Lecturers

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.

Dina Freundlich

Dr. 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.

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.

Rabbanit Debbie Zimmerman

Debbie Zimmerman graduated from the first cohort of Hilkhata – Matan’s Advanced Halakhic Institute and is a Halakhic Responder. She is a multi-disciplinary Jewish educator, with over a decade of experience in adolescent and adult education. After completing a BA in Social Work, Debbie studied Tanakh in the Master’s Program for Bible in Matan and Talmud in Beit Morasha.

Rabbanit Rachel Weinstein

is a graduate of Hilkhata, Matan's Advanced Halakhic Institute and is a certified Meshivat Halakha. She studied in Migdal Oz, and Nishmat. Rachel teaches in her community and is a Yoetzet Halakha. She gives classes for women, teaches Kallot and runs the Matan Beit Shemesh Kallah teachers certification course. She lives in Tekoa and is the mother of 8 children.
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 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.