Yonatan grew up in a secular middle-class community in the Galilee. After his post-military backpacking years he pursued a career in the culinary arts (like the Dark Arts, but tastes so much better!) and traveled to Spain to train as a chef. He hadn’t planned on coming back, until a war in Gaza convinced him that Israel is his only real home. After returning, he enrolled in the prestigious Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Excellent Students at Tel Aviv University. Two years into his studies, he took a year off to go with his wife on a mission with Tevel b'Tzedek in Nepal, where they both facilitated volunteer programs. He became fascinated with the Judaism presented to volunteers in these programs, and the role it played in inspiring them to take action to help others. After returning home Yonatan continued his studies in anthropology and focused on the way intercultural encounters can expand individuals’ understanding of themselves. He took on a leadership position in Tevel b Tzedek, currently serving as its director, and seeking new ways to use Judaism as an inspiration for globally responsible activism and curiosity.