picture Nadav BergerNadav Berger (’19) has studied at Yeshivat Har Etziyon, Ma’aleh Gilboa and Hadar, and was a fellow for two years in the ‘Merhavim’ program of Havruta, a Beit Midrash at the Hebrew University. He holds a B.A. in Bible Studies and Jewish Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and nearing completion of an M.A. in Talmud and Halakha. Nadav teaches Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic at