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Rav Baruch Wieder

Rav Baruch Wieder

Rosh HaYeshiva

Rav Baruch Wieder was born and raised in Netanya and is a graduate of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Netanya. He later studied in Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav under Rav Zvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook Zt"l.

Rav Wieder continued his learning in Yeshivat Hakotel. After completing the Hesder Program and receiving Semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, he joined the Kollel where he served the Rosh Kollel Rav Yaakov Katz.

He currently serves as both Rosh HaKollel and Rosh HaYeshiva.

 

Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl

Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl

Posek of the Yeshiva

Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl is the former Chief Rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem and Rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue in the Old City. A prolific author, he has written over ten books on Parashat Hashavua and Chagim.

Rav Nebenzahl is considered by many to be the leading student of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach as well as his chavruta for over forty years.

Aside from his role as Posek of the Yeshiva, Rav Nebenzahl delivers shiurim in Parshat Hashavua, Hilchot Shabbat and Rambam Yad Hachazakah, and delivers a weekly shiur and question-answer session to Shana Bet.

Moti Jerbi

Moti Jerbi

Director

has a BA in Education and Communications and Media and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Army Reserves, responsible for protecting Israel’s southern borders.  In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Jerbi builds personal relationships with many talmidim.   

 

Rav Reuven Taragin

Rav Reuven Taragin

Dean of Overseas Students

Rav Reuven Taragin, a Wexner Fellow and Musmach of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate completed a B.A. in Science and Philosophy at Yeshiva University and an M.A. in Jewish History and Education at Touro College (Israel).  Rav Taragin has also been deeply involved in informal education programming including NCSY shabbatonim and the creation of the YUSSR summer program.
Rav Taragin is responsible for the quality and message of the overall program and the welfare of each of its students. Despite his many responsibilities, Rav Taragin manages to develop a deep kesher with each of the talmidim both while they are in yeshiva and afterwards (he maintains personal contact with each one of the yeshiva's alumni).
He is well-known for his shiurim in Gemara, Tanach and Machshava, his inspiring talks, signature tisches, and the personal advice he offers to talmidim.
Rav Taragin is the Rosh Beit Midrash at Camp Moshava (I.O.), and Rav of Kehillat Eretz Chemdah in Katamon and has also taught at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Nishmat and Be'er Miriam.
Rav Taragin is also the founder and director of the Yeshivat Hakotel Community (Five Towns, Teaneck...) Education Conferences which bring together tens of community educators who work with thousands of parents to help them best educate their children.
 

taragin@hakotel.org.il

Rabbi Uri Goldstein

Rabbi Uri Goldstein

Director of Overseas Program

Rabbi Uri Goldstein studied in Kerem B'Yavnah and recieved his BA and Semicha from Yeshiva University. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he gives shiurim at yeshiva, and serves as Rav beit sefer on a school in Beit Shemesh.  Before making Aliyah in July 2016, Rav Uri was Rabbi of Congregation Ahavat Achim in Fair Lawn NJ for ten years, and assistant Rabbi at Park East Synagogue in NYC. Along with his wife, Dr. Julie Yanofsky Goldstein, Uri established and directed the Jewish Learning Initiative (now JLIC) at UCLA. 

 

Rav Ari Heller

Rav Ari Heller

Ram

Rav Heller received a degree in Education from Herzog Teacher's College and Semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He also holds a Teacher's and Master's Degree in Judaic Studies from Israel's Ministry of Education.

Rav Heller's gemara shiur is unique in that it provides talmidim with solid foundations in both the textual and conceptual aspects of learning. He is also known for learning b'chavruta with each of his talmidim. Rav Heller gives numerous other shiurim in yeshiva including Nevi'im Rishonim and Chassidut.

He oversees the Machal Program and provides the boys with emotional and practical support and advice throughout the process.

AH@hakotel.org.il

Rav Jesse Horn

Rav Jesse Horn

Ram

Rav Jesse Horn is a Ram known for his methodological and Brisker approach to Gemara, creative Shiurim in Tanach, and warm personality.  In shiur, he teaches Talmidim to rigorously read and dissect texts, to ask major questions on the Sugya, and to develop and analyze the answers and approaches offered by the Rishonim. He works extensively with them during seder helping develop their own skills.
Being a constant presence in the Beit Medrash, along with having a warm personality and an ability to understand Overseas Talmidim, Rav Horn forges particularly close relationships with his Talmidim.  
Rav Horn also teaches in MMY and has taught in many other seminaries including Shaalvim for Women and Midreshet HaRova.  Additionally, Rav Horn also sends out a Halachik email weekly to almost one thousand readers.
Rav Horn earned a B.A. in Judaic Studies and M.A. in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and received smicha from Yeshiva University/RIETS. Rav Horn resides in Neve Daniel along with his wife and children.

hornjesse@googlemail.com

Rav Ari Cutler

Rav Ari Cutler

Ram

Rav Ari Cutler received Semicha from Yeshiva University and has a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

Rav Cutler's daily Gemara shiur teaches students the necessary methodology and skills to be confident in building a sugya with in-depth analysis of Rishonim and Achronim. The shiur is known for its culture of chevra, confidence to build sugyot by student-led chaburot and connection to Torah. His unique 'vaad' is a highlight for the talmid's week in building their Avodat Hashem.  Rav Cutler takes pride in his close relationships that he develops with talmidim.

