Mrs. Naomi Rivka Most
Mrs. Naomi Rivkah Most is originally from San Antonio, Texas, has been living in Israel since 2005. Prior to that, she graduated from Touro College in with a B.A. in Education and Judaic Studies. During her time in Israel, she learned both at Beer Miriam and Shearim and has worked for Ner LeElef’s Shabbat Experience and Aish HaTorah’s Fellowship Programs. She played a key role as the Director of the Young Women’s Branch for Project Inspire for many years before becoming Director of, and a key teacher for, Aish Journeys and she also teaches in a variety of seminaries and different programs throughout Jerusalem, including Rinat Tzippora where she currently teaches regularly.
Mrs. Ilana Cowland
Mrs. Ilana Cowland, originally from London, England, attended Hasmonean High School. After high school, she attended BJJ Seminary in Jerusalem and then received a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of London, as well as a diploma in counseling. Having spent 9 years working as a rebbetzin in the London Aish HaTorah community, she and her family moved to Jerusalem in 2005 where she has been involved in teaching and education administration, including 3 years as the principal of a seminary for post high school graduates. Mrs. Cowland is a sought after lecturer and educator internationally, with a specialty in the topics of relationships and women's issues. In addition to her teaching seminary students, Mrs. Cowland is involved in teaching shalom bayit courses to young married women in Jerusalem. She lives with her family in Ramot Bet.
Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith is the chief editor of Aish.com, one of the world’s largest Judaism websites. He is also the Educational Director for Outreach for Aish Jerusalem. He is the author of Shmooze: A Guide to Thought-Provoking Discussion on Essential Jewish Issues, among other books about Kiruv.
Mrs. Dina Coopersmith
Mrs. Dina Coopersmith has a BA from Michlala Jerusalem College for Women and a Masters in Jewish History from Touro College. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and five children. She is a teacher at a number of seminaries throughout Jerusalem and is a lecturer for Aish HaTorah programs.
Rabbi Aaron Brody
Rabbi Aaron Brody has a keen awareness of the programs facing disaffected youth, having himself come to Ohr Somayach in the early eighties. After serving as a teacher and rabbi in Chicago, Illinois, Rabbi Brody returned to Ohr Somayach and started working with young men struggling to find their place in the Jewish community. He assisted in developing Ohr Somayach’s Kesher program, and currently teaches throughout Jerusalem.
Rabbi Jamie Cowland
Rabbi Jamie Cowland has been working in Jewish education over the past 15 years. Rabbi Cowland served as the Educational Director of Aish UK from 1995, before moving to Israel in 2004 to build the Vocaishion Rabbinic placement and training program. He directed the Project Inspire initiative in its start-up phase and most recently in 2010 he founded Justifi, a groundbreaking Jewish leadership training program. In addition to his responsibilities in this role, he currently serves as a senior lecturer for Aish HaTorah International.
Rabbi Eliyahu Ellis
Rabbi Eliyahu Ellis studied biology and geology at Northern Illinois University. In addition, he spent time as a deep-sea diver in the oil fields in the North Sea between Scotland and Norway and has circumnavigated the seas of the world in a sailboat. Rabbi Ellis received his rabbinical ordination from Aish HaTorah where he is a senior lecturer at the Discovery and Essentials programs.
Dr. Gerald Schroeder
Dr. Gerald Schroeder, author of Genesis and the Big Bang, The Science of God and The Hidden Faces of God, is an expert on cosmology and a lecturer on the subject of evolution and Torah. He received his Bachelor's, Master's and double Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he taught physics for seven years. While a consultant at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission he participated in the formulation of nuclear non-proliferation treaties with the former Soviet Union and witnessed the testing of six atomic bombs. He also was a consultant to the People’s Republic of China, Canada, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. He has authored over 60 articles in the world' leading scientific journals around the world including Time, Newsweek, Scientific American. Dr. Schroeder is currently a lecturer at Aish's Discovery Seminar, Essentials and Fellowships programs and The Executive Learning.
Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser
Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser received a BA in Humanities from the University of California at Santa Barbara. For twelve years he surfed internationally on a professional level and continues to surf today plus he is an accomplished mountain biker and professional musician. He received his rabbinical ordination from Aish HaTorah and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. His areas of expertise are Kabbala, Spirituality and Psychotherapy.
