Staff & Faculty


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Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin

President, Schechter Institutes, INC.

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin

President, Schechter Institutes, INC.

David Golinkin was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. He made aliyah in 1972, earning a BA in Jewish History and two teaching certificates from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received an MA in Rabbinics and a PhD in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he was also ordained as Rabbi.

Prof. Golinkin is President of The Schechter Institutes, Inc. and President Emeritus of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. For twenty years he served as Chair of the Va’ad Halakhah (Law Committee) of the Rabbinical Assembly which gives halakhic guidance to the Masorti Movement in Israel. He is the founder and director of the Institute of Applied Halakhah at Schechter. He is also the Director of the Center for Women in Jewish Law whose goal is to publish responsa and books by and about women in Jewish law.

Rabbi Golinkin is the author or editor of 49 books and has published over 200 articles, responsa and sermons.

Rena Levine Melammed

Prof. Renee Levine Melammed

Full Professor of Jewish History

Rena Levine Melammed

Prof. Renee Levine Melammed

Full Professor of Jewish History

Renée Levine Melammed, originally from Long Island, received her degrees from Smith College and Brandeis University. Her dissertation and early research dealt with the lives of crypto-Jewish women in Spain and the way in which conversos coped with the issue of their identity; her research now is focusing on women’s lives as reflected in the Cairo Geniza. She is a professor of Jewish history at Schechter, teaching courses in medieval Jewish history and gender studies as well as in Jews of Spain and Islamic lands.

Prof. Doron Bar

Prof. Doron Bar

President, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Prof. Doron Bar

Prof. Doron Bar

President, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Doron Bar is the president of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. He earned his PhD from The Hebrew University in historical geography. Professor Bar is researching the development of popular and national holy places. He is a seventh generation descendant of an Old Yishuv Jerusalem family.

Ari Ackerman

Dr. Ari Ackerman

Dean, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Ari Ackerman

Dr. Ari Ackerman

Dean, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Ari Ackerman is the Dean of the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, where he teaches courses in the areas of Jewish philosophy and education. He received his PhD in Jewish thought from Hebrew University. His most recent book is a critical edition of the sermons of Zerahia Halevi Saledin (Beer Sheva University Press, 2013). Dr. Ackerman is currently working on a monograph on creation and codification in the philosophy of Hasdai Crescas.

Avi Novis Deutsch

Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch

Dean, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary

Avi Novis Deutsch

Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch

Dean, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary

Dr. Eitan Chikli

Susan and Scott Shay Director General

Dr. Eitan Chikli

Susan and Scott Shay Director General

Eitan Chikli has been the Executive Director of TALI since 1994. He holds a doctorate in Jewish Education from JTS, an MA in Jewish Studies from the Schechter Institute, a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Wexner fellow and rabbinic ordination from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. Dr. Chikli was born in Tunisia and made aliyah from France in 1977 at the age of 19.  He is married with three children and three grandchildren.

Tamar Kadari

Dr. Tamar Kadari

Lecturer for Midrash

Tamar Kadari

Dr. Tamar Kadari

Lecturer for Midrash

Tamar  Kadari  is a senior lecturer at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, where she serves as the head of the Midrash and Aggadah program. She received her PhD in Midrashic literature from Hebrew University and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn University. In 2009 Dr. Kadari received a grant from the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) to head a research  group preparing a critical edition of  Song of Songs Rabbah. Her research interests include biblical women in the eye's of the rabbis, esthetics and beauty in rabbinic literature and literary readings of midrash.  Dr. Kadari is a sculptor whose work has been exhibited in galleries in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Galia Glasner Heled

Dr. Galia Glasner Heled

Family and Community Studies, Contemporary Jewry, Jewish Education

Galia Glasner Heled

Dr. Galia Glasner Heled

Family and Community Studies, Contemporary Jewry, Jewish Education

Dr. David Frankel

Bible

Dr. David Frankel

Bible

Prof. Moshe Benovitz

Talmud, Jewish Law

Prof. Moshe Benovitz

Talmud, Jewish Law

Moshe Benovitz is professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He is the author of Kol Nidre: Studies in the Development of Rabbinic Votive Institutions (Atlanta 1998) and several volumes of comprehensive critical commentary on sections of the Talmud, as well as numerous scholarly articles on various aspects of Talmudic scholarship and rabbinic history, including oaths and vows, liturgy, and Jewish festivals.

Noa Yuval Hacham

Dr. Noa Yuval Hacham

Land of Israel Studies, Judaism and the Arts

Noa Yuval Hacham

Dr. Noa Yuval Hacham

Land of Israel Studies, Judaism and the Arts

Yossi Turner

Prof. Yossi Turner

Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy

Yossi Turner

Prof. Yossi Turner

Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy

Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy.

Area of expertise: Modern Jewish thinkers such as Franz Rosenzweig; Mordechai Kaplan; A.D Gordon, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Rav Nahman Krochmal, Hermann Cohen and many others.

