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

Shirelle Avreky

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.

 

Mrs. Esther Hammer

Mrs. Esther Hammer

Chesed Supervisor

Mrs. Esther Hammer runs our chesed program at the midrasha.  Prior to making Aliyah, Esther worked at The Frisch High School in New Jersey for 13 years as a guidance counselor. In Israel,  she worked at Midreshet Yeud  as a guidance counselor and as supervisor of their sherut leumi program. Esther has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in guidance and counseling.

estherhammer1@gmail.com

Faculty

Mrs. Sima Cohen Blaustein

Mrs. Sima Cohen Blaustein

Sima (Malki), originally from Teaneck NJ, earned an B.S. in Accounting from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. She then attended the Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish History and studied in the Bruriah Scholars Circle at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She has recently completed a two year course of study in Israel Tour Guiding at Lander College. 

Before making Aliyah, Sima co-pioneered the NCSY Teen Torah Center in Lawrence, NY, and taught Judaic Studies at both the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School (HAFTR) and The Frisch School in Paramus, NJ. She lives in Efrat with her husband, Eli and four children.

Mrs. Nili B'Simcha

Mrs. Nili B'Simcha

Nili B'Simcha' s journey has included a BA in Religious Studies & Philosophy from University of California-Santa Barbara and University of Ghana, West Africa, and an MA in Community Leadership & Non Profit Management which she completed almost 10 years ago at Hebrew University when she first made Aliyah. Nili B'Simcha loves sharing sweet Torah-lehs with the most precious of precious sistas (that's you!). Her favorite flavors of Torah include highlighting the funky, fun and spiritual aspects of Judaism! Don't expect a source sheet, but do expect to go beyond your comfort zone and maybe meditate or learn a little bit of Kabbalah... or to just get real and be honest about self-growth as a Jewish woman. She also loves music, nature, and traveling to research lost tribes around the world. When she is not teaching in seminary, she works as a psychologist and loves that too! She looks forward to meeting you soon as she deeply believes that "nothing is random, and souls travel together."

Mr. Max Daniels

Mr. Max Daniels

Max Daniels is from a small town on Long Island named Commack. He received his BA in psychology from Touro College and, for the past four years, has been leanring in YU's Gruss Kollel for smicha from RIETS. He will be starting an MA program in music therapy at David Yellin College in Jerusalem. After a short stint in Bayit v'Gan, Jerusalem, Max now resides in Ramat Beit Shemesh with his wife and daughter.

Rabbi Jonathan Duker

Rabbi Jonathan Duker

Rabbi Jonathan Duker received his rabbinical ordination from  Rabbi Zalman Nehemia Goldberg and from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Duker has been teaching rabbinic thought and halakha in Israel since his Aliyah in the summer of 2004, and is the author of The Spirits Behind the Law: The Talmudic Scholars (Urim Publications). He lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife Susan and their 4 children.

jonduker@yahoo.com

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. Esther Grossman

Mrs. Esther Grossman

Mrs. Esther Grossman, originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey, received her Teacher's Certificate from Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women. She graduated with a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women, and received her Masters in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School. She teaches in numerous women's seminaries including Midreshet Moriah, B'not Chayil, Nishmat, Machon Maayan & Shalavim for Women. Additionally, prior to making Aliyah, she was a full-time teacher of Judaic Studies at the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton, Florida for nine years. She enjoys welcoming her students to her home, which she shares with her entertaining husband, Rabbi Seth Grossman and  5 children.

esthergrossman@gmail.com

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

Rabbi Jason Knapel

Rabbi Jason Knapel

Rabbi Jason Knapel was ordained at RIETS. He received his BA from Yeshiva College and his MS from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He worked in Hillel Yeshiva High School in Deal, New Jersey for many years as a teacher, Director of Informal Education, Director of Judaic Studies and as Assistant Principal. He served as the Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshivat Shvilei HaTorah and is on the staff of a number of wonderful midrashot.

rabbiknapel@yahoo.com

Rav Noam Koenigsberg

Rav Noam Koenigsberg

Rav Noam Koenigsberg studied in Yeshivat Shaalvim and went on to receive a BA from Yeshiva University in Jewish Studies and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from YU's Bernard Revel Graduate School. He then returned to the Shaalvim Kollel and subsequently served as a Ra"M in Yeshivat Torat Hachaim in Gush Katif and in Gush Katif's Midrasha for women. Later, after first serving as the Av Bayit at Yeshivat Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion, Rav Noam returned to Shaalvim, serving for the past seven years as a Ra"m in the Hesder Program, and teacher of Machshava at Shaalvim for Women.

