Faculty

  • Rabbi Yonah Berman

    Rabbi Yonah Berman

    Dean of Rabbinic Initiatives

    A Teaneck, New Jersey, native, Rabbi Yonah Berman is passionate about Israel, the Jewish community, and Jewish learning. Rabbi Berman studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, received his BA in psychology at Yeshiva University and served in the IDF Tank Corps., receiving honors for excellence in training. After receiving semikha in 2007 from YCT, Rabbi Berman served as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Canada for 5 years. He then married Dr. Rachel Stein and joined her in Boston, where he served as Rabbi of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Orthodox Rabbi of Harvard Hillel and as an Orthodox member of the Jewish Life Team at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. Rabbi Berman loves learning and teaching Torah and has taught various courses and topics through Limmud, Hebrew College, Kevah, Maayan and Camp Yavneh. Rabbi Berman has returned to YCT to help build the Yeshiva by attracting and training a new generation of excellent Orthodox rabbis to serve the Jewish community.

    To get in touch:
    212-666-0036 ext. 110
    yberman@yctorah.org

    Dean of Rabbinic Initiatives

    A Teaneck, New Jersey, native, Rabbi Yonah Berman is passionate about Israel, the Jewish community, and Jewish learning. Rabbi Berman studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, received his BA in psychology at Yeshiva University and served in the IDF Tank Corps., receiving honors for excellence in training. After receiving semikha in 2007 from YCT, Rabbi Berman served as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Canada for 5 years. He then married Dr. Rachel Stein and joined her in Boston, where he served as Rabbi of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Orthodox Rabbi of Harvard Hillel and as an Orthodox member of the Jewish Life Team at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. Rabbi Berman loves learning and teaching Torah and has taught various courses and topics through Limmud, Hebrew College, Kevah, Maayan and Camp Yavneh. Rabbi Berman has returned to YCT to help build the Yeshiva by attracting and training a new generation of excellent Orthodox rabbis to serve the Jewish community.

    To get in touch:
    212-666-0036 ext. 110
    yberman@yctorah.org

  • Dr. Michelle Friedman, M.D.

    Dr. Michelle Friedman, M.D.

    Sharon and Steven Lieberman Chair of Pastoral Counseling
    Dr. Michelle Friedman is the Founder of the Sharon and Steven Lieberman Chair in Pastoral Counseling. She received an MD from the NYU School of Medicine and has completed advanced training at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research. Dr. Friedman is a highly respected psychiatrist who focuses on the Jewish community and has a special interest in the rabbinate and pastoral counseling. In addition to her private practice and her role at YCT, Dr. Friedman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.
    Sharon and Steven Lieberman Chair of Pastoral Counseling

    Dr. Michelle Friedman is the Founder of the Sharon and Steven Lieberman Chair in Pastoral Counseling. She received an MD from the NYU School of Medicine and has completed advanced training at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research. Dr. Friedman is a highly respected psychiatrist who focuses on the Jewish community and has a special interest in the rabbinate and pastoral counseling. In addition to her private practice and her role at YCT, Dr. Friedman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.
  • Rabbi Shmuel Hain

    Rabbi Shmuel Hain

    Rebbe

    Rabbi Shmuel Hain is an adjunct faculty member at YCT where he teaches Hilchot Aveilut with an emphasis on integrating halakhic and pastoral perspectives. He is a pulpit rabbi, educator, and scholar. Under his leadership, YIOZ of North Riverdale/Yonkers has transformed into a vibrant community synagogue and embarked on a major expansion project. As Rosh Beit Midrash at SAR High School, he directs the graduate Beit Midrash Fellowship and teaches advanced Judaic Studies classes. He is also Co-Director of Machon Siach at SAR High School, a research institute for high school educators.

    Rabbi Hain was awarded the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) for the 2020-2021 academic year and he will be a Visiting Scholar at CJS during the Spring 2022 semester. His research and teaching at Harvard emerged from his teaching Aveilut at YCT. He has previously co-authored and edited several volumes of Torah and academic scholarship, including a volume in The Orthodox Forum series entitled The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy (Ktav: 2012).

    Rabbi Hain graduated with honors from Yeshiva College with a BA in Psychology and studied both Medieval Jewish History and Talmud at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was an inaugural fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon at RIETS, where he was ordained in 2001 and where he taught advanced Talmud classes to semikha and undergraduate students from 2000-2012. From 2005-2011, he served as Rosh Beit Midrash of the Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Hain also previously served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center in Manhattan and as Rabbinic Assistant at the Young Israel of Woodmere.

