Rav Brown is a graduate of the Hesder Yeshiva Har Etzion where he learned for 7 years. He received semicha at that time from the rabbanut. He is also a graduate of The Yaakov Herzog Teachers' Insitute. Rav Brown has been working in Midreshet Lindenbaum since 1986, in various positions such as Ram of Talmud, Tanach and Halacha, Av Bayit and director of the Israeli program. In 1994 he went on educational shlichut to Toronto where he was director of the Ulpana for four years. When he returned to Israel in 1998, he became the menahel of Midreshet Lindenbaum, a position he currently holds.
Rav Kaplan has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and Semicha from the Jerusalem Rabbinate. He has been teaching in Midreshet Lindenbaum since its opening in 1976. In addition to teaching a regular Talmud shiur, Rav Kaplan teaches a class in Faith and Commitment, a shiur in Aggada to Shana Bet students, and a shiur in Chassidic philosophy in the Israeli program. As Mashgiach Ruchani he has added responsibilites for the personal and religious development of Lindenbaum students. He has taught in Yeshivat Ha-Mivtar and Yeshivat Shaarei Mevasseret and women’s schools in Jerusalem. Born in Vancouver Canada, Rav Kaplan has lived in Israel since 1972.
He is married with five children and six grandchildren. He and his wife Menucha live in Har Nof , Jerusalem.
Nomi Berman is a “product” of Midreshet Lindenbaum, having studied in the Midrasha’s Shana Aleph, Shana Bet, and Bruria Scholars Program. In between her studies at Lindenbaum, Nomi completed her B.A. at Stern College and studied in the Talmud department at Bar Ilan University. She and her husband Todd served for four years as the first Av and Eim Bayit in Lindenbaum’s current facilities. As a team, Nomi and Todd also pioneered the Jewish Learning Initiative, a program co-sponsored by the OU and Hillel which brings “Rabbinic couples” to university campuses. They served as the first JLI couple at Brandeis University before returning to their current home in Efrat, where they live with their eight children.
Rav David Brofsky teaches Gemara and Halacha. He holds a B.A and M.A in Medieval Jewish History from Yeshiva University. He learned and taught at Yeshivat Har Etzion, and received smicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He previously taught Halacha at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) and the Efrat Women's Beit Midrash, and currently teaches in Midreshet torah Ve'Avoda. He writes a Halacha shiur for the Yeshivat Har Etzion Virtual Beit Midrash, and is the author of "Hilchot Tefilla: A Comprehensive Guide to the Laws of Daily Prayer (KTAV/OU Press/Yeshivat Har Etzion), and Hilkhot Moadim: Understanding the Laws of Festivals (Maggid/Yeshivat Har Etzion). He lives in Alon Shevut with his wife Mali, and four children.
Rabbi Rafi Eis joined Midreshet Lindenbaum as a Ra"m in August, 2014. He came to us from Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Philadelphia, where he served as the Interim Head of School, Assistant Head of School for Judaic Studies, Israel Advisor, and taught Gemara and Tanach.
He received semicha from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), an M.S. in Jewish Education from YU's Azrieli School of Jewish Education both in 2006, and a B.A. from YU in English Literature in 2003. He learned at Yeshivat Har Etzion during 1998-2000. He and his wife, Atara, are the proud parents of four children and live in Efrat.
Rabbi Shimon Felix well-known educator who has worked in a wide variety of educational and communal frameworks in Israel - where he lives - Great Britain, Europe & North America. These include Yeshivat Hamivtar, where he studied, received Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, taught Talmud, Jewish philosophy and Bible and Commentaries, and served as educational director. He has also taught at Michlelet Bruria, Yakar in London and Jerusalem, Limmud in England, and the Israeli school system. He served as the director of the Jewish Agency's Bureau for Cultural Services to Communities in the Diaspora, as well as Executive Director of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. In the late 1990's he served as assistant to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sachs, the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain
Nava Finkelman is by profession a psychologist (Bar Ilan University) and an occupational therapist (Hebrew University). She has recently completed a Master's degree in Tanakh (at Bar Ilan) and is currently working towards a PhD. She teaches Tanakh at Lindenbaum, believing it to be far more fun than most people think. Nava lives in Beit Shemesh with her husband and their 5 children.
Ms. Dena Freundlich is a Gemara Ram and also teaches Women in Jewish Law. She made Aliyah in the summer of 2010 from Teaneck, NJ, where she served as Talmud Department Chair at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. She holds a BA in Biology and Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, an MA in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and was a member of the first graduating class of Yeshiva University's Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS).
Rav Shmuel Klitsner has taught Talmud, Biblical Exegesis, and Philosophy of Halacha at Midreshet Lindenbaum since 1987. A student of the late Prof. Nechama Leibowitz, he has also served as Head of Jewish Studies at Emunah's School for Torah and the Arts, lectured extensively at the London School of Jewish Studies, and is the author of the two volume novel The Lost Children of Tarshish as well as a book of Biblical readings: Wrestling Jacob - Deception, Identity and Freudian Slips in Genesis. His film credits include the award winning Chanukah animation - "Lights".
