Guests

Adina Cohen

is studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute. She has been involved in informal education for many years through Bnei Akiva and various fellowships and programs at Yeshiva University and is currently teaching Gemara at MTVA. Adina earned her B.A. from Stern College in Computer Science and Judaic Studies, while there she began a women’s bekiut program.

Adina Ellis

Adina Ellis is a student in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute. She has been teaching Tanakh and machshava over the last two decades, initially on college campuses and in Hebrew Schools in the New Jersey area. Since making aliyah she has given weekly shiurim in Hebrew and English to women in her community. Adina has taught in the ALIT program run by the OU Women's Initiative and is currently teaching in the mother-daughter "learn and art" program of OU Israel. She is known for her unique ability to facilitate in-depth textual learning along with engaging and relevant discussions. Adina lives with her husband and children in Yad Binyamin.

Aliza Sperling

Aviva Dworkin

currently teachers Torah courses at various seminaries in Jerusalem. Prior to making Aliyah in 2015 to Kiryat Moshe, Aviva received her BA in Elementary Education and Judaic Studies from Queens College. She recently received her MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and learned in both the Eshkolot and  Lapidot programs at Matan. Aviva has a passion for Eretz Yisroel and Torat Yisroel and wishes to share her love with others. 

Chaya Menasse

Chaya Menasse is a graduate of the third cohort of the Matan Bellows Educators Institute and she is currently teaching at the Luria Academy in Brooklyn, NY. Chaya has a BA in Education from Stern College and an MA in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University.

Debbie Zimmerman

Devora Aiken

is studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute, and is studying medicine at Hebrew University. She previously studied at Midreshet Harova. For the past four years Devora has been involved in Achi doing outreach with Israeli secular students.

Dr. Ariella Agatstein

is a sought after Jewish educator who received her doctorate in Jewish Educational Leadership. Prior to moving to Israel in 2018, Dr. Agatstein served in many Jewish educational roles around America, including her position as Assistant Principal of Girls Judaic Studies in Yavneh Hebrew Academy of Los Angeles. Currently, Dr. Agatstein is participating in Matan’s Eshkolot Fellowship for advanced study in Tanach and Jewish education.

Dr. Sharon Galper Grossman

a radiation oncologist and former faculty member of Harvard Medical School where she also obtained a Masters in Public Health. Her current interests are in Women’s Health and Halakha, specifically issues related to preventing women’s cancers. She has recently published “The Angelina Jolie Effect in Jewish Law: Prophylactic Mastectomy and Oophorectomy in BRCA Carriers” in the Rambam Medical Journal. “Resolving the Debate Over Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination for Cancer Prevention in the Religious World” has been accepted for publication in Tradition.

Elisheva White

Elisheva White is studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute and the Lapidot Mizrachi program. After learning for 2 years in MMY, she made Aliyah and studied in Michlala Jerusalem where she graduated with a Bachelors in Education in both Tanach and English and a teacher’s certificate. She has been involved in formal and informal education both in American and Israeli programs. Elisheva currently lives in Ramat Shilo, RBS with her husband and 2 kids.

Emma Katz

Emma Katz is a graduate of the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute. She is currently the Director of NILI-The Women’s Initiative of the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago. Emma earned her BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College and Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. She has taught in many formal and informal Jewish educational settings, including Shulamith High School for Girls in the Five Towns and the Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago.

Kelila Slonim

has a BA in psychology, worked with youth groups in Australia and was the first shlicha for the Canberra Jewish Community. Kelila is part of the 3rd cohort of the Bellows Eshkolot Educators program and will be the student life coordinator at Midreshet Amudim next year.

Maayan Dietcher

is a graduate of the women’s Beit Midrash in Migdal Oz and of the Ayanot Matmidot Program at Matan HaSharon. She has a B. Ed. in Tanakh and Oral Torah from Herzog College. She is a teacher and ‘Spiritual Leader’ at Amit Renanim. She has a teaching certificate in dance from the Wingate Institute and teaches dance in Studio Gavna

Merav Barach

is originally from Teaneck, NJ. She has an undergraduate and master's degrees in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. She taught 4th grade Judaic Studies at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, NJ and is now studying at Matan as part of the Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies. 

