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Professor Chana Abramowitz is an award-winning Art Director and Graphic Designer with 15 years of experience working in Advertising and Design agencies in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queens College, where she studied fine art and photography, and continued her studies in advertising and design at the School of Visual Arts and 101 The Ad School. She is currently teaching and freelancing in Yerushalayim, where she lives with her family.
Mendel Breitstein grew up in Maryland and now lives in Bet El with his wife Abby and their children Aryeh, Ezra, Noam, Meital, Amram, and Tehilla. He received his B.A. (English) from the University of Maryland, and his M.A. (Jewish history) and Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. He presently works primarily as an educator in the Jerusalem area, as well as doing some freelance cartooning for the Jerusalem Post. He enjoys learning, reading, doodling, and making up bizarre stories to entertain his children.
Dayan Shlomo Cohen, originally from London, England, spent many years learning in Yeshivat Hanegev in Netivot, followed by close to a decade studying dayanut under Dayan Ezra Basri. Dayan Cohen has been a dayan at the Beit Din Ahavat Shalom of Rav Yaakov Hillel since 2005. He is a sought after lecturer of monetary halacha and Choshen Mishpat, and is the author of Pure Money: A Straightforward Guide to Jewish Monetary Law.
Dayan Cohen combines his clear style with years of practical experience adjudicating financial disputes to create a vital course on the particulars of proper business conduct.
Judge Ordination. Graduate of Instittute of Monetary Law, Yeshivat Hanegev, and City of London Polytechnic. Rabbi Cohen teaches Law and Ethics I and II.
Mrs. Tziril Lea Duschinsky earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry at Brooklyn College and holds a NYS Teacher Certificate. As an educator for over 15 years, she has taught chemistry, physics and other sciences to a diverse student body in both public and private school settings.
Rabbi Eliyahu Goodman earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics at Touro College and his Master's Degree in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University. He also holds a Smicha Degree from the Rabbinical Seminary of America. Raised in New York City, he now resides with his wife and 3 children in Beit Shemesh Israel. He has worked in education for over 20 years in both the United States and Israel. Rabbi Goodman currently serves as a Lecturer at Beis Midrash Nachalas Yisrael Yitzchak in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel.
Sarri Nayman, LMSW originally from Brooklyn, NY received her MSW from New York University’s School of Social Work and then went on to do post graduate training in both family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Prior to moving to Israel she worked as a therapist in outpatient mental health. For the past 8 years she has been the Director of the Student Guidance Center at Michlalah Jerusalem College (Machal) and maintains a small private practice in Jerusalem.
Professor Hava Preil attended Michlala College for Women, Stern College for Women, and Machon Lander. She has taught Jewish studies at Shulamith Middle School, Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirch, and Shaalvim for Women. Mrs. Preil has an enthusiasm and excitement for Torah study which she shares with her students. Her goal in studying and teaching Judaic Studies has always been to use the lessons learned to develop oneself into an inspired, ethical, and committed Jew.
MA, Judaic Science. Graduate of Machon Lander and Yeshiva University Stern College for Women. Mrs. Preil is an instructor of Judaic Studies.
Professor Chana Prero, originally from New York, is an energetic and creative teacher of Torah. For several years, Mrs. Prero has been teaching basic Parshanut, Biblical commentary, to English-speakers with limited knowledge of Torah texts. Mrs. Prero blends sophisticated analysis of texts with the introduction and exploration of basic Torah concepts, creating a stimulating class for anyone interested in delving into Torah study, regardless of past experience.
MA, Biology Education. Graduate of City College of New York and Lander College for Women. Initial New York State teaching license. Mrs. Prero teaches Environmental Science, Biology, and Parsha Learning Group.
Professor Joseph Reichman, MBA, is a graduate of Baruch College and Touro College. He has been involved in a variety of business and educational ventures and currently is an executive at Multimedia Educational Services. Professor Reichman lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and family.
David Reiffman has been developing and managing educational websites and teaching Information Technology for over 20 years. Originally from Chicago, he now lives in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Hillel Rudolph graduated from Yeshiva University, with a BA in Computers for Business, an MA in Education Superivision and Semicha. He has been involved in higher education, teaching and managing online academic programs for the last ten years. He lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with his wife and seven kids.
Professor Rina Schwartz has an MS in Computer Information Systems Management from the University of Phoenix. She has been teaching various subjects for over 20 years. Ms. Schwartz first started teaching in the late 1980s when she taught Meteorology in the US Navy for many years. Later Ms. Schwartz taught high school and college level classes in Computers and Spanish. Before working as a teacher, Ms. Schwartz worked as a Business Systems Analyst for a major hospital system in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Schwartz also practices graphic design. Some of her work can be seen at her online portfolio: http://rinadschwartz8.wixsite.
