programs allows for a great experience and can be a good opportunity to learn about oneself and Israel.   


Sonya Burlan

Tel Aviv Program Coordinator

Sonya Burlan is a first-generation American, born and raised in New York City to Russian-Israeli parents. She was very active in the Jewish community throughout her life and visited Israel frequently throughout her teenage years. Sonya began volunteering at local Jewish community centers during her second year of university, creating and leading Jewish educational activities for children. Sonya completed her B.A. in International Studies at Fordham University and decided to follow her heart to Israel--on a Masa Kibbutz Ulpan program. After studying Hebrew and working with children on Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael for half a year, she made Aliyah. Sonya's passions are education and expression--preferably at the same time.

Daniel Reisin

Bat Yam Coordinator

Daniel was born in the Urals region of Russia. Between 2008 and 2014 he worked at Moscow's JCC as a music and Hebrew teacher and a madrich trainer. In 2014, Daniel graduated from Moscow's State Classical Academy with a music specialization. He has won numerous Russian and international vocal competitions. Daniel made Aliya in the summer of 2014 and, soon thereafter, joined the Israel Way team. Daniel's motto in life is that “Life is beautiful! Whatever happens, it happens for the good!”

Katya Dymshits

Bat Yam Coordinator

Katya is 31 years old and was born in Moscow, Russia. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the Moscow City Psychological University. In Moscow, she worked in the Israeli Embassy preparing mass media reports for the ambassador. Later she worked in JDC Moscow and Central Russia doing PR and preparing visits of missions and individual donors. In 2008, Katya came to on a MASA program. She spent 10 months volunteering in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor in the Foreign Relations department and at the radio "Kol Israel". In 2009, Katya made Aliya and spent the first 5 months in the Ulpan Etzion campus. From November 2009 until September 2010, she worked in PR for Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz in the Russian-speaking communities all over the world. For over 2 years, Katya worked in the Jewish Agency for Israel coordinating missions and fundraising efforts. In January 2013, Katya joined the Israel Way team and is the coordinator of the Masa Career Growth program. She is married and has an 8 month-old son.

Rami Kopitman

Eilat Program Coordinator


Rami was born in Ukraine and immigrated with his family to Israel when he was eight years old. At the age of 22, after his army service, Rami moved to work in Eilat as part of a hotel security team. This was the first time when he fell in love with the beautiful city.  Since then, Eilat is Rami's favorite city in Israel, both for the amazing nature it has to offer and also for the beautiful people living in it.  Rami also worked as a tour guide in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Bulgaria and lived in China for a year and almost two years in the U.S. Between traveling he always came back to Eilat and being there now again as  Destination Israel's coordinator makes him feel really excited. “As part of my job, showing Eilat and it’s advantages to  Destination Israel's participants makes me fall in love with this beautiful city once again” he says.



Ella Burd

Spa & Wellness Program Coordinator

Ella was born and raised in Kazan, Russia. She made Aliya at the age of 18. She spent her first 10 months in Israel at Kibbutz Gal Shmuel studying in an Ulpan. Thereafter, she enrolled in Bar Ilan’s mechina (preparatory) program before studying for her BA at Ashkelon College. She majored in Political Science and Communications. After graduating Ashkelon College, she enrolled for a Masters Program in Bar Ilan in Journalism and Communications. She spent the next 10 years of her life working at Channel 9 (the Russian channel in Israel) as a producer. About 3 years ago, Ella moved with her family down south, to a moshav near Arad. Ella and her husband come from strong Zionist backgrounds and believed that it was part of their responsibility to settle the Negev. Ella joined the Israel Way team about a year ago.

Bat-Ami Shmuel


Bat-Ami grew up in Kibbutz Hanita, which is located in the western Galilee on the northern border of Israel. She served as teacher commander for disadvantaged soldiers in the Education Unit for two years. After completing her military service Bat-Ami travelled to South Africa for a year and upon her return she studied Literature and Philosophy at Haifa University and received her B.A. During her studies she worked with children and teens after school hours and in the year 2008 she was sent by the Jewish Agency as Habonim Dror & Youth Shlicha (Emissary) to Michigan, USA. Bat-Ami came back to Israel in 2001 and joined the UJIA for 6 years. At first she was a volunteer Program Coordinator and later she became the Manager of all the UJIA volunteer programs in the Galil.


In 2008 she joined the educational kibbutz team to work and run all Informal activities for the children of Hanita (ages 6-12). In 2012 Bat-Ami joined Natan Golan & Jeff Kaye Ltd. as the office administrator and was also the courses coordinator for the Israel Academy of Philanthropy. Bat-Ami has two beautiful young daughters, ages 3.5 & 5 and is married to Erez. They live happily in Kibbutz Hanita.