Rav Menachem Leibtag is one of the pioneers of Torah education via the Internet. His weekly essays on Parshat Ha'shavua, read by literally thousands of subscribers world wide, introduce a vibrant analytical approach to thematic study of the Bible and reflect over twenty years of experience as a student and teacher at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. He was the founder of the Yeshiva's Virtual Bet Midrash and more recently founded the Tanach Study Center, which contains a full archive of his lectures in various formats. In addition to his educational responsibilities at Har Etzion, Rav Leibtag also lectures at Yeshivat Shaalvim, Yeshivat ha'Kotel, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Orot College for Women. He has delivered lectures and teacher workshops extensively in Israel and the Diaspora.
Sally teaches Talmud and Halachah in Midreshet Lindenbaum's overseas program, and Torah SheBe-al Peh in the Lindenbaum Educators Training Fellowship. Before making aliyah with her family a few years ago, Sally served as a member of the core faculty that built and shaped Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ, where she chaired the Talmud Department and directed Israel Guidance. She has also served as Education Director at The Jewish Center in Manhattan and as the Director of the Drisha Summer High School Program, and has lectured in communities in the United States and Israel. Sally studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum before college; she holds a BA from Stern College and an MA in Medieval Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School, and is a graduate of the Drisha Institute Scholars Circle Program.
Sally lives in Neve Daniel with her husband and six children
In his classes Rav Mishkin attempts to analyze both new and familiar concepts from the ground up - challenging assumptions and constructing arguments that delve to the core of an issue. Rav Mishkin feels that only once students have been encouraged to examine a topic thoroughly are they equipped to understand and evaluate its meaning to them. He and his wife have five kids whom he constantly tries to make laugh
Rav Yoni Rosensweig is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shevut Yisrael, and Community Rabbi in the Netzach Menashe community in Beit Shemesh. He also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and serves as Rosh Kollel in Mizrachi between the years 2006-2009. Rav Yoni has Semicha from Rav nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch and from the chief rabbinate, a degree in education, and another in philosophy and history. He teaches Machshava at Midreshet Lindenbaum.
Tamar Ross has been associated with Midreshet Lindenbaum since its inception (as Michlelet Bruria) in 1976. She is also Professor Emerita of the Department of Jewish philosophy at Bar Ilan University, and has taught in many academic and religious settings in Israel, the United States, England and South Africa
Her published works cover a wide range of topics relating to Jewish thought, theology and the philosophy of halakha, including a book entitled Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism.
She was selected by the Israeli government as torch-bearer in the Independence Day ceremony of 2013 for her contribution to the revolution in Jewish women's learning.
Rav Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of ATID – The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education and its WebYeshiva.org program, and is an Associate Editor of the journal Tradition. Rav Saks is the Series Editor of The S.Y. Agnon Library at The Toby Press, and lectures regularly at the Agnon House in Jerusalem. A triple-graduate of Yeshiva University (BA. MA, Semicha), he taught at the YU High School for Girls ("Central") prior to his aliya in 1994, whereupon he served as the Director of Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, after which he participated in the Jerusalem Fellows program for senior educators at the Mandel Foundation. He and Ilana (an original "Bruria Scholar") live in Efrat with their 4 children.
Rav Ari Shvat served for many years as Rosh Midrasha and director of both overseas and Israeli programs at the Michlelet Orot Israel College in Elkana and at Midreshet Harova in Jerusalem. Raised in Riverdale, NY, he took the Hesder program at the Ohr Etzion and Kiryat Arba yeshivot, where he received smicha and served as a sergeant in Tzahal.
Rav Ari is a popular international lecturer, and has published more than 60 halachic and ideological articles in leading Torah journals. He holds a B.A in Tanach from Michlelet Ya'akov Herzog and an M.A in Jewish History and Talmud from lander College in Israel. He enjoys utilizing his music as an educational medium and has produced two albums of original compositions.
Rav Shvat lives in Kochav Hashachar with his wife Tzvia and their seven children
Shani Taragin completed a B.A. and M.A. in Tanach and Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Tanach while serving as Ram for Tanach in Midreshet Lindenbaum. She also teaches collegiates and adults at MaTaN, Migdal Oz, Sha'alvim for Women, Lander's College, and the Womens' Beit Midrash in Efrat and Ramat Shilo. Shani is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program for certification as a halachic advisor in issues of family purity law. She lectures and leads Tanach tours throughout Israel and serves on the local religious council dealing with issues of Jewish law and education. Shani and her husband Reuven live in Alon Shvut with their six children and serve as leaders in the Katamon community of Eretz Chemdah and the Beit Midrash Program in Camp Moshava.
Rav Aharon Wexler made aliya after high school and studied in Yeshivat HaKotel. After Yeshiva, he finished his BA in Archeology and then went back to Yeshivat HaKotel for his Rabbinic Ordination. Rav Wexler went on to earn an MA in Jewish History and is now completing a Doctorate in Jewish Philosophy. Rav Wexler teaches in many post-high school Yeshiva programs and during the summers leads Birthright-Israel tours, and other educational touring programs.