Lecturers

Avigail Entman

teaches literature in the Masorti High School.  She is a facilitator of creative writing workshops and a poet.  Her book In the New Life that I will Have ("בחיים החדשים שיהיו לי) was published by Even Hoshen in 2014.

Avital Baram

is a facilitator for the Machon Hachsharat Manchi (group facilitator training institute) and a personal trainer.  She was a student of Yemima’s for 10 years and has been a coach of critical thinking methodology for 15 years.  She teaches mind body awareness techniques in Rosh Haayin and Jerusalem and coaches couples in the art of communication.

Ayelet Cohen Wieder

is a clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist. She has a B.A. from the Hebrew University in Psychology and Humanities, and an M.A. from Bar Ilan University in Psychology.  Ayelet is the founder of psychological services in centers for women's health, Meuhedet health foundation. She is the author of "In Our Love-Mind and Body in Couple Relationships" and former chairperson of  Kolech-Religious Women's Forum.

Chaviva Shpeter

a passionate Bible scholar, is a lecturer in Bible at Matan Jerusalem and at Ohalo College in Katzrin and is in charge of the online teacher training Lev L'Da'at program at Herzog College. Chaviva's specialty is combining psychological insights with Bible studies and developing a pedagogy for teaching the Bible. She earned her B.A. in Bible and Psychology at Bar Ilan University, an M.A. in Bible at Haifa University, and is a doctoral student at Haifa University. She is a member of Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in Gush Etzion.

Debbie Zimmerman

teaches Tanakh, Gemara, and Jewish Thought in several Jerusalem midrashoth. She holds a B.A. in social work from Bar Ilan University and is completing an M.A. in Jewish education. She completed the Master's Program in Bible at Matan and studied advanced Talmud in Bet Morasha. Debbie is currently a fellow in Hilkhata – Matan’s Advanced Halakha Institute.

Deena Kahane

teaches Tanakh in Matan Beit Shemesh. She holds an M.A. in education from Yeshiva University's Azrieli Graduate School, and an M.A. in Tanakh from Bar-Ilan University and is a graduate of the Matan Tanakh Scholar's program. Deena is on the staff of the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy teaching Tanakh and Jewish history on line to students in the United States.

Devorah Kur

is a reflexologist, a bereavement counselor and an associate in Logotherapy (counseling to find meaning in life's difficulties). She is passionate about helping people through their illnesses, challenges and struggles in life. Devorah lives in Raanana with her family where she runs an Integrative Wellness clinic. She has lectured throughout Israel, South Africa and New York and is currently teaching a personal growth through Parsha class at Matan HaSharon.

Dr. Adina Sternberg

has a B.A. in Bible from Hebrew University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. Adina studied in Midreshet Lindenbaum, Migdal Oz, Havruta and the Advanced Talmud Institute in Matan. She currently teaches Bible and Talmud at Matan, and Efrata and Orot colleges. Adina lives in Adam (Geva Binyamin) with her family.

Dr. Avigail Poupko Rock

is a lecturer in Tanakh at Matan and in the Beit Midrash of Emunah.  She holds a Ph.D. in Tanakh from Bar-Ilan University and has been teaching Tanakh and Torah Sh’beal Peh for over two decades in Israel and abroad. Her online classes appear on Yeshivat Har-Etzion's Virtual Beit Midrash.

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

teaches Parshat HaShavua at Matan and other Jerusalem venues. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University. She is an internationally sought after Bible teacher, and has published five well acclaimed books. She travels widely lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic venues.

Dr. Ayala Friedman

studied for a B.A. at Michala College Jerusalem jointly with Nishmat.  She is studying for an M.A. in Bible at Haifa University and Matan Jerusalem.

Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy

is the Rector of Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies.  She is founder and chair of the Bible and Biblical Exegesis program at Matan and has been teaching Tanakh at Matan for over 25 years.  Dr. Levy is one of the most esteemed Bible teachers in Israel and throughout the world.  She is also a leader in the movement for women’s Torah studies and was the first woman awarded a doctoral degree in Biblical Studies by Yeshiva University.  She has created four Torah websites which serve as creative educational tools for learning and teaching the Tanakh (www.brnyalevy.com).  Dr. Levy also runs “Matan Toratenu”, a unique Beit Midrash program focusing upon Tanakh and the arts.  Her book Waiting for Rain: Reflections at the Turning of the Year has recently been published in Hebrew.

Dr. Chana Tannenbaum

has been a sought after Jewish educator for over thirty years. She was the recipient of the Baumel award as the most outstanding faculty member at Yeshiva University where she earned her doctorate in Jewish Education and Administration. Since making aliyah with her family in 1997 to Nof Ayalon, she has taught in Bar Ilan University, Michlelet Herzog and Matan.

Dr. Dodi Tobin

The Dean of Students of Matan's Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies, and the coordinator of the Matan Advanced Tanakh Summer Institute. Dodi earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an M.A. in Bible from Bar Ilan University, a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, and is a graduate of Matan’s Master’s Program in Bible and Biblical Exegesis.

Dr. Miri Shlissel

has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Bible Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Miri has held many key positions in the field of Jewish Education in Israel. She was the founder of the Ohr Torah Stone High School for Girls in Jerusalem, and served as its principal for nine years. Miri was the director of the women's division of the Herzog College Teachers’ Training Program in Gush Etzion, and educational director for the Rothschild Foundation's Yad Hanadiv in Jerusalem. From 2011-2015, Miri served as the Superintendent for Bible study in the Ministry of Education, overseeing Bible education in all state religious schools. Currently, Dr. Shlissel is the director of the pedagogical center 'Ladaat', which works with Israel's state religious schools to develop tools and programs for communities of practice.

Dr. Navah Cohen

is a graduate of the Bible and Biblical Exegesis program at Matan. She is a lecturer in Bible at Bar Ilan University, the head of the teacher education program in Bible and the academic coordinator for the Tanakh 2.0 program.

Dr. Smadar Cherlow

is a lecturer in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the mystical experience of HaRav Kook. Her book Tzaddik Yesod Olam about HaRav Kook was published by Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Tehilla Elitzur

has a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Ben Gurion University.  She is a graduate of Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and a lecturer in Matan’s Petichta program in Aggadah and Jewish Thought.  Tehilla is also a lecturer at Herzog College.

Dr. Yael Ziegler

is a lecturer in Tanakh at Matan and at Herzog College. She grew up in Philadelphia and completed her B.A. at Stern College of Yeshiva University in New York. After making Aliyah in 1991, she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Tanakh at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler teaches Tanakh around the world, including in the USA, Canada, England, Switzerland, South Africa and Australia. She is the author of Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy and Promises to Keep and her book on Megilat Eicha is due to be published in 2019.

Efrat Schwartz

is a lecturer in Tanakh. She began her studies at Bar Ilan University and from there continued on to Herzog College. In the past 15 years she has taught Tanakh in Midrashot and Batei Midrash for all ages and for people from wide ranging backgrounds. Most recently Efrat completed her M.A. in gerontology, the second area that fascinates her.

Gina Junger

made Aliya from the U.S. in 1983. She studied at Bar Ilan University. Gina has been involved in adult education since 1988 and for the past 22 years she has been lecturing in Jewish studies at Matan. She is currently giving Torah classes in the Ra'anana and Netanya branches of Matan.

Ilana Fodiman Silverman

Ilana Hadad

is a Yoetzet Halakha. She is studying for her M.A. in Tanakh at Bar Ilan University. Ilana is a graduate of Matan’s Tanakh Institute and of the Yoetzet Halakha program at Nishmat. She teaches at Nishmat and in the Harel pre-army academy.