Most recent book: Zion and the Diaspora in 20'th Century Jewish Thought: an Inquiry in the Philosophy of Jewish Existence (Hebrew 2014).

Present Projects:

1 - 'And Your Brother Shall Dwell Among You': An Analysis of the Problems Confronting Jewish Existence and its Religious and Cultural Heritage in Light of Contemporary Globalization and Accelerated Society;

2 – Social Justice in Modern Jewish Thought

Paul Shrell Fox

Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox

Lecturer: Family and Community Studies; Academic Advisor, TALI

Paul Shrell Fox

Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox

Lecturer: Family and Community Studies; Academic Advisor, TALI

Rabbi Paul Shrell-Fox received his PhD in psychology from The New School University and rabbinic ordination from Schechter. His research interests include Judaism in Evolutionary perspective, the evolution of altruism and the interface between science & religion. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in New Rochelle, NY and made aliyah in 1994.

Yair Paz

Dr. Yair Paz

Land of Israel Studies

Yair Paz

Dr. Yair Paz

Land of Israel Studies

Dr. Einat Ramon

Jewish Thought, Women's Studies

Dr. Einat Ramon

Jewish Thought, Women's Studies

Bat Sheva Margalit Stern

Dr. Bat Sheva Margalit-Stern

Women's Studies, Jewish History

Bat Sheva Margalit Stern

Dr. Bat Sheva Margalit-Stern

Women's Studies, Jewish History

Dianna Villa

Rabbi Diana Villa

Mishlei Coordinator Torah Lishmah Coordinator Lecturer, Talmud and Jewish Law

Dianna Villa

Rabbi Diana Villa

Mishlei Coordinator Torah Lishmah Coordinator Lecturer, Talmud and Jewish Law

Diana Villa, lectures at the Schechter Rabbinical School and coordinates the Mishlei and Torah Lishmah programs. A native of Argentina, she has degrees in Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Psychology and Talmud as well as rabbinic ordination. Rabbi Villa was a researcher at the Center for Women in Jewish Law, where she co-authored two books on halakhic solutions to the agunah problem and responsa on current issues. She represents The Schechter Institute at I.C.A.R. (International Coalition for Agunah Rights), and is a member of the steering committee and the Committee on Jewish Law of the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel. She is the proud mother of one daughter and twin granddaughters.

Dr. Pinchas Mandel

Family and Community Studies

Dr. Pinchas Mandel

Family and Community Studies

Rabbi Prof. Shamma Friedman

Talmud

Rabbi Prof. Shamma Friedman

Talmud

Rabbi Prof. Alexander Even-Chen

Jewish Thought

Rabbi Prof. Alexander Even-Chen

Jewish Thought

Yonit Kolb-Reznitzki

Director, Neve Schechter

Yonit Kolb-Reznitzki

Director, Neve Schechter

Yonit Kolb–Reznitzki has served as the Neve Schechter's' Director since 2013. Building on strong community-oriented values, Yonit seeks to promote social values which will further influence Israeli society. She graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a BA in Jewish Studies and an MA in Culture studies.

Rabbi Roberto Arbib

Educational Director, Neve Schechter

Rabbi Roberto Arbib

Educational Director, Neve Schechter

Tel. 03-5170358 (3); Cell 054-5427002

Eitan Cooper

Executive Vice President

Eitan Cooper

Executive Vice President

Eva Halachmi

Director of Leadership programs and Special Projects

Eva Halachmi

Director of Leadership programs and Special Projects

Eva Halahmi has worked at TALI in two capacities: Director of the Educational Leadership Development Program, and Director of the Dialogue and Identity Program, for encounters between Jewish and Arab schoolchildren. Eva was born in Tunisia, raised in Paris and made aliyah as part of Bnei Akiva. Eva has a BA in Informal Education and Land of Israel Studies from Bar Ilan University, and an MA in Hebrew Literature Translation from the University of Paris. She completed the Educational Leadership Program as a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Institute.

Sara Shay

Deputy Executive Director

Sara Shay

Deputy Executive Director

Sara Shay is a Vice President and Director of Elementary Schools at TALI. She has BA and MA degrees in psychology, business administration and Jewish philosophy. She has a special interest in rabbinic legends. Sara's grandparents were among the founders of Bat Yam and she is a founder of Barkan, a town in the Shomron.

Shira Ackerman Simchovitch

Director of Early Childhood Education

Shira Ackerman Simchovitch

Director of Early Childhood Education

Shira Ackerman Simchovitch is the Director of Early Childhood at TALI. Prior to this position she was the educational content and community outreach director for the Shalom Sesame project and she continues to advise the Israeli Rechov Sumsum series. Shira previously served as the director of early childhood services at the Jewish Agency.   She is a graduate of the David Yellin Teacher's College, the Bank Street College of Education-Parsons School of Design Joint Program and the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows Program for Leadership in Jewish Education.

