Bnei Akiva of North America fosters Jewish youth with a deep commitment to Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Torat Yisrael, through a variety of informal educational programs.
Bnei Akiva members strive to live lives of Torah V’Avodah, combining Torah learning and observance with active contribution to the Jewish people and society, to bring about the rebirth of the Jewish nation on its land. Bnei Akiva generates leaders who assume responsibility for their community, who take initiative and who actualize the ideals of Torah V’Avodah by making aliyah.
Bringing the mission to life – Bnei Akiva’s Programs
Bnei Akiva is at the forefront of Religious Zionist education for youth, by youth, with chapters wordlwide. Bnei Akiva’s educational programming spans the year and the full range of ages, with members remaining committed to the organization through to their college years and beyond.
Snifim – Local Chapters
During the year, Bnei Akiva Snifim (chapters) infuse their regular meetings on Shabbat with Torah, Israel and fun. High school madrichim (counselors) take leadership roles, planning and running educational activities for younger kids, and growing tremendously in the process.
Leadership Training & Activities
Bnei Akiva enhances these leadership skills through Leadership Training Seminar Shabbatonim. KMCB, Kenes Manhigei Chevraya Bet (National High School Leadership Conference) is the ultimate seminar, taking top leaders from each Bnei Akiva Galil (city), and preparing and inspiring them to be the future leaders of the Tnua (movement).
The Bnei Akiva year is highlighted by local, regional and national Shabbatonim filled with learning, friends, and that unbeatable, unforgettable Bnei Akiva Ruach!
In Grade 9, members of Bnei Akiva all over the world receive their Shevet name; the special name decided by Bnei Akiva headquarters in Israel, that is assigned to their age-group. From then on, the Shevet becomes the center of a child’s Bnei Akiva chevra (social group). After participating in our national summer programs after Grades 10 and 11, Shevet members reunite at Shabbatonim during the year.
The final event of the year brings together Bnei Akivaniks from all over the country, from Grades 9 to 12, for a shabbaton held at Moshava on the weekend of the Israel Day Parade in Manhattan, attended by shabaton participants.