Akiva Gersh is originally from New York and made aliyah to Israel in 2004. Since 2007, he has been teaching Jewish History and Modern Israel at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, where he guides visiting high school students through the story of the Jewish people, mainly through tiyulim (excursions) to historical, cultural, religious, and ecological sites around the country. He is also a contributing blogger at the Times of Israel as well as a musician. In 2010, Akiva created Holy Land Spirit, an uplifting and spiritual musical experience for Christian groups visiting Israel that fosters interfaith celebration, understanding, and dialogue. In 2017, Akiva published his first book entitled "Becoming Israeli", a compilation of blogs and essays about the experience of making aliyah and acclimating to life in Israel. Akiva holds a BA in Religious Studies from Brown University, an MA in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov in Jerusalem. He and his wife live in Pardes Hanna with their four children.