Daniel Topaz

Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Topaz

Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Topaz is the Director, Southern Region for TALI.  He is a graduate of the Revivim program at Hebrew University.  Daniel has an MA in Educational Management and Organization from Beit Berl in Kfar Saba. His research interests include rabbinic literature and the construction of Jewish identity for Israeli students.

Rabbi Dikla Druckman

Director of Bnot Mitzvah Program, Spiritual and Pedagogic Counselor

Rabbi Dikla Druckman

Director of Bnot Mitzvah Program, Spiritual and Pedagogic Counselor

Lior Taf

Director of New Media

Lior Taf

Director of New Media

Lior Taf is the Director of New Media for TALI and is responsible for all of TALI's digital platforms.  Originally from Givaatayim he lives in Jerusalem and has a background in youth work and informal education.  Lior has a BA in Music and Humanities from Muzik College and the Open University.  He is studying for a Master's Degree at the Schechter Institute in education and the arts.

Karen Moses Kamens

North American Office, The Schechter Institutes, Inc.

Karen Moses Kamens

North American Office, The Schechter Institutes, Inc.

Karen Moses Kamens has worked closely with The Schechter Institutes, Inc. since 2005, in all facets of Schechter’s North American fundraising activities and donor relations. Karen has a broad range of professional experiences within various nonprofit educational, research, and community health organizations over the past 30 years, and has been a fundraising consultant since 1999. A graduate of Emory University, she has served in a variety of volunteer and leadership positions for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and is actively involved with several local nonprofit community organizations.

Avrum D. Lapin

North American Representative, The Schechter Institutes, Inc.

Avrum D. Lapin

North American Representative, The Schechter Institutes, Inc.

Avrum D. Lapin serves as Schechter's North American Representative, guiding Schechter’s fundraising programs and efforts in North America.  He has provided fundraising and strategic counsel to hundreds of nonprofits in the United States and overseas. Avrum provides professional development and training seminars to volunteer and professional nonprofit leaders in the US and in Israel.. He holds an MSW in Community Organization and a BA in Political Science.

Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Haiyun

Director, Midreshet Schechter

Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Haiyun

Director, Midreshet Schechter

Dena Thaler

Director TALI Curriculum and Textbook department

Dena Thaler

Director TALI Curriculum and Textbook department

Gila Katz

Director of Midreshet Yerushalayim

Gila Katz

Director of Midreshet Yerushalayim

Rabbi Yisrael Warman

Talmud and Jewish Law

Rabbi Yisrael Warman

Talmud and Jewish Law

Marianna Ruah-Midbar

Director of "Spirituality" Program

Marianna Ruah-Midbar

Director of "Spirituality" Program

Dr. George Savran

Bible

Dr. George Savran

Bible

George Savran's academic background is in English Literature and Biblical studies. He has been teaching Bible at Schechter for the past 20 years. Dr. Savran's interests tend to the literary side of biblical literature:  the development of character in narrative, the interplay of different voices in biblical poetry and the function of the lyrical in Psalms.  When not reading, he plays folk music on the banjo and the mandolin.

Dr. Simcha Goldsmith

Deputy Director General

Dr. Simcha Goldsmith

Deputy Director General

Penina Goldschmidt

Coordinator of Research and Development

Penina Goldschmidt

Coordinator of Research and Development

Dr. Etka Liebowitz

Coordinator of Research and Development

Dr. Etka Liebowitz

Coordinator of Research and Development

Etka Liebowitz is the Director of the Research Authority and a Coordinator of Development, including matters pertaining to Schechter's activities in Ukraine. She received her PhD in Jewish History in 2012 (specializing in women in the Second Temple period) and has published several academic articles in her field. Dr. Liebowitz is fluent in English, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish.

Moriah Karsagi-Aharon

Director of Communications and Public Relations

Moriah Karsagi-Aharon

Director of Communications and Public Relations

Moriah Karsagi-Aharon is the Director of Media and Public Relations at Schechter. She is a graduate of The Hebrew University with a BA in Journalism and Communications and will soon receive an MA from Schechter in Contemporary Jewry and Land of Israel Studies. She previously worked as assistant spokesperson for the Israeli Court System, as an internet content coordinator at Channel 2 television and as the press coordinator of the Jewish National Fund. She is married and lives in Jerusalem.

Dr. Gila Vachman

Talmud, Midrash

Dr. Gila Vachman

Talmud, Midrash

Dr. Gila Vachman studied at the Hebrew University where she received a BA (cum laude) in Talmud and Hebrew literature, an MA (cum laude) in Midrash and Aggadah as well as a PhD. She is a lecturer in Midrash and Aggadah at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and the Hebrew University. Born in Kibbutz Yavne, married, the mother of three children, and lives in Jerusalem.