What Synagogues, Teachers and Organizations are Saying....

“Naya is an exceptional educator and author whose workshops on antisemitism have been engaging and thought-provoking. Her deep understanding of the historical evolution of antisemitism and its contemporary manifestations is truly remarkable. Naya navigates complex topics like the changing facets of antisemitism, the role that Jewish identity plays in helping us combat antisemitism, and the nuances of Israel’s recent conflicts. Her ability to convey these complex concepts in an accessible manner has helped our congregants grasp the complexities of this issue. Naya is extremely easy to work with and flexible, tailoring workshops for our audience and their needs.  We plan on having Naya back for additional workshops, not only for adults, but also for our teens.”

—Sheila Zelinger

Tikvah Task Force, Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City, CA

“We brought Naya into our community for a Scholar In Residence weekend last month. She presented three times over the course of her visit; each presentation was a slight variation on her main topic of Jew-Hatred throughout history and how to combat it in current times. Naya was extremely well received by the diverse group in attendance. Her presentation was delivered with personal passion, in a clear and accessible way. Even those who thought they knew a lot on the topic walked away with new understanding and perspective. Our survey following Naya’s program produced overwhelmingly positive responses, with the majority of attendees eager to hear Naya speak again. Naya is an important voice on the subject of antisemitism with a deep understanding of the historical context as well as an arsenal of tools to share to combat the scourge in our daily lives. I encourage everyone to do their part in spreading her message.”

—Beata Abraham

Executive Director Congregation Beth Israel Tamid, Milwaukee, WI 

“Naya’s curriculum for Jewish educational non-profits proved so intellectually compelling that I invited Dr. Lekht to lecture my own advanced undergraduate course, “the Politics of Antisemitism” at Kalamazoo College last spring.  There, via Zoom, she took on controversies surrounding anti-Zionism as an expression of antisemitism.  Her manner was at once so accessible, intellectually honest, and compelling that the entire class stayed engaged for over an hour online.  Throughout the remainder of the course, students returned to the lesson she offered, and I subsequently suggested her to other colleagues from campuses throughout the country.  They were no less impressed.   Dr. Lekht has been a true leader: stellar curricular planning originated with her, and the best implementation and results have been realized by her.”

 —Amy Elman 

Professor of Political Science and Weber Professor of Social Science, Kalamazoo College 

“Naya Lekht’s presentation on antisemitism today was nothing short of extraordinary. Her depth of knowledge, engaging delivery, and adeptness at making complex topics accessible to our middle school audience were truly commendable. Naya’s session ranks among the most important workshops we’ve hosted, leaving a lasting impact on our students. Her ability to navigate sensitivity, foster discussion, and inspire responsibility showcases her unique talent. I wholeheartedly recommend Naya as a speaker who not only educates but empowers audiences to stand up and combat antisemitism. A truly invaluable experience for our school community.”

—Michele Andron

General Studies Principal, Emek Hebrew Academy 

“Dr. Naya Lekht was a very big hit with our college students and young professionals. Living through this sensitive time our students felt helpless. She was able to guide them on a journey of facts and to introduce a wealth of knowledge on the subject of the modern state of Israel, as well as the history and the current conflict. She was professional and the students requested to have her back!”

 —Rebecca Salman

Program Director, RAJE NY

“Naya Lekht is a compelling speaker about how to strengthen Jewish and Zionist pride in Jewish youth through education. And she offers solutions for how to free school youth from woke ideology. Her analyses are sharp as a knife and her heart is brave, and full of compassion. Her voice is indispensable in our time.”

 —Evelyn Markus 

Co-host “Never Again Is Now” Podcast 

What Students are Saying....

“Naya is the most impactful teacher I have ever had the pleasure to learn from. I have never had a teacher who is more invested in their students- putting her heart into every lesson and showing up for all of us even outside the classroom. The identifying factor making Naya so special is the fact that she is a critical thinker and gets her students to do so as well. She pushes us out of our own comfort zones to investigate our preconceived notions, mainstream thought, and herd mentality in the classroom (which can be difficult and is the reason she had made a mark on me). In our lessons, Naya encourages us to ask her questions- but not only that, she will ask US questions demanding to go below the surface level. Naya has transformed me as a student and person.”

