Yoni was born in Beit Zayit, a rural village just outside of Jerusalem. He learned at the nearby Ein Kerem Community Environmental School and has an LLB and an M.A in nonprofit management. Influenced by Polish-Jewish educator and hero, Janusz Korczak, who advocated for the respect and hands-on involvement of children in shaping their lives, Yoni focused much of his early career on developing social educational initiatives that placed the young person at the helm. For many years he directed a student-run soup kitchen and community center for elderly immigrants and led eight youth delegations to Poland to help restore forgotten Jewish cemeteries. All personal and professional endeavors converged in 2013 when Yoni co-founded Kaima, an Israeli nonprofit and commercial farm established in the same ancient terraces of his childhood. Kaima boldly challenges the “one-size-fits-all” construct applied to Israel’s national education system by re-engaging and empowering youth who have dropped out of school through a combination of hands-on organic farming, business learning, and community activities. On Kaima Farm, between rows of tomatoes and cabbage, both young farmers and adults of all ages work the land and realize their unique strengths. The operation is a serious one, with the farm responsible for producing nearly 90,000 pounds for 350 weekly customers! Kaima is an expression of Yoni’s passion for working with young people, his belief in the restorative power of nature, his respect for “out-of-the-box” thinking, and contention that people should know who grows their food.