Lahava Tzuriel

is a graduate of the joint Nishmat/David College of Education teachers’ program (in Tanakh, Jewish Thought and History). She is the coordinator of external activities at Yeshivat Hesder Ramat Gan and a teacher of Jewish Thought at Ulpanat Tzvia in Herzliya.  She gives classes in Tzurba Nashim.

Melissa Rayman

has been involved in formal and informal Jewish education for both adults and children for over 20 years. She has a degree in computer science from Stern College and certification from the Dyslexia Training Institute. After teaching Judaic studies at Shevach High School and at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, Melissa and her family made aliyah to Bet Shemesh, where she is the Director of Matan Bet Shemesh, teaches children with dyslexia and leads a very popular Tanakh chabura at Congregation Nofei Hashemesh.

Miriam Reisler

is the Spiritual Leader (Movilah Ruchanit) at Ulpanat AMIT Noga, where she teaches and supervises Limudei Kodesh. Over the last 15 years at Noga, she founded the unique beit midrash program, mentored over 20 students who wrote thesis-length papers in Tanakh and began the first school-based program in Israel for high school girls to study Gemara at the level of the Yeshiva High Schools. In addition, she worked for the last seven years on curriculum and teacher training in Tanakh for the Ministry of Education. Miriam founded Midreshet Afikim, an organization dedicated to providing challenging Torah learning experiences to high school girls from all over the country, through its summer beit midrash and its yearlong Talmud classes.

Nava Finkelman

is a graduate of the Matan Tanakh program. She holds an M.A. in Tanakh from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in Psychology and Occupational Therapy. Nava has taught in Midreshet Lindenbaum, Midreshet HaRova and Midreshet Yeud. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Tanakh at Bar Ilan.

Nechama Goldman Barash

made aliyah from Philadelphia over 20 years ago after graduating from Stern College. She studied for three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and finished an M.A. in Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halakha program and has been certified to teach brides before their weddings, as well as qualifying as a sex educator through Yahel and the Eden Center. She also studied for three years in Matan's Advanced Halakha program, Hilkhata. She teaches contemporary Halakha and Talmud at Matan and Pardes, as well as Talmud and women and Halakha in Torah V'Avodah (TVA), a Bnei Akiva gap year program based in Matan. She is an active member of Beit Hillel and participates in interfaith dialogue through Roots, based in Gush Etzion, close to where she lives with her husband and daughters.

Oriyah Mevorach

is a doctoral student in the Gender Studies Program at Bar Ilan University. She teaches in Midreshet Lindenbaum, is a Yoetzet Halakha and the founder of Machon Afarkeset which deals with the confrontation of religious society with the challenges of postmodernism.

Osnat Braverman-Shiloh

is the director of the Matan Rimonim program.  She has a B.A. in Tanakh and Torah Sh’beal Peh from Michlala Jerusalem College and a B.A. in Psychology from Bar Ilan University.

Rabbanit Batya Kraus

is a Yoetzet Halakha, a graduate of Keren Ariel and Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute.  Rabbanit Kraus teaches Halakha in the Morot L’Halakha program at Matan HaSharon and gives shiurim to the general public, which focus on the interface between Halakha and society, family and welfare.  She is a senior social worker specializing in old age, disability and community.

Rabbanit Chana Godinger Dreyfus

is the head of Matan’s Metivta program, a graduate of Matan’s Talmud Institute and gives a weekly in-depth shiur at Matan. She was the Rabbanit of Pelech High School for Girls in Jerusalem and part of a team of Beit Hillel Rabbaniot who answer Halakhic questions online.

Rabbanit Chanital Ofen

graduated from Matan’s  Advanced Talmudic Institute.  She has an M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University and is a Certified Halakhic Advisor (Yoetzet Halakha) by Nishmat.  For the last 18 years she has taught Talmud and Midrash in a number of women’s Batei Midrash. She is in the first cohort of Hilkhata Matan’s Advanced Halakha Institute and a lecturer in Matan’s Metivta program.