    Rebbe

    Rabbi Shmuel Hain is an adjunct faculty member at YCT where he teaches Hilchot Aveilut with an emphasis on integrating halakhic and pastoral perspectives. He is a pulpit rabbi, educator, and scholar. Under his leadership, YIOZ of North Riverdale/Yonkers has transformed into a vibrant community synagogue and embarked on a major expansion project. As Rosh Beit Midrash at SAR High School, he directs the graduate Beit Midrash Fellowship and teaches advanced Judaic Studies classes. He is also Co-Director of Machon Siach at SAR High School, a research institute for high school educators.

    Rabbi Hain was awarded the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) for the 2020-2021 academic year and he will be a Visiting Scholar at CJS during the Spring 2022 semester. His research and teaching at Harvard emerged from his teaching Aveilut at YCT. He has previously co-authored and edited several volumes of Torah and academic scholarship, including a volume in The Orthodox Forum series entitled The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy (Ktav: 2012).

    Rabbi Hain graduated with honors from Yeshiva College with a BA in Psychology and studied both Medieval Jewish History and Talmud at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was an inaugural fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon at RIETS, where he was ordained in 2001 and where he taught advanced Talmud classes to semikha and undergraduate students from 2000-2012. From 2005-2011, he served as Rosh Beit Midrash of the Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Hain also previously served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center in Manhattan and as Rabbinic Assistant at the Young Israel of Woodmere.

  • Rabbi Ysoscher Katz

    Rabbi Ysoscher Katz

    Chair, Department of Talmud
    Rabbi Ysoscher Katz received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Yechezkel Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer. Rabbi Katz studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beit Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha'ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and SAR High School. He was a leading teacher of a daf yomi class in Boro Park for over eight years. He is also the Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, New York.
    Chair, Department of Talmud

    Rabbi Ysoscher Katz received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Yechezkel Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer. Rabbi Katz studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beit Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha'ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and SAR High School. He was a leading teacher of a daf yomi class in Boro Park for over eight years. He is also the Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Rabbi Dov Linzer

    Rabbi Dov Linzer

    President & Rosh HaYeshiva, Norman & Tova Bulow Chair

    Rabbi Dov Linzer is the President and Rosh HaYeshiva of YCT Rabbinical School. Having served as YCT’s Rosh HaYeshiva for over 20 years, Rabbi Linzer became its President in 2019 and assumed both the institutional and Torah-based leadership of YCT. In this dual capacity, Rabbi Linzer has set the vision for YCT as a Center of Torah and Torah Leadership, and, with an amazing team of colleagues and partners, oversees its growth, reach, and further development.

    An acclaimed Torah and halakha scholar, Rabbi Linzer has been a leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 25 years. He has published over 100 teshuvot (responsa) and scholarly Torah articles, and hosts a number of highly popular Torah podcasts.

    In his capacity as a mentor, Rabbi Linzer provides religious guidance to the yeshiva’s students and the over 150 YCT-ordained rabbis who are serving in the field. He answers hundreds of halakhic questions from YCT rabbis and broader community each year, which are available to the public on his blog, psak.yctorah.org.

    To get in touch:
    212-666-0036 ext. 102
    dlinzer@yctorah.org

    President & Rosh HaYeshiva, Norman & Tova Bulow Chair

    Rabbi Dov Linzer is the President and Rosh HaYeshiva of YCT Rabbinical School. Having served as YCT’s Rosh HaYeshiva for over 20 years, Rabbi Linzer became its President in 2019 and assumed both the institutional and Torah-based leadership of YCT. In this dual capacity, Rabbi Linzer has set the vision for YCT as a Center of Torah and Torah Leadership, and, with an amazing team of colleagues and partners, oversees its growth, reach, and further development.

    An acclaimed Torah and halakha scholar, Rabbi Linzer has been a leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 25 years. He has published over 100 teshuvot (responsa) and scholarly Torah articles, and hosts a number of highly popular Torah podcasts.

    In his capacity as a mentor, Rabbi Linzer provides religious guidance to the yeshiva’s students and the over 150 YCT-ordained rabbis who are serving in the field. He answers hundreds of halakhic questions from YCT rabbis and broader community each year, which are available to the public on his blog, psak.yctorah.org.

