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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 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 and also directs the Center for Women in Jewish Law. Rabbi Professor Golinkin 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. For a complete bio click here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Avi Novis Deutsch

Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch

Dean, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary

Avi Novis Deutsch

Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch

Dean, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary

Avi Novis Deutsch is presently the Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. Ordained as a Masorti rabbi by the SRS in 2003, Rabbi Deutsch also has an MA in Jewish Studies from JTS. He served for nine years as a pulpit rabbi at two Masorti congregations in Israel, most recently, at Haminyan Hamishpachti Masorti Kfar Veradim. Rabbi Deutsch also worked for two years as a Jewish educator in Berkeley and in the Bay Area, California.  He is married to Dr. Nurit Novis-Deutsch. They and their three children live on Kibbutz Hanaton.

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.

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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.

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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

Galia Glasner Heled directs the Community Management in the Spirit of Judaism MA track and is the academic consultant for the Mishlei program. She teaches courses in the Contemporary Jewry and in Family and Community Studies.  Dr. Glasner Heled received her MA in clinical psychology and her PhD in social psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She writes about questions of identity and memory in Israeli society, particularly about the memory of the Holocaust in Israel. She lives in Kiriat-Ono.

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Dr. David Frankel

Bible

Dr. David Frankel

Bible

David Frankel has served since 1992 as a senior lecturer in Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. He did his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Moshe Weinfeld. His publications include The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School and The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel.  From 1991 to 1996, Rabbi Dr. Frankel was rabbi of Congregation Shevet Achim in Gilo, Jerusalem.

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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.

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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

Noa Yuval-Hacham is a lecturer and academic advisor in the Land of Israel Studies and Judaism and the Arts tracks.  She earned her PhD in 2011 from Hebrew University. Dr. Yuval-Hacham’s research deals with ancient art in the Land of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, with a special emphasis on Jewish art and its relationship with neighboring cultures in late antiquity. She lives in Efrat with her husband and five children.

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Yossi Turner

Prof. Yossi Turner

Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy

Yossi Turner

Prof. Yossi Turner

Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy

Yoseph Turner is currently a senior lecturer in Jewish Philosophy. He did his graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he was awarded an MA and a PhD in Jewish Thought. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, "The Relationship of Culture and Science to Franz Rosenzweig's Concept of Time."  Professor Turner has published over 10 articles and a book in Hebrew – Emunah v'Humanism: Iyunim B'Philosophia Hadatit shel Franz Rosenzweig ("Faith and Humanism: Studies in the Religious Philosphy of Franz Rosenzweig").  He lives with his wife and five children in Efrat, Israel.

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Paul Shrell Fox

Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox

Lecturer, Coordinator of Family and Community Studies

Paul Shrell Fox

Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox

Lecturer, Coordinator of Family and Community Studies

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.

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Yair Paz

Dr. Yair Paz

Land of Israel Studies

Yair Paz

Dr. Yair Paz

Land of Israel Studies

Yair Paz is Senior Lecturer in Land of Israel Studies at Schechter. He received his PhD in Land of Israel Studies from Bar-Ilan University. He has written on Safed as a Holy City in the 16th Century; Jerusalem and its surroundings during the British Mandate and the early years of the establishment of Israel. Dr. Paz's research also deals with the pioneering neighborhoods just outside the Old City walls; as well as the conservation of the architectural heritage of abandoned Palestinian neighborhoods following the 1948 War. He began his career working with at-risk youth as a counselor and administrator at a youth village.