Professor Amy Styer Barda, originally from Houston, Texas, has a
M.Phil in International Peace Studies from the University of Dublin, Ireland.
She received English teaching certification from the David Yellin Teachers College in Jerusalem
and has been working in the Israeli school system for the past four years.
Previously she worked as a news editor and technical writer in New York City. She enjoys teaching
her students the nuances of English writing.
Some of our courses are listed without a teacher, as we are still building our faculty. As each course is offered, we will add the relevant faculty information for that course.
Professor Goldi Thalheim attended Queens College where she received her degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. She has been working in the design field for the past 6 years for several companies and non-profit organizations, as well as freelance. Mrs. Thalheim enjoys seeing design in daily life and sharing her insights with others.
Professor Tamar Varon is a psychotherapist with 20 years experience in the field of family therapy. She has a Master's degree in counseling and is presently completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
She specializes in the treatment of trauma, abuse, addictions, and eating disorders.
Mrs. Varon founded Machon Sigal- The Creative Counseling Center for Children and Teens and was the director for the Center for Healing Emotional Eating in Jerusalem. She worked in Modiin Ilit as a therapist for Nitza, an organization supporting mothers contending with emotional difficulties related to pregnancy and after childbirth. She worked for Reshet Haganim as a child therapist, and in the elementary school Lemaan Ha Chai, as a therapist for the children with learning difficulties. She developed a social/emotional skills workshop which has been incorporated in the curriculum of schools and clinics both in Israel and in the United States.
She also teaches regular courses in Art, Play, and Drama Therapy, as well as running short term therapy groups for children experiencing emotional trauma.
Mrs. Varon is Certified in Group Facilitation, Treatment of Addictions, is a Certified practitioner of CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is Certified in Art and Drama Therapy. Mrs. Varon is a member of the International Associates for Play Therapists.
A veteran student of Rabbi Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik, Rabbi Hershel Reichman has been a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University for over thirty years. In addition to directing and inspiring hundreds of students in his Talmud class, he has also written six books, entitled Reshimos Shiurim, based on the notes of the Talmud classes of Rabbi Soloveitchik. Additionally, Rabbi Herschel Reichman is a teacher of Hasidism, and is particularly fond of the philosophy of the Shem Mishmuel. He is known for his involvement in many charitable and educational projects on behalf of the Jewish People.
Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen, born in the Midwest and educated at Yeshivas Torah Vodaath, is a well-known Mussar personality who has been inspiring hundreds of students at Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchonon and Camp Morasha for over thirty years. His impassioned message of devotion to G-d and uncompromising loyalty to Truth has impacted the lives of his many students and admirers in an astounding way.
An accomplished Talmid Chachom and veteran educator, Rabbi Avishai David is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivah Torat Shraga in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem. As the founding Dean of Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim and popular lecturer at Michlala Jerusalem, Rabbi David has contributed in a concrete way to the advancement of Jewish women's Torah education.
Rabbi David is well-known for his high-level shiurim, which cover extensive amounts of material in a relatively short time. His shiurim are a unique blend of intellectual stimulation, emotional appeal, and upbeat interaction. His classes both satisfy and challenge the listener, as he shares the depth and beauty of Torah.
A long-time talmid of HaRav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik ztz"l, RabbiDavid applies his rebbe's unique methodology to all the topics that he teaches in his shiurim- Talmud, Navi, Halacha, or Chumash. In explaining Gemara concepts or verses in the Torah, Rabbi David focuses on the nuances and distinctions within a given text, presenting the listener with eye-opening insights and a new perspective on the precision of every word of Torah.
Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg has been teaching at Michalah Jerusalem College for Women for the past sixteen years. He has been on staff at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh at the Kotel for ten years and is currently a Magid Shiur for Shana Bet. He also taught at Darchei Binah seminary for several years. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, as well as from Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchonon.
Rabbi Ginsburg spent six years after high school learning in Eretz Yisroel. During the Bein Hazmanim, he earned a degree from the University of Maryland. He then learned for five years under Rav Schachter at YU while at the same time receiving a Masters in Jewish Education. He taught for several years in Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun and Shevach High School while continuing to learn at Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim. Rabbi Ginsburg and his wife Chana made Aliya in 1995.They are both gratefully involved in raising their family in Ramat Beit Shemesh and teaching Torah.
Internationally renowned as an outstanding scholar of Jewish Studies as well as a gifted lecturer, Rebbetzin Heller (personal website) has been a full-time faculty member of Neve Yerushalayim College in Jerusalem since 1980. Her areas of expertise include textual analysis of Torah, Biblical literature, and Jewish philosophy with an emphasis on the teachings of Maimonides and Maharal. She is also particularly well known for her shiurim and classes devoted to the role of women in Judaism and analysis of the lives of women in the Torah, Bible.
