ATID Alumni

Moshe Abelesz teaches Bible and English at the Ohr Torah Stone High School in Ramot and at the Shalom Hartman High School. He has an MA in Jewish Studies from Jews’ College, London, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of London. Prior to his aliya, Moshe taught Jewish Studies at Immanuel College, London. There he was Deputy Pastoral Head as well as the Director of the Tenach Curriculum.

Rachel Adelman is a Tanakh teacher at Matan, and coordinates the Matan Beit Midrash in Beit Shemesh. A published poet, she holds an MA in Tanakh from Matan/Hebrew University of Baltimore.

Rabbi Meir Arnold teaches at Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah..

Chemy Avnery, an attorney with the Israeli Interior Ministry, studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and has taught Mishpat Ivri.

Orit Avnery is completing an MA in Tanakh from the Hebrew University, and is studying at Matan’s advanced Tanakh program, and has taught at the Amit-Ye’ud program for training young women to teach Jewish Studies.

Shraga Bar-On has been the principal of the Hartman Middle School in Jerusalem. He is currently completing a doctorate in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, and coordinates a Beit Midrash program at the Hartman Institute.

Nechama Barash, a graduate of Matan's advanced Talmud program, teaches in Pardes.

Yaakov Beasley is currently the coordinator of Jewish Studies at the Akiva High School in Minneapolis. He has an MS in Jewish education from Yeshiva University, and is completing his studies toward rabbinic ordination. While he was an ATID Fellow, Ya’akov taught at Yeshivat Shaarei Mevasseret Zion and at Machon Gold. Prior to moving to Israel he taught at the Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ.

Michelle Berkowitz teaches at Midreshet HaRova, has taught in a variety of high school and post-high school programs, and has an MA in education from Yeshiva University.
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Dina Blank teaches at Shaalvim for Women and was for many years on the staff of the Shalem Center. She is completing an M.A in Jewish History from Yeshiva University.

Mali Brofsky is a teacher at Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim and Midreshet Lindenbaum, where she teaches Jewish Philosophy and Tanakh. She has an MA in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University.

Sabrina Cohen Burger, a native of Madrid, has studied and taught in a variety of settings that combine her interest in Judaism and art. She has studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art Design.

Yafit Clymer teaches Tanakh at Matan Jerusalem, Matan Ra'anana, and Emuna Chashmonaim. She holds a BA from the Hebrew University in Jewish History and Education, and an M.A. in Bible. During shlichut she spent 3 years teaching at the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington.

Noa Cohen teaches art and is a homeroom teacher at Ulpanat Neve Chana in Alon Shvut.

Uri Cohen has rabbinic ordination and Master's degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish History from Yeshiva University, studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar, and recently spent two years teaching and studying at the Torah MiTzion Kollel in Syracuse, NY. He teaches at Nishmat.

Rabbi Yisrael Cohn studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar and teaches at Machon Gold and Young Judea’s Shalem program. He has an MA from the University of London (Jews’ College).

Miriam Coren is responsible for the Overseas program at the Beit Midrash leNashim in Migdal Oz.

Shlomit Demsky-Cohen is working towards an MA in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University, and teaches at the Beit Sefer HaMesorati in Jerusalem.

Uri Deutsch is vice-principal at the Ohr Torah Boy's high school in Ramot, and holds an M.A. in education from the Hebrew University.

Rabbi Yoel Domb is a ram and teacher of business ethics at Machon Lev (Jerusalem College of Technology) and a research fellow at the Center for Business Ethics.

Toby Rotenstein Einhorn and her husband are currenty teachers at Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah Synagogue. While in Israel, she taught a variety of subjects at Midreshet Moriah. She has an MA in Bible from Yeshiva University, and previously served as an academic assistant to students at Michlalah (Jerusalem College for Women).

Yossi Eizman is the Principal of the Eretz haTzvi Torani High School in Gilo. Previously he taught in Gan Yavne

Steven Esses, a businessman, is chairman of the school board of Orot Ezion in Efrat and is co-chairman of Nefesh Achat Be’Yisrael.

Rabbi Uri Etigson is a rebbe at Yeshivat Torat Chaim in Jerusalem.

Yoel Finkelman is a teacher at Pelech High School in Rehovot and at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim. He is the assistant editor of the Jewish Spectator, and is nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University.

Daphneh Fishman-Secunda is on the staff of the Center for the Jewish Future at Stern College in New York.

Aharon Frazer is the Director of Brandeis University's Jewish Learning Initiative.

Rabbi Asher Friedman is a rebbe at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah.

Rachel Furst teaches at Matan and Ulpanat Noga and is pursuing doctoral studies in medieval Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received an M.A. from Hebrew University and is a graduate of the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan.

Moshe Genuth is a curriculum advisor and supervisor at Ulpanat Ma'aleh Levona, and is pursuing a doctorate in the philosophy of science at the Hebrew University.

Michal Glatt was the founding educational director of Ramat Sinai Special Needs Institute in Elizabeth, NJ, and holds a Master’s degree from Hunter College.