Michael Eisenberg

Michal Somer

made Aliyah from Chicago, IL after studying for a year at Migdal Oz. She completed a year of national service and from there continued on to complete a B.A. in Psychology and Tanakh from Bar Ilan University. During her time at Bar Ilan she learned in their Midrasha and worked for Bnei Akiva in a number of different capacities. She is currently studying in Eshkolot Fellowship program for Tanakh and teaching Tanakh at MTVA night seder.

Miriam Fenster

learned Literature, Linguistics and Jewish Philosophy at Hebrew University. She is a graduate of the Ayanot Matmidot program at Matan HaSharon. She has been teaching Torah courses in Hadar Ganim and Kfar Ganim in Petach Tikva for twenty years. She was the pedagogical coordinator and a teacher in the Amishav and Kfar programs of Bnei Akiva Olami. She teaches in the Naale Beit Midrash in Ulpanat Amana.

Miriam Fenster and Rebecca Linzer

Graduates of the Morot L’Halakha Program

Navah Shumacher

grew up in Skokie, IL. After graduating Ida Crown Jewish Academy she studied in Shaalvim for Women and then made aliyah. Navah did Sherut Leumi in Orot Etziyon Bnot in Efrat and then completed her BA in pyschology at Bar Ilan University. Navah is currently the assistant director of programming and development at Matan and is living in Modiin with her husband and two sons.

Rabbanit Shani Taragin & Rivi Frankel

Rabbi Ari Kahn

Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg & Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Rabbi Johnny Solomon

Rabbi Judah Dardik

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau

Ronit Lewis

was born and bred in Australia. She trained as a nurse and worked as an education officer for Chevra Hatzolah in the medical educational field, until she moved to Israel in 2017. Since moving to Israel she has worked at various midrashot and is currently studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Tanach Educators program. Her hobbies include cooking and various forms of art. 

Rotating Lecturers

Sarah Kornreich Golubtchik

holds a BA from Barnard College and an MS in Education from Yeshiva University. Sarah taught Judaic Studies in Houston for several years prior to her aliyah, and continues to give classes and develop curricula in various settings in Israel. She is giving a course in Practical Halakha at Matan HaSharon.

Shanee Mali

Shanee Mali is originally from Eugene, Oregon. She is a scholar in Matan's Petichta and Tzerufim programs, as well as a graduate of the Eshkolot class of 2019. She enjoys philosophy, hiking, and working with children. Shani currently teaches at Midreshet Amit for overseas students and the Hebrew University's English speaking RRG Beit Midrash.

Sharon Galper Grossman and Karen Miller Jackson

Graduates of the Morot L’Halakha Program

Sharona Margolin Halickman

Sharona Margolin Halickman is a graduate of the Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanach and Jewish Studies (‘19). She is currently a fellow at Hilkhata -the Advanced Institute for Halakhic Studies at Matan. Sharona is the founder of Torat Reva Yerushalayim and teaches at Midreshet Torah V’Avodah.

Single Class – Summer program 2020

Sydney Daitch

is studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute. She has been involved in both formal and informal education for many years. After graduating from Stern College, Sydney received her Masters from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Sydney taught Tanakh at Moriah Middle School for two years and served there as Director of Student Activities.

Tamar Lazar

took part in the two-year Hadas Torah learning program at Midreshet Lindenbaum together with her service in the army. She learned Talmud and Halakha at Matan HaSharon, while getting a bachelor’s degree in teaching Mathematics and Oral Torah. She is the pedagogical coordinator of Oral Torah and a “Spiritual Leader” at Amit Renanim in Raanana.

Yedida Lubin

Yedida Lubin has been studying in various programs at Matan since she made aliya in 2000 including three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmudic Institute. Currently, Yedida teaches the Daf Yomi shiur on a weekly basis. Yedida has an M.A. from the Hebrew University.

Yudit Samad

has a law degree in University College London, qualified as an ICAEW Chartered accountant and ran the women's bet midrash in London. She is a Halakhic advisor in Lechu Neranana Synagogue in Raanana and is giving a course in Practical Halakha at Matan HaSharon.

Zahava Moskowitz

Zahava is from West Hempstead, NY. She received her BA in history from Queens College and her Masters Degree in Jewish Education and Administration from Azrieli. She has worked the past four years at North Shore Hebrew Academy middle school, teaching Navi, tefillah and organizing student programming.