backbone of any educational institution is its faculty. At SFW
we are particularly proud of the outstanding educational staff
that we have assembled, not only because of their teaching abilities,
but because of their warmth and individualized attention. Teachers
are always ready and eager to talk with students, listen to their
thoughts, invite them to their homes for Shabbat and develop a
lasting student-teacher relationship.
Below you will find a partial listing of our distinguished faculty:
||Rav Dovid Abrahamowitz is a native of Toronto, Canada. He spent two years studying at Yeshivat Shilo in Israel after high school and continued with his education at Yeshiva University in New York where he received his B.Sc. R’ Dovid worked for NCSY for a number of years as the Director of Informal Education and the Director of Outreach in Toronto. R’ Dovid is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Jewish studies, majoring in Tanach, while teaching a number of very popular and exciting halacha classes. R' Dovid also serves as the Mashgiach Ruchani of Midreshet Yeud, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Aliza and their four children.
Bednarsh holds degrees in Psychology and
Linguistics from Princeton University . She has lectured at MaTaN
in Talmud, Tanach and Halacha and has served as a scholar-in-residence
at numerous locations in the United States . A recipient of awards
for Jewish Education and academic achievement, Mrs. Bednarsh completed
the Keren Ariel program for Yoatzot Halacha at Nishmat.and has
taught Jewish studies at Yeshiva of Flatbush and is involved with
Teacher training programs in North America.
||Dina Blank, holds a degree in Political Science
from Columbia University and a Master's in Jewish History from
YU's Bernard Revel Graduate School. Prior to her aliyah Mrs. Blank
taught Judaic studies in New York-area schools. Upon moving to
Israel, she has been affiliated with a prestigious Jerusalem think
tank where she has conducted and coordinated research projects.
A graduate of Michlala's overseas program, Mrs. Blank has received
numerous academic awards.
||Toby Einhorn is returning to Israel after stints
in South Africa and Hong Kong where she taught Jewish studies and
served in multiple capacities for the Jewish communities. She holds
a master's degree in Bible from YU's Bernard Revel Graduate School
and a Bachelor's in Philosophy from Stern College.
||Hudi Elsant studied at Stern College for Women
and at the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education. She has
previously taught at Ateret Seminary in Queens College and in Project
Identity for Adult Education. In addition to SFW, she is also on
the faculty of Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim. Hudi resides in
Yerushalayim with her husband and baby.
||Rabbi Yakov Haber is known for the clarity of presentation and dynamic teaching style that he brings to his in-depth halacha shiurim. An enthusiastic educator, he comes to SFW with a decade of expertise in high-level Torah education at Yeshiva University: as a rebbe in YU´s Stone Beit Midrash Program; as coordinator of the practical halacha learning program at RIETS; and as a teacher of Halacha, Jewish thought, and prayer at Stern College for Women. After learning at Israel´s Yeshivat Kerem B´Yavneh and pursuing a master's degree in Computer Science, he was a fellow at YU´s prestigious and challenging Gruss Kollel Elyon. Rabbi Haber, his wife and children made aliya in 2007 and live in Ramat Beit Shemesh.
||Mindy Hilewitz studied Limudei Kodesh at Michlala
and Stern College. She graduated Barnard College earning Phi Beta
Kappa honors with a Bachelor's degree in Jewish History. Mrs. Hilewitz
also holds a master's in Jewish Education from YU's Azrieli School
of Education and is completing another Master's in English Education
at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Mrs. Hilewitz has taught
at Manhattan High School and has served on the Editorial Staff
at Jewish Action magazine and Judaica Press.
||Rabbi Jason Knapel was ordained at RIETS and also
received his BA from Yeshiva College and a 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 is currently the Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshivat
||Rav Noam Koenigsberg studied in at Yeshivat Shaalvim
and went on to receive a BA from Yeshiva University in Jewish Studies
and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from the 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 Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion, Rav Noam returned to
Shaalvim, serving for the past two years as a Ra"m in the
Hesder Program. Through it all, he has been a stalwart staff member
of the NCSY Kollel.
