Meet the Trip Staff

Meet Your Staff

Greg Fleytlikh

Greg Fleytlikh

Where are you from? The great Village of Skokie

Where do you currently live? Currently living in Chicago

What do you do for a living? I currently work at Slalom, a consulting firm based out of Seattle within the Marketing Technology space as a Solution Architect.

What is your favorite place in Israel? The beaches of Herzliya

What is your favorite Israeli (Mediterranean) or Jewish food? Shakshuka, best and only place to have it is in Israel

What is a fun fact about yourself? I didn’t know English until I was 5!

What is your best advice to future participants? Try as much food as possible (the shawarma and falafel is amazing), oh and don’t forget to drink lots of water!

Lauren Silverman

Lauren Silverman

Where are you from? Dix Hills, New York

Where do you currently live? Lincoln Park, Chicago

What do you do for a living? I work for the Jewish United Fund as the Young Adult Engagement Associate. I connect Birthright Israel alumni to the Chicago Jewish community when they return to Chicago through social programs, volunteer opportunities and Jewish and Israeli celebrations. I also plan programs for recent college graduates and young professionals living in the suburbs.

What is your favorite place in Israel? I love spending time in the Negev. The landscape is so unlike anything I’m used to back home, and it’s truly the time of the trip where I feel most peaceful. There’s nothing quite like star gazing in the desert!

What is your favorite Israeli (Mediterranean) or Jewish food? Matzah ball soup, always.

What is a fun fact about yourself? I have synesthesia, and I see all of my letters and numbers in particular colors!

What is your best advice to future participants? Take advantage of everything. This trip can be incredibly busy, and often tiring, but it is such a spectacular experience. Stare out the window during the bus rides, talk to someone new, get to know the Israelis. This is your Birthright-make the most of it! Also, always bring an extra pair of socks!

Tori Weinstein

Tori Weinstein

Where are you from? I grew up in Dallas, Texas and moved to Chicago my senior year of High School.    

Where do you currently live? Lakeview

What do you do for a living?  I work at JUF in the Young Leadership Division, engaging young adults into the Chicago Jewish community.  

What is your favorite place in Israel? Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. They have the BEST souvenirs!

What is your favorite Israeli (Mediterranean) or Jewish food? Falafel and all the other vegan options Israel has to offer!  

What is a fun fact about yourself?Last year,I accidentally received a $450 gift card to Lettuce Entertain You. I am still trying to spend it all – restaurant recommendations welcome!

What is your best advice to future participants? Don’t worry about the lack of sleep you think you might be getting. The late nights with your 39 new friends are well worth it.

Ellie Spitz

Ellie Spitz

Where are you from? Originally from the Chicago Suburb of Buffalo Grove

Where do you currently live? Lincoln Square, Chicago

What do you do for a living? Working for Mishkan Chicago as their Director of Community Engagement and Wellness

What is your favorite place in Israel? The gender-inclusive area of the Western Wall

What is your favorite Israeli (Mediterranean) or Jewish food? This restaurant in the Jerusalem shuk called Jubar and they make the most yummy malaway Yemenite food

What is a fun fact about yourself? I once biked from New York to San Francisco

What is your best advice to future participants? Sleep when you can, try all the new foods you can, and make an effort to get to know EVERYONE on your bus. They might not all become your people but for 10 days make them so - it'll make the trip so much more rewarding and powerful.

Rachel Ethridge

Rachel Ethridge

Where are you from? Deerfield, IL

Where do you currently live? Chicago, IL

What do you do for a living? I am getting my master's in college counseling and student affairs while working in higher education at DePaul University in New Student Programs and Columbia College Chicago in Global Education

What is your favorite place in Israel? Any coffee shop in Florentin, Tel Aviv is my favorite little spot in Israel. I also have to mention the gorgeous village of Ezuz with its artist and incredible food bordering Egypt.

What is your favorite Israeli (Mediterranean) or Jewish food? Pita filled with eggplant and mango sauce, as well as all the other fixings, makes my world go round.

What is a fun fact about yourself? I've watched Saturday Night Live, Live.

What is your best advice to future participants? Let the magic of this trip flow, board that plane with no expectations.

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