A man of varied backgrounds, Ari was a played professionally on the French National Rugby team as well as played professionally in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals football team. He studied at the University of Southern California and worked in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department until he became a film actor appearing in over 100 films and TV shows. He left Hollywood to become an Israeli citizen in 1976.
He met his wife, Shira, and together they, direct the Maoz Israel Ministry. They have led a Messianic congregation in the Tel Aviv area, developed leadership in Israel, sponsoring Messianic conferences, translated materials for discipleship and worked to equip the Messianic believers in the Land.