Scholars in Residence
Rabbi Daniel Glatstein is a rising star in the world of Rabbanus and Torah education. Currently serving as Rav and Morah D’asra of Kehilas Ahavas Yisroel in Cedarhurst New York, Rabbi Glatstein is a prolific speaker on Torahanytime.com. In just the last 18 months, his more than 4,500 recorded shiurim have garnered more than 1 million hits and 200,000 downloads. His Shiurim are also featured on the OU website as well as syndicated weekly on JRoot radio. Rabbi Glatstein has led tours across the globe, from Italy to Spain, Morocco, Poland, Bratislava, and Austria, imparting the eternal values of Torah and lessons of Jewish History. Rabbi Glatstein has Semicha from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, as well as from Harav Noach Issac Oelbaum shlita. R’ Daniel combines dynamic and inspirational oratory with depth of Torah knowledge and keen insight and his shiurim have been received enthusiastically by audiences of all backgrounds and affiliations. Rabbi Glatstein will be joining us for the first days and Chol Hamoed.
Rabbi Yissocher Frand is one of the most popular lecturers of our time. Few surpass his blend of Torah scholarship, humor, eloquence, passion and sensitivity. As a rosh yeshiva at Baltimore's Yeshivas Ner Israel, Rabbi Frand educates hundreds of students and inspires to hold aloft the beacon light of Torah to a searching Jewish world. His depth and breadth of Talmudic and halachic analysis have earned him the esteem of great Torah leaders. Rabbi Frand will be joining us for the entire Pesach.
Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein is one of the most sought-after speakers on the Torah scene. He speaks regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. Receiving Semicha from Gateshead Yeshiva after learning seven years there, Rabbi Rubinstein gives Gemora and Hashkofa shiurim in Yeshivah Sh’or Yoshuv, is the author of ten books and broadcasts regularly on BBC National Radio. Before moving to America he was a regular contributor to England’s largest Radio Show with 16 million listeners. He has also written programs for the BBC, including “Yom Kippur” which was heard by 156 million people. The UK’s Jewish Telegraph reported that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of Rabbi YY’s TV and Radio appearances and confided that she thinks he’s, “Awfully good.” A regular columnist for Hamodia, and the Jewish Press, Rabbi Rubinstein also writes for several non-Jewish publications. Rabbi Rubinstein will be joining us for the entire Pesach.
Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro will be joining us for Chol Hamoed
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?
Rabbi Avi Slansky is rapidly making waves in the world of Torah lectures and literature. Rabbi Slansky delivers exciting and popular halachah shiurim and Daf Yomi shiurim in Kehillas Ma’alot Dafnah, Yerushalayim, and as well in Yeshivas Merkaz Hatorah where he is a Rebbi. R’ Slansky is the author of three best sellers (distributed by Feldheim): Wine, Whisky & Halachah, The Laws of Yichud, and The Laws of Challah and Hadlakas Neiros. He lives in Yerushalayim and received semichah from Machon Hora’ah l’Rabbanim and the Rabbanut of Yerushalayim. Rabbi Slansky’s shiurim and written works are unique in their ability to portray even difficult, complicated concepts in clear and relevant terms, thereby making them sought after by both scholar and layman alike.
Morris Smith began his professional investment career in 1982 and quickly rose through the ranks to be selected in 1990 to take over managing Fidelity’s Magellan Fund, their largest and most successful fund at the time. Under his management Magellan grew from $13b to $20b before Morris retired from Fidelity in 1992. After retiring, Morris moved with his family to Israel to pursue religious studies. Morris is Treasurer and a member of the executive committee and board member of the OU. He also serves as lay leadership chairman of the OU-JLIC commission. Morris is also on the Board of Trustees at Yeshiva Darchei Torah and is President of the Torah Conferencing Network. Morris serves as an advisory member for Battery Global Advisors and is on the investment committee of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood. He and his family now reside in New York where he spends his time studying, managing his personal capital, and working with various charitable organizations.