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.

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.

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. 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. Bryna Jocheved Levy, Rector

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. Dodi Fishman Tobin           , Dean of Students

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. Tehilla Elitzur

Dr. Tehilla Elitzur is a graduate of Matan's Advanced Talmudic Institute, and a lecturer in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature in Matan's Petichta Program and 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.

Dr. Yosefa (Fogel) 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.

Rabbanit Batya Krauss

is a graduate of Hilkhata, Matan's Advanced Halakhic Institute and is a certified Meshivat Halakha. In addition she is a Yoetzet Halakha, and a graduate of Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute.  Rabbanit Krauss 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

A graduate of Matan’s Talmud Institute and gives a weekly in-depth shiur at Matan. She is the Rosh Yeshiva in Rosh Tzurim, 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 Nechama Goldman Barash

is a graduate of Hilkhata, Matan's Advanced Halakhic Institute and is a certified Meshivat Halakha. In addition she is a Yoetzet Halakha, and a graduate of Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute. She has an M.A. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halakha program as well as qualifying as a sex educator through Yahel and the Eden Center. She teaches contemporary Halakha and Talmud at Matan and Pardes, as well as teaching 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.

Rabbanit Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel

is a graduate of Hilkhata, Matan's Advanced Halakhic Institute and a certified Meshivat Halakha. She is also the Director of Hilkhata Rachelle was in the first graduating class of Matan's Advanced Talmud Institute. She is a Yoetzet Halakha and teaches Talmud and Halakha at Matan and other institutions.
Rabbanit Shani Taragin, Educational Director

Rabbanit Shani Taragin

is a distinguished alumna of the Matan Beit Midrash program. She received her M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar Ilan University and is certified as a Halakhic Advisor.  Shani 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 and she is the curriculum coordinator for the Bnei Akiva-Matan Program (MTVA). In addition Shani teaches courses at Matan and other advanced women's Torah Institutes in Israel.

Rabbanit Surale Rosen

is a graduate of Hilkhata, Matan's Advanced Halakhic Institute and is a certified Meshivat Halakha. She is the Director of Shayla. In addition she is a certified To'enet Rabbanit and a graduate of Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute. Surale has taught Midrash, Talmud and Halakha and Daf Yomi in a wide array of shuls and communities, including the Matan Beit Midrash. Surale is a graduate of Bar Ilan University and holds degrees in English Literature and Talmud. This past year she wrote the weekly Parashat HaShavua column for Chumash Shemot in the leading religious Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon and periodically writes Divrei Torah for weekly Torah publications.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

Rivi Frankel

Rivi Frankel is the Administrative Director of Matan's Bellows Eshkolot Fellowship. She has a B.S in Management and an MA in Jewish Educationand is a graducate of the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Fellowship. She is also a licensed tour guide through the Ministry of Tourism. Rivi teaches in Matan and in Midreshet Emunah v'omanut as well as guiding various educational groups throughout Israel.

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.

Sarah Baumol

is a graduate of Hilkhata, Matan's Advanced Halakhic Institute and is a certified Meshivat Halakha. She is also 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.

Sarina Novick

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.

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.

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.