Rabbi Dovid Schoonmaker
Rabbi Dovid Schoonmaker studied for many years under the great Torah scholars Rav Tzvi Kushelefsky, Rav Yaakov Friedman, Rav Reuven Leuchter and Rav Mendal Blachman. Rabbi Schoonmaker received his semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Schoonmaker served as Rebbe for many years in the NCSY Summer Kollel. He joined Aish HaTorah’s Beis Medrash program over 10 years ago, serving as a maggid shiur and in various educational and administrative roles. He currently is very involved in upgrading the Jerusalem Fellowships and Discovery programs.
Rabbi Dovid Rosman
Rabbi Dovid Rosman is the Director of the Intermediate Beis Medrash Program of Aish HaTorah and a rebbe in the Advanced Beis Medrash Program. Prior to accepting this position, he studied in the Kollel of Yeshivas Mir for seven years and learned under the tutelage of Rav Tzvi Kushelefsky for two years. He received his B.A. and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University. He is also a freelance writer with articles published in the Hamodia and Mishpacha Magazines and the Yated Neeman newspaper. Some of his classes can be found on OU Radio.
Rabbi Zave Rudman
Rabbi Zave Rudman was raised and educated in New York City. He has 25 years of experience teaching Torah topics, and recently published a new edition of Sfas Emes – a classic work of chassidic thought – with his own footnotes and commentary. He lives in Jerusalem with wife, children and grandchildren down the block.
Rabbi Asher Resnick
Rabbi Asher Resnick graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology and a credential as a High School Math teacher. He received his rabbinical ordination from Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He formerly was a lecturer for the Institute of Jewish Legal and Medical Ethics in San Francisco, and at the Aish HaTorah Branch in New York. Rabbi Resnick is currently the Educational Coordinator of Aish’s Executive Learning Center and a Senior Kiruv training lecturer for Aish HaTorah’s Rabbinical Ordination program/ teaches the very popular Rambam class and weekly hashkafa class. In addition, he give many hours to learn one on one with students helping them prepare foundation curriculum for them to teach. He is currently the Educational Coordinator of Aish HaTorah's Executive Learning Center, a teacher in the Intermediate Program, and a senior Kiruv training lecturer for Aish HaTorah's Rabbinical Ordination Program. He received rabbinic ordination from Aish HaTorah and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. Rabbi Resnick has lectured for the Institute of Jewish Legal and Medical Ethics in San Francisco and at the Aish HaTorah branch in New York. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology, a minor in Mathematics, and certification as a high school math teacher. He lives with his family in Ramat Beit Shemesh.
Rabbi Meir Kahane
Rabbi Meir Kahane is menahel of Chedvas Bais Yaakov in Yerushalayim. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Rabbi Kahane teaches in every level of Jewish education from Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminar and JEWEL program, to seminaries throughout Jerusalem. He also lectures in other major Jewish institutions in Yerushalayim including Hebrew University and teaches Gemara in Aish HaTorah’s Bais Medrash program. He formerly taught for Yeshivas Ohr Yerushalayim and Yeshivas Ohr Dovid.
David Olesker, originally from the UK, studied at Sunderland Polytechnic College and at Yeshivat Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. After moving to Israel, he worked with the World Zionist Organization's Educational Resource Center at Kiriat Moriah for six years where he helped pioneer the application of informal education techniques to training advocates for Israel. In 1989, he founded an independent organization to bring these techniques to a wider audience. JCCAT, the Jerusalem Center for Communications and Advocacy Training. David Olesker travels frequently to the U.S. and other countries to teach Israel advocacy skills to student and community activists and the staff of Jewish organizations. He works with Israel’s diplomats, emissaries of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency, and the staff of such organizations as the Anti- Defamation League (ADL) and The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Rabbi Ari Kahn
Rabbi Ari Kahn graduated Yeshiva University with a BA in psychology and an MS degree in Talmud. A renowned speaker, he has lectured worldwide. Rabbi Kahn has been a lecturer at Aish’s Essentials, Fellowships and Executive Learning Center programs, and for Aish’s Discovery Seminar. He is currently the Director of the Foreign Student Program for Bar Ilan University. Rabbi Kahn is also the author of Explorations, an in-depth analysis of the weekly Torah reading, and Illuminations, an in-depth analysis of the Jewish holidays, as well as his newest work on Parshas Bereishis, Echoes of Eden.
