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Our Organization

Mission Statement

Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles is a West Coast Orthodox Zionist movement that engages youth, family, and community in year-round programs to develop a strong relationship to Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and the values of Torah V'Avoda.


Our Name

We started out in 2013 through a partnership with the Shalom Institute, a non-denominational campsite in the heart of Malibu, and thus our nascent Modern Orthodox/Zionist camp was launched as Moshava Malibu.  After our 2014 season, we acquired our own site in the San Bernardino Mountains and moved to Running Springs CA, changing our name to Moshava California. On April 9th, 2018, in gratitude to the generosity of Mr. Allen and Mrs. Deanna Alevy, we officially changed our name to Moshava Alevy in memory of their parents Norton and Sylvia Alevy z"l. To learn more about the Alevy Family Foundation, please visit

Our Staff

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Jordana Wertheimer
Camp Director

Jordana spent the best part of her childhood in camp! She grew up as a camper going to Camp Mesorah and continued there as a lifeguard and a counselor. Additionally, for the past 5 years, Jordana served as the Director of Student Life and Leadership at YULA High School Girls Division in LA, focusing on bringing informal education to life! For those reasons, Jordy brings a tremendous amount of experience and excitement to her role as Camp Director of Moshava Alevy! 

Jordana graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from CUNY Queens College, has worked in Television Production for 6 years before joining the world of education, and taught Torah studies before joining Bnei Akiva of LA.

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Avi Matanky
Executive Director

Avi has spent his entire life in Moshava. Having begun his Moshava career at the tender age of one month, while his parents were on staff at Moshava Wild Rose, Avi continued on as a camper, staff member, and senior staff member at Moshava Wild Rose. Avi also spent several summers on the senior staff at Moshava IO, and in 2014 he served as Rosh Moshava of Moshava Malibu. As a result, Avi brings a wealth of experience, energy, and talent to his role as Executive Director of Moshava Alevy. 

Avi graduated with a degree in Business Management from Yeshiva University. He has also served as the Mazkir Artzi - National Programs Director - of Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada and most recently as the Director of Admissions for Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA).


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