Rabbanit Oshra Koren

is the founder, director and a lecturer at Matan HaSharon and creator of Matan’s International Mother-Daughter Bat Mitzvah program. She has a B.A. in Machsevet Yisrael and Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University and is a graduate of the Matmidot program in Matan Jerusalem.  Rabbanit Koren runs the Gavna choir.

Rabbanit Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel

was in the first graduating class of Matan's Advanced Talmud Institute. She is the head of the new Advanced Halakha (Hilkhata) Program at Matan. Rachelle is a Yoetzet Halakha and teaches Talmud and Halakha at Matan and Nishmat.

Rabbanit Shani Taragin

received her B.A. and M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar Ilan University and is certified as a Halakhic Advisor.  She is the Educational Director of Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies and of the Morot L’Halakha program in Matan HaSharon.  Shani teaches Tanakh at Matan and is the curriculum coordinator for the Matan-Bnei Akiva program (MTVA).  She also teaches at other advanced women’s Torah institutes in Israel.

Rabbanit Surale Rosen

is a graduate of Matan’s Advanced Talmudic Institute and she is the head of Metivta: Matan’s Advanced Talmud Program. Surele is also a student in Hilkhata: Matan’s Advanced Halakhic Institute. She is a Halakhic responder as part of the Meshivat Nefesh project online. Surele is a certified Toenet Rabbanit and writes a column on Parshat HaShavua for the Makor Rishon newspaper. She is married and lives in Jerusalem with her family.

Rabbanit Zivit Berliner

is a Yoetzet Halakha and answers questions on the Nishmat women’s Halakhic hotline. She is head of the Beit Midrash of Midreshet V’Roni –Tzahali pre-army academy for women. Zivit is married to Assaf and they live in Netivot with their children.

Rabbi Alex Israel

teaches Tanakh at Matan, Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Born and raised in London, Rabbi Israel moved to Israel in 1991 and gained rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rabbi Israel holds degrees from the London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and Bar Ilan University. His first book "I Kings - Torn in Two" was published in 2013. His shiurim and his weekly "Parsha Discussion" are available at www.alexisrael.org. Rabbi Israel has lectured widely at campuses and communities on five continents.

Rabbi Ami Cohen

is a graduate of the Yeshivat Hesder in Maalot.  He is one of the leaders of the nonprofit El Ami which enhances and strengthens Jewish identity in Israeli society.  Rav Cohen teaches Tanakh and Jewish Thought in a number of frameworks and is a Rav in Ramat HaShavim.

Rabbi Ariel Almog

is a RAM in Yeshivat Mekor Chaim and Yeshivat Tekoa for Gemara and Halakha.  He lectures in Matan’s Metivta program.

Rabbi Ariel Holland

is the Rav of Hilkhata, Matan’s Advanced Halakha Institute.  He is a Dayan and Posek.  Rav Holland teaches Gemara and Halakha and is a senior lecturer at Matan and the Steinsaltz Institute in Jerusalem.  He headed Matan’s Talmudic Institute, has been a RAM in Yeshivat Tekoa and a researcher in Rav Steinsaltz’s institute.  He is involved in training Rabbis and the establishment of a system of conversion throughout Europe.

Rabbi Betzalel Daniel

studied in Yeshivat Hesder Yerucham before completing Dayanut in Eretz Hemdah in Jerusalem. He teaches in the Morot L’Halakha Program in Matan HaSharon, serves as a Dayan in Beit Din Eretz Hemdah Gazit, is the coordinator of the Eretz Hemdah Moreinu program, and teaches the Eden Hatan Teacher Training course. He lives with his family in Alon Shvut.

Rabbi Binyamin Zimmerman

serves as the Director of HESBER (Hebrew English Source Based Educational Resources), Chief Educator of the Zomet Institute of Halakha and Technology and Director of Halakha Education for World Mizrachi.  He teaches the Matan “From the Source with Spirit” Fellows.  Rabbi Zimmerman is the author of HESBER’s widely used Eshkolot series of educational resources; he trains teachers and lectures internationally on topics concerning the interface between Halakha, contemporary society and modern technology.  He lives in Alon Shvut with his wife and children.

