Rabbi Josh and Rivky Ross
Rabbi ross is currently the deputy director of ou/jlic.
both rabbi ross and rivky are former ou/jlic educators at cornell and princeton
Rivky Ross holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and English Literature from Stern College, Yeshiva University, and completed the Bruriah Scholars fellowship in Talmud at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. She has worked in the field of alternative Jewish Education for 20 years through organizations including Melitz-Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at both Cornell and Princeton. Convinced that Montessori could be applied to yeshiva day school curriculum for an optimal educational experience, she trained in Montessori elementary education at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Morah Rivky joined the staff of Yeshivat Netivot as Director in 2006 and became Head of School in 2009. She is both chief executive and the director of curriculum development for the school. She is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Jewish Montessori education and lectures widely on the topic.
After receiving an advanced double BA in History and Philosophy from Dalhousie University (Canada) Rabbi Josh Ross spent eight years learning in Israel. Following his decision to join the Orthodox Union's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, Rabbi Ross returned to the US with his family where he worked at Cornell as the OUJLIC Rabbi for three years, and then went to work as the OUJLIC Rabbi at Princeton University for three more years. Continuing his affiliation with OUJLIC, but on an administrative level, he is the Deputy Director for the OU’s JLIC. In his spare time Rabbi Ross is a powerlifter and strength and conditioning coach.
Rav David Aaron
Isralight Founder and Dean, Rosh Yeshiva Orayta
Rabbi Aaron founded Isralight in 1986, is a visionary educator and author. His books have been published by major publishing houses including Random House and Putnam. He has taught thousands of students and reached millions through appearances on programs including Larry King Live and E! Entertainment.
Rabbi Aaron received Semicha from the Israel Torah Research Institute, Yeshivat Itri, and is a disciple of the distinguished Dayan Rav Shlomo Fischer, Shlita. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Chana, and their seven children.
Rav Binny Friedman
Rosh Yeshiva, Orayta
Rabbi Binny Freedman is a highly engaging and inspirational educator who has a gift for synthesizing difficult, sophisticated material in a way that inspires both the novice and the scholar. His proficiency in applying classic Jewish concepts to contemporary life in a personal and meaningful way has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and around the world.
Rav Binny received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel while studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion under the tutelage of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, and pursued his BA and MA studies in Education at the Herzog Teacher's College in Israel.
Rav Doron Perez
Director, World Mizrachi
Rav Doron Perez is the newly elected Director of the World Mizrachi Movement. He previously served the South African Jewish community for 15 years as the Rabbi of the Mizrachi Movement, Senior Rabbi of the Mizrachi Shul and the Head of Yeshiva College schools. Rav Perez is the author of the book “Leading the Way”.
Rav Hillel Van-Leeuwen
EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR, World mizrachi
Born in Chicago and raised in Israel, Rav Hillel spent 3 years as a shaliach in Toronto, Canada, where he taught at CHAT while being involved in several educational projects and summer camps. For the past 11 years, Rav Hillel served as the Head of the English-speaking Program at Midreshet Yeud. He joined World Mizrachi as Educational Director in the summer of 2015.
Rav David Milston
Director of the Overseas Program, Midreshet HaRova
Rabbi David Milston has been the Director of the Overseas Program at Midreshet HaRova for the last twenty-one years. Born and raised in London, Rabbi Milston earned a B.A. in Jewish Studies at Jews' College where he became a talmid "muvhak" of Rabbi Isaac Bernstein zt'l. He studied for several years at Yeshivat Har Etzion under the guidance of Rav Yehuda Amital, zt”l and Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, shlitah, and received semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
In addition to his role at Midreshet HaRova, Rabbi Milston lectures and delivers shiurim to youngsters and adults, including in his home community of Alon Shevut where he lives with his wife and their six children. He also performs weddings for couples, both religious and secular, all across Israel, through the Tzohar organization.
Rabbi Milston is currently working on his book, Ki Va Moed, a two-series book on the Jewish calendar, which follows his series, The Three Pillars, on the subject of Parshat Hashavua.
Rabbi Michael Goldman, OU/JLIC at Queens Fellow
Rav Michael spent a year studying at Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion in Jerusalem and then attended Queens College with a major in psychology. Since graduating, Rav Michael has been studying for semikah at Yeshiva University’s RIETS rabbinic program. He is also pursuing a Master’s Degree at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Rav Michael’s involvement with OU-JLIC has taken him all the way to the National Office at the Orthodox Union where for the last three years he has been the OU-JLIC Administrative Assistant. He was fortunate to work with a team of incredible OU-JLIC Torah Educators and National Staff members providing unbelievable service to Jewish students on over 20 campuses across North America. Rav Michael currently serves as the OU-JLIC Rabbinic Fellow at Queens College.
In addition, the LEARNING PROGRAM will feature a rotation of outstanding Torah scholars teaching a variety of topics.