Instructors

Boston, MA

Rabbi David Jaffe

Rabbi David Jaffe is the Mashgiach Ruchani/Spiritual Advisor at Gann Academy where he created and runs the Chanoch LaNa'ar initiative. He is also the Founder and Dean of the Kirva Institute. His teaching, organizing, writing and consulting explore the intersection of moral-spiritual development and ethical action in the world. He is currently working on a book about the inner-life and social activism to be published in 2013.

Rabbi Margie Klein

Rabbi Margie Klein serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Sha’arei Shalom in Ashland, MA, and also works as Director of Clergy and Leadership Development for the Essex County Community organization. She is the founder of Moishe Kavod House in Boston, a community of over 600 Jews in their 20s and 30s dedicated to Tikkun Olam. Rabbi Margie is co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice (Jewish Lights), and is a member of the Synagogue 3000 Emergent Communities Leadership... Rabbi Margie Klein serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Sha’arei Shalom in Ashland, MA, and also works as Director of Clergy and Leadership Development for the Essex County Community organization. She is the founder of Moishe Kavod House in Boston, a community of over 600 Jews in their 20s and 30s dedicated to Tikkun Olam. Rabbi Margie is co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice (Jewish Lights), and is a member of the Synagogue 3000 Emergent Communities Leadership Network. Prior to Rabbinical School, Rabbi Margie founded and directed Project Democracy, a national youth voting organization that mobilized 97,000 college students to vote. She has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, CNN, and Newsweek for her faith-based social justice work, and was invited to the White House for her leadership. Rabbi Margie is an ordained Kohenet/Hebrew Priestess, and an avid hip hop dancer.More

Rabbi Or N. Rose

Rabbi Or N. Rose is the Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College (HC) and Co-Director of the Center for Inter-Religious & Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE), a joint venture of HC and Andover Newton Theological School.  Rabbi Rose is the co-editor of Jewish Mysticism & the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections (Jewish Lights), and My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Inter-Religious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (Orbis).

Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Rabbi Toba Spitzer is the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, MA.  She is a former president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and was the first openly gay or lesbian rabbi to serve as the head of a national rabbinic organization.  Rabbi Spitzer has been involved for many years in work for social and economic justice in the U.S. and for Middle East peace. Her life goal is to bowl in every state (31 down so far!).

London, UK

Rabbi Benji Stanley

Benji is part of the Rabbinic team at West London Synagogue. He received semichah from the Leo-Baeck-College, and is also a fellow of Yeshivat Hadar, a full-time egalitarian yeshiva in New York where he studied for a year. He read English Literature for his first degree and is passionate about texts, people, social responsibility, and the relationship between them. He loves Judaism’s emphasis on communal acts of reading that compel attitudinal and behavioural change beyond the beit midrash (or... Benji is part of the Rabbinic team at West London Synagogue. He received semichah from the Leo-Baeck-College, and is also a fellow of Yeshivat Hadar, a full-time egalitarian yeshiva in New York where he studied for a year. He read English Literature for his first degree and is passionate about texts, people, social responsibility, and the relationship between them. He loves Judaism’s emphasis on communal acts of reading that compel attitudinal and behavioural change beyond the beit midrash (or beit k'nesset).He is delighted to be teaching on Atzum's Takum programme, as the Chief Exec of Atzum. Rabbi Levi Lauer is his skype Rabbi- teaching him Torah once a week and even turning up in person recently to be his m'sader kiddushin.More

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Jonathan Wittenberg was born in Glasgow in 1957, to a family of German Jewish origin with rabbinic ancestors on both sides. The family moved to London in 1963, where he attended University College School, specialising in classical and modern languages. He further developed his love of literature when reading English at King's College Cambridge (1976-9). After two years teaching and social work in Israel and England he took a PGCE at Goldsmith's College, London. Already deeply involved in Jewish... Jonathan Wittenberg was born in Glasgow in 1957, to a family of German Jewish origin with rabbinic ancestors on both sides. The family moved to London in 1963, where he attended University College School, specialising in classical and modern languages. He further developed his love of literature when reading English at King's College Cambridge (1976-9). After two years teaching and social work in Israel and England he took a PGCE at Goldsmith's College, London. Already deeply involved in Jewish life, he trained for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College London, receiving ordination in 1987, and continued his studies to gain a further rabbinic qualification from his teacher Dr. Aryeh Strikovsky in Israel. Since then he has worked as rabbi of the New North London Synagogue and has taken a leading role in the development of the Masorti Movement for traditional non-fundamentalist Judaism in England. In 2008 he was appointed Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism. From 1993 to 2002 he was closely involved in the North London Hospice, for five and a half years as co-ordinator of its voluntary multi-faith chaplaincy. He is currently a member of the chaplaincy team at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. He has initiated a project to create a multi-faith secondary school, launching the vision in the House of Lords. He has a strong interest in pastoral work, particularly in the care of the sick and dying. He is deeply engaged in Jewish / Christian and Jewish / Muslim interfaith dialogue. He lectures widely and writes frequently for the Jewish and interfaith press. He has broadcast for the BBC on Prayer for the Day, and on Al Mustakillah television. His publications include: 'The Three Pillars of Judaism: A Search for Faith And Values' (SCM Press, 1996); 'The Laws of Life: A Guide to Traditional Jewish Practice at Times of Bereavement' (Masorti Publications 1997); 'The Eternal Journey; Meditations on the Jewish Year' (Joseph's Bookstore 2001); ‘The Silence of Dark Water: An Inner Journey’ was published in November 2008. Since then he has produced a popular children’s book ‘Shmendrick and the Croc’, beautifully illustrated by Barbara Jackson (Masorti Publications 2010). His latest book, 'Walking with the Light', was published in 2013. Jonathan is married to Nicky Solomon; they have three children and a dog and enjoy family life, gardening and animals.More