||Rav Yonatan Kohn has been involved with SFW since
its first year. After high school, he learned at Yeshivat
Shaalvim and the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL. Later,
he completed semikhah at the YU/RIETS Israel Kollel before
moving to Yeshivat Kerem BYavneh, where he currently serves as
a Sgan Mashgiach for the yeshiva's overseas program. Rav
Kohn also spent time in Philadelphia and Boston, earning a bachelor's
degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Jewish History and
teaching middle and high school at the Maimonides School
in Brookline, Mass. Still, there's no place like the Homeland:
he currently resides in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh with his wife and
||Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, founder of the Tanach Study Center, is one of pioneers of Torah Education via the internet. He began his study at Yeshivat Har Etzion in the mid 70's, and has served as a "rebbe" at the Yeshivah since the mid 80's. His weekly essays on Parshat Ha'shavua, read by literally thousands of subscribers world wide, introduce a vibrant analytical approach to thematic study of the Tanach and reflect over twenty-five years of experience as a teacher. Presently, Rabbi Leibtag teaches as well at Yeshivat Shaalvim, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and at the Gruss Institute of Yeshiva University in Jerusalem. He also lectures regularly in Jewish communities and on college campuses throughout North America.
||Rabbi Eliezer Schenkolewsky studied at Yeshivat
Shaalvim's Hesder and Keter Yehoshua Kollel programs before receiving
ordination from Israel's Chief Rabbinate. Rabbi Schenkolewsky serves
on several rabbinical courts and has published numerous articles.
A highly versatile educator who has taught the full range of Jewish
subjects, Rabbi Schenkolewsky is best known as one of Israel's
leading Tanach scholars. He also serves as the Assistant Principal
of Shaalvim's David and Golda Lander College of Education and holds
the rank of captain (res.) in the Israel Defense Forces. Rabbi
Schenkolewsky is currently the Rabbi of Nofei Aviv - an Anglo-Saxon
community in Beit Shemesh.
||Rav Ezra Shapiro learned in Yeshivat Sha'alvim
from 1988-1990 at which point he joined Tzahal in the framework
of the Machal program. He completed a B.S. in computer
science and returned to Israel, learning at Yeshiva University
Gruss kollel and receiving Semichah from Rav Zalman Nechemia
Goldberg Shlit"a. In 1996 Rav Ezra was appointed mashgiach of
the second year students at Yeshivat Sha'alvim and through his
wisdom, warmth and devotion he has helped so many of SFW students
maximize their potential while effectively preparing for life after
||Rav Binyamin Tabory has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1979, and received Semicha and a Master's in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University. Rav Tabory previously served as Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva High School in Toronto. He was the founding Rosh Kollel of the Torah Mitzion Kollel in Cleveland, the first Zionist Kollel in North America. Additionally, he also taught for many years at Midreshet Moriah in Jerusalem. Rav Tabory continues to give shiurim to students around the globe, via a weekly shiur at KMTT - Ki Mitzion Teitze Torah - The Torah Podcast of Yeshivat Har Etzion and via KESHET - Kol Shidurei Torah.
||Mrs. Shani Taragin completed a B.A. and M.A. in Tanach and Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Tanach while teaching in various adult education institutions in Jerusalem and Gush Etzion including MaTaN, Michlelet Herzog, and the Women’s Beit Midrash in Efrat. She also teaches Tanach, Talmud, and Halachah in Midreshet Moriah, Be’er Miriam, and Migdal Oz. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program for certification as a halachic advisor in issues of family purity law. She lectures throughout Israel, and serves on the Gush Etzion religious council dealing with issues of Jewish law and education.
||Nili Turetsky attended Michlalah Jerusalem College
for Women following high school. Nili is a graduate of Stern
College for Women where she received her BA in Judaic studies and
English Literature and her Masters in Modern Jewish History at
Bernard Revel Graduate School. Most of her summers have been
spent in Camp Morasha where she was a member of the counseling
staff, education staff and headed the Machon CIT program. Before
coming to Israel, she taught in the S.A.R. School in Riverdale,
||Rabbi Michoel Yammer, a mainstay of Yeshivat
Shaalvim's Men's division, st udied in Shaalvim's Keter Yehoshua
Kollel after graduating from the Yeshiva's Hesder program. He received
rabbinical ordination from Israel's chief rabbinate and has taught
Jewish studies in the Yeshivat Shaalvim overseas and Israeli programs.
At SFW, Rav Yammer’s courses focus on a wide range of talmudical,
philosophical and halachic issues through the ages and in the modern