RABBI BERYL GERSHENFELD,
Rosh Yeshiva and Co-Founder
Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld has been teaching and designing educational programming for post college Jewish youth for over thirty years. His areas of special interest include engaging students in sophisticated and relevant readings of Biblical texts and empowering students to become educated and passionate Jewish leaders.
He is also the Dean of Yeshiva Machon Shlomo in Jerusalem and Founder of Meor, which provides Jewish literacy and leadership programs on over twenty college campuses (including Harvard, Stanford and Yale) across the United States. Rabbi Gershenfeld received a BA and MA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT (1976), Phi Beta Kappa. He has studied with many great Jewish scholars including Rav Shimon Schwab, Rav Aharon Feldman, Rav Moshe Shapiro and Rav Shlomo Wolbe. He resides in Har Nof, Jerusalem, with his wife and children.
Rabbi Jacobs is Co-Founder, Director and a Senior Lecturer at Machon Yaakov. Originally from Ocala, Florida, Rabbi Jacobs was until 2003 a senior managing director at JP Morgan, where he oversaw global stock research on telecommunications and provided strategic advice on some of the largest mergers in media/telecom history. Prior to that, he was a partner and senior telecom analyst at Sanford Bernstein, and was three times elected to the Institutional Investor All-American Analyst team. He has acted as a frequent commentator on network television and in leading newspapers and magazines, and has testified several times before the U.S. Congress. His credits in print and broadcast journalism include nominations for both the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism and the Emmy Award. Rabbi Jacobs holds an MS in Journalism from Columbia University (1985) and a BA in History from Northwestern University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (1983). Rabbi Jacobs left Wall Street in the Summer of 2003 to move his family to Israel to pursue full-time his interest in studying and teaching Jewish law, philosophy and business ethics.
Rabbi Lynn is Dean of Students, Mashgiach (Spiritual Advisor), and a Senior Lecturer at Machon Yaakov. Originally from Palm Beach, Florida, Rabbi Lynn graduated as valedictorian from the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Architecture, with Phi Beta Kappa honors. An avid athlete, Rabbi Lynn served as captain of the US National & World running-cycling team, as well as competing and finishing the International Ironman Triathlon competition. Rabbi Lynn has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a believer that true personal greatness results from understanding and building one’s strengths. He is also the founder and director of the Greatness Within Seminars
, a successful approach to personal growth. Rabbi Lynn currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Regine, and four daughters.
RABBI JONATHAN TAUB,
Rabbi Taub was born and raised in London, England. He studied economics at Cambridge University where he obtained a masters degree, and subsequently worked as a chartered accountant. He pursued his Torah studies in the Mir Yeshivah and in the Kollel of Yeshivas Merkaz HaTorah. Rabbi Taub has been teaching in yeshivot in Israel for over twenty-five years, and is currently lecturing in a number of yeshivas and women’s seminaries. Together with Rabbi Yisroel Shaw, he translated and annotated the popular Malbim Haggadah, and subsequently the Malbim Esther. Rabbi Taub has a deep appreciation for the Malbim’s style and close textual analysis, and tries to incorporate this into his teaching. Rabbi Taub is noted for his energy and excitement, aiming to reveal the “wow” in Torah. He is also an enthusiastic hiker, squash player, & enjoys writing humorous songs. He lives in Har Nof, Jerusalem with his wife and family.
RABBI IMMANUEL BERNSTEIN,
Rabbi Bernstein teaches the highest Talmud shiur for the second-year students at Machon Yaakov while also lecturing on Chumash (the written Torah) and Hashkafa (Jewish philosophy and outlook). Born and raised in London, Rabbi Bernstein came to Israel following high-school, where he studied for a number of years in Yeshivas Ateres Yisrael in Jerusalem, receiving Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Chaim Walkin in 2001. Rabbi Bernstein is a distinguished author of both Hebrew and English books, publishing many works on Chumash, Talmud, and Tefillah (prayer). Additionally, Rabbi Bernstein offers weekly lectures that are open to the public on the weekly Torah portion, and other Talmudic topics. Rabbi Bernstein has taught Talmud in Yeshivat Ateres Yisrael, as well as lectured for a number of years at Michlala Jerusalem College for Women. He currently resides in Jerusalem with his family.