Rabbi Chen Sarig

is a graduate of Yeshivat Ein Tsurim and has rabbinical ordination. He is active in Tzohar and answers Halakhic questions as part of Beit Hahoraah Shaarei Halakha UMishpat. He has explored all facets of Halakha including Kashrut, personal status, marriage and the development of Halakha. He has also taught Jewish thought and Parshat HaShavua. Rav Chen has been giving a series of popular classes at Yakar on Halakha for the last five years. He is a fantastic guide and mentor, and helps his students find clarity in the complex and amazing world of Halakha.

Rabbi Daniel Epstein

specializes in Jewish and general philosophy, contemporary Jewish thought and Biblical exegesis.  He teaches in Matan’s community program, and in the Rimonim and Ayanot Batei Midrash.  He also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum and at the Institute of Psychology at Tel Aviv University.  Rav Epstein has Semikha from the Rabbanut and is a graduate of the Harry Fischell Institute.  He has an M.A. from the University of Strasbourg, France.  He has written books and articles in Hebrew and French.  He edited and translated the book Chapters in the Philosophical Teachings of Emmanuel Levinas that was published in 1997 in cooperation with Matan.  His book Close and Far, on the thought of Emmanuel Levinas was published by the Ministry of Defense in 2004 and his translation of Levinas’ book Talmudic Readings was published by Schocken.

Rabbi David Stav

is Chief Rabbi of Shoham and Chairman of the TZOHAR organization. He graduated from Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav and has qualifications as a Dayan from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rav Stav lectures extensively and has published several books on Halakha and Tanakh.

Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau

is the Rav of the Ramban Synagogue in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem.  He is the head of Meizam 929 – Tanakh and a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg

is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah and Director of Midreshet Amudim, both located in Modiin. He received his semicha fro Yeshivat Bnai Torah, and was a former rebbe at the Yeshiva Gedola of West Hempstead and Rambam Mesivta. Along with teaching young adults at Migdal and Amudim, he delivers multiple weekly shiurim to adults in both advanced Gemara and Fundamentals of Philosophy

Rabbi Dr. Tzachi Hershkowitz

is a graduate of the Yeshivat Hesder in Maale Adumim and has Semicha.  He has a B.A. in Tanakh and Torah Sh’beal Peh from Lifshitz College in Jersualem, and an M.A. in in Jewish Philosophy from Bar Ilan University.  He is currently studying for his Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan.  He serves as a community Rav in Petach Tikvah and as a research fellow and lecturer at several institutions.

Rabbi Dr. Uziel Fuchs

teaches Talmud at Matan. He earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and focuses on research of the Babylonian Talmud and the period of the Geonim. Rav Fuchs is a lecturer in the Talmud program at Bar Ilan University and head of the Torah SheBe’al Peh department at Herzog College.

Rabbi Eitan Ben David

is the Rabbi of Kehillat Shivtei Yisrael. Rav Ben David served in several rabbinic posts including in Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Yeshiva of Cape Town, SAR High School, and West Side Sephardic Synagogue.

Rabbi Haim Videl

was born in Morocco and grew up in Kiryat Shemona.  He has a B.A. in Jewish Thought and Philosophy from Haifa University and he studied at Machon Meir and Yeshivat Beit El.  He was one of the founders of Mechinat Bnei David and taught there.  Rav Videl teaches in a number of Yeshivot and Midrashot and he founded the Beit Midrash Galei Masechta for the study of Aggadah in Mevasseret.  He teaches in the Eshkolot program in Yaffo and leads Shaar Haagadah in Beit Midrash Shaarim in Raanana and Kfar Batya.  Rav Videl is the author of the book Ruach Chen on prayers of Rosh HaShana and Sefatai Tiftach on the Shemoneh Esrei prayer.

