Lecturers

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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

Karen Miller Jackson

is a Jewish educator and writer, who studies and teaches at Matan HaSharon and recently completed Matan HaSharon’s Morot l’Halakha program. She has an MA in Talmud and Midrash from NYU.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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. 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 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 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.

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 is a graduate of the Morot L’Halakha 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

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.

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.

Tanya White

Tanya White lectures in Philosophy and Tanach throughout Israel and abroad. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She is a graduate of the Matan Hasharon Scholars programme. 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.

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.

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.