Elkana Bar-Eitan

Senior Director, Authentic Israel, N. America Rep., Kol Ami Leadership Academy, and IAC Gvanim Facilitator

Elkana was born and raised in Jerusalem to parents who grew up in Los Angeles. After completing his army service in the IDF elite reconnaissance unit, he began his career as a tour guide, sharing his passion for Israel with travelers of all ages and backgrounds. Elkana is also passionate about Holocaust education, guiding educational groups to Poland. After spending five years on the road, Elkana took on the new challenges, directing the IBC gap year program and leading new business venture.

Elkana currently serves as Senior Director at Authentic Israel, a leading experiential travel organization based in Washington D.C. and is also the N. America Rep. for Kol Ami Leadership Academy.

He believes that positive social change is a change that can only come when individuals challenge today's reality and come together to offer an alternative on both a personal and a global level.  As an entrepreneur, Elkana has been involved in exciting projects including founding the Israeli Educational Tour-Guide association and the Kol Ami leadership Academy. His focus on community building, social awareness, humanities and Jewish identity has led him to lead educational programs for students and adults from over 20 countries.

Elkana completed Social Work School at Hebrew University and received his MA in Diplomacy and Political Science from Bar Ilan University.