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The Team Responds Respondents of Halacha

Who are our respondents? Graduates of the Halacha Program - a six-year program for Halacha studies in Matan. All the respondents have a rich background in the study of Gemara and Halacha and they serve as an address for questions and inquiries in the community and in the Beit Midrash. The respondents' staff includes teachers of Gemara and Halacha at various Torah institutions, bridal counselors, a rabbi, a social worker and a marriage counselor.

Adele nemirov

Adele Nemirov is currently studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute. Adele earned a Bachelors degree in Jewish Education from Stern College and a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. She has worked in many formal and informal educational settings. Adele lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with her husband, where they work as Av and Eim Bayit for Lone Soldiers in Lev HaTorah’s Hesder program.

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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.

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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.

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Adina Wolff Ciner

is a student in Matan Bellow's Eshkolot Educators Institute. In addition, she is studying for her B.Sc in Psychobiology at the Hebrew University. She made aliyah at age 9 from Boston to Beit Shemesh. She is now serving with her husband, Adi, as the Av and Em Bayit of Yeshivat Torah V'Avoda with their son David.

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Ahuva Gold

is currently studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute as well as pursuing a degree in Education at Herzog Teachers College. She studied two and half years in the Beit Midrash at Migdal Oz and worked as a tour guide in the City of David for two years during national service. She lives in Alon Shvut with her husband.

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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.

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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. 

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Ayelet Jacobson

is a student in the Matan Bellow’s Eshkolot Educators Institute. She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and spent a year learning in Migdal Oz after high school. Before she joined our program, Ayelet earned her Bachelors in History and Education from Barnard College and spent two years teaching Judaic Studies at SAR Academy. When she is not at Matan, Ayelet lives in Tel Aviv and teaches English at a local Elementary school.

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Catriella Freedman

is the director of PJ Our Way, a program in North America that distributes monthly more than 20,000 Jewish books to kids ages 9-12. Catriella holds a BA in religion from Princeton University and an MA in Jewish studies from Harvard University, where she received the Derek Bok Award for graduate instruction. She’s studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Drisha and has lectured widely on subjects ranging from Maimonides to Jewish peoplehood. Catriella is the author of the Melton curriculum Foundations for Jewish Family Living and Beit Hatfutsot’s My Family Story curriculum. She and her husband have raised four kids in Zichron Ya’akov.

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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.

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Deena Garber

trained in psychology at University College, London, Tavistock Institute, and Yale Psychiatric Institute. She has taught psychology academically, and worked with Prof. Eliane Amado Levi Valensi . Deena studied Torah and Talmud widely including at Matan and researches and teaches Torah and Jewish thought emphasizing interdisciplinary issues. Deena lives in Jerusalem with her family.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Sharon Galper Grossman

Dr. Sharon Galper Grossman is a graduate of Matan’s Morot L’Halakha program. She is 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble with Dr. Ayelet Hoffmann Libson

Taught at Matan for over a decade. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Harry Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Ayelet is a graduate of Matan's Advanced Talmud Institute as well as the Beit Morasha Program in Jewish Law.

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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.

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Elisheva Cohen

Elisheva Cohen is originally from Stamford, CT. She came to Israel after graduating from Stern College for Women with a degree in Jewish Education and a minor in Biology. She is currently learning a fellow at Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot program, teaching night seder at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah and pursuing a master’s at Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education.

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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.

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Ellie Ausubel

Elisheva grew up in Rochester, NY and made Aliya to Raanana many years ago. She is a member of the faculty at Midreshet Torathessed where she teaches Tanach and Halacha. As a graduate of Matan's Morot L'Halacha Program, Ellie enjoys teaching kallot and serving as a resource for women in the broader community. In addition, she lectures for various adult education programs.

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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.

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Fran Miller

is studying in the second cohort of Hilkhata, Matan’s Advanced Halakhic Institute and she is the coordinator of Shayla. She is a graduate of the Yoatzot Halacha program at Nishmat, and Migdal Oz's advanced Talmud program. She holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College and B.Ed. from Herzog Teacher’s College. Fran teaches adults and post-high school students in person, online, and in midrashot. She lives in Mitzpeh Yericho with her husband and three children.

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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.

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Hannah Abrams

Hannah has an MA from the Graduate Program for Advanced Taludic Studies in Yeshiva University, and is currently learning in the second cohort of Hilkhata, Matan’s Advanced Halakhic Institute.

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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.

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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.