Naftali Goldberg holds degrees in Art History and an MA in English Literature from the University of London, and has studied and taught at Yeshivat Shaalvim.

Tehilla Goldberg is the founder and director of Sicha, a center for mediation and conflict resolution for the Jewish community, and holds an MA in special education from Columbia University.

Rabbi Yamin Goldsmith (New York/Beit Shemesh) is Director of Shaalvim for Women, was associate principal of SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY, and is completing a doctorate from Columbia University's Teachers College. Last year he was a Ram in Yeshivat Nachshon High School outside of Beit Shemesh.

Jonathan Goldstein is the Director of Business Development at InnoMed Ventures, a Jerusalem-based Venture Capitalist group focusing on early-stage Israeli medical- related innovations. Additionally, Jonathan is active in his local community, giving regular weekly Gemara and Parasha shiurim, based on his extensive informal Jewish Education activities in the UK, US, Scandinavia and Israel.

Semadar Goldstein is an elementary and junior high school teacher of Tanach and EFL (English as a foreign language) in Dugma Boys’ School and Evelina de Rothschild in Jerusalem. Prior to her aliyah, she taught Tanach in the US at the Yeshiva of Flatbush Middle Division and in Hillel Torah Day School in Chicago. She holds a BA from Stern College and an MA in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University.

Anne Gordon taught at the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School and at the Midreshet HaRova.

Elisheva Gordon taught at the Michlalah and other midrashot, and currently moderates parenting groups and counsels in the field of family therapy.

Joel Guberman is a pediatric occupational therapist and the co-founder and director of Ptil Tekhelet, the Association for the Promotion and Distribution of Tekhelet. Husband and father of eight, he is currently studying family therapy at Hebrew University.

Sharona Margolin Halikmam is the founder of Torat Reva Jerusalem and the director of its year-abroad Midrasha for American students.

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy teaches and is Director of Admissions at Pardes, and earned her Ph.D. in Talmud from NYU.

Avital Hochstein is working toward an MA in Talmud from the Hebrew University,  is a fellow at the Hartman Institute and teaches Talmud at Machon Pardes.

Ami Hordes is Director of Beit Danny, the educational wing of Kehillat Moriah, an Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem's Katamon neighborhood. He is a member of the Bar in New York and Israel, and practices corporate law in Jerusalem.

Tamar Hordes is a physical therapist and a participant in Matan's Beit Midrash program. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Jewish Studies from Stern College.

Rnana Ilan has been a faculty person at "Bamidbar", a creative Beit Midrash in Yerucham. She is completing a Ph.D. at Bar-Ilan University, and works as a trainer of tour guide-educators.

Elad Isboutsky is project manager for Maagalim at the Yedidim Institute to prevent school dropout in the religious community.

Penina Joel has been a special education teacher at SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY, and most recently at the Moriah School of Englewood, NJ. She holds a Master’s degree in education from the Bank Street School.

Rabbi Rafi Kadosh is currently the rabbi of Cong. Shirah Chadashah in Capetown, where he also served as Rosh Kollel.

Nadav Kidron, a lawyer by training, is the international chairman of Yavneh Olami, is a founder of Nafka Mina, a volunteer and Torah study organization for young adults, and has been a Torah MiZion kollel fellow in Manhattan and Cape Town.

Rabbi Jason Knapel was the Assistant Principal at the Hillel Yeshiva High School in New Jersey, and is currently the Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshivat Shvilei HaTorah in Jerusalem.

Tavi Koslowe is a teacher at the Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ, where he also serves as Diretcor of Studnet Activities. He has an MA in education from Yeshiva University, where he is also completed rabbinic ordination, and is the educational director of Camp Stone in Cleveland.

Dena Lehrman, an occupational therapist and a patent-holder, is on the staff of Beit Hamelamdim, where she serves as an educational game developer.

Moshe Lichtman is on the faculty of Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion and its women’s division, Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY). He also teaches at the Bnot Chayil Seminary for Women. Rabbi Lichtman has an MA in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate Institute and rabbinic ordination from both Yeshiva University (RIETS) and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He recently published a translation of the monumental work, Eim HaBanim Semeichah, and plans on translating other important works on Religious Zionism.

Rabbi Ori Lifshits is a Ram in Yeshivat Siach, and coordinates the "Lifneihem" Beit Midrash.

Adina Luber, currently a scholar in Matan's Advanced Talmud program, is a member of the Israeli Bar Association, and has clerked for the State Attorney's office in Jerusalem.

Udi Marili teaches in Jerusalem’s Moriah High School, and is completing an MA in education from Bar-Ilan University. He has experience in working with at-risk youth, and served in Chicago’s Torah MiZion kollel.

Renana Miklatzky has an M.A. in educational counseling, participates in Matan's advanced Tanakh program, and coordinates the national service program for Aminadav.

Dina Nagar, a graduate of Matan's advanced Talmud program, teaches at the Tehilla School in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Yitzhak Neriyah is the Rosh yeshiva of the Or Etzion High School, and formerly served as the Torah MiTzaion Rosh Kollel in Montreal.

