Yair Tobias grew up in the desert in Israel, on a Reform Kibbutz in the Arava. In high school, he took part in an innovative project, Open Studies Curriculum, tgen he fell in love with learning and complex thinking process. in his 12th year. After school, Yair went to a pre-army academy (Mechina), were he studied Judaism, economics and volunteered in social activism projects in Jaffa. Later Yair was a counselor in the pre-army academy and started studying Jewish philosophy and Bible at Tel Aviv University. He participated in the Ofakim Program, an exclosive proram that trains excellent students to become teachers in Israeli public schools. During his second year of university, Yair initiated Beit Midrash Baderech, a program for released soliders to work in agriculture, learn Jewish culture and live on Kibbutz as a young adult community. He ran the Project for 4 yearss, supported other organizations in creating similar programs all across Israel and established AMALI Forum which is a network of all the programs that work according to this model. Yair Was a Jewish philosophy and Bible teacher in high school. Yair was ordained as Reform Rabbi in Israel and completed an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy and Talmud and Halacha in The Schechter Institute. Today Yair is leading faculty in Midreshet Hashiluv ('Mixed Yeshiva') Natur, teachs Philosophy, Literature and Jewish Thought.
Yaya founded Beit Midrash Baderech, which is a unique program designed for Israeli young adults (ages 20-24) from across Israeli society. During the 6-8 month program, 20-30 young adults create a community on Kibbutz Yahel in the Israeli periphery. Participants work on the kibbutz during the day and study at night. Through its unique programming, Beit Midrash Baderech offers participants the opportunity to explore an active and vibrant Zionist Jewish identity and cultivate the next generation of leaders in Israeli civil society. The program has been replicated by eight different organizations and kibbutzim these past 7 years.