kberg@neto.net.il

Mrs. Miri Kwalwasser

Mrs. Miri Kwalwasser

Miri Kwalwasser studied Judaic studies and psychology at Stern College. She finished a master's program in Judaic Studies at Touro College. Since making Aliyah, Miri has been involved in formal and informal education. Miri taught for six years at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim and joined the AMIT staff seven years ago as a mechanechet and teacher in the Night Seder program. She lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with her husband and two sets of twins.


kwalwassermiri@gmail.com

Mrs. Adina Mann

Mrs. Adina Mann

Adina was in the first graduating class of the Advanced Talmud and Halacha Scholars Program at Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz. Since graduating, she has taught various classes in Tanach and Halacha at numerous seminaries in Israel. Adina completed a B.A. in Special-Education and Tanach at Bar Ilan University. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Tanach from The Yaakov Herzog Teachers' Institute. Adina lives in Alon Shvut with her husband and three children.

Mr. Norman Meskin

Mr. Norman Meskin

A YU graduate, Norman Meskin has been a Jewish educator for over thirty years. He has given shiurim, divrei Torah, and Torah-oriented lectures in many different venues. In 2005, he edited and annotated a volume for the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) entitled The Importance of Jewish Education and Jewish Educators, that uses classical Torah texts to advocate on behalf of Chinuch and its practitioners. After making Aliyah in 2006, Reb Norman served as Sho'eil u'Meishiv at Yeshiva Shvilei HaTorah.

normanmeskin@yahoo.com

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

Mrs. Naomi Schrager

Mrs. Naomi Schrager

Naomi has been involved in formal and informal Jewish education since she attended Stern College, where she received a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Studies.  While studying, she was very involved in NCSY.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Naomi learned in YU’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies  while simultaneously taking coursework at YU’s Azrieli school of Education. After spending a few more years  working for NCSY, Naomi and her family moved to Dallas, TX as part of the YU Kollel.  There, she was the director of the women’s division of the Kollel, teaching classes and running programs throughout the community. She also taught in Yavneh Academy, and eventually assumed the position of Assistant Principal and director of Israel Guidance.  After 10 years in Dallas, Naomi’s family realized their dream of (finally!) making Aliyah. Naomi currently teaches in several seminaries. Naomi lives with her husband and four wonderful children in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Mrs. Geula Twersky

Mrs. Geula Twersky

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

Rav Shalom Weissberg

Rav Shalom Weissberg

Night Seder Staff

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

Ms. Shoshana Grad

Ms. Shoshana Grad

Shoshana Grad newly joined the Amit staff this year as a night seder teacher. Shoshana received her BA in Judaic studies and philosophy from Stern College. Before making Aliyah, she was very involved in informal education in America through NCSY and teaching in various Hebrew Schools. Shoshana is now studying to get her Masters in Jewish Education through Azrieli Graduate School.

Ms. Aviva Lyons

Ms. Aviva Lyons

Aviva grew up in London, England where she was involved in many formal and informal Jewish education programs. She studied in Sha'alvim for women and then went on to complete a B.Sc in optometry from City University of London. After graduating from university, Aviva made Aliyah and worked as a program coordinator and Mechanechet at Sha'alvim as well as teaching in various informal outreach programs. She works as an optometrist part time and is currently obtaining her masters in Jewish education from Hebrew University and Matan's Eshkolot Program.

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.

Ms. Yael Steinhart

Ms. Yael Steinhart

Yael, originally from Teaneck, New Jersey has been involved in Jewish education for many years. She studied in Migdal Oz and has a B.A. in Talmud and Jewish History from Bar Ilan where she also received her teacher's certificate. She has worked in several seminaries and is currently also teaching in a high school and learning in Matan's Metivta program.

Ms. Dina Turk

Ms. Dina Turk

Dina Turk grew up in Miami Beach, Florida, and spent a year and a half in Shaalvim for Women after high school. After completing Sherut Leumi, she went on to study at Stern College for Women where she received her BA in Judaic Studies and Psychology. After graduating college, she made aliyah, and recently completed her Masters in Social Work.

 

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