Michael Olshin is a Rebbe and Director of Programming at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim. He is also the Head Counselor of the Teen Program in Camp Mesorah and has an MA from Yeshiva University in Secondary Jewish Education.

Ian Pear is the director of the Hillel at Tel-Aviv University. He possesses rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Gruss Kollel, has a law degree from New York University, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown. He served as a rabbinic intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY, and in a wide range of communal and volunteer organizations.

Dorona Reingold taught Torah She-ba'al Peh at the Evelina de Rothchild 
junior high school in Jerusalem, and currently teaches English in Haifa.  She has a BA in Psychology and Jewish History, as well as a teacher's  certificate in History, from Bar Ilan University.

David Riffkin holds an MA in Jewish Studies from Jew's College, London, and has been the Head of Jewish Studies at the Herzlia High School in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rabbi Avi Rokach is the Rosh Yeshiva of Amit-Amichai High School in Rechovot.

Rabbi Zev Rosenfield is a Ram and pedagogy coordinator at Yeshivat Ner Tamid in Chashmonaim.

Aminadav Routenberg teaches Jewish studies and Literature in Himmelfarb High School and at Yeshivat Mekor Chaim.

Bracha Rutner is completing both an MA in Talmud from the Hebrew University as well as the Jewish Family Law program at Nishmat.

Rabbi Bezalel Safra was ordained by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and teaches in the Mechinah Kdam Zvai’it in Nokdim. He studied for many years in Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim, and has a teacher’s certificate from Michlelet Lifshitz

Ilana Goldstein Saks has an MA in Bible from Bar-Ilan University, where she wrote a thesis focusing on Midrash, and a BA in Religion from Barnard College, NY. She studied as a Bruriah Scholar for a number of years, and has taught  Tanakh and Midrash at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Midreshet HaRova. She is currently on the faculty of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Noam Samet is a Ram in Yeshivat Siach in Efrat.

Elisheva Sasson teaches grades 1-2 in the Lashon Limudim Experimental School in Ofra.

Aliza Segal currently teaches Bible and Jewish Law at MMY and Nishmat. She holds an MA in Bible from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and was recently certified as a yo`etzet halakhah, through Nishmat’s Keren Ariel program which trains women in the area of taharat hamishpahah.

Ari Shames, the assistant director of Midreshet HaRova, has rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and a degree in psychology from Bar-Ilan.

Emily Shapiro is on the faculty of Midreshet Moriah, where she also assumes administrative responsibilities. She was previously a Bruriah Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and is currently the Israel Director of YUSSR (Yeshiva and University Students for the Spiritual Revival of Soviet Jewry).

Rabbi Aviyah Shashar is the Rosh Ulpana in Ofra.

Layaliza (Klein) Soloveichik was a clerk for the the Southern District of New York. She graduated from Yale Law School, has an MS in secondary school education from Yeshiva University. During her time in Jerusalem as an ATID Fellow she studied at Matan and Hebrew University, in addition to clerking at Israel’s Supreme Court for Justice Cheshin, and serving as a research assistant to Dep. Chief Justice (ret.) Menahem Elon. Today she is an associate at a law firm in Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York, and undertakes speaking engagements at shuls and with Jewish organizations in the New York area. She is the mother of Aharon and Pinhas Tanhum, and the wife of Mayer Soloveichik, rabbi of Cong. Kehillat Jeshurun in Manhattan.

Beila Sosefsky is currently a social worker for the city of Jerusalem, with the division for drug addiction, and has experience in informal education in Israel and the former Soviet Union.

Chaviva Speter has an MA in Bible from Bar Ilan University, and is working on a Ph.D. at Haifa University. She teaches Tanakh at the Bar-Ilan university center in Tzemach, and lives in Kibbutz Tirat-Zvi. In 2003-04 she served as a Senior Research fellow at ATID.

Dr. Dodi Tobin is a psychologist in private practice in Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem. She is the former Director of Social Services for Nefesh B'Nefesh, and has served on the administrative staffs of Pardes and Nishmat.

Moshe Tur-Paz is the Principal of the Shaked Regional School in Sde Eliyahu, a religious Middle and High School with 500 students. He is completing a doctorate on halakhah during the Second Commonwealth at Hebrew University. He recently completed a period as head of Neemanei Torah ve-Avoda.

Yael Ukeles, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is the founding directorof Teva Adventure, an experiential educational organization that combines outdoor and Jewish education.

Ayal Vizenfeld is a guidance counselor in the Petach Tikva Yeshiva High School, and is involved in establishing a new experimental yeshiva.

Yael Wieselberg, a doctoral candidate in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University, teaches at Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim, and is a participant in the Shalem Fellows program.

Rabbi Daniel Wolf teaches Tanakh in various midrashot, and was formerly on the faculty of the Fuchs-Mizrachi High School in Cleveland.

Shuky Zekbach is the principal of Yeshivat Mekor Chaim high school in Kfar Etzion and has an M.A. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University.

Yael Ziegler teaches Bible at Midreshet Moriah and Matan. She has an MA in Bible from Bar Ilan University. This is her second year as an Atid Fellow.

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