Scholars in Residence
(list in progress)
Rabbi Ari Bensoussan grew up in Brooklyn NY where he attended Yeshiva of Far rockaway then Mir Jerusalem and Beis Medrash Govoah in Lakewood NJ. After marrying Rabbi Ari and his wife Naomi moved to Israel where he received semicha in Hilchot Niddah from the Rabbanut of Israel while attending the Jerusalem Kollel under the tutelage of Rav Yitzchok Berkowitz Shlita where his passion ignited to help klal yisroel. To this end Rabbi Ari opened Yeshivat Ruach Chaim for sephardic post high school students gap year in Israel. Rabbi Bensoussan taught for four years in Derech Ohr Sameach, Israel, while earning a masters degree in Talmudic Law. Most recently Rabbi Bensoussan and family moved to The Los Angeles community to introduce the dynamic CHAZAK sephardic community enrichment model.
Rabbi Bensoussan will be joining us for the entire Pesach
Dr. David J. Lieberman, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and internationally recognized leader in the fields of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. Blending the wisdom of the Torah with cutting-edge research, Dr. Lieberman’s writings and lectures captivate both scholar and layman alike and are enjoyed by people at all levels and from all backgrounds. His twelve books, which have been translated into 26 languages and include two New York Times bestsellers, have sold millions of copies worldwide. Dr. Lieberman’s works have been featured in hundreds of major publications, and he appears as a frequent guest expert on national media outlets. His latest book, Mindreader (Random House, 2022) is available at bookstores nationwide. Visit DrDavidLieberman.com for more information and TorahAnytime.com to enjoy hundreds of his video lectures.
Dr. Lieberman will be joining us for the entire Pesach
Rabbi YY Rubinstein learned in Gateshead Yeshiva for seven years where he received Semicha and a further three years in Kollel. He speaks regularly throughout the United States, Canada and Europe as well as South Africa and Israel. Rabbi YY is a broadcaster and writer for BBC National Radio. His “Yom Kippur” for BBC World Service, was heard by an audience of 156 Million people. In 2000 the "Independent" Newspaper cited him, as being amongst five people in Britain to turn to for advice. As well as traveling to speak all over the world, Rabbi Rubinstein is a regular columnist for several newspapers here and in the UK. He is the author of twelve books including his latest book, Truly Great… Jewish Women Then and Now which became an instant best seller. He teaches in several Yeshivas and Seminaries in New York.
Rabbi Rubinstein will be joining us for the entire Pesach.
Mrs. Chani Juravel is a renowned mechaneches with a long and distinguished career as a teacher, principal and consultant. An alumna of BJJ, Mrs. Juravel graduated Brooklyn College and did her graduate work in Columbia's Teachers' College and Fordham University. She is an LCSW in private practice in Rockland County NY treating individuals and couples. Combining a knowledge of Torah, hashkafa and psychology, Mrs. Juravel is a sought after speaker across the globe, an inspiring columnist for Binah magazine, and a popular lecturer on Aish.com and TorahAnytime.com.
Mrs. Juravel will be joining us for the entire Pesach.
Speakers & Maggidei Shiur
Rabbi Naftali Portnoy has served as the Co-Director of, and Senior Lecturer at, the Jewish Heritage Center of Queens and Long Island, an internationally renowned Kiruv Center, since 1988. Together with Co-Director Rabbi Moshe Turk, he developed this respected organization, which since 1987 has reached out to more than 15,000 Jewish Adults throughout the Metropolitan New York area. More than 1,500 of their students have become fully Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos and over 8,000 have made significant strides towards deepening their commitment to Torah Judaism. Rabbi Portnoy has a deep grasp of psak halacha and has conferred extensively with g’dolei poskin both in America and Eretz Yisrael on varied and delicate matters of halacha as they apply to baalei teshuva.
Rabbi Moshe Turk is the founding Co-Director of, and Senior Lecturer at, the Jewish Heritage Center of Queens and Long Island, an internationally renowned Kiruv Center. Together with Co-Director Rabbi Naftali Portnoy, he developed this respected organization, which since 1987 has reached out to more than 15,000 Jewish Adults throughout the Metropolitan New York area. More than 1,500 of their students have become fully Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos and over 8,000 have made significant strides towards deepening their commitment to Torah Judaism. Rabbi Turk is a warm and engaging speaker who has lectured to both learned and secular audiences throughout the country and in Eretz Yisrael.
Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz of Los Angeles, our Program’s Rav Hamachshir, is a world-renowned expert in the field of Kashrus. He is recognized as a leading authority not only on the extremely complex laws of kashrus, but as well on the intricacies of modern food production and corporate machinery such as those found in Hotels and industrial kitchen settings. He is Founder/Director of the Kosher Information Bureau and kosherquest.org and the author of the highly acclaimed book Is It Kosher?
Joshua London is a pro-Israel advocate and Washington lobbyist. Josh served as the Director of Government Affairs with the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), and before that he worked more than a decade as the top lobbyist for the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Josh has spent over two decades as an advocate for Israel and the American Jewish community on Capitol Hill. Josh has lectured widely on many different topics, from history and politics to Jewish values and kosher wine. He has written weekly columns on wine and spirits for both The Jewish Week and the Washington Jewish Week, and his work regularly appears in over a dozen US Jewish newspapers. He and his family currently divide their time between London, England and Potomac, Maryland.
Day Camp and Daycare
In past years our highly acclaimed daycare and daycamp programs were under the experienced caring and capable direction of
Mrs. Lorey Friedman and Mrs. Miriam Sklar.
With years of experience not only at Yom Tov Hotels, but also as acclaimed professionals teaching in and directing Preschool programs and summer day camps, Mrs. Friedman, Mrs. Sklar and family are talented, creative, warm and caring professionals that have made our childcare programs consistently the best in the business (according to hundreds of satisfied guest families). Warm and caring counselors and a fun packed schedule will guarantee your children the time of their life so their parents can get the relaxation of a lifetime!