Rabbi Ilay Ofran

is the Rav of Kvutzat Yavneh.  He is a graduate of Yeshivat Kibbutz HaDati in Maaleh Gilboa and of the Beit Midrash in Beit Morasha.  He has Semicha from the Rabbanut HaRashit of Israel.  Rav Ofran is a psychologist, and has a degree in Talmud from Bar Ilan University.  He is a teacher in Tzahali and at the Yaakov Herzog College.

Rabbi Jonathan Duker

earned his BA and MA in Jewish History from Yeshiva University and received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemia Goldberg and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. In addition to his teaching at Matan, he also serves as the Coordinator of Special Programs at Midreshet Amudim and serves on the faculty of Midreshet AMIT. He is the author of The Spirits Behind the Law: The Talmudic Scholars (Urim Publications). Rabbi Duker lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and children.

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

founder of the Tanakh Study Center www.tanach.org, is an internationally acclaimed Bible scholar and pioneer of Jewish education on the internet. His essays on Parshat Ha’Shavua reflect his vibrant thematic-analytical approach, blending the methods of modern scholarship with traditional approaches.  As a Rebbe at Yeshivat Har Etzion, where he founded the Yeshiva's Virtual Beit Midrash, he is best known for his ability to teach students how to study Tanakh.   Rabbi Leibtag also teaches at Yeshivat Shaalavim, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Matan and routinely lectures around the globe, primarily as a scholar in residence in communities in North America.

Rabbi Shai Finkelstein

was born in Israel, attended Yeshivat Shaalavim, served in the Artillery unit of the IDF and was ordained by the Cheif Rabbinate of Israel. He is currently the Rabbi of Kehilat Nitzanim in Baka Jerusalem and lectures in Pardes, OU Israel Center and Yeshurun. He is also the Director of Rabbinic Alliance and Community Engagement in Tzohar. For the past 16 years he was the Rosh Kollel of Torah Mitzion and the Senior Rabbi of the Baron Hirsch Synagogue in Memphis TN, U.S.A . Rabbi Finkelstein also earned an MBA from the Fogelman School of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.

Rabbi Shlomo Ishun

is a graduate of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav and has a degree in Law from Bar Ilan University. He is the head of the Keter Institute for Torah Economics and is the Rav of East Raanana.

Rabbi Tzvi Koren

is the Rav of Kehillat Kinor David in Raanana and the Rav of the Amit Rananim School.  He teaches at Matan and at Midreshet Lindenbaum.  Rav Koren graduated from the Hesder Yeshiva at Shalavim, from Yeshivat Har Etzion and Beit Morasha.  He has a B.A. in Humanities from the Open University, is a member of Beit Hillel and a former member of the board of directors and head of the Beit Midrash Raayoni.  Rav Koren is a founder of Yeshivat Amit Nachson in Beit Shemesh.

Rabbi Uziel Shmuel

was born in Paris, France where he completed his studies in mechanical engineering with a specialty in artificial intelligence and robotics.  He studied at Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva and participated in the Halakha Berura project.  At the same time he completed an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy and published a translation and revised version of the work Or Neerav (Moses Cordovero) based on the manuscripts.  He is a doctoral student in Jewish philosophy and teaches in various institutions in Israel.

Rabbi Yaakov Meir

is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion and served in the army in a Hesder unit.  He studied at the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University.  Rav Meir has served as the Rav in communities in Israel and in the Diaspora.  He is currently the Rav of the Lechu Neranana community in Raanana.