    To get in touch:
    212-666-0036 ext. 102
    dlinzer@yctorah.org

  • Miriam Schacter, LCSW

    Miriam Schacter, LCSW

    Director of Field Training & Student Professional Development Coordinator
    Miriam Schacter joined the faculty of YCT in 2008. She also has a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and supervises psychologists and clinical social workers who present case material weekly at supervisory meetings. Ms. Schacter is a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work and completed her psychoanalytic training at the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training in 1990. She worked at the Rockland County Community Mental Health Center as the Director of GAP, the Growth Advancement Program, a day treatment program which received national acclaim, and served on the faculty of the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training from 1992 to 1996.
    Director of Field Training & Student Professional Development Coordinator

    Miriam Schacter joined the faculty of YCT in 2008. She also has a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and supervises psychologists and clinical social workers who present case material weekly at supervisory meetings. Ms. Schacter is a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work and completed her psychoanalytic training at the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training in 1990. She worked at the Rockland County Community Mental Health Center as the Director of GAP, the Growth Advancement Program, a day treatment program which received national acclaim, and served on the faculty of the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training from 1992 to 1996.
  • Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff

    Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff

    Rebbe & Interim Dean

    Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff teaches Talmud and Halakha and is the Director of Community Learning. He learned for two years at Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati at Ein Tzurim before majoring in history at the University of California in Berkeley. Following graduation from Berkeley he spent several years in Israel doing graduate coursework in the Hebrew University Talmud Department and learning in various Batei Midrash in Jerusalem. He trained at Chovevei after spending a year as a Judaic Studies teacher at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, California and graduated in 2014. He is presently the project director of the Torat Chovevei Community Learning Project which seeks to spread Chovevei’s message of openness and sensitivity in scholarship to communities across the United States.

    Rebbe & Interim Dean

    Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff teaches Talmud and Halakha and is the Director of Community Learning. He learned for two years at Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati at Ein Tzurim before majoring in history at the University of California in Berkeley. Following graduation from Berkeley he spent several years in Israel doing graduate coursework in the Hebrew University Talmud Department and learning in various Batei Midrash in Jerusalem. He trained at Chovevei after spending a year as a Judaic Studies teacher at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, California and graduated in 2014. He is presently the project director of the Torat Chovevei Community Learning Project which seeks to spread Chovevei’s message of openness and sensitivity in scholarship to communities across the United States.

  • Rabbi Avi Weiss

    Rabbi Avi Weiss

    Founding President

    Rabbi Avi Weiss founded Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 1999. He is also the founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-the Bayit, a congregation of 850 families in Bronx, New York, founder of Yeshivat Maharat, and the co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF).  Rav Avi served as National Chairman of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) from 1982 to 1991 and subsequently as the National President of AMCHA – the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, raising a voice of moral conscience on behalf of the Jewish people and humankind throughout the world. He is the author of Women at Prayer: A Halakhic Analysis of Women’s Prayer Groups, Spiritual Activism: A Jewish Guide to Leadership and Repairing the World, Open Up the Iron Door: Memoirs of a Soviet Jewry Activist, and Journey to Open Orthodoxy. His new book, Torat Ahavah: Loving Torah will be published this year.

    To get in touch:
    718-796-4730 ext. 102
    aweiss@yctorah.org

    Founding President

    Rabbi Avi Weiss founded Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 1999. He is also the founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-the Bayit, a congregation of 850 families in Bronx, New York, founder of Yeshivat Maharat, and the co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF).  Rav Avi served as National Chairman of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) from 1982 to 1991 and subsequently as the National President of AMCHA – the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, raising a voice of moral conscience on behalf of the Jewish people and humankind throughout the world. He is the author of Women at Prayer: A Halakhic Analysis of Women’s Prayer Groups, Spiritual Activism: A Jewish Guide to Leadership and Repairing the World, Open Up the Iron Door: Memoirs of a Soviet Jewry Activist, and Journey to Open Orthodoxy. His new book, Torat Ahavah: Loving Torah will be published this year.

    To get in touch:
    718-796-4730 ext. 102
    aweiss@yctorah.org

Adjunct Faculty

  • Dr. Seth Aronson, Psy.D.

    Dr. Seth Aronson, Psy.D.

    Dr. Seth Aronson, Psy.D., is the Director of Curriculum, Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. He also teaches in the doctoral program at Long Island University, supervising doctoral students there and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of articles on topics such as the analyst’s mourning, bereavement, wearing a yarmulke while working as a psychoanalyst, and adolescent group therapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City. Dr. Aronson has led process groups at YCT for 12 years.