Rabbi Gavriel Friedman
Rabbi Gavriel Friedman - Since joining the AISH team, Rabbi Friedman has displayed his versatility by lecturing and learning with the students of the Essentials, Discovery Seminar, Jerusalem Fellowships, Executive Learning Center, and Intermediate programs. Prior to coming to Aish HaTorah, Rabbi Friedman has spent years learning at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim, and Yeshivat Torat Moshe in Jerusalem. In addition to studying in the semicha program in Beit Medrash L'talmud in Queens, New York and learning in the Montreal Kollel. He has also taught at various yeshivas in Jerusalem including Yeshivat Netsach, and Yeshivat Torat Chaim. An accomplished musician, he resides in Ramat Eshkol with his wife and children.
Mrs. Lori Palatnik
Mrs. Lori Palatnik, originally from Toronto, Canada, is an author and Jewish educator who has lectured on five continents. Mrs. Palatnik studied at EYAHT and Neve Yerushalayim and has spent time working for several Aish branches, including the Village Shul in Toronto, Aish Denver and Aish Washington, D.C. She is currently the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Mrs. Palatnik is also the author of Friday Night and Beyond—The Shabbat Experience Step-by-Step, Remember My Soul, and Gossip—Ten Pathways to Eliminate It From Your Life and Transform Your Soul.
Rabbi Motty Berger
Rabbi Motty Berger is a graduate of Loyola University and received his rabbinical ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, MD. He worked in anti-missionary activity, founding, Jews For Judaism prior to moving to Israel. A world-renowned speaker, he is currently Senior Lecturer at Aish’s Essentials, Fellowships Programs and the Executive Learning Center.
Rabbi Chaim Yagoda
Rabbi Chaim Yagoda moved to Israel over a decade ago from Englewood, NJ. He studied in the Mir Yeshiva for several years and now resides in Jerusalem with his family. Rabbi Yagoda currently learns at Aish HaTorah, and is a significant member of the Kollel Elyon.
Rabbi Tzadok Cable
Rabbi Tzadok Cable is the Current Director of Aish HaTorah’s Rabbinical Ordination Program. Over the last ten, years Rabbi Cable has been involved with the development and implementation of various central learning programs within Yeshivas Aish HaTorah. Rabbi Cable grew up in Miami Beach, and came to Israel to learn in 1992. Since then, he has been involved in full time Torah study and teaching. Over the years, he has merited to learn under a number of Jerusalem's finest Talmedei Chachamim, and he has had the benefit of developing close relationships with a number of them. He currently learns with talmidim worldwide through Binyanhaolam.com.
Rabbi Etiel Goldwicht
Rabbi Etiel Goldwicht is one of the Rabbeim of our post High School program. He previously studied at Yeshivat Kerem BeYavneh and earned his B.S. in Finance from Sy Syms School of Business. He then attended the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Receiving a Masters in Talmudic Law, and continued his education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Rabbi Goldwicht completed the curriculum for Semicha through the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel. He is particularly involved with the Israeli contingency of Aish HaTorah, and his many roles in this vital program include speaking to thousands of soldiers who come to visit the kotel, running a Slichos program proceeding Rosh Hashanah, and a heart-warming Chanukah program, targeted to the secular Israeli public. He lives in with his family in the Shaarei Chesed community of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Michael Green
Rabbi Michael Green, originally from Los Angeles, CA, studied in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, the Mirrer Yeshiva, and Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum College. He is a graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, Maryland and also received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. In addition to composing Jewish music, Rabbi Green has been involved in Jewish Outreach throughout North America and has served as a popular lecturer at various institutions across Israel ranging from The OU Israel Center to Aish HaTorah’s innovative introductory study programs for women. Rabbi Green is internationally noted for his powerful and enlightening approach to clarifying Jewish issues relevant to our daily lives. To that end, he responds to important life questions for JewishAnswers.org, provides classes for TorahMedia.com, and has been quoted by MSNBC.com to Mishpacha Magazine. His first book, 5 Ways to Increase Your Spirituality: Ancient Wisdom to Enhance Your Daily Life was recognized by the Forbes Magazine Book Club, while his forthcoming work, 9 Spiritual Months: A Treasury of Jewish Insights for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond, has already received advance praise and approbation. Currently, Rabbi Green holds the position of Overseas Director at Bnot Torah Institute (Sharfman’s), where he teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects.
Rabbi Stuart Schwartz
Rabbi Stuart Schwartz received his Rabbinic ordination in 1992, and in 1994 founded the Boston, Mass. branch of Aish HaTorah. Rabbi Schwartz returned to Israel in 1996 as an instructor, and since 1999 has been the Director of the Essentials program. He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and seven children.