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Leah Maimonie

has a B.A. in Speech Therapy from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in Educational Counseling from the University of Alabama in conjunction with Michlelet Orot.  She is a graduate of the Matmidot program at Matan HaSharon.  Leah teaches Midrash at Matan HaSharon and is the coordinator of activities in the Gavna studio and for the Matan Bat Mitzvah program throughout Israel.  She is a founder of a website which features content, materials and activities designed around the calendar (www.tochokevaro.com).

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nediva Buechler

Nediva Buechler is studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute, and the Lapidot Mizrachi Program. She made aliyah following a year learning in MMY, and performed her National Service in Shaarei Tsedek Hospital. Nediva has a background in graphic design, is working on completing her Ministry of Tourism’s Tour Guide certification, and is a graduate of the Mizrachi Shalhevet Leadership Program. She has experience in both formal and informal education, and she currently lives with her husband in the Shaalvim Kiryat Chinuch.

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Nicole Berman

is currently studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute as well as teaching at MTVA and Sha’alvim for Women. She is a graduate of Stern College for Women where she majored in Judaic studies with a Biology minor. She also received a masters in Jewish education from the Azrieli Graduate School. She lives in Yerushalayim with her Husband.

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Rabbanit Bat Sheva Samet

Graduate of Matan's Hilkhata program. A certified Rabbinical Arbitrator. M.A in Talmud studies from BIU. Graduate of Beit Morasha Talmud program. Rabbanit Bat Sheva serves as a Ramit and coordinator of the Bekiut Halakha program in Migdal Oz and answers Halakhic questions online.

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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.

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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.

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Rabbanit Chanital Ofan

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.

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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.

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Rabbanit Leah Herzog

Leah Herzog is an educator, writer and psychologist who currently teaches at MATAN, as well as international zoom classes, and is a museum educator at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. She earned her Teacher’s Certification from Michlalah, the Jerusalem College for Women. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Barnard College, when she was also inducted into the Phi Betta Kappa society. Leah earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and continued her doctoral work in the same field; she also received certification from the Administrator Development Academy at the University of Cincinnati. Leah has taught Tanach and psychology to high school students and adults for over 30 years; in addition, Leah chaired Tanach Department at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School . Before her aliya in 2019, Leah taught Tanach and was the co-director of Israel Guidance at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ for 13 years. Leah is also a writer, a Sefaria Educator, a certified mentor and an expert in Project-Based Learning in the Jewish studies classroom. She also liaises with the human networks around people with impairments, as well as supporting and educating regarding infertility and pregnancy loss. She lives in Givat Ze’ev with her husband, Rabbi Avi Herzog and has two adult children.

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Rabbanit Malke Bina

is the founder and chancellor of Matan: the Sadie Rennert Women's Institute for Torah Studies. Matan's creation in 1988 pioneered women's learning institutions in Israel and abroad. In her role as teacher of Talmud and Jewish law, and advocate and builder of Advanced Torah Scholarship programs for women, Rabbanit Bina has given thousands of women the opportunity and joy of high level Gemara learning and Tanakh classes.  Rabbanit Bina has received a number of distinguished awards in recognition of her influential work in advanced Jewish studies for women. Malke and her husband Rav Aharon Bina, Rosh Yeshiva of Netiv Aryeh, have five children and many grandchildren.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rachel Hershberg

Rachel Hershberg just loves learning and teaching Tanakh and Jewish philosophy. Originally from Palo Alto, California, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in World Religions. A recent participant in the Eshkolot and Lapidot Fellowships, she has taught at She'arim College of Jewish Studies for Women and Amudim Seminary, and is co-director of the Women's Online Beit Midrash. She is married +4 and lives in Beit Shemesh.

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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.

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Racheli Herszaft

Racheli Herszaft taught in London before coming to Israel to join the Matan Bellow’s Eshkolot 5th Cohort. She studied in Midreshet Tehillah, has a bachelors in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Westminster, and a masters in teaching from University College- London.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ronit Arbisfeld

Ronit Arbisfeld is a current student in Matan Bellow's Eshkolot Educators Institute and is also working in Sha’alvim for Women. She is a graduate of Queens College CUNY where she completed a bachelor's degree in psychology and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She currently lives in Yerushalayim with her husband.

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Ronit Lewis

was born in Australia. She is a graduate of the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute, the Matan Mizrachi Lapidot program and the Mizrachi Olami Shalhevet Leadership program. Ronit trained as a nurse and worked as education officer for Chevra Hatzolah, in the medical educational field specializing in addiction, mental health and the promotion of health within the Jewish community. Since moving to Israel she has worked at various midrashot as an educator and in hadracha roles. Ronit Has a keen interest in the interplay between Halakha and family health, and hopes to work in this field in the future.

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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.

