Raya Ofner

Israel Trail Encounters

Raya Ofner combines her love of Israel and her rich experience as an art and theater educator in leading women’s workshops at HaMidrasha, creating an enriching and empowering experience. A seasoned hiker and nature lover, Ofner has a deep connection with the nature and topography of Israel that she has shared with Jews overseas as a Bnei Akiva shlicha (emissary). Raya directs the annual “Israel Trail Encounters” (Nifgashim B’Shvil), which she initiated with her husband as a living memorial to her son Avi, z”l, who was killed in the tragic 1997 helicopter crash.