2018 Scholars in Residence
Rabbi Shaya Cohen is the Founding Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh and Kollel Ner Yehoshua where he has been madrich countless talmidim for twenty plus years. Before that, he founded the Valley Torah High Schools in LA for both boys and girls and served as their deans for ten years. With his establishment of Priority-1, Rabbi Cohen, over the last several decades, has become an Internationally renowned pioneer, identifying and confronting major challenges in Jewish education. With Priority -1's network of schools, programs and resources, he helps students, parents and teachers address the unique difficulties facing youth today. His Eliezer Institute offers Emunah and Bitachon initiatives for the frum community. A profound Talmid Chacham and dynamic inspirational speaker, Rabbi Cohen has published several books and scores of articles and pamphlets on Torah, education, and contemporary issues and he lectures extensively on Emunah and Bitachon. Rabbi Cohen will be joining us for the first days.
Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser is a dynamic speaker, popular author and respected mentor who disseminates Torah to tens of thousands through his AM and FM radio programs, books and speaking engagements around the world. A veteran mechanich and Rav of Congregation Bnei Yitzchok in Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Goldwasser has traveled extensively, galvanizing audiences from every background with his eloquence and dynamism for almost three decades. Rabbi Goldwasser is a featured weekly columnist in the Jewish Press and a regular contributor to the Hamodia. He has been featured in special series on WABC and CBS TV, as well as on CNN. During the past few years he has made several trips to war-torn Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia, establishing a close tie with its suffering Jewish population. He has authored more than ten books and seforim on a wide variety of topics from Yomim Tovim to Tehillim to Eating Disorders. Rabbi Goldwasser will be joining us for part of Chol Hamoed and the second days.
2018 Speakers & Maggidei Shiur
Aaron Friedman Esq. is a is a real estate attorney with offices in New York and New Jersey. He learned for for several years at Yeshivat Har Etzion and at YU where he also majored in classical languages (Greek and Latin). He studied medieval Jewish history at YU's Bernard Revel Graduate School and has a JD from NYU law school. In addition to a busy law practice he taught Judaic Studies for over 12 years at the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies and has lectured and taught both Daf Yomi and Amud Yomi at at Rinat Yisrael of Teaneck and Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn. A collector of obscure seforim, he also has a penchant for halachic controversies and their context in Jewish and general history.
Sarah Gittleson’s excitement for life is evident in all her many roles as mom, educator, social worker and business woman. Sarah received her MSW from Wurzweiler University, working in Drug Rehab and Psychiatric care. In 2006 she became an Instructor of Judaic Studies at a girl’s middle school and remained there for eight years until she moved in 2014 with her family to found the dynamic Outreach organization, JOIN Orlando. Sarah started SPARK, the women's division of JOIN Orlando which focuses on empowering and educating Orlando Jewish women about their Jewish Heritage. In addition to her outreach work, Sarah and her husband Rabbi Gabi Gittleson own and manage HR Administration Company and are actively involved both chessed and community
Esti Hoffman is Limudei Kodesh teacher at Machon Sara Torah Academy for Girls High School. Her Chumash and Navi classes focus on deriving practical lessons from Tanach and applying them to daily life. She is a dynamic speaker with a unique ability to make lessons of chazal memorable and practical.
Rabbi Dr. Moshe Lasson has been practicing psychology for the past 40 years in Baltimore, Maryland. He is past president of the Baltimore Psychology Association as well as the Maryland Society for Clinical Hypnosis. He also taught at the University of Maryland Medical School and Johns Hopkins University. He earned his simicha from Ner Israel Yeshiva in 1963.
Dr. Sydney Miller is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology. He is also the host of “On-Call with Dr. Sydney Miller” on CJAD800 Radio in Montreal. Dr. Miller received his doctorate degree in Psychology from McGill University in 1989. In addition to his radio show, Dr. Miller treats patients of all ages, conducts research in the areas of stress and your health, and is involved in university teaching and training.
Rabbi Avraham Chaim Slansky is author of the new-release best seller Wine Whisky & Halacha in English and as well Sefer Taharas Chaim in Hebrew on Hilchos Niddah. He currently lives and learns in Yerushalayim, and over the last couple of years has received semicha in many areas of Halachah. His Shiurim given the past couple of years in Kehilas Maalot Dafnah cover various areas of practical daily Halachos. Rabbi Slansky’s shiurim and written works are noteworthy in their ability to portray complicated concepts in clear and relevant terms.
Dr. Joseph Sungolowsky is a French Literature professor at Queens College of New York where he teaches French language, literature and civilization and has a secondary specialization in French Jewish Studies. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the Lycée Masséna in Nice, France and Yeshiva University. He earned his Master’s at NYU and has a P.H.D. in French literature from Yale where he studied French literature and French Jewish history, literature and thought. Dr. Sungolowsky published his fascinating life story, fleeing from the Nazis in Belgium and Vichy France, in a memoir in The Hidden Child.