Rabbi Yosef Ben Bassan

is a graduate of Yeshivat Hesder Kiryat Arba and continued on in Kollel. He has a B.A. in Tanakh and Jewish Thought and an M.A. in Educational Counseling. He is a counselor at Machon Puah and at Machon Maagalim in the adult guidance track and at Beit Midrash Kolot. Rav Bassan has been in the field of education for 35 years, as an educator, Rav, Head of Ulpanit Bar Ilan and the Midrasha for boys in Netanya. He was the principal of the Riegler High School for the Arts. Today, Rav Bassan lectures and teaches in a number of different frameworks; he trains managers, counselors, and educational teams. He is a couples’ counselor and also trains counselors.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow

is the head of the Amit Orot Shaul Hesder yeshiva in Raanana. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, a retired major in the IDF and one of the founders and leaders of the Tzohar Rabbinical organization. Rav Cherlow specializes in ethical issues and is a member of various ethical committees. He has written numerous books and article in the fields of Biblical exegesis, Halakha and contemporary Jewish thought. Rav Cherlow partners in an online Ask the Rabbi column answering questions from the public, the site contains tens of thousands of responses. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Ethics.

Rachel Lifshitz

is a graduate of the first class of The Joan and Shael Bellows Bible and Biblical Interpretation Program. Rachel founded and runs Ulpana Emunah for the arts in Jerusalem; she also managed a program to train school principals at the Jerusalem College in partnership with Anvei Rosha. Rachel established and continues to teach at the "Mevaser Shalom" Women's Study Center in Mevasseret Zion. She manages the Beit Midrash as well as the Matan Torateinu program at Matan.

Rachel Weinstein

studied in Migdal Oz and at Nishmat’s Keren Ariel (Yoatzot Halakha) program. She is presently a fellow in Hilkhata – Matan’s Advanced Halakhic Institute. She teaches brides, trains bridal counselors and also teaches in Beit Midrah Be’or Panecha in Elazar. Rachel is the mother of 8 and lives in Tekoa.

Rebecca Linzer

has a B.Sc. in Biology from Barnard College and an M.Sc in Genetics from Rutgers University. She studied at Orot College in Israel and Drisha in New York. She was in the Ayanot Matmidot program at Matan HaSharon. She teaches Talmud and Development of Halakha at Matan HaSharon and in Oranit. She is the International Coordinator for the Matan Mother-Daughter Bat Mitzvah Program and the administrator of the Beit Midrash Programs at Matan HaSharon. She has a website that helps parents add Jewish learning to the family table www.tochokevaro.com

Rivka Bash

is a lecturer at Matan. She earned an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University. Her area of interest is Medieval Commentary. Rivka is a graduate of Matan's Bible and Biblical Exegesis Program.

Rivka Yaakobov

is the head of the Petichta and Tzerufim Batei Midrash at Matan.  She teaches Tanakh and Jewish Thought in Modern Times: Torat HaRav Kook and the writings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslav.  She is a graduate of Matan’s program in Jewish Thought and has an M.A. in Jewish Thought and History from Touro College.  Rivka has a B.A. in Tanakh, Education and Jewish Thought from Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv universities.

Ruchele Siminovsky

developed the “Mifgash” method (for dynamic encounters between the individual and God). She is a lecturer and runs workshops for individuals and couples in this method across Israel.  She is a graduate of Michlala Jerusalem College in Holistic Medicine.

Sarah Baumol

is a graduate of Matan's Talmud Institute, and has an M.A. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. Her responsibilities in Matan include coordinating the Daf Yomi daily shiur as well as the weekly Tzurba Halakha program. In addition to teaching, Sarah is a student in the first cohort of Hilkhata – Matan’s Advanced Halakha Institute.

Shana Strauch Schick

is a research fellow at The Center for Inter-disciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah at Haifa University. In 2011, she became the first woman to be awarded a PhD in Talmudic Literature from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University where she also completed an MA in Bible. She has articles published in several academic journals and is completing her book Intention in the Babylonian Talmud: A Study in the Development of Rabbinic Jurisprudence. In addition to academic research, she completed and spent several additional years learning in the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud at Yeshiva University. She teaches in learning institutions and midrashot in both Israel and abroad.

Shulamit Shimon (Katz)

is a lawyer (LLB), and a proud mother and grandmother.  She works as a lawyer and mediator.  Formerly she was a legal advisor for the municipality of Rehovot.  Shulamit has been a student at Matan HaSharon for nine years and is a member of the board of Reut.  She is a volunteer in the nonprofit Paamonim and the Rehovot Municipal Mediation Center.  She believes in the power and right of every woman to be educated and independent and to use her skills to further self-growth and contribute to the world around her.

