2020 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 - a social, educational and spiritual events organization for Millennials. He was ordained from Yeshiva University, but before becoming a rabbi, he received a JD from the Cardozo School of Law and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. Since founding MJE 18 years ago, Rabbi Wildes has become one of America’s most inspirational and dynamic Jewish educators. He actively blogs for The Times of Israel and Huffington Post, runs a youtube channel, and has made appearances on HuffPost Live, Fox News, and PBS Channel 13. He lives with his wife Jill and their four children on the Upper West Side where they maintain a warm and welcoming home for all. He is a hard core Beatles and particularly John Lennon fan, and enjoys rocking out on the drums whenever possible. As an outreach rabbi, Mark Wildes specializes in communicating with those who have less experience with Judaism, especially those in their 20s and 30s. For the last 18 years, he’s been teaching two nights a week on Jewish philosophy and Biblical values and wisdom for people in their 20s and 30s, and draws large crowds to his weekly sermons. His classes are often live streamed on facebook garnering thousands of views. He and his organization, MJE, are responsible for over 279 marriages.

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 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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