RABBI NOACH ORLOWEK,
Rabbi Orlowek is a world-renowned Jewish educator, lecturing on five continents, predominantly in the areas of parenting, teaching and interpersonal relationships. At Machon Yaakov, he lectures on relationships and character building, as well as advising students privately on a weekly basis. In addition to his work at Machon Yaakov, Rabbi Orlowek serves as mashgiach (Spiritual Advisor of Students) in Yeshivas Torah Ore in Jerusalem.In more than 30 years of working with parents and students alike, Rabbi Orlowek has developed an approach to parenting and life that has been successfully applied with the students that he teaches. He is the author of My Child, My Disciple, practical advice on discipline in the home; My Disciple, My Child, practical advice on discipline in the classroom; and Raising Roses Among the Thorns: Bringing up Spiritually Healthy Children in Today’s Society.
RABBI YISRAEL SHAW,
Rabbi Yisrael Shaw teaches a first-year Gemara class for students with a strong background in Hebrew and Judaic learning, with a focus on building reading and analytic skills towards the goal of attaining proficiency in Gemara learning and living. From 1997, Rabbi Shaw has served as editor-in-chief of Kollel Iyun Hadaf’s educational publications on Gemara. He has translated and edited dozens of Jewish books and publications. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Shaw studied under eminent Torah scholars at Ner Israel (Baltimore), Merkaz HaTorah (Jerusalem), Midrash Shmuel (Jerusalem), and Yeshivat Ofakim. He attended university in Georgia and Maryland, and graduated with honors from S.U.N.Y. His wife is a senior lecturer at Darchei Binah Women’s College. Their children love to host Machon Yaakov students for Shabbos.
RABBI MATTISYAHU ROSENBLUM,
As an afternoon and night rebbe at Machon Yaakov, Rabbi Rosenblum is a tremendous resource for the students who wish to deepen their connection to Torah outside of the classroom. In addition to learning one-on-one with students, Rabbi Rosenblum offers shiurs on Chumash and philosophy. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at Yale University in 1985, Rabbi Rosenblum spent 2 years at Machon Shlomo in Jerusalem before he decided to devote his life to learning, teaching, and connecting students to Torah. Rabbi Rosenblum spent several years studying in Yeshivas Merkaz HaTorah and Yeshivas Heichal HaTorah. He currently resides in the community of Telzstone with his family.
RABBI SHLOMO EITAN,
Lecturer/Hebrew Textual Skills
Rabbi Shlomo Eitan developed a love of the Hebrew language at an early age that has deepened throughout his life. During his twenty five plus years of teaching experience he has taught at Hebrew University, the Jerusalem College of Technology (Machon Lev), Aish HaTorah, Darchei Noam/Shappel’s, Mayanot and other institutions, as well as his own Ulpan Eitan
, which he opened in 1990. He has developed a unique, fun, approach that has proven successful with adults who want to develop their Hebrew skills, overcome their fear of the language, or feel at home in Jewish sources. After graduating from Yeshiva University, Rav Eitan made aliyah in 1979, received smicha (rabbinical ordination) in Israel, and served in the I.D.F. He spent two and a half years working in Jewish education in Rio de Janeiro.In May of 2012 Rabbi Eitan launched his YouTube channel that goes by the name Hebrew For All
. There he offers his approach and love of the Hebrew language to all. Rav Eitan and his wife live in Jerusalem with their children.
RABBI ELIEZER EMANUEL
Rabbi Emanuel, a night rebbe at Machon Yaakov, was born in South Africa and spent the latter half of his youth in Israel. His approach is to combine South African sincerity with Israeli enthusiasm. He spends his days studying in Yeshivas Itri, where he has been a student for 19 years. Rabbi Emanuel has tutored the for STEP Program as well as for the Toldot Yeshurun network for Russian immigrants; he has also done pre-marital counseling with Irgun Lahav. The Emanuels love to have the students over for Shabbat and Rabbi Emanuel claimes his wife makes the best cholent this side of the Limpopo River.