Rav Cutler is also known for his passionate sichot, guidance delivered, and Halacha and Machshava Shiurim (with a focus on Machshevet Rav Soloveitchik and Rav Kook).

Rav Cutler is the Founder and Director of the Yeshivat Hakotel Leadership Program which features mentoring and practical experience in community and youth leadership.

ravcuts@gmail.com

Rav Yigal Chabshush

Rav Yigal Chabshush

Mashgiach Ruchani

Rav Chabshush has Semicha from the Israeli Rabbinate, a B.Ed. from Herzog College and an MA in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. Rav Chabshush has over twenty years of experience in teaching in multiple educational institutions around the country, including ten years as Rosh Yeshiva of Or Torah Stone Yerushalayim Yeshiva High School.

In his spare time, Rav Chabshush serves as combat officer in the Paratroopers Brigade where he is known nationally as one of the most popular and successful chaplains. Rav Chabshush's tremendously rich personality and unique approach makes an immediate impact and lasting impression on everyone he encounters.

Rav Dovi Fischer

Rav Dovi Fischer

Head Of Night Seder

Rav Dovi, a Graduate and Musmach of YU/RIETS, is a close student and former Shiur Assistant of Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky and completed an M.A. in Jewish Education.

Rav Dovi oversees all aspects of Night Seder and has daily Chavrutot with many Talmidim. Rav Dovi heads the Gemara Bekiut Incentive Program where he motivates Talmidim to maximize their potential in mastering Masechtot through a clear understanding and intensive Chazara. His Night Chaburah focuses on a Weekly Overview of Shas Bavli and Shas Mishnayot Sugyot. In addition to his Night Chaburah, he gives shiurim in 40 Comprehensive Halachic Topics, 5,000 Years Of Torah History and teaches a "Niggun Of The Week".

Rav Dovi also coordinates and joins the annual Yeshiva Poland Trip where he plays an important role in the emotional and educational experience of all talmidim. He is known for being very easy to relate to and for making talmidim feel comfortable in Yeshiva.

During the summer, Rav Dovi is on the Educational Staff at Camp Morasha.

dovi.fischer@gmail.com

Dr. Carl Hochhauser

Dr. Carl Hochhauser

Yeshiva Psychologist

Dr. Hochhauser received his doctorate in psychology from Yeshiva University and worked for several years in the United States as a clinical and health/pediatric psychologist.

During Elul, Dr. Hochhauser meets with each Talmid individually and is then available to speak with them further regarding matters large and small. In addition, he gives a weekly shiur on "Halachic Issues in the Workplace" as well as a series of shiurim on "Psychology and Judaism". He also organizes a special series that helps talmidim deal with the psychological pressures of the year in Israel and a special shana bet seminar on "Dating and Marriage".

Pedspsychisrael@gmail.com

Rav Yoel Rosenberg

Rav Yoel Rosenberg

Ram

Born in Petach Tikve, alumnus of Yeshivat Shaalavim High School. He studied in Merkaz HaRav 10 years under the auspices of Rav Avraham Shapira zt"l.  He held the position of ra"m at the Shvut Yisrael Hesder Yeshiva in Efrat for 2 years. He lives in the Jewish Quarter.

Don Kates

Don Kates

Director of Development

Don grew up in Chicago, was active in Bnei Akiva, and served as Mazkir, Bnei Akiva of Chicago 1967-69, and Rosh Moshava in Wild Rose, Wisconsin in 1973-74. A graduate of ICJA, he studied at the HTC in Skokie and received his MSW in Social Group Work in 1974 from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

 

He has 35 years of Jewish Communal experience, including 24 years in public relations and development, including four years as Director, Community Relations at Yeshivat Sha'alvim (1988-92), and Mercaz Yeshivot Bnei Akiva (2005-2008), before coming to Hakotel.

 

Don and his wife Susan live in Raanana.  They have five children and eight grandchildren.

 

don@hakotel.org.il

Rav Gadi Shlevin

Rav Gadi Shlevin

Ram

Born in Jerusalem. Alumnus of Boys Town. He studied in Yeshivat Shavei Hevron and 6 years at Har HaMor.  He served in the Golani hesder unit, received rabbinic ordination and holds a teaching degree from Michlelet Lifshitz.

