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Rav Michael

Rav Michael Yammer

Rosh HaYeshiva

Rav Yammer is a Sha'alvim Hesder alumnus who was appointed Ra"m in 1988. Rav Yamer's highly engaging shiur is one of the foundational elements of the Yeshiva. For over two decades overseas student's have benefitted from the methodological tools they acquired in Rav Yamer's shiur. In addition to being an outstanding talmid Chacham, Rav Yamer's keen understanding of people has motivated his students to seek out his advice, even long after their stay at Sha'alvim.


Rav Waxman

Rav Ari Waxman

Dean / Menahel

After studying at Sha'alvim's Overseas Program, Rav Waxman served as a tank gunner in the machal program and then returned to the U.S. to continue his studies at Yeshiva University, completing a B.A. in economics. As a close student of his grandfather, Rav Dovid Lifshitz zt"l, Rav Waxman received Semicha from RIETS and earned an M.S. from Yeshiva University's Azrieli School of Jewish Education. Shortly thereafter, Rav Waxman and his wife made aliyah, returning to Sha'alvim. Four years later, Rav Waxman was appointed Mashgiach of the Overseas Program. As Mashgiach, Rav Waxman forged deep relationships with the talmidim and soon became a central icon of the yeshiva. Rav Waxman currently serves as Menahel of the program where his vision continues to shape Yeshivat Shaalvim.


Rav Leibowitz

Rav Aryeh Leibowitz

Assistant Dean / Sgan Menahel and Ra"m

Rav Leibowitz attended Sha'alvim for two years before studying at Yeshiva University. At YU, he was a student of Rabbi Mayer Twersky, and earned semicha ordination from RIETS, a B.A. in Modern Jewish History and Philosophy from Yeshiva College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yeshiva's Bernard Revel Graduate School. Following his marriage, Rav Leibowitz moved to Yerushalayim, and continued his learning at Yeshiva Ohalei Torah, under Rav Daniel Belsky. In 2007, Rav Leibowitz returned to Sha'alvim as a member of the kollel, and in 2011 he was appointed Assistant Dean of the Overseas Program. Rav Leibowitz has written a number of Torah and scholarly articles, and is the author of Hashgacha Pratis: An Exploration of Divine Providence and Free Will (Targum Press, 2009).


Rav Koenigsberg

Rav Noam Koenigsberg


Rav Noam Koenigsberg studied at Yeshivat Shaalvim from 1989-1992 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 from 1994-1998 and then moved to Gush Katif, where he served as a Ra"M in Yeshivat Torat Hachaim 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, where he currently serves as a Ra"m for the overseas program.  Through it all, he has been a stalwart staff member of the NCSY Kollel.

Rav Lebor

Rav David Lebor


Rav Lebor first arrived at Sha'alvim as a post-high school talmid in 1972. Following his learning at Sha'alvim, Rav Lebor returned to the U.S. in 1975 to continue his yeshiva studies at Yeshivat She'ar Yashuv while simultaneously studying accounting at Queens College, receiving his CPA. After making aliyah in 1978, Rav Lebor returned to Sha'alvim to join the Sha'alvim Kollel and serve as Madrich of the Overseas Student Program. From 1982-1983 Rav Lebor served as Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Orot HaGalil in Chatzor HaGlilit after which he returned to Sha'alvim as a Ra"M and Sgan Mashgiach of the yeshiva. Rav Lebor served as a Lieutenant in the Israeli Army as a Rav Zvai (Chaplain) of a tank battalion. In 1997 the Lebor family spent a year on shlichut, where Rav Lebor was Rosh Kollel of the Torah Mi-Tzion Kollel in Chicago. Besides giving a daily shiur in Gemara Be-Iyun, Rav Lebor gives a popular weekly class to the overseas students on the Jewish family.


Rav Nusbacher

Rav Yosef Nusbacher


Rav Nusbacher studied in Yeshivat Sha'alvim in 1987 and then returned to the U.S. to continue his learning at Yeshiva University as a close talmid of Rav Michael Rosensweig. Concurently, Rav Nusbacher completed a B.S. in computer science and an M.A. from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. In 1992 Rav Nusbacher and his wife returned to Israel where Rav Nusbacher completed his Semichah studies at Yeshiva University's Gruss Kollel. In 1993 the Nusbachers returned to Sha'alvim and Rav Yosef became the Ra"m of the second year talmidim. With an outstanding analytical mind and a sharp sense of humor, Rav Nusbacher sends his talmidim on their way towards becoming high caliber lamdanim and bnei Torah.