 —Shaya Keyvanfar

UC Berkeley Class of ‘27

“Naya teaches the Arab-Israeli conflict differently and more powerfully than anyone else. She challenges her students to think outside the box and to prove their points with reasoning. She encourages debate so students develop strong foundations and understanding of why they hold specific beliefs and why they care about Israel and the Jewish people. Naya is the best teacher I’ve ever had. Because of her, I know who I am as a Jew, and I can communicate it to others.”

—Joey Karlan

UC Berkeley Class of ‘27 

“Many teachers inform; she inquires. Many teachers speak, she listens. Many teachers lecture, she educates. The hallmark of being not a good teacher but a superb one lies in the ability to  connect with their students: to bridge the gap, meet them where they are and educate from what they can grasp. Good teachers – rather, outstanding teachers — are measured by their ability to connect, to relate; to light the flame in the hearts of their pupils; to find the little spark untouched and say “hey, let’s work with you”, to inform, to inspire. Quality teaching only begins with the subject; it ends with the students. A great teacher is able to relay not events but ideas; not answers but more questions; not timelines but direction. Dr. Naya Lekht has all of these qualities. It has been more than a privilege to be taught by someone who sees so much – and conveys it so simply. I am only one of many students who feels this way; though you need not ask any more – they will only say the same thing”

 —Jennifer Karlan

Harvard Class of ‘26 

What Parents are Saying...

“My son studied Judaism and Zionism under Naya’s instruction for a few years. Naya’s insight, knowledge, analysis, and ability to deliver complicated material always resonated with students. I see my son armed with this knowledge against uneducated anti-Semitic attacks at college. Naya has always been an inspiring mentor and a supportive teacher.”

 —Sasha Kaminsky


“Being able to help someone learn something and learn about Jewish identity, history, to debate is a talent! We are so lucky that our daughter was Naya’s student for many years. We see results in nowadays where Jewish students all over US feel threatened and scared. Maya remains a proud Jew and debates at school very politely but sharply, exactly the way Naya taught her! With Naya’s guidance, our daughter has developed into a confident and capable teenager. We don’t have enough words to appreciate Naya Lekht! We won big time having Naya as Maya’s teacher!”

—Alex & Emma Kaushansky


“Naya combines warmth and wisdom as she educates and empowers the next Jewish generation. My 9th and 12th graders had the privilege of learning Jewish history, values, and ethics from Naya. This has strengthened their Jewish pride and moral compass. She leaves her audience enlightened and wanting to learn more.”

 —Diana Blum


“Naya is a deep well of knowledge and is a heart on two feet! About Zionism you could say Naya knows it all but in a lot of ways, you could also say there’s a lot of people like that, but she knows how to talk to your heart as well. Naya knows how to speak to teach each and everyone one of us to make us understand Zionism, being Jewish, having each other‘s back, using our antennas, challenging us. Naya taught my daughter, my teenager who at first refused to learn anything, now she is a vibrant, devoted, courageous Zionist defender of Israel. She made her understand where she comes from ,why the world can be like this today! Things that parents cannot do alone. Teenagers relate to her, she’s always available for them, and she truly loves them. They know it and they can feel it and parents do too! As I am myself a Sephardic Jew from Europe who grew up with antisemitism, your children, your teenagers need people like Naya in their lives. The Jews and the world need more people like Naya Lekht.”

  —Karin Newman


“When I sat in a room of adults for a presentation by Naya on why it was essential for my child to learn about Zionism, I wanted to become a student myself! Her passion, her vibe, her ability to articulate what was happening on college campuses 3 years ago is basically what we are all looking at now! So while people are shocked, I’m not and neither were my kids! They were prepared!  They had the history- the words- the ability to debate and shut down empty rhetoric. Naya posts on social media, her papers are published, her quotes are re-tweeted. Every single time I see anything with Naya’s name, I stop, I read, I give thanks that my kids had this opportunity to learn from someone who is so informed, so passionate, so able to teach!!! All that, and she shared it with them! Now I have two kids who are such proud Zionists! They can take on the world.”

—Chantal Rubin


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