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Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Hayim MS, RD.

Meet one of our fabulous Birthright Israel alumni!

Jodie Katz Weinrib
Birthright Israel Alumni Spotlight

We're beginning to highlight outstanding Birthright Israel alumni on our Israel Experts Magazine and are excited that Lisa is our first!

Lisa was a participant on a Discover Israel trip with Israel Experts in March of 2012. 

Meet Lisa Hayim MS, RD.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am 28, living in NYC.  I grew up in Long Island, and commute back there 2-3 days a week for work.  I am a nutritionist and wellness blogger.    Since my trip, I have graduated from Columbia with my Master’s in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and become a Registered Dietitian.  I have a private practice in both long island and New York City where I see all different sorts of patients! 

What made you want to go on Birthright Israel?

I love to travel.  I did Semester at Sea in College where I visited 13 countries in 6 months.  I had the itch, and Birthright seemed to be the best way to scratch it (at no cost!)

What was your favorite part of the trip?

Meeting the friends I still talk to and sharing an experience that now one else can relate to. 

What impact would you say that trip had on you?

The cultural difference came to life for me.  We were able to see how different a life in Israel is, versus the one we live here in America.  In America, we’re currently terrified of mosquitos who carry the Zika virus.  In Israel, every day they fight much bigger battles, and do not ever change their lives or give in to the fear mongering.

What have you been up to since your trip?

I still keep in touch with many of the people on my trip.  I recently attended a Birthright Alumni Gala in NYC and was blown away by the community.  It’s a brilliant organization which has had a profound effect on many. 

If we haven’t connected, you can find me on Instagram @thewellnecessities, on my blog, or simply on Facebook.  

Are you interested in being a part of our Alumni Spotlight? Contact Jodie at to be featured!


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