Our Advisors

Benjamin Rapaport

Assistant Instructor, University of Pennsylvania, 2020. Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2018. Master’s degree in Clinical Sociology from University of North Texas, 2011. Rosh Habura in the Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem, 2005-2011. Semicha from Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, 2002. Director of career guidance program for Shor Yoshuv, 2012-2013, and BMG, 2014-2019, helping hundreds of students find a path towards financial independence. Author of The Jewish Art of Self-Discovery (Urim, 2013) Gallup Certified Strengthsfinder Coach. High performance consultant to a rapidly growing financial technology company.

Debra Green

Involved in Jewish education and guidance for over 25 years, Mrs. Green has served as a Seminary Administrator, Seminary Advisor,  and Judaic Studies Teacher.  She is a graduate of Yeshiva University and a candidate for a master’s in Jewish History at Touro College.  As a Academic Advisor she is involved in guiding students towards their next step in education and assisting through the TRIO Academy program

Our Professors

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz 
Jewish Law (301) – Medical Ethics

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz is a Senior Lecturer in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. Until April 2010, he was the Rabbi of the Woodside Synagogue in Silver Spring,Maryland and Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Law School, specializing in contracts, bankruptcy commercial law, and bioethics. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College; his BA from Johns Hopkins University and JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude. He has written and lectured extensively both in the United States and Israel on the interface of halacha and contemporary society with a special interest and expertise in medical, family, business, and legal ethics. His articles cover topics such as stem cell research, cloning, organ donation, land for peace, and Jewish perspectives on war and gun control. He has also written many basic source books on Jewish values for NCSY, an organization that does Jewish outreach to teenagers.

Rabbi Menachem Nissel
Jewish philosophy (101) – Derech Hashem

Rabbi Menacham Nissel is a renowned speaker and author who has inspired thousands throughout the world. He is a widely published author including the highly acclaimed Rigshei Lev: Women and Tefillah (Targum / Feldheim 2001) and is a regular contributor to Mishpacha magazine. He has the rare ability to translate lofty concepts into practical daily living, spiced with irrepressible British humor. He is a senior lecturer for Ner LeElef (Jewish Leadership Training) and teaches in yeshivot and seminaries in Jerusalem. He is the Senior Educator for NCSY and flies regularly to North America as scholar-in-residence for National and Regional shabbatons. He gives a weekly high level Talmud class to NCSY staff as part of the NCSY Staff Enrichment program. He has an MBA from the London Business School.

Rav Mordechai Burg
Bible Studies (312) – Mysticism in the Bible

After completing his BA in Special Education and Judaic Studies, as well as completing the Kollel Elyon and Smicha Program at Lander College, Rabbi Mordechai Burg made aliyah in 2008 to join the teaching staff of his alma mater, Yeshivat Shaarei Mevaseret Yerushalayim. A popular speaker throughout Israel and America, his dynamic and inspiring shiurim span all areas of Torah ranging from Tefilah and Hashkafah to Contemporay Jewish life. More than anything, Rabbi Burg is also known for his true care and concern for all his students, challenging them to bring out their very best. Rabbi Burg lives with his family in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner
Jewish Thought (211) – Maimonides, Thirteen Principles of Faith

Rebbetzin of the White Shul, principal of Machon Basya Rachel Seminary, lecturer and bi-monthly contributor to Mishpacha Magazine

Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker
Jewish Law (302) – Leadership and Character Development

R’ Dina Schoonmaker has a Bachelors degree from Michlalah in Judaic Studies and English and an M.A. in Jewish History. She is rich in experience as a veteran staff member and as one of the original Rakazot, Machal student-mentors. A sought-after speaker throughout Israel and in the United States, Mrs. Schoonmaker teaches the entire Machal and serves as Senior Consultant.

Rabbi Benji Epstien
Jewish Thought – (212) Jewish Mindfulness

Rabbi Benjamin Epstein, Ph.D. is an experienced psychologist, author, and speaker who blends traditional Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with cognitive behavioral, spiritual, and acceptance techniques. Dr. Benjy works effectively across a broad spectrum of age groups to enhance well-being by teaching how to live more mindfully and in the present. In addition to his private practice and mindfulness seminars, he spends his summers as the Director of Staff Development and Clinical Research in Camp HASC.

Rav Judah Mischel

Rabbi Mischel studied at Yeshivat Shaalavim and Yeshiva University and earned a BA in History from Yeshiva University, a Master’s in Education from Azrieli Graduate School, and was a Graduate Fellow at the CUNY Center for Coexistence at the School for Public Affairs.

 Rabbi Judah Mischel is Executive Director of Camp HASC, the Hebrew Academy for Special Children, and serves as the Mashpiah of NCSY. He founded Tzama Nafshi, an organization dedicated to fostering Jewish education and inspiration, and serves as an educational consultant to the Orthodox Union, as well as to schools and synagogues in the United States and Israel. Rabbi Judah and his wife, Ora, live in Ramat Beit Shemesh with their eight children.

Rav Gav Friedman
Jewish Law (401) – Shabbos

Rav Gav Friedman is currently teaching at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem, where his lectures highlight the entire gamut of Aish programs, including the Discovery Seminar, Jerusalem Fellowships, Executive Learning Center, and more. An up-and–coming star of the Jewish speaking circuit, Rabbi Friedman has lectured in dozens of cities around the globe, including Johannesburg, London, Montreal, and across the East Coast of the United States. Rabbi Friedman’s charisma captivates audiences of all ages and inspires men and women across the Jewish spectrum. His unique ability to present Torah concepts in an intriguing yet entertaining fashion leaves his audiences thirsting for more. Rabbi Friedman currently resides in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem, with his wife and children.

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