Midreshet Amit

Staff

Administration

Mrs. Ilana Gottlieb

Mrs. Ilana Gottlieb

Director

A natural educator, Mrs. Gottlieb has many years of teaching experience at Ramaz, SAR Academy, and Yeshivat Rambam. Her creative classes and engaging personality have always made Mrs. Gottlieb a favorite among her students. Outside of the classroom Mrs. Gottlieb has been actively involved in communal leadership, serving on organizational boards, chairing programs, and especially in her role as rebbetzin of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD, where she played a leading role in both women's and youth education. Mrs. Gottlieb earned a BA in Education, summa cum laude, from Stern College for Women, as well as a Masters degree in Education and Administration from Azrieli Graduate School where she was co-valedictorian. With her special combination of personal warmth and professional excellence, Mrs. Ilana Gottlieb is an inspiring leader and ideal role model for our students. Mrs. Gottlieb made Aliyah in August 2009 and currently lives in Ramat Shilo with her husband and four children.

ilanag@amit.org.il

Rabbi Daniel Goldstein

Rabbi Daniel Goldstein

Rav HaMidrasha

Rabbi Daniel Goldstein has been a member of the faculty of Midreshet AMIT since it opened in 2007. Prior to that, he served as Rabbi of Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY. Rabbi Goldstein received his BA from Yeshiva College and Semicha from RIETS, and an MA in History from Brooklyn College. He and his wife Jennie, and children live in Neve Daniel.

dgoldstein.amit@gmail.com

Mrs. Barbara Vidomlanski

Mrs. Barbara Vidomlanski

Coordinator of Student Activities

Mrs. Barbara Vidomlanski, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, graduated from Central High School. After studying in Midreshet Moriah, she continued her studies at Stern College where she completed her degree in education. Before joining Midreshet AMIT, Mrs. Vidomlanski taught in Chorev High School in Yerushalayim and was a popular rakezet and teacher at MMY and Tiferet. Mrs. Vidomlanski and her husband have also been an essential part of the Chinuch staff at Camp Moshava for several years. They live in Ramat Shilo with their six adorable children.

barbarav.amit@gmail.com

Mrs. Shirelle Avreky

Mrs. Shirelle Avreky

Beit Hayeled Chesed Coordinator, Eim Bayit

Shirelle is our first Midreshet Amit alumnus to serve as a full time staff member. As Eim Bayit, she works with both faculty and students to make sure that all the girls are well taken care of. As Beit Hayeled Chesed Coordinator, she oversees all interactions between the foster families and the Amit students and runs exciting special events in our building. Her warmth and dynamic personality, and her open home for a late night shmooze or a Shabbat meal have endeared her to the entire Amit family.

 

Faculty

Rav Amos Azizoff

Rav Amos Azizoff

Rabbi Amos Azizoff born in the United Kingdom, studied at Hasmonean High School. After graduating High School he learnt at Gateshead Yeshiva Gedola, Bobov Yeshiva and Yeshivat Mir. He gained Semicha from Dayan Lopian ZT"L. He taught at Immanuel College for four years following which he joined Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue as Assistant Rabbi. He is very well known for his understanding of many different sectors of Judaism.

Rav Amos returned to Israel in August 2018 together with his wife and four children. He lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh. As well as teaching at Midreshet Amit he is the Rav of King Solomon High School in Ramat Hasharon and also teaches at Midreshet Eshel.

Mrs. Pesha Fischer

Mrs. Pesha Fischer

Mrs. Pesha Fischer has been teaching seminary students in Israel since her Aliyah .  She also created and has been running  an original and exciting after school science program for elementary age children in Modiin .  Prior to her Aliyah, Pesha worked as a Campus Torah Educator at the University of Maryland and  was a teacher and Judaic Studies Coordinator at Yavneh Academy in Dallas. Pesha has studied in the Bruriah Scholar's Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum and at Matan and received a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University.  Pesha lives in Modiin with her husband and four children.

Mrs. Sepha Kirschblum

Mrs. Sepha Kirschblum

Mrs. Sepha Kirshblum teaches Tanach and Jewish Thought. Sepha, as our students call her, has a genuine love for both her students and Torah, especially Tanach. She tries to create a balance of creativity, fun, humor and kavod Ha-Torah in the classroom to help her students love learning as much as she does. Before making aliyah, Sepha taught Tanach at the Ramaz Upper School, where she was also Senior Grade Advisor, Israel Advisor, and involved in extracurricular programming. Sepha received her BA from Stern College with a Major in Judaic Studies and a Minor in Psychology. She received a dual Masters in both special and regular Education from Hunter College. Sepha lives in Efrat with her family.