RABBI MOSHE COHEN
Rabbi Cohen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and studied in Ner Israel Rabbinical College (Baltimore), The Mesivta of Long Beach (New York), and Beth Medrash Gavoha (Lakewood, NJ). He has been a student of HaRav Tzvi Kushelevsky (Yeshivas Heichal HaTorah, Jerusalem) for the past eighteen years. Rabbi Cohen has extensive experience translating and editing for Kollel Iyun Hadaf
. Over the past ten years, Rabbi Cohen has delivered well over five thousand lectures on Talmud to students on all levels, from those just beginning their journey to those well-advanced in their studies. He has been successful in assisting numerous students gain valuable skills on an individual basis as well. In Machon Yaakov, he currently teaches a skill-building Talmud class to second year students. He and his family live in Har Nof, and his children particularly enjoy climbing all over Machon Yaakov students when they come for Shabbos meals.
RABBI YEHUDA SOKOLOFF
Originally from New York, Rabbi Yehuda Sokoloff studied for many years in Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah and received smicha from the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Kalman Epstein. After marrying, he moved to Great Neck, New York to study in kollel while serving as Associate Rav of Congregation Kollel Ohr Haemet. After 3 years, the Sokoloffs moved to Austin, Texas where Rabbi Sokoloff served as the Rosh Kollel of the Austin Community Kollel. While in Texas, he also founded T.A.L.K. School of Judaics which served to enrich the Jewish education in Austin. Subsequently, Rabbi Sokoloff spent 3 years as Rosh Kollel of The Kansas City Community Kollel, directing Beis Medrash learning, as well as functioning in a rabbinic leadership capacity within the K.C. Jewish community. In 2013, Rabbi Sokoloff and his family made aliyah. He resides in Jerusalem with his wife Esther and their children. Rabbi Sokoloff’s dream is to spend his time studying with motivated students such as those at Machon Yaakov.
RABBI ARYEH BRUECKHEIMER
As a night rebbe Rabbi Brueckheimer’s goal is to help students develop their ability to learn Torah independently and gain a greater appreciation for its study. When learning with students he enjoys bringing out the warmth of Torah and showing its practical implications. Rabbi Brueckheimer published a book called Al Harishonim on the weekly Torah reading. In it he draws on the commentaries of the “Rishonim” and expounds upon them, not only expanding our Torah knowledge, but enriching our spiritual lives as well.Originally from New Jersey Rabbi Brueckheimer has made his home in Israel. He has studied for many years in the kollel of Yeshiva Birchas Mordechai. He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Brueckheimer currently resides in Beitar Ilit with his wife and children and extends a warm invitation to all students who would like to come for Shabbos.
Serving as the yeshiva administrator, Rabbi Kahn makes sure everything runs smoothly. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Rabbi Kahn came to Israel in 1998 after studying at the Lakewood Yeshiva in New Jersey. He then continued learning for an additional 8 years at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem under the direction of Rabbi Nossen Tzvi Finkel, zt”l. Rabbi Kahn became a Gemara rebbe at Yeshivas Chedvas HaTorah and continues to teach Gemara privately.Rabbi Kahn has always enjoyed studying medicine and is currently a volunteer EMT for Magen David Adom and Hachovesh Har Nof – the neighborhood Hatzala. Having previously managed two family medical practices, Rabbi Kahn continues to share his knowledge by instructing courses in CPR, emergency response, and lifeguarding. Rabbi Kahn lives in Har Nof with his wife and three children. Their home is always open to guests – they can’t wait to have you for shabbos.
The rabbis are outstanding instructors in Torah, philosophy, ethics, and Jewish law. Our student-teacher ratio is nearly 2:1. Machon Yaakov’s faculty has been selected from among the highest caliber teachers currently engaged in Jewish education. Many are noted authors, scholars, and lecturers both in Israel and throughout the world. These instructors collectively foster a unique, highly-intellectual, and intensive learning environment where students who were previously unexposed to Jewish education have the chance to tap into some of the brightest minds in the field.