Rabbi Natan Levy

Jerusalem, Israel

Aryeh Bernstein

Aryeh Bernstein grew up in Chicago and moved to Israel 13 years ago.  Holding B.A.'s in Psychology and Talmud from Columbia and JTS, he also learned for seven years at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, as well as other yeshivot, and passed some of the rabbinic exams of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.  He taught and directed alumni affairs and recruitment at Yeshivat Hadar for six years and has also taught at Drisha, Jerusalem's Hartman High School, at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, where he co-founded the Northwoods... Aryeh Bernstein grew up in Chicago and moved to Israel 13 years ago.  Holding B.A.'s in Psychology and Talmud from Columbia and JTS, he also learned for seven years at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, as well as other yeshivot, and passed some of the rabbinic exams of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.  He taught and directed alumni affairs and recruitment at Yeshivat Hadar for six years and has also taught at Drisha, Jerusalem's Hartman High School, at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, where he co-founded the Northwoods Kollel and Beit Midrash Program, and elsewhere.  He writes on Torah and Jewish society at jewschool.com and leads High Holiday services at New York's Kehilat Hadar.  In the Takum Jerusalem pod, he will teach the third unit, on food justice, and will participate in the program all year.More

Rabbi Levi Lauer

Rabbi Levi D. Lauer is the Founding Executive Director of ATZUM-Justice Works established in 2002. A native of the U.S. who has lived in Jerusalem since 1976, Levi was previously a Hillel Director, and Executive Director of the Pardes Institute from 1977-1994. He is a pioneer educator-social activist seeking to bring contemporary concerns to synthesis with traditional Jewish practice and study.

Shoshana Cohen

Shoshana Cohen is the founder and Rosh-Yeshiva of Yeshivat Talpiot a new egalitarian Yeshiva for Israelis that is redefining religious identity and affiliation in Israel. She also teaches Talmud, Midrash and Gender and Judaism at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. She was a long time fellow at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and at Matan's Advanced Talmud Institute. She was one of the founding faculty members of Yeshivat Hadar in New York, where she taught for two summers.

Tehila Levi

Tehila Levi currently lives in Jerusalem and is a student of Torah. She has studied at the Havruta Bet Midrash in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at the advanced Talmud program at Matan in Jerusalem and at Yeshivat Hadar in NYC. Tehila is currently teaching at Yeshivat Talpiot and at the Alumni Bet Midrash of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership.

Brooklyn, NY

Rabbi Marc Katz

Originally from Barrington RI, Marc received a B.A. from Tufts University in 2006. At Tufts, he studied Comparative Religion while serving as the captain of his college swim team. Before entering rabbinical school, Marc worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism lobbying for environmental protection and health care reform on behalf of the Reform movement. After returning from his first year of rabbinical school at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Marc... Originally from Barrington RI, Marc received a B.A. from Tufts University in 2006. At Tufts, he studied Comparative Religion while serving as the captain of his college swim team. Before entering rabbinical school, Marc worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism lobbying for environmental protection and health care reform on behalf of the Reform movement. After returning from his first year of rabbinical school at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Marc has grown to love working at CBE first as a religious school teacher and then, starting in the fall of 2009, as Revson Rabbinic Intern. Over the past three years, Marc has taught in the academy program, run a weekly introduction to Judaism class, studied Torah with our adult Chevre Torah group, and served as program director for Brooklyn Jews, CBE’s outreach program to young professionals. He lives with his wife Cantor Julia Katz in Park Slope and can often be found running in Prospect Park, shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op (when he’s not suspended), and eating at the host of Thai restaurants in the neighborhood.More