 

Mrs. Rebecca Klein

Mrs. Rebecca Klein

Rebecca Klein was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. She  went to Yeshivat Frisch for high school and then studied in Israel for a year and a half in Midreshet Moriah. She started her studies in Stern College for Women majoring in nutrition and psychology and is continuing her studies in Touro College in Jerusalem. She was an advisor on NCSY and most recently a counselor on Morasha's Sulam Israel program. Her family is living in Israel this year in Raanana. She is extremely excited to learn with the girls this year!

Mrs. Dara Knapel

Mrs. Dara Knapel

Dara has a BA degree in Judaic Studies from Stern College and an MS Degree in Education and Special Education from Hunter College. Prior to making Aliyah , Dara taught at Hillel Yeshiva High School in Deal New Jersey. Since making Aliyah, Dara has worked at various one year midrasha programs in Israel. She lives in Bet Shemesh with her husband Rabbi Jason Knapel and their 5 children.

djknapel@yahoo.com

Matthew Lipman

Matthew Lipman

Matthew Lipman has been working in Israel education for more than 15 years. He has taught Judaic Studies at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD, the Weber School in Atlanta, GA, and at what is now called the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He has written high-tech educational materials for U.S. public schools, the IDF and an online Jewish day school. He has also worked in informal Jewish education for many years. Matthew has a B.A. in Politics and History from the University of Liverpool and holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University. He lives with his family in Modi'in.

Rabbi Rafi Rosenblum

Rabbi Rafi Rosenblum

Rabbi Rafi Rosenblum (better known as Rav Rafi) received his BA and Semicha from Yeshiva University, where he also spent four years as a member of the Wexner Kollel Elyon. After completing his time at the Kollel Elyon, Rav Rafi taught at a number of schools, including Bat Torah in Paramus, New Jersey and the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett, New York. Rav Rafi currently lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with his wife and five kids who love hosting AMIT students and alumni for shabbatot.

rafirosenblum@hotmail.com

Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz

Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz

Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz hails from Sydney, Australia. Rabbi Schwartz studied at the University of New South Wales majoring in music and film and  received his rabbinical ordination at the Shehebar Sephardic Center in Jerusalem under Rabbi Yaakov Peretz. He also studied Talmud and Jewish Philosophy at Herzog Academic College, and is currently writing his Master’s thesis on Rav Kook at Herzog. 

Rabbi Schwartz is the cofounder and dean of the Society of Independent Spirituality, an English-speaking learning center in Jerusalem that combines Jewish spirituality and Zionism, and is the author of “The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook: Writings of a Jewish Mystic”. In addition, he teaches the writings of Rav Kook, Rav Shagar, Jewish philosophy, and Tanach at several yeshivot and midrashot in Jerusalem.

Mrs. Geula Twersky

Mrs. Geula Twersky

Geula Twersky teaches Tanach and art at Amit. She holds two masters degrees in Bible, from YU and from Bar Ilan. Geula has been teaching for well over two decades. Geula  is also a professional artist, and a  published author. Her new book on Shir Hashirim, Song of Riddles, is due to be released soon. You can view Geula's artwork at Geulaart.com. Geula specializes in the synthesis of the world of art with Torah. 

 

Rabbi Aharon Wexler

Rabbi Aharon Wexler

Rabbi Aharon Wexler made Aliyah after high school and studied in Yeshivat HaKotel. After Yeshiva and his service in the IDF, Aharon studied for his BA in Archeology and then went back to Yeshivat HaKotel for his Rabbinic Ordination. Rabbi Wexler went on to earn an MA in Jewish History and is now a Doctoral Candidate studying Jewish Philosophy. Aharon teaches in many post-high school Yeshiva programs and  leads Birthright Israel tours and other educational touring programs during the summer.

aharonwex@gmail.com

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Rabbi Jonathan Friedman

Rabbi Jonathan Friedman

Rabbi Jonathan Friedman, originally from Cedarhurst, New York has been in Israel since his Shana aleph learning in different yeshivot. Rabbi Friedman   recently completed his Rabbinic Ordination through Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Rav Bina. He graduated with a BA in liberal arts and recently received his masters in Jewish Education through Azrieli Graduate School. Rav Jonny teaches in various post high school yeshivot and seminaries and has taught chinuch in different camps during the summers.

Rav Eytan Goldstein

Rav Eytan Goldstein

Rav Eytan Goldstein received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechmia Goldberg.

After spending his childhood in Long Beach NY, he moved to  Eretz Yisroel and since then has been learning and teaching in various Yeshivot. Rav Eytan is currently living in Yerushalyim with his wife Shira .

Rav Aaron Rosenberg

Rav Aaron Rosenberg

Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg, originally from London, England, has been involved in hadracha for the last 11 years, through Bnei Akiva UK, Tribe UK and as a Youth Director. He made aliyah soon after receiving his BSc in Psychology and spent the following years completing his Rabbinic Ordination through Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Rav Bina. Rabbi Aaron served in the Israeli Army as a Commander in the Shnat Mesimah Program of Netzach Yehuda. By day, he works for Jerusalem U as part of their film production team.

 

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