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.
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.
Assistant Dean / Sgan Menahel and Ra"m
Rav Leibowitz attended Sha'alvim for two years before studying at Yeshiva University. At YU, he earned semicha ordination from RIETS, a B.A. in Modern Jewish History and Philosophy, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yeshiva's Bernard Revel Graduate School. Rav Leibowitz currently lives on the Sha'alvim campus with is family and he serves as one of the Ramim. Rav Leibowitz has written a number of Torah and scholarly articles, and is the author of Hashgachah Pratis: An Exploration of Divine Providence and Free Will (2009), Eynecha Pekuchos (Hebrew, 2014), The Early Rishonim: A Gemara Student's Guide (2015), and The Neshamah: A Study of the Human Soul (2018).
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 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 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 a 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
After attending Sha'alvim in 1983, Rav Apfel continued his studies at Columbia University. He graduated with a BA in Comparative Religion and later received his MD degree from SUNY Downstate. Following his studies, Rav Apfel went on to receive his smicha from the Rabbi
Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 2003. Currently, Rav Apfel teaches Bekiyut and Iyun Kal in Sha'alvim, while simultaneously continuing to practice medicine as the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in Congenital Heart Disease at Columbia University Medical Center. Rav Apfel also currently serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for M.I.L.I., a non-profit organization that provides cardiac evaluations, recommendations and support for children with heart disease and their families. Rav Apfel and his family reside in Ramat Beit Shemesh.
Following High School at the Skokie Yeshiva, Rav Hutt spent two and half years learning in Sha'alvim. Subsequently, he continued to learn under the guidance of Rav Parnes shlit”a while completing a degree in management from Touro’s Lander College For Men. Rav Hutt then made aliyah with his wife in 2008, to Shaalvim. Here he served as a shiur assistant, Mashpia, and is currently a Bekiyus Rebbe for the first year students. His students truly enjoy his unique synthesis of metaphor, example, and articulate explanation which make his classes both thought provoking and memorable. Most recently Rav Hutt founded and manages Hakol Torah, an international organization that promotes and incentivizes learning Torah on Shabbos Kodesh.
Rav Rosenfeld studied in Shaalvim for two years before attending Yeshiva University, where he became a talmid of Rav Rosensweig, later becoming the shiur assistant. He received a B.A. in Jewish Studies, an M.S. in Jewish education, and semicha as a fellow of the Wexner Semicha Honors program. Rav Rosenfeld then made aliyah and learned in the Eretz Hemdah Kollel, during which time he earned his Yadin Yadin semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. In addition to Shaalvim, Rav Rosenfeld currently works for the Eretz Hemdah Kollel and Beit Din. He lives with his wife and family in Yad Binyamin.
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.
Bekiyut & Halacha Rebbe
Rav Wagner spent two years studying at Yeshivat Sha'alvim and third year at Yeshivat Derech Ha-Talmud, under the leadership of Rav Chaim Ilson. Rav Wagner then attended YU as a member of YU’s prestigious Masmidim Honors Program while learning under Rav Michael Rosenzweig. After earning a BA in psychology from Touro College, Rav Wagner and his family made aliyah, and studied at YU’s Gruss Kollel for four years where he received Semichah through RIETS. While at Gruss, Rav Wagner became a close personal talmid of Rav Assaf Bednarsh and served as his chavruta for three years. Rav Wagner currently teaches Jewish Philosophy and History at several seminaries in Yerushalyim
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.
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.