Rebbetzin Heller is distinguished by the unique teaching style of her classes and shiurim. Based on classical sources, her insights on virtually any topic within Jewish studies and Torah flow in a seemingly effortless stream. While leading her listeners along creative new lines of thoughts, she resorts to a disarmingly keen sense of humor to provide practical examples that illustrate and draw personal relevance from even the most abstract concepts.
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson: Rabbi Isaacson is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Shaarei Mevasseret Tzion. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Meretz Kollel.
Rabbi Isaacson brings a unique background and perspective to his shiurim. Prior to embarking on his career in Jewish Education, he was an attorney at a law firm in New York City, and he continues to practice law during his breaks from teaching in the summer. Immediately following his graduation from the New York University School of Law, he clerked for Justice Menachem Elon on the Israeli Supreme Court. There he gained his first perspective on the interplay between Jewish and secular law. Rabbi Isaacson points to his Aliyah in 1995 as a major turning point in his life. He currently lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh with his wife Sharon and their seven children.
Rabbi Moshe N. Reichman studied in a number of Yeshivos in America and Israel and received Semicha from Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim. He has taught Gemara at the high school and post high school levels for the past ten years, and is currently a Maggid Shiur at Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Yerushalayim. His lively, clear presentation of Talmudic concepts, demonstrate the depth of the topics discussed.
Rabbi Moshe N. Reichman studied in a number of Yeshivos in America and Israel and received Semicha fromYeshivas Ohr HaChaim. He has taught Gemara at the high school and post high school levels for the past ten years, and is currently a Maggid Shiur at Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Yerushalayim. Rabbi Reichman's lectures focus on developing analytic thinking and discovering the unique logic in every Gemara. He incorporates the Torah thoughts and systems of thinking of the Brisker approach to learning into his presentation of Talmudic concepts. This, together with his clear and lively presentation of the material, help train his students to refine their thinking skills and understanding of the Talmud.
Mrs. Shira Smiles is a sought after international lecturer, popular seminary teacher, and experienced curriculum developer. Mrs. Smiles (view personal website) is well known for her special teaching style, which seeks to bring understanding of Torah texts through analysis of tens of relevant sources, while making the lessons learned from every verse relevant to her students' lives in her Mrs. Smiles teaches at Darchei Bina Seminary. In addition, Mrs. Smiles leads a number of women's study group classes in Beit Shemesh, Yerushalayim, and Modiin. Mrs. Smiles also trains Torah teachers in special workshops all over the world.
Mrs. Smiles has been using technological sources to spread Torah for many years. She currently teaches a weekly shiur (Torah class) that is broadcast to many cities around the world via satellite hookup, has a direct teleconference shiur with students in LA, and has hundreds of audio shiurim available for download on 613.org, a large audio Torah website.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller has lectured before audiences on five continents, in 40 American States and 24 other countries. People from all backgrounds flock to hear this award-winning author, orator, and educator speak on a wide range of subjects.
Rabbi Teller (personal website) is a popular teacher in numerous Jerusalem Yeshivas and seminaries. As a teacher, Rabbi Teller draws from his thorough knowledge of Torah, Jewish history and thought, specifically the history of our rabbis and leaders, to inspire and uplift his students during his shiurim.
Rabbi Teller is one of the few independent guides who have been licensed by Yad Vashem, the Israel Holocaust Museum, to give tours of their new museum. Rabbi Teller has also been leading groups of Yeshiva students on tours through Eastern Europe for many years. Hanoch Teller's guided tours are unique in their ability to present the events of the Holocaust from a unique, clear and uncompromising perspective, emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims.
Dr. Aharon Goodman received his B.S. from City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yeshiva University. He taught mathematics at Queens College in New York for more than 30 years, and received many commendations for teaching excellence. He is currently teaching courses at the Jerusalem College of Technology.
Professor Binyamin Klempner holds undergraduate degrees in American Literature and Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana and an MSW degree from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. He has worked is a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school settings, addiction recovery centers, and jail-diversion program for convicted felons. In addition to his work as a therapist, Professor. Klempner is the author of several self-help books on topics such as marriage, parenting, and self-awareness.
Professor Lubin holds an MA in Psychology and Education from Columbia University. He has taught numerous psychology courses and worked in Human Resources in a number of businesses. He is currently director of Student Services for the English-speaking students in the Technion University in Haifa. Professor Lubin lives in Haifa, Israel with his wife and family.
Dr. Chani Maybruch is a relationship educator and coach, and the co-founder of TheRelationshipCouple.com. She is also an educational consultant and teacher mentor, providing professional development to teachers and administrators in Jewish schools across North America. She holds a M.A. in Bible from Yeshiva University, a M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Education from Yeshiva University.