    Dr. Seth Aronson, Psy.D., is the Director of Curriculum, Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. He also teaches in the doctoral program at Long Island University, supervising doctoral students there and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of articles on topics such as the analyst’s mourning, bereavement, wearing a yarmulke while working as a psychoanalyst, and adolescent group therapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City. Dr. Aronson has led process groups at YCT for 12 years.

  • Rabbi Steven Exler

    Rabbi Steven Exler

    Rabbi Steven Exler serves as Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit, a large open Orthodox synagogue in the Bronx. He grew up in Baltimore, MD, has a B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School, and has studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, in the Yeshiva University Beit Midrash and at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa. His ordination is from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He sits on the Rabbinic Advisory Boards of Eshel, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat. He is the proud husband of Shira Billet and abba of Ilan Shmuel, Talya Adira, Yair Lev and Aviv Raanan.

    Rabbi Steven Exler serves as Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit, a large open Orthodox synagogue in the Bronx. He grew up in Baltimore, MD, has a B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School, and has studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, in the Yeshiva University Beit Midrash and at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa. His ordination is from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He sits on the Rabbinic Advisory Boards of Eshel, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat. He is the proud husband of Shira Billet and abba of Ilan Shmuel, Talya Adira, Yair Lev and Aviv Raanan.
  • Rabbi Jeffrey Fox

    Rabbi Jeffrey Fox

    Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat, was the first graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Upon graduation he served as the Rabbi of Kehilat Kesher: The Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englewood for seven years. In Rabbi Fox’s tenure at Kesher, the community grew three-fold from thirty families to nearly one hundred. During that time Rabbi Fox also taught at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as well as the Florence Melton Adult Education School in Bergen County. He also served on the board of the Synagogue Leadership Initiative of the UJA of NNJ. Rabbi Fox is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and has also been a member of the faculty of the Drisha Institute, the Florence Melton Adult Education School in Westchester County, and Yeshivat Hadar.

    Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat, was the first graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Upon graduation he served as the Rabbi of Kehilat Kesher: The Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englewood for seven years. In Rabbi Fox’s tenure at Kesher, the community grew three-fold from thirty families to nearly one hundred. During that time Rabbi Fox also taught at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as well as the Florence Melton Adult Education School in Bergen County. He also served on the board of the Synagogue Leadership Initiative of the UJA of NNJ. Rabbi Fox is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and has also been a member of the faculty of the Drisha Institute, the Florence Melton Adult Education School in Westchester County, and Yeshivat Hadar.
  • Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

    Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

    Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg has served in the Orthodox Rabbinate, notably of the Riverdale Jewish Center, in academia (associate professor of History, Yeshiva University; Professor of Jewish Studies at City College City University of New York), and Jewish communal life (Founding President, CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Founding President Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation.) A pioneer in Holocaust education and commemoration as well as in the Jewish Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology in light of the Shoah, he has written extensively on Jewish Theology, the ethics of Jewish Power, Jewish Christian relations, and religious and cultural pluralism. He is the author of The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays (just re-issued as Touchstone paperback), Living in the Image of God (Jason Aronson, 1988) and For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter of Judaism and Christianity (Jewish Publications Society 2004), and numerous monographs and articles.

    Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg has served in the Orthodox Rabbinate, notably of the Riverdale Jewish Center, in academia (associate professor of History, Yeshiva University; Professor of Jewish Studies at City College City University of New York), and Jewish communal life (Founding President, CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Founding President Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation.) A pioneer in Holocaust education and commemoration as well as in the Jewish Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology in light of the Shoah, he has written extensively on Jewish Theology, the ethics of Jewish Power, Jewish Christian relations, and religious and cultural pluralism. He is the author of The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays (just re-issued as Touchstone paperback), Living in the Image of God (Jason Aronson, 1988) and For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter of Judaism and Christianity (Jewish Publications Society 2004), and numerous monographs and articles.
  • Rabbi Yonah Hain

    Rabbi Yonah Hain

    Rabbi Yonah Hain is the Campus Rabbi at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, part of Columbia University's Office of Religious Life. He previously served on the rabbinic staff at the NYU Bronfman Center. 

    Rabbi Hain impacts Jewish campus life throughout North America by serving as faculty for the Shalom Hartman Institute, where he develops and teaches the Jewish educational content of immersive study experiences for university students and Hillel professionals. He has taught extensively in Israel and the U.S., and has begun coursework towards a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics.

    Rabbi Hain is adjunct faculty at YCT Rabbinical School, where he focuses on work surrounding internships, professional rabbinic training and Israel education.

