RABBIS & LECTURERS

RABBI DR. GIL S. PERL

Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl is Head of School at Kohelet Yeshiva in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. A thought leader in the world of education, Rabbi Perl led the team that designed and launched Yeshiva Lab School, a highly innovative elementary school intended to re-imagine what Jewish Day School can and should be.

Prior to Kohelet, Rabbi Perl served as the Dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy / Feinstone Yeshiva of the South in Memphis, Tennessee, as an instructor of Modern Jewish History at Yeshiva University and as the Associate Head of School at Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys.

Rabbi Perl earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. As a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Rabbi Perl was twice awarded Harvard’s prestigious Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and in the spring of 2006 he was named Yeshiva University’s Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year.

Rabbi Perl writes and lectures widely on topics relating to the history of Modern Jewry and contemporary Jewish education. He is the author of the book The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship, published by Academic Studies Press. Rabbi Perl is married to Melissa Perl they have four children, all of whom are current students or alumni of Kohelet Yeshiva.

Follow Rabbi Perl on his blog gilperl.com and on twitter @gperl

RABBI MARK WILDES

Rabbi Mark Wildes is the Founder and Director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), a highly successful Jewish outreach and educational program that engages and reconnects unaffiliated Jewish men and women in their 20s & 30s with Judaism and the Jewish community. 

Rabbi Wildes earned a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a Law Degree from the Cardozo School of Law, a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Yeshiva University).

After serving in rabbinic and outreach positions at Ohab Zedek and Kehilath Jeshurun and teaching at Ramaz and Stern College, Rabbi Wildes established MJE, dedicated to engaging the thousands of NYC’s unaffiliated Jewish professionals.  In its 20 years of existence, MJE has successfully reconnected thousands of previously unaffiliated Jewish men and women with Judaism and the Jewish community, hundreds of whom are today living committed Jewish lives and sending their children to Jewish Day Schools. 

Operating from its three locations in the city, with a talented staff of 15 professionals, MJE’s inspirational Shabbat dinners, beginners services, retreats, educational classes, holiday events and trips to Israel have touched the lives of thousands of young Jews and provided a venue through which 322 Jewish couples have married. Rabbi Mark also teaches an outreach training seminar at RIETS, Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, training new leaders for the future. He is the author of the highly acclaimed: Beyond the Instant: Jewish Wisdom for Lasting Happiness in a Fast-Paced Social Media World (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018). Rabbi Mark and his wife Jill and their 4 children live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where they maintain an open home for newcomers and friends alike.

RABBI ARTHUR SCHNEIER

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Senior Rabbi of Park East Synagogue in New York City and founder of its Day School, (Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School), has served this leading modern Orthodox congregation for over fifty years.  As Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (1965) he is internationally known for his leadership on behalf of religious freedom, human rights and tolerance is the only Rabbi to be awarded the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal for “his service as an international envoy for four administrations” and “as a Holocaust survivor, devoting a lifetime to overcoming forces of hatred and intolerance,” and was recognized by the US Senate for his lifelong advocacy of inter-religious cooperation and peace. 

RABBI MARVIN HIER

In 1977, Rabbi Marvin Hier founded the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named in honor of famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. Under his leadership, the Center and its museum have become one of the foremost Jewish human rights agencies in the world, with a constituency of more than 400,000 families and offices throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe, Israel and Argentina. The Los Angeles Times Magazine wrote that Rabbi Hier had made the Wiesenthal Center, “the most visible Jewish organization in the world.” In 2007 and 2008, Newsweek magazine named him the “Most Influential Rabbi in America.” The Center is now building a $200 million Museum of Tolerance in the heart of Jerusalem scheduled to open late 2017.Rabbi Hier is the only rabbi who is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and he is the recipient of two Academy Awards® for Genocide and The Long Way Home. The Center’s film division, Moriah Films, has produced fifteen documentaries, which have been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world. Noted for his powerful oratory, his views on the issues of the day are regularly sought by the international media. He meets regularly with world leaders to discuss the Center’s agenda. 

RABBI ARI PERL

Rabbi Ari Perl is the Vice President for Jewish Community Engagement & Multicultural Education at LiveOnNY, the federally certified non-profit organization that facilitates all aspects of (post-mortem) organ donation in the greater NYC region.  In addition to educating the broader Jewish community about organ donation, Rabbi Perl provides hospital-based pastoral support to families of Jewish ICU patients facing difficult end-of-life decisions. Prior to joining LiveOnNY, Rabbi Perl led congregations in Dallas and Long Island; during his distinguished 20 year career in the rabbinate, he also served in numerous community leadership positions including president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Dallas, vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America and a UJA/Federation board member.   A dynamic & engaging adult educator, Rabbi Perl is highly regarded for his ability to present complex topics, including the interface between science & halakha, in a clear and organized fashion.  Rabbi Perl studied with Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein at Yeshivat Har Etzion, earned a BA in pre-health sciences, an MA and ordination from Yeshiva University, and is completing an MBA in non-profit management at Touro.