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Dr. Einat Ramon

Jewish Thought, Women's Studies

Dr. Einat Ramon

Jewish Thought, Women's Studies

Einat Ramon is a senior lecturer in Jewish thought and Jewish Women’s Studies at Schechter and one of the founders of professional spiritual care in Israel.  In 2012 she founded the Marpeh program – the only academic program for the training of spiritual caregivers in the context of pluralistic Jewish studies, where she teaches and supervises chaplaincy students and Israeli pastoral education supervisors-in-training. Dr. Ramon writes academic and popular books and articles about contemporary Hassidic spirituality, Zionist and North American Jewish thought, and modern Jewish women’s theology and ethics— particularly concerning family  and bioethics issues. She received her doctorate in Religious Studies from Stanford University and is a third generation native Jerusalemite

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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

Bat-Sheva Margalit Stern is a senior lecturer and a historian. Her fields of research include Women's Studies, Modern Jewish History and Land of Israel studies. Dr. Margalit Stern got her PhD at the University of Haifa and her post-doctoral training at Stanford University. After several years of exploring life in the US, she came back to Israel and became a member of the Schechter Institute.

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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.

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Dr. Pinchas Mandel

Family and Community Studies

Dr. Pinchas Mandel

Family and Community Studies

Pinchas Mandel teaches Midrash and Aggadah, Talmud, Hermeneutics and Jewish literature of the Second Temple period. Having completed a BSc and MSc in physics in the US, he was always interested in both math and sciences, as well as literature and Jewish studies. Dr. Mandel ultimately received an MA and PhD from Hebrew University, concentrating in the transmission of rabbinic midrashic literature and its poetic development. He was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Rabbi Prof. Shamma Friedman

Talmud

Rabbi Prof. Shamma Friedman

Talmud

Israel Prize laureate Shamma Friedman is the Benjamin and Minna Reeves Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary and teaching at Schechter. In 1985, Friedman founded the Saul Lieberman Institute of Talmudic Research, which encourages innovative Talmud scholarship and provides sophisticated tools for its implementation. The Institute today distributes The Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Databank, a computerized database containing the text of almost all surviving Talmud manuscripts. He was elected to the Israel Academy of the Hebrew Language and the American Academy of Jewish Research and is Talmud division editor of the Encyclopaedia Judaica.

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Rabbi Prof. Alexander Even-Chen

Jewish Thought

Rabbi Prof. Alexander Even-Chen

Jewish Thought

Alexander Even Chen is a Professor of Jewish Thought. He earned his PhD in Jewish studies from Hebrew University and rabbinical ordination from Schechter. As a teacher at the Masorti High School in Jerusalem, he helped develop informal Jewish educational activities, and has served as pedagogic advisor at the Bet Hatefutzot Museum in Tel Aviv.  He has served on the boards of the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Inter-religious Coordinating Council in Israel promoting dialogue between the three major monotheistic faiths. Rabbi Dr. Even-Chen is author of 3 books and numerous scholarly articles. His translation into Hebrew of Heschel’s Shabbat will be published shortly. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and two children.

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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

Roberto Arbib is the educational director of Neve Schechter and rabbi of its synagogue. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University, and rabbinic ordination from Schechter.  Since his ordination as a Masorti rabbi, Rabbi Arbib has served in numerous positions: Rabbi at Kehillat Sinai, founder of Midreshet Iyun for adult education, TALI school rabbi, co-founder of Derech Avraham interfaith group and facilitator in bibliodrama. He made aliya in 1959 from Italy.

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

Eitan Cooper

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Eitan Cooper

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Eitan Cooper is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Schechter Institutes. He came to Schechter in 2000 and has served in various capacities- from TALI Outreach Coordinator to Vice President for Development, with responsibilities in fundraising, external relations, PR and Board management. Mr. Cooper holds a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA from the Hebrew University. Eitan and Anita Cooper made Aliya from the United States in 1983. They live in Jerusalem and have 4 children.

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 Director, Northern Region, TALI

Sara Shay

Deputy Director, Northern Region, TALI

Sara Shay is a Deputy 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

Director, Southern Region, TALI

Daniel Topaz

Director, Southern Region, TALI

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

Coordinator of Bnot Mitzvah Program and School Rabbi, TALI

Rabbi Dikla Druckman

Coordinator of Bnot Mitzvah Program and School Rabbi, TALI

Lior Taf

Coordinator of New Media, TALI

Lior Taf

Coordinator of New Media, TALI

Lior Taf is the Coordinator 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

Development Coordinator, North American Office

Karen Moses Kamens

Development Coordinator, North American Office

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

Dov (Dubi) Hayoun directs the Midreshet Schechter program. After completing his first degree in history and Bible,  he moved to the Galilee and spent ten years  teaching at a high school in the Jezreel Valley. He was ordained at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary and earned a master's degree in Talmud and Rabbinics. Since 2008 he has served as rabbi at Kehilat Moriah in Haifa. and as a spiritual supporter. Rabbi Hayoun also serves as the president of the Israeli Rabbinical Assembly.