Rav Reich

Rav Eliyahu Reich


Rav Reich learned at Sha'alvim from 1990-1992. He then returned to the U.S. to continue his studies at Yeshiva University where he learned under Rav Michael Rosensweig while studying for his B.A. in Jewish studies and M.A. from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. In 1995 the Reichs made Aliyah, coming back to Sha'alvim where Rav Eli continued learning in the kollel and finished his Semichah studies while giving a chabura to talmidim in the Overseas Program. Standing out as an emerging Talmid Chacham, Rav Reich joined the staff in 2002. His analytical and engaging shiurim are very popular among the students.


Rav Yehuda Turetsky

Rav Yehuda Turetsky


Rav Turetsky brings a wonderful combination of warmth, excitement, and intellectual breadth and sophistication to the yeshiva. After attending Shaalvim, he returned to Yeshiva University, where he received a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Jewish Education, and Semicha as a member of the Wexner Semicha Honors Program. As an alumnus of YU's prestigious Kollel Elyon, and a close student and former shiur assistant to Rav Michael Rosensweig, Rav Turetsky gives an engaging and stimulating shiur to his talmidim. He was also a longtime senior staff member at NCSY Kollel, where he served most recently as Director of Educational Programming. He has given shiurim and presentations throughout North America and has published articles on a wide range of topics, including Gemara, Medical Halacha, Jewish Education, and the Sociology of the Modern Orthodox community. He made aliyah in 2012 along with his wife, Dr. Ilana Turetsky, and their two children.


Rav Cohen

Rav Chaim Cohen

Mashgiach Shana Alef

Rav Chaim came to Sha'alvim from the Skokie Yeshiva as a talmid in the Overseas Program in 1991. He married in Yerushalayim after two years at Sha'alvim and joined the Sha'alvim Kollel. Emerging as one of the outstanding students, Rav Chaim was given the unique opportunity of learning b'chavruta with the Rosh HaYeshiva at that time, Rav Avraham Avidan Shlit"a for three years, and in 1997 received Semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg Shlit"a. Throughout his years in the Sha'alvim kollel, Rav Chaim was respected as a talmid chacham, mechanech, and role model for the boys attending the Overseas Program. In addition to his work with the talmidim at Sha'alvim Rav Chaim is also the editor of Oztar HaTehillim, a compilation of sources from the Gemorah and Midrash according to the pasukim of Tehillim.


Rav Shapiro

Rav Ezra Shapiro

Mashgiach Shana Bet

Rav Ezra learned in Sha'alvim from 1988-1990 at which point he joined Tzahal in the framework of the Machal program. Rav Ezra 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 and through his wisdom, warmth and devotion he has helped many of Sha'alvim's students maximize their potential in yeshiva while effectively preparing for life after yeshiva.


Rav Lesson

Rav Dovid Lessin

Yoetz Chinuchi

Rav Lessin attended Sha'alvim for two years, after which he learned under R. Michael Rosensweig, in Yeshiva University, while completing a BA in Psychology. After graduating college, Rav Lessin moved with his wife to Israel, completing semicha ordination in YU's Gruss Kollel. In 2006, R. Lessin and his family moved to Sha'alvim, and he joined the Sha'alvim Kollel. In Israel, Rav Lessin completed a Master's degree in mental health and family therapy, and worked for two years as a therapist for the Family Institute in Jerusalem. He continues to see clients at the Institute and, in addition, is a consultant therapist at the Kav L'Noar Center for Families and Young Adults. Rav Lessin also maintains a private practice in Jerusalem. As Yoetz Chinuchi, Rav Lessin spends countless hours providing guidance to talmidim. Through one-on-one chavrutot and personal meetings, Rav Lessin impacts the individual growth of the talmidim. He is sought out by many students looking for a listening ear coupled with wise insight.


Rav Abell

Rav Dani Abell


After attending Fasman Yeshiva High School, Rav Dani learned at Sha'alvim for three years.  He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Hebrew Theological College, in Skokie IL, and is currently finishing a master’s degree in Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University's, Azrieli Graduate School.  He spent the past four years learning at theShaalvim Kollel and recently joined the staff as the Mashpia of the overseas program. In addition, Dani teaches at Shaalvim for Women. Dani resides in Shaalvim with his wife Lea (SFW Alumni) and their two children. 

