CO-DIRECTORS, OU-JLIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Miriam Schwartz studied at Migdal Oz and attended Stern College for Women. She was a fellow at the Legacy Heritage Jewish Educators Project and an OU-JLIC Fellow at Queens College, and she has taught Judaic Studies at the The Yeshivah of Flatbush High School and the Ida Crown Jewish Academy. She completed her Masters in Jewish Education from the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and is pursuing a masters in Bible at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Elie Schwartz studied at Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion and Yeshivat Keren B’Yavneh. He attended Yeshiva University where he graduated cum laude with a BA in Philosophy. He completed semikha at RIETS and his masters in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He served as the interim assistant Rabbi at Congregation Ohab Zedek on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and was a Fellow of the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel in Chicago.
RABBI MENACHEM SCHRADER
FOUNDING DIRECTOR, OU-JLIC
Rabbi Menachem Schrader studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva University. He has a BA in Philosophy from YU, an MA in History from NYU, and received his Smicha from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He was on the Torah studies faculty of Yeshivat Hamivtar, teaching Talmud, Bible, and Halachah. He was the director of the Aliza Flatow program at Nishmat. In the year 2000 he founded the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus of the Orthodox Union.
RABBANIT SHANI TARAGIN
RA”M, TANACH COORDINATOR, MASHGICHA RUCHANIT, TVA
EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR, MIZRACHI
Rabbanit 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. She is the educational director of Matan Eshkolot – Tanakh teachers’ education program and of the Morot l’Halacha program in Matan Renana. She 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.
RABBI DR. YEHUDA SEIF
ROSH YESHIVA & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TVA
Rabbi Seif studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and received his ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg. He received his BA from Columbia College, his MA in Religion and Education from Columbia's Teacher's College, and Israeli Teacher Certification from Herzog College. He was a fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at the Cardozo School of Law, and he completed his PhD in Religious Studies at University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Senior Program Officer at the Tikvah Fund. He served as the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus educator at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2006.
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”.
RABBI SHAUL FELDMAN
Founder, TVA; Director, Bnei Akiva of the United States and Canada
Rabbi Shaul Feldman is the Executive Director of Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada and just recently served as the campaign manager for the Religious Zionist Party in the World Zionist Congress elections. He received smicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and a law degree from Bar Ilan Law School. Today, Rabbi Feldman is a highly admired Rav both in Israel and North America and mixes a keen mind with humor and a down to earth nature. After serving as a paratrooper in the IDF, he went on to teach in the Kerem B’Yavneh overseas program, Stern College and Torah Mi’Zion Kollel.
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.
YAVNEH CAMPUS COORDINATOR
Jeremy Tibbetts grew up in the Boston area, attending South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, Gann Academy, and Newton North High School. He spent his gap year at Hebrew University and Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa. He left Israel with two commitments: spending his life cultivating his connection to Judaism and Israel, and finally finishing the last season of Breaking Bad (still his favorite show!). Even before he was registered for college courses he was a board member of UMass' Student Alliance For Israel, and soon became involved with UMass' Orthodox Jewish group KHH as well as working with his local Hillel board and Hillel International's Student Cabinet. Jeremy was also active in UMass Amherst's Student Government Association, worked on local and national interfaith initiatives through InterFaith Youth Core, joined Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and finally learned how to ride a bicycle. In the summers you would usually have caught him at Camp Yavneh where he was a camper and staff member for over 10 years. One of his proudest achievements is having a Youtube playlist of niggunim with over 1,500 views. Jeremy firmly believes that building up our communities is the strongest way to build up ourselves.