He is a senior partner in the Lahav Institute, which offers Judaic studies in secular schools. He teaches at Midreshet HaRova, is a founder of the Maaleh HaZeitim neighborhood, and served as a home room teacher in Himmelfarb HS.

Rav Ron Binyamin Klopstock

Rav Ron Binyamin Klopstock

Ram

Born in Haifa, alumnus of Yavneh YHS in Haifa. Served in the Givati hesder unit as part of Yeshivat Hakotel and continued his studies at Hakotel, receiving rabbinic ordination. Studied to be a Dayan in the Eretz Chemdah program, is a halachic advisor for Italian communities with connections throughout the country. Holds a teaching degree from Herzog, and lives in the Jewish Quarter.

Rav Shlomo Tubol

Rav Shlomo Tubol

Ram

Born in Dimona, studied at Yeshivat HaDarom HS in Rechovot. He studied at Yeshivat Hakotel and served in the tanks hesder unit through Hakotel. He continued his studies in the Hakotel Kollel and received rabbinic ordination. He served as a ra"m in a preparatory army program in Sderot.

Rav Chanoch Teller

Rav Chanoch Teller

Shiurim

Rav Chanoch Teller is an award-winning author and producer and internationally renowned lecturer. His scholarship on Holocaust related material has made him the premier docent in Yad Vashem for religious, English-speaking groups. He is also a senior lecturer in numerous seminaries in Jerusalem.

Rav Teller delivers a popular weekly lecture about Gedolei Yisrael. In addition he is the perennial guide for the yeshiva's visits to Bnei Brak and Mea Shearim.

A graduate of Yeshiva University he also has a BHL from ITRI and has been learning in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem for over three decades. He is invited to Jewish communities across the world to serve as a Scholar-In-Residence, earning him the title of the Globe Trotting Maggid.

hanoch@hanochteller.com

Rav David Milston

Rav David Milston

Shiurim

Rav Milston earned Semicha from the Israeli Rabbinate and a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Jews College in London. In addition to serving as Director of the Overseas Program at Midreshet HaRova, Rav Milston gives popular shiurim at Hakotel in Mesilat Yesharim and Parashat Hashavua.

Rav Yehoshua Chernofsky

Rav Yehoshua Chernofsky

Ram Emuna

Born in Jerusalem, alumnus of the Mekor Chayim YHS. He studied post high school in Mekor Chayim and transferred to the Yeshivat Hakotel Kollel where he received rabbinic ordination. He lives in Maaleh HaZeitim.

Rav Daniel Segal

Rav Daniel Segal

Ram South American program

Rav Tzvi Berlin

Rav Tzvi Berlin

Ram

Born in Ashdod, alumnus of Yeshivat Shaalavim High School. He studied in Merkaz HaRav and completed army hesder service in the artillery unit. He continued his studies in the Chazon Elchanan Yeshiva in Ir David, studied at the Mir and served as a ra"m in the Eli Mechina. He lives in the Jewish community in Abu Tor.

Rav Avner Sheishar

Rav Avner Sheishar

Ram

born in Herziliya, studied at the Netanya YHS. He studied and served in the hesder tank unit with KBY. One of the founding residents of the Jewish community in the Moslem Quarter. He did shlichut in Belgium. Served as a ra"m in Horev and has a teaching  degree from Michlelet Lifshitz. He lives in the Moslem Quarter.

Rav Binyamin Yager

Rav Binyamin Yager

Ram

Born in Haifa, alumnus of Yavneh YHS in Haifa. Served in the hesder tank unit as part of Yeshivat Hakotel and continued his studies at Hakotel, receiving rabbinic ordination.  Studied to be a Dayan, is the author of a sefer on Parshat HaShavua and lives in the Jewish Quarter.

Rav Aharon Moreh

Rav Aharon Moreh

Ram

Born in Ofakim, alumnus of the Ohel Shlomo YHS in Beer Sheva. Served in the hesder tank unit as part of Yeshivat Hakotel. He continued is studies at Merkaz HaRav and continued his studies in the Merkaz Kollel and received rabbinic ordination. He has a teaching  degree from Michlelet Lifshitz. He authored a sefer on the Mishne Brurah with comments by Rav Nevenzahl. Lives in the Jewish Quarter.

Rav Yosef Ansbacher

Rav Yosef Ansbacher

Ram

Born in Petach Tikve and studied at Netiv Meir. Served in the hesder tank unit as part of Yeshivat Hakotel and continued his studies at Hakotel, receiving rabbinic ordination. Author of the sefer "Kisufim" on Tractate Kritut. Lives in the Jewish Quarter.

Rav Tuvya Lifshitz

Rav Tuvya Lifshitz

Spiritual director

Born in Tel Aviv. Alumnus of Renana YHS. Served in the hesder tank unit as part of Yeshivat Hakotel and continued his studies at Hakotel, receiving rabbinic ordination. He has a teaching  degree from Michlelet Lifshitz. Lives in the Jewish Quarter.