    Rabbi Yonah Hain is the Campus Rabbi at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, part of Columbia University's Office of Religious Life. He previously served on the rabbinic staff at the NYU Bronfman Center. 

    Rabbi Hain impacts Jewish campus life throughout North America by serving as faculty for the Shalom Hartman Institute, where he develops and teaches the Jewish educational content of immersive study experiences for university students and Hillel professionals. He has taught extensively in Israel and the U.S., and has begun coursework towards a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics.

    Rabbi Hain is adjunct faculty at YCT Rabbinical School, where he focuses on work surrounding internships, professional rabbinic training and Israel education.

  • Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot

    Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot

    Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is the Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at SAR High School and is the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. He is a member of YCT's faculty in the Department of Bible and Jewish Thought and is the convener of the department's Yemei Iyun. Rabbi Helfgot was previously Director of the Judaic Studies Curriculum at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. He is the author of Divrei Berakah U'Moed - Halkhic Essays on the Topics of Holidays and Blessings, and the editor of Community, Covenant, and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and The YCT Companion to the Book of Samuel. In addition, he has served as editor of several journals.

    Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is the Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at SAR High School and is the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. He is a member of YCT's faculty in the Department of Bible and Jewish Thought and is the convener of the department's Yemei Iyun. Rabbi Helfgot was previously Director of the Judaic Studies Curriculum at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. He is the author of Divrei Berakah U'Moed - Halkhic Essays on the Topics of Holidays and Blessings, and the editor of Community, Covenant, and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and The YCT Companion to the Book of Samuel. In addition, he has served as editor of several journals.
  • Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz

    Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz

    Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz is a full time Judaic Studies teacher at SAR High School. She is also a member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America faculty. She received her PhD in Midrash from the University of Pennsylvania, is a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle. Dr. Jacobowitz co-wrote a gender sensitive Shmot curriculum for JOFA, and has been on the faculty at Drisha and Me'ah NYC.

    Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz is a full time Judaic Studies teacher at SAR High School. She is also a member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America faculty. She received her PhD in Midrash from the University of Pennsylvania, is a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle. Dr. Jacobowitz co-wrote a gender sensitive Shmot curriculum for JOFA, and has been on the faculty at Drisha and Me'ah NYC.
  • Dr. Aaron Koller

    Dr. Aaron Koller

    Aaron Koller is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies the ancient world of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East, especially material culture, language, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2014).Professor Koller is interested in life as it was lived in ancient times, and finds that studying the languages of ancient times provide windows into all sorts of issues. He is interested especially in Near Eastern cultures from the late Bronze Age through rabbinic literature. He lives in Queens with his wife, Shira Hecht-Koller, and their children.

    Aaron Koller is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies the ancient world of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East, especially material culture, language, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2014).Professor Koller is interested in life as it was lived in ancient times, and finds that studying the languages of ancient times provide windows into all sorts of issues. He is interested especially in Near Eastern cultures from the late Bronze Age through rabbinic literature. He lives in Queens with his wife, Shira Hecht-Koller, and their children.
  • Rabbi Mishael Zion

    Rabbi Mishael Zion

    Rabbi Mishael Zion is a founding faculty member of Rikmah: The YCT Beit Midrash for Rabbinic Leadership in Israel, and the Director of the Mandel Leadership Institute’s Program for Leadership in Israeli Jewish Culture, where he works with leaders in Jewish community, culture and education in Israel. He served as co-Director and rabbi of the Bronfman Fellowships, a leadership program for outstanding young Jewish people in Israel and North America. Together with his father, Noam Zion, he is the author of Halaila Hazeh: An Israeli Haggadah and A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices. Mishael holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York. He has served as a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in New York, and has been a visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Elana, a neuroscientist, and their four daughters. Together they founded the Klausner Minyan, a partnership minyan in Talpiot.

    Rabbi Mishael Zion is a founding faculty member of Rikmah: The YCT Beit Midrash for Rabbinic Leadership in Israel, and the Director of the Mandel Leadership Institute’s Program for Leadership in Israeli Jewish Culture, where he works with leaders in Jewish community, culture and education in Israel. He served as co-Director and rabbi of the Bronfman Fellowships, a leadership program for outstanding young Jewish people in Israel and North America. Together with his father, Noam Zion, he is the author of Halaila Hazeh: An Israeli Haggadah and A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices. Mishael holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York. He has served as a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in New York, and has been a visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Elana, a neuroscientist, and their four daughters. Together they founded the Klausner Minyan, a partnership minyan in Talpiot.