Shulie Mishkin

is a licensed tour guide and lectures and leads the tours in Matan’s Learn & Tour programs. She has an M.A. in Jewish History from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Matan Scholars Program.

Smadar Arvatz

has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technion and an M.S. in Biotechnology from Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate of Midreshet Nishmat, teaches Talmud at Amit Renanim and in Matan HaSharon. She is a Halakhic Advisor at Lechu Neranana Synagogue in Raanana.

Tafat Halperin

has a B.A. in Tanakh and Torah Sh’beal Peh from Michlelet Bayit Vegan and an M.A. in Bible from the Hebrew University.  In addition to teaching at Matan HaSharon, she teaches at Ulpanat Ofra, Michlelet Orot and other women’s Torah institutions.

Talia Cherlow

is a graduate of the Beit Midrash of Beit Morasha in Jerusalem where she completed a master in Talmud in the women's program. She teaches in various Batei Midrash focusing on Talmud and The Zohar. Talia lives in Otniel

Tamar Weissman

Tamar Weissman is a lecturer in Tanakh and Land of Israel Studies at Matan, as well as a licensed tour guide. Her book, "Tribal Lands: The Twelve Tribes of Israel in their Ancestral Territories" (2015) explores the personalities of the sons of Jacob and the contours of their nahalot. She is currently writing a book on Megillat Esther.

Tanya White

holds a B.A. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in Jewish Studies and Philosophy from SOAS/LSJS and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She is a graduate of the Matan’s Ayanot Scholars Program in Raanana and has been a visiting fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies and the Kinloss Kollel, London.  She currently teaches courses in Jewish Philosophy, Parasha and Sefer Bamidbar for Matan Raanana, Zichron Yaakov and Tel Mond. Her search for an authentic and honest approach to Torah and contemporary issues through the prism of Jewish thought can be viewed on her blog-page www.contemplatingtorah.wordpress.com.

Tehila Malka

is a graduate of Migdal Oz and is studying for her doctorate in Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University. She works in Michlelet Herzog. She is married to Arele and they live in Beit Yatir with their children.

Tehilla Malka

is a doctorate student in the history of the Jewish people at Ben Gurion University. She works in Herzog College. Tehilla is a graduate of Beit Midrash Migdal Oz. She lives with her family in Beit Yatir.

Yael Leibowitz

has her M.A. in Judaic Studies from Columbia University. Prior to making Aliyah, Yael taught Tanakh in the Upper School of Ramaz, and then went on to join the Judaic Studies faculty at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She has taught Continuing Education courses at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and served as Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center of Manhattan. She is currently teaching at Matan and Pardes as she continues her studies at Bar Ilan.

Yael Shlosberg

is a lecturer at Matan, at the Midrasha in Bar Ilan University and in a number of other educational frameworks.  She is particularly interested in and teaches: Tanakh, Midrash and the world of the Tanaim.  She is involved in establishing the Museum of the Tanaim in Lod.  Yael has an M.A. in History and Jewish Thought from Touro College and a B.A. in Tanakh and Literature from Michlala College for Women in Jerusalem.

Yafit Clymar

has a B.A. in History and Education from Hebrew University and she studied education at Machon Kerem. She has a joint M.A. in Bible from Haifa University and Matan Jerusalem.  She teaches at Matan HaSharon and Hashmonaim and is a facilitator in the Matan Bat Mitzvah program.

Yosefa Wruble

holds a B.A. from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University in Judaic Studies and creative writing; she has a teaching degree in Tanakh from Herzog College and is a graduate of Matan's Tanakh Scholars' Program.  Her Masters and doctoral studies have been completed at Bar-Ilan University's Bible department.  She is also a madrichat kallot trained by Matan and Merkaz Eden.