 

Dena Thaler

Director of Educational Resources, TALI

Dena Thaler

Director of Educational Resources, TALI

Dena Thaler is Director of the Department of Educational Resources at TALI, the department responsible for producing TALI's  books, games, educational kits and educational websites for elementary and middle schools.  Dena grew up in the US and after completing her BA in religious studies at Queens College, came to Israel and completed a masters in Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University, making aliya in 1984. Dena is married to Steve Israel and they have four sons, who can frequently be found arguing who is the wise/wicked etc.

Gila Katz

Director of Midreshet Yerushalayim

Gila Katz

Director of Midreshet Yerushalayim

Gila Katz is the Director of Midreshet Yerushalaiym- Schechter's educational programs in Eastern Europe. Prior to making Aliyah from Ukraine in 1995, she directed the TALI school in Chernovitz and the Ramah Ukraine Camp Program.  She now directs and serves as educational adviser for these same programs.  She received an MA from Schechter in Educational Leadership.

Marianna Ruah-Midbar

Director of Spirituality Program

Marianna Ruah-Midbar

Director of Spirituality Program

Marianna Ruah-Midbar established the spirituality program at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and is also the director of the spirituality program for TALI.  She is one of the pioneers of spirituality in the field of Israeli academia.  In her research Dr. Ruah-Midbar deals with the intersections between Jewish tradition and global spirituality and the interaction between contemporary the internet, spirituality, mythology, ritual and feminism.

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, Manager of Logistics

Dr. Simcha Goldsmith

Deputy Director, Manager of Logistics

Simcha Goldsmith is the deputy director in charge of all logistics at the Schechter Institutes.  He holds a PhD in education from JTS.  Originally from the Philadelphia area, Dr. Goldsmith resides with his family in Efrat.

Penina Goldschmidt

Coordinator of Research and Development

Penina Goldschmidt

Coordinator of Research and Development

Penina Goldschmidt is an economist, with a BA in Economics from Barnard College and an MBA from Columbia University. She worked at Citicorp in New York before making aliya in 1980, when she joined the Lavi project office at Israel Aircraft Industries where she managed over 200 contracts with subcontractors abroad for the Lavi fighter plane. She then worked at several high-tech companies as a technical writer, before joining Schechter as a grant writer and reporter. She also translates academic and research papers from Hebrew to English.

Dr. Etka Liebowitz

Grants Coordinator

Dr. Etka Liebowitz

Grants Coordinator

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.

Rabbi Ilana Foss

Coordinator of Content and Social Media

Rabbi Ilana Foss

Coordinator of Content and Social Media

Ilana Foss is the English Language Coordinator of Content and Social Media working in public relations and development.  Ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary, she served as a pulpit rabbi in Brockton, Massachusetts before making aliyah.  Ilana has worked as an educator for the Nesiya Institute and the 92nd Street Y. She has a BA in Black Studies from Amherst College and lives with her husband in Jerusalem.

Anya Zhuravel Segal

Director of Resource Development

Anya Zhuravel Segal

Director of Resource Development

Anya Zhuravel Segal serves as Schechter's Director of Development, overlooking strategic donor development for all four Schechter non-profits. She has served in marketing and business development positions in Israeli hi-tech and clean-tech companies, and was in charge of resource development for the Jewish Agency educational programming in the Former Soviet Union. Anya holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Moriah Karsagi-Aharon

Director of Media and Public Relations

Moriah Karsagi-Aharon

Director of Media 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.

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