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Shabbat of a Lifetime was created by a team of Jewish educators with the goal of developing a Shabbat evening program for incoming tourists of all backgrounds to experience an authentic Friday night in Jerusalem.

At Shabbat of a Lifetime, we combine the personal touch of home-hospitality with a high standard of professionalism and attention to detail. On the Shabbat of a Lifetime program, one will discover the beauties of Jerusalem, learn about Friday night traditions, and make personal connections with families living in Israel.

Over the past 6 years, nearly 50,000 guests from around the world have joined Shabbat of a Lifetime.  Shabbat of a Lifetime is proud to have a team of over 95 host families around Jerusalem.  Meet some of our families:

Michelle and Natanel Cohen

The Cohen’s, have both been Jewish educators for over ten years. After completing his army service in the IDF, Natanel created curricula for Jerusalem courses, sharing his passion for the Holy City in an exciting and educational way. Michelle has taught in several women’s Jewish institutions for many years while finishing up a Master’s in Jewish education from Hebrew University and raising their four beautiful children.  After several trips to India where the Cohens hosted thousands of Israeli travelers, at times averaging 70 participants a week, and even 350 (!) for festival meals, the Cohens founded Shabbat of a Lifetime in 2011 and have loved every minute of it!

Shmuel and Chana Eisenberg

Shmuel and Chana were both born and raised in NY. Shmuel moved to Israel after high school, spent a year and a half learning in yeshiva, over two years in the IDF as a Tank Commander and Platoon Sergeant and is now studying for his Master’s Degree in Political Science at Hebrew University. Chana first came to Israel at 18, lived in Jerusalem, Safed, and Petach Tikva over the course of 2 years in which she studied in religious seminaries and Bar Ilan University. She is a practicing cosmetologist and works both at a high-end salon and built a beauty business out of their home in the Old City of Jerusalem.  Chana and Shmuel have a warm home where they host guests on a weekly basis as well as working with the Shabbat of a Lifetime team on logistics and placements. Tasting Chana’s homemade challah leaves a memorable impression on all of their guests.
Chaim and Simi Landau

Chaim grew up in the USA, but has lived in Israel since high school. He spent time in Yeshiva, served in the IDF tank corps, and obtained a BA in Political Science and Media Communications from Bar Ilan University and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.  Simi was born and grew up in Toronto to South African parents, spent time studying in seminary in Israel, obtained a BA from Stern College and holds a dental degree from the University of Toronto.  Chaim works as a development associate at Shatil, the New Israel Fund’s Initiative for Social Change, which has been on the cutting edge of building civil society and actively promoting democracy, tolerance, and social justice in Israel for 30 years.  He is also the founding director of Perspectives Israel which enables young Jewish community leaders studying in Israel to engage with the complexities and human stories of the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Simi owns and operates her own dental clinic on Hillel Street in downtown Jerusalem. 
The couple have three lovely children.  

Ruthie and Asher Abraham

Ruthie grew up in Mercer Island, Washington while Asher grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. Asher lived in the US for 9 years after high school to study in yeshiva and Queens College, earning a BBA in Corporate Finance. Ruthie came to NY to attend FIT specializing in Fashion Merchandising.  Ruthie runs an online marketing agency called The Brand Builders. Asher serves as Director of Investor Relations at OurCrowd- an Israeli startup equity crowdfunding platform. Ruthie and Asher made aliyah in 2008 and have two children and look forward to welcoming guests into their home each Friday night.

Karen and Aaron Goldscheider

Aaron and Karen grew up in Long Island and NJ.  Aaron, an ordained Rabbi, studied at YU/Riets and Karen at Barnard and Revel YU.  The couple both work extensively in Jewish education and have travelled around the world on outreach and educational missions.  They moved to over Israel four years ago together with their eleven children.  




Yehoshua and Debbie Looks

Yehoshua is a Rabbi, educator, writer, and consultant. In Israel, using the acumen learned at Harvard Business School and in the for profit sector, he has devoted his energies to working with non-profit organizations. Currently, he is Managing Director for HaOhel Institutions.  Yehoshua contributes a monthly column to the Jewish World section of the HaAretz online edition. Debbie is a social worker and educator, now teaching pre-school and English privately, as well as in groups. The Looks family made aliya in 1996. Their three children, with spouses and grandchildren, are now spread out over three continents – in Palo Alto, CA, Johannesburg, and Tel Aviv.

Hillel and Chaya Lester

Hillel is a Rabbi, therapist and Jewish educator with over 20 years of experience in meditation as a practitioner. Prior to becoming a Rabbi and therapist, Hillel was an avid bass guitarist and an acoustical engineering consultant. Chaya is a Jewish educator, psychotherapist and writer, with advanced degrees in Jewish studies and Clinical psychology In 2012, the Lester’s founded the Shalev Center – for Jewish personal growth. The Lester’s have 4 children.


Modi and Noa Cohn

Modi (Mordechai) and Noa Cohn live in the Nachlaot area with their five children.  Modi, a native of Jerusalem, teaches Hebrew literature and runs a non-profit called Connections Israel- connecting communities and individuals with IDF soldiers.  Noa, originally from Netanya, studies and teaches art history, and works as the curator for Jewish art in the Jerusalem gallery, The Shelter for Art.  The Cohn’s spent two years in Toronto teaching in local schools and working with the local community.

David and Ayo Abitbol

The Abitbols are an extremely exciting and entertaining young couple. David originally from Montreal and from a Moroccan heritage, is trilingual and is a social media and web design expert. Ayo, currently studying for her graduate degree in Urban Development at Hebrew University concurrently trains and instructs Acro-Yoga (look it up!). The Abitbols recently returned form the Philippines where Ayo served as a representative of the Israeli government in Urban Planning.

Ami and Net Glick


Ami was born in Petach Tikva, Israel and served in the Field Intelligence Unit in the IDF.  Nowadays, he works on his own Israeli internet startup company, while enjoying in his spare time playing music, reading, and guiding youth on adventure tours. Net was also born in Israel and is a guide in all of Israel, although her specialty is in Jerusalem.  In her spare time, she enjoys archeology and going to find new things in the digs happening near the Western Wall!


Liya and Avi Lewi

Liya and Avi are from Canada and Australia respectively. They came separately to Israel on their own journeys, and met here in our beloved Capital. Newly married,  they are happily living, studying, and contributing to the growth of Israel and the Jewish people! Avi studies Computer Science and Philosophy at Hebrew University and Liya is a Yoga instructor planning to study medicine. The Lewis’ eagerly wait for Shabbat every week so that they can host friends and new faces. They are a new edition to SOAL and look forward to hosting groups from all over the world! L’chaim!