Mrs. Chana Silver
Mrs. Chana Silver is a popular teacher of varied subjects at several seminaries in Yerushalayim, as well as a lecturer for Aish Hat\Torah's Discovery Programs and Ner LeElef Kiruv Training. Mrs. Silver is the head tour leader for Legacy / Nesivos trips to Poland and Eastern Europe and she is a crises intervention counselor. She is a dating mentor to many of her former students as well as a marriage adviser to couples. It is rumored that in her spare time, she is also a shadchan. Mrs. Silver lives in Yerushalayim with her husband and children.
Rabbi Ken Spiro
Rabbi Ken Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Rabbi Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and did graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He has an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. He is the author of WorldPerfect - The Jewish Impact on Civilization published by HCI books and Crash Course in Jewish History published by Targum Press.
Rabbi Avraham Willig
Rabbi Avraham Willig is a unique blend of rabbi, lecturer, MSW, and musician. Beloved by his students for his knack at fostering uplifting relationships, Rabbi Willig is known for his warm personality and quick smile. Originally from New York, Rabbi Willig learned in Yeshivat Kerem B'yavne, received a BTL from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, rabbinic ordination from REITS at Yeshiva University, and then earned his MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Yeshiva University. He taught at Yeshivat Shaarei Mevasseret Zion, and was a founding member of the Los Angeles Intercommunity Kollel. In addition to teaching at Aish HaTorah, Rabbi Willig is also a faculty member at Yeshivas Torat Shraga and lives with his family in Ramat Bet Shemesh.
Rabbi Yehuda Weinberg
Rabbi Yehuda Weinberg has been working for Aish Jerusalem for many years, both with Jerusalem Programs and with the activities of the Aish World Center. An expert in the teachings of his father, Rabbi Noach Weinberg zt"l, he continues to teach on a variety of Aish programs.
Rabbi Yaakov Marcus
Rabbi Yaakov Marcus was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been involved in Jewish education professionally for over 14 years. Between 1989 and 1995, he and his wife organized and ran an outreach shul in a secular Jewish suburb of Toronto. In 1995, he and his family moved to Eretz Yisroel where he became a member of the rabbinical faculty of the Neve Yerushalayim College for women in Har Nof. He lectures there as well as running two of their levels. He is a guest lecturer for the Heritage House and often speaks on their behalf at the Hebrew University, as well as being their lecturer in residence for their Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur outreach programs in the Old City. He is also a regular lecturer for the Darchei Bina and Afikei Torah Seminaries in Bayit Vegan. Additionally, he is a Kiruv training lecturer for the Ner LeElef and Ohr L’gola programs. He and his family live in Telzstone, Israel.
Rabbi Dovid Lichtman
Rabbi Dovid Lichtman received his Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva Birkas Reuvain, NY and a BA in Comparative Religion and Philosophy from City University of NY, Queens College. He served as a Rabbi in Calgary, Canada before coming to Israel. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Aish HaTorah, The Executive Learning Center, and the Israeli Outreach Program.
Rabbi Shimon Kaufman
Rabbi Shimon Kaufman, originally from N.Y., came to Israel at a young age to study and work closely with Rav Noach Weinberg zt”l at Aish Jerusalem. After many years of learning at Aish, he became the Personal Assistant to Rav Weinberg. Following this, Rabbi Kaufman began running Aish Israel at the Western Wall, where he is responsible for designing innovative Jewish educational programs in the Aish World Center designed specifically for Israelis. The exciting program has been warmly received by thousands of Israelis from all over the country. Rabbi Kaufman lives in French Hill, Jerusalem, with his wife and five children.
Rabbi Doniel Katz
Rabbi Doniel Katz is an internationally sought-after speaker and teacher. A former award-winning filmmaker and theater director in Australia, he has lived and studied in Jerusalem for the last 10 years. His classes at Aish Jerusalem routinely drew overflow crowds eager to hear his unique combination of mussar, self-development, chassidus, and Kabbalah. Rabbi Katz’s ability to present profound concepts from all areas of Torah in a concrete and meaningful way makes him a favorite teacher at Neve Yerushalayim. His mission is to reveal the unity among different paths of Torah in order to allow all Jews to experience its spiritual depth, beauty and transformative power.
Rabbi Aaron Neckameyer
Rabbi Aaron Neckameyer was born and raised in Los Angeles. He Graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Cal-State Northridge and received rabbinic ordination at Aish Jerusalem, where he currently lectures for the Discovery and Beis Medrash programs.