Rav Hutt

R' Binyamin Hutt


Following High School at the Skokie Yeshiva, Rav Hutt spent two and half years learning in Sha'alvim. Following Sha'alvim, Rav Hutt continued his learning at Beit Midrash Le-Talmud / Lander's College for Men where he merited to learn under Rav Yehudah Parnes, shlit"a, and Rav Moshe Bamberger, shlit"a. In 2008, Rav Hutt and his family made aliyah and decided to return to Sha'alvim. Rav Hutt serves as a shiur assistant to Rav Lebor, shlit"a, and is proud to have the opportunity to assist, encourage, and motivate the talmidim. Inspired by Rav Bamberger, Rav Hutt offers a variety of va'adim and mussar chaburot that teach letters from great Rabbinic leader, aiming to cull insights and inspiration for interpersonal relationships and one's relationship with Hashem.

Rav Margolies

R' Rapha Margolies

Bekiyut Seder Mashiv

Rav Rapha Margolies, originally from Chicago, learned in Yeshivat Lev Ha-Torah and then Sha’alvim, and has been a member of the kollel since 2011.  He received semicha ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemya Goldberg shlit”a, and continues to study halacha in-depth. He studied Jewish Education at the Moreshet Yaakov Institute. He has also completed the intensive Kosharot course in kashrus, and has served as a mashgiach kashrus. Rav Rapha is currently a shoel u’meishiv for the overseas program. His passion, knowledge, and relatability enhance and inspire the lives of his students.

Visiting Rebbeim
Rav Ari Kahn

Rav Ari Kahn

Afternoon Shiur Rebbe

Rabbi Ari Kahn received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's RIETS, where he studied with Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. He graduated Yeshiva University with a BA in psychology and an MS degree in Talmud.  Rabbi Kahn is a renowned speaker, and has lectured worldwide. He has authored hundreds of articles on the weekly parasha and holidays with a readership in the thousands, Rabbi Kahn is also the author of Explorations, an in-depth analysis of the weekly Torah reading, and Emanations, an in-depth analysis of the Jewish holidays. A new series - Echoes of Eden - is currently in progress. Drawing upon the vast reservoir of rabbinic literature, Rabbi Kahn combines the mystical explorations of kabbala and chassidism with a highly-intellectual and broad-minded approach to Torah study. He applies psychology, literature and Jewish history to the understanding of esoteric midrashim and the Zohar.

Rav Rosner

Rav Shalom Rosner

Afternoon Shiur Rebbe

Rav Rosner attended Sha'alvim before continuing his studies at Yeshiva University, where he earned a BA in Economics and a Masters in Jewish Education and Administration from the Azrieli Graduate School. A Musmach of RIETS, Rav Rosner was a member of the Beren Kollel Elyon and a Kupietsky Kodshim Fellow. Until his aliyah in 2008, Rav Rosner was a popular Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva University's Stone Beit Midrash Program and the Rav of Congregation Beit Ephraim Yitzchok in Woodmere, NY. Rav Rosner's shiurim are well known, and his online daf yomi shiur is listened to worldwide. Currently, Rav Rosner is a Rebbe in the advanced program at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim, as well as Rav of the Nofei Hashemesh community in Beit Shemesh

Israeli Ramim
Rav Yakovson

Rav Yechezkel Yakovson


Following four years of study at Yeshivat Kol Torah, Rav Yakovson came to Yeshivat Sha'alvim in 1973 to continue his Torah studies while incorporating army service as a tank commander within the Hesder framework. Rav Yakovson began giving shiurim in the Yeshiva in 1983 and in 2004 was appointed Rosh HaYeshiva. Rav Yakovson's sterling character and clear shiurim have gained him a reputation as a respected Rebbi and Rosh HaYeshiva.

Rav Ganz

Rav Moshe Ganz

Senior Ram

Rav Binyamin

Rav Gideon Binyamin

Rosh Kollel and Rav of Nof Ayalon

Rav Ben Yaakov

Rav Aryeh Ben Yaakov

Mashgiach of Israeli Talmidim

Rav Amital

Rav Yoel Amital


Rav Batat

Rav Shaul Batat