Yaniv is married to Hadassah and the father of Yael and Omer. He grew up in Jerusalem and joined the Acharai organization, a life-changing experience. After finishing high school, Yaniv served in the elite Maglan combat unit and then went on to study Jewish history and Jewish philosophy. Upon graduating from college, Yaniv became the director of a pre-army academy (mechina) in Yerucham. When the time came to move on to the next chapter in his life, Yaniv and his wife took a break and went to live in Marrakesh, Morocco, for three months. While there they became active members of the Marrakesh Jewish community and helped to establish a museum in the ancient synagogue of the city. Upon their return to Yerucham, Yaniv, together with Kobi Yifrah, founded the unique “Elul from the Mizrach” program. This program is the pillar of the Kulana campus in Yerucham. The goal of the campus is to be a cultural and educational home for the spirit of Judaism from Islamic and Middle Eastern countries and challenge the division between “East” and “West”, religious and secular. Yaniv’s role as founder and director of the campus is to position Kulana as a center for the development of an educational language that brings the message of the world of the Jews from Islamic and Middle East countries to the rest of Israeli society.