RABBI AVROHOM BRASHEVITSKY

Rabbi Brashevitsky has resided in Doral for the past 12 years. Together with his family they serve as the founders and directors of the Chabad Jewish Center of Doral which provides a multitude of services to the Jewish population in the extended area. Prior to this post, Rabbi Brashevitzky served as Rabbi of several congregations in Miami Beach and Massachusetts. In addition, Rabbi Brashevitzky has served as a religious day school educator and principal for the past 17 years. Prior to that, as a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Brashevitzky traveled to the Ukraine in the former Soviet Union to help establish the Jewish communities in Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. Rabbi Brashevitzky and his wife Zelda and children continuously look for creative means and ways to further serve the community at large.

MORRIS ASHEAR

Morris S Ashear is an accomplished, knowledgeable and well known individual in the Syrian Sephardic Jewish Community for organizing and leading Minyanim. He served in this capacity on the Magen David Passover trip for over 30 years. Additionally, Ashear has given easy to follow classes on informative and relevant subjects that we all on incorporate in our daily lives. He has served as Baal Koreh ( reading the Sefer Torah) in Brooklyn and Deal New Jersey for many years. We are please to have Morris and his family joining us this Passover primarily leading our Sephardic Minyan.

MELISSA PERL

Melissa Perl is the Director of Limudei Kodesh at Kohelet Yeshiva High School outside of Philadelphia where she is responsible for all elements of Judaic Studies at the school including teacher supervision, curriculum development, and cultivating the religious development of the students.  A dynamic and much beloved teacher, Mrs. Perl has been teaching Tanach as well as AP Psychology in high schools for 17 years, first at Maimonides High School in Boston, then at the Frisch Yeshiva High School in New Jersey, and then at the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South in Memphis, TN.   She earned her Bachelor's degree from Stern College for Women in both Judaic Studies and Psychology. She holds a Master’s Degree in Bible from Yeshiva University, certificates in Teacher Mentoring, Student Support, Differentiated Instruction, and Educational Technology, and has completed all but her dissertation for her Doctorate of Education.  

ROCHEL HOLZKENNER

Rochel is a mother of four children and the co-director of Chabad of Las Olas, Fla., serving the community of young professionals. She is a high-school teacher and a freelance writer—and a frequent contributor to Chabad.org. She lectures extensively on topics of Kabbalah and feminism, and their application to everyday life. Rochel holds an MS in Brain Based Learning from Nova SE University.

PHIL ROSEN

Phil Rosen is one of the premier corporate and property attorneys in the United States. He heads the Property Group and Hospitality and Gaming Group  and is one of the leaders of the Corporate Department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of the largest and most successful law firms in the world. Mr. Rosen is also one of the most prominent leaders on the Jewish communal scene. He is Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Birthright Israel Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University,  Founding and Current Vice Chairman of the Board of Yeshiva College and an active member of numerous other organizations. Mr. Rosen is also one of the key power brokers in the Israel business and political communities. A prolific writer, his articles appear in many newspapers, magazines and websites in Israel, the U.S. and around the world. A prolific speaker as well, Mr. Rosen speaks on Jewish and Zionist topics regularly across the Jewish community. He and his wife, Malki, have five children: Rachel and Shai, Miriam, Isaac and Joseph  and a grand-daughter (Toni) and live in New York.

RICHARD B. STONE

Professor Richard Stone is on the faculty of Columbia University Law School, where he has held the Wilbur Friedman Chair in Tax Law since 1991. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Stone began his career as a lawyer at the Washington, D.C. office of Covington and Burling.  He then served for four years as Assistant Solicitor General of the United States and was in charge of all tax cases in the Supreme Court in 1972-73.  By the age of thirty, Professor Stone had argued a dozen cases in the United States Supreme Court. Stone is also a venture capitalist. He is the chairman of NCSJ, which advocates for the Jewish communities in the 15 republics that emerged from the Soviet Union. He has served as Vice President and on the Executive Committee of the New York JCRC and currently chairs its Government Relations Commission. Stone was the chairman of the Institute for Public Affairs, the public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, from 1992 to 2002 and served on the board and Executive Committee of JCPA from 2005 to 2009. He also served as Mayor Rudy Giuliani's representative from Manhattan on the board of the City University of New York (CUNY) from 1997-2000.He currently serves as a member of the board of the Hebrew Free Loan Society, the America-Israel Friendship League, the American Zionist Movement and the New York Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty. Originally from New Orleans, La., Prof. Stone lives in New York City and has four children.

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