ABOUT OUR FACULTY
Dr. Rachel Adelman completed her doctorate in Midrash at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has taught at MaTaN, the Conservative Yeshiva, Pardes, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Scot A. Berman is Headmaster of Bnei Akiva Schools-Or Chaim and Ulpanat Orot. He was the founding principal of Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, New Jersey. He received ordination from Hebrew Theological College, Skokie, and holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University in Chicago. Rabbi Berman is a Jerusalem Fellow.
Dr. James Diamond has an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish Thought from the University of Toronto. He presently holds the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo. He has written Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment, which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought for 2003, and Converts, Heretics and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider.
Dr. Paul Franks teaches philosophy and Jewish studies at the University of Toronto. Educated at Gateshead Yeshiva, Oxford University and Harvard University, he publishes widely in modern Jewish philosophy and post-Kantian metaphysics and epistemology. He translated Franz Rosenzweig: Philosophical and Theological Writings and wrote All or Nothing: Systematicity, Transcendental Arguments, and Skepticism in German Idealism.
Rabbi Shlomo Gemara is the rosh yeshiva of Akiva Schools-Or Chaim and Ulpanat Orot. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Hebrew University.
Sarit Kattan Gribetz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University, where she is working on a dissertation about rabbinic conceptions of time and history. Sarit received her BA from Princeton University, studied at the Hebrew University as a Fulbright scholar, and was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She presently teaches at the University of Toronto.
Rabbi Joe Kanofsky is the rabbi at Kihellat Shaarei Torah. He was ordained at the Rabbinical College of America, where he was also a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Boston University under the direction of Elie Wiesel. Before moving to Toronto, he was the director of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Warsaw.
Oshra Koren has a B.A. in Jewish Philosophy and in Hebrew Literature and a teaching degree from Hebrew University. Ms. Koren is a graduate of the Scholars Program, MaTaN Women's Institute for Torah Studies, Jerusalem. She is the founding director of MaTaN HaSharon and she developed MaTaN’s Bat Mitzvah Program. She is also the founding director of performance ensemble Bat Kol and is a member of the City Council of Raanana.
Shayna Kravetz is the product of the Winnipeg Talmud Torah and Jewish high school. She studied at Stern College before returning to Winnipeg where she became a lawyer. As Shayna tells it, some years ago she escaped law and now she teaches Jewish education, through the Florence Melton program and private classes.
Dr. Eric Lawee holds a Ph. D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He served in the Religious Studies Department at Stanford University and is now a professor in the Division of Humanities and Program in Jewish Studies at York University. He has just completing a book on Rashi’s Commentary on the Torah.
Rabbi Eric Levy earned a B.A. in Computer Science and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Yeshiva University. He has rabbinic ordination from both Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt and Rav Zalman Nehemia Goldberg, spent four years at Yeshivat Har Etzion and served in the Israeli Army Tank Corps.
Dr. Hindy Najman earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University under the direction of James L. Kugel and a B.A. from Stern College. She is the director of the Centre for Jewish Studies and associate professor of ancient Judaism in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She taught in the departments of Theology and Jewish Studies at the University of Notre Dame and has written numerous scholarly articles.
Dr. Aaron Nussbaum received his Ph. D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary and joined United Synagogue Day School at its inception in 1961 in the role of Director of Education, which he held for over 30 years. He has also lectured extensively on Jewish history, rabbinics and Bible at York University, University of Toronto and Midrasha L’Morim. Currently, Dr. Nussbaum leads weekly study groups for adults in Bible and Talmud.
Dianna Roberts-Zauderer is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre and Department for the Study of Religion and Centre for Jewish Studies. Her area of research is mediaeval Jewish thought and literature. She has produced radio and video documentaries.
Rebecca Rotenberg Nadlerhas an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and studied at Michlalah, Jerusalem and, in recent years, at the Beit Midrash Program of the Drisha Institute in New York. For the last number of years she has taught kallah classes to students in Toronto and New York.
Chashi Skobac studied at the Cooper Union, Cleveland Art Institute and has a Masters in education from Columbia University. She studied Jewish mystical thought with Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan and Shneur Zalman Stern and Jewish philosophy at Neve Yerushalayim. Her classes combine creative arts with Jewish thought and Jewish meditation and spirituality.
Rabbi Michael Skobac is education director of Jews for Judaism in Toronto. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Skobac has lectured extensively on missionaries, cults, issues of Jewish continuity and spirituality across North America, Europe and Asia.
Judy Snowbell Diamond teaches Bible at CHAT. She has a M.A. in Language Education from Indiana University and is a graduate of York University’s Jewish Teacher Education Program. Judy is the winner of the 2006 Teacher of Excellence Award.
Ilana Sober is a graduate of Yale University, Midreshet Lindenbaum, Neve Yerushalayim, and Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program. She teaches at Nishmat and edits their taharat hamishpacha websites. Until making aliyah recently, she was teaching at Mekorot and to private students in Toronto.
Rabbi Noah Sonenberg studied at Yeshivas Bircas Hatorah in Jerusalem and has a Bachelors of Science from York University. He teaches at Yeshivat Or Chaim and Ulpanat Orot and private classes in the Toronto community.
Rifka Sonenberg has a B.Sc. from York University and a teaching degree from Michlalah, Jerusalem. She spent four years studying at Nishmat, including one in Machon Gavoha, and graduated from Nishmat’s Keren Areil program. In addition to teaching at Ulpanat Orot High School, she teaches Torah privately.
Shani Taragin serves as coordinator of the Intensive Tanach track for post-high school students at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She has 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 institutions in Israel including MaTaNand Nishmat. A graduate of Nishmat's Keren Ariel Program for certification as a halachic advisor in issues of family purity law, she serves on the first women’s hotline to deal with issues of Jewish law.
Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner studied at Yeshivat Kerem beYavneh, received a BA in computer science from Yeshiva University and a Masters in computer science at New York University while studying toward ordination at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Elchanan Theological Seminary. He comes to Toronto from Allentown, Pensylvania where he was the rabbi of Congregation Sons of Israel and is the rosh beit midrash at Zichron Dov: Yeshiva University Torah mi’Tzion Kollel
Rebecca Winter holds a BSc. in Psychology and a Masters in neuropsychology from York University. She studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and MaTaN in Jerusalem where she was the head of the beit midrash for the overseas summer program. In Toronto, Rebecca has taught Bible and Talmud in a number of schools.
Shoshana Zolty received her Masters and Ph.D. degrees in education from the University of Toronto and has attended the Melton Centre Institute for Jewish Education in the Diaspora. She is the author of the book And All Your Children Shall Be Learned