Aharon Ariel Lavi

Shuva, Israel

Lavi is a serial social entrepreneur and a professional community organizer, who believes that networks are key to shaping our reality. Lavi is co-founder of MAKOM: the national umbrella organization of intentional communities in Israel; and founder and general director of Hakhel: the Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator in the Diaspora.

Lavi is also a thinker who believes Judaism can inspire and inform all walks of life, and vice versa. He holds Rabbinic Semicha from Rabbi Riskin, as well as a  B.A. in Economics and Geography, an M.A. in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, and currently writing his PhD on Israel-Diaspora relations. He has Orthodox Semicha from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and was a fellow in several research institutions in Israel and published a book on Judaism and Economics and numerous articles. He lives with his wife, Liat, and their four children in Shuva, and on his spare time he is also a professional mountain biking racer and trainer.