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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.

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Sarina Novick

Sarina Novick is the coordinator for the Matan Summer Programs in Jerusalem and is a graduate of Matan's Bellows Eshkolot Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies. She holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Biology at Yeshiva University, and an M.A. in Biology Education from Columbia University. Sarina is the program director for Midreshet Torah V’Avodah for gap year students in Jerusalem.

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Shanee Hadad (nee Mali)

Shanee Hadad (nee Mali) is a graduate of the third cohort of the Matan Eshkolot Educators Institute and Matan’s Petichta, and Tzerufim Batei Midrash . This year she will be studying to become a Yoetzet Halakha. Shanee is a night seder teacher at MTVA and she helps out at the RRG Beit Midrash at Hebrew University.

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Sharona Margolin Halickman

is a graduate (2019) of the Matan Bellows Educators Institute. She is currently studying in Hilkhata - Matan’s Advanced Halakhic Institute. Sharona is the founder and director of Torat Reva Yerushalayim and teaches at Machon LeMadrichei Chutz La’Aretz.

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Sheerelle Marks

is studying in the 5th Cohort of the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute and in the Lapidot program. She was a teacher and Occupational Therapist in London, England before coming to Israel, with Mizrachi UK. She studied in Michlala Seminary and qualified as an Occupational Therapist at Brunel University, London. She currently lives in Alon Shvut with her husband and children.

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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.

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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.

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Simi Peters

Simi Peters teaches Tanakh, Midrash, and Parshanut (Biblical Exegesis) at Nishmat and Matan in Jerusalem, as well as lecturing on these topics internationally. The author of Learning to Read Midrash (Urim Publications), Simi has been involved in adult Jewish education, educational consulting, and teacher education since making aliya 40 years ago. She specializes in providing access to a wide variety of classic Jewish texts for students at all levels of Jewish literacy and experience. Simi has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the Graduate Center of CUNY, and is an alumna of the prestigious Jerusalem Fellows program.

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Sophie Gordon

from Chicago is currently studying in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute, Lapidot and the Tzerufim program. She graduated from Stern College, where she studied both studio art and political science. Additionally she hopes to attain a Master’s in Jewish education and a Master’s in social work, as she is especially passionate about informal education and helping people. Coincidently, her favorite Jewish holiday is Tu B’Shevat!

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Sue Gelber

has a B.A. in History and Political Science from CCNY, the Teacher’s Institue of Yeshiva University and an M.A. in Library Science with a specialty in medical sciences from Columbia University.  She is a graduate of the Matmidot program in Matan HaSharon. Sue is the Administrative Director and a lecturer at Matan HaSharon.

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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.

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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.

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Tali Harris

is a student in the Matan Bellow’s Eshkolot Educators Institute. She is originally from New York, and made Aliyah after spending a year in MMY. Tali did a year of sherut leumi at Nefesh B’Nefesh and has a BA in Administrative Education and Communications from Bar Ilan University. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and their son.

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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.

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Tamar Roth

is head of the Matan Hashmonaim Beit Midrash. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is an instructor nationally, supervising the teaching of civics for the Ministry of Education. She is a lecturer at Efrata in the department for the retraining of academics.

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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.

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Tamar Yechieli

is a student in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute. She was born and raised in Beit Shemesh, and currently lives in Jerusalem. Tamar has a BA from Bar Ilan and an MA from Hebrew University. She has worked with school and student groups from around the world and after completing her studies in Eshkolot this summer, she hopes to go on Shlichut with her husband and two children.

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Tamara Caplin

(née Baum) deepened her love of Torah study at Shaalvim for Women seminary in Jerusalem (07/08) and then returned to London to study Speech and Language Therapy. Whilst studying, and later working, Tamara was involved in establishing “The Midrasha” providing shiurim for women of all ages in North West London. In September 2016 Tamara and her husband Josh and their two daughters made Aliyah to Modiin. Tamara is now working as a speech therapist and as coordinator for Matan Modiin.

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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.

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Tzippy Ramati

has a B.A. in informal education and educational administration and an M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. She is a guide for groups travelling to Poland and the Ukraine. Tzippy is the coordinator of the Matan Bat Mitzvah program in Israel and she is a lecturer and group facilitator. She is the marketing manager and coordinator of educational programs at Matan HaSharon

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Valeria Shani Janzen Sametz

is a student in the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute. She is originally from Cancun, Mexico, and made Aliyah four years ago. Valeria Shani studied in Machon Ora and has a BA in Psychology from IDC Herzeliya. She currently lives in Yerushalayim with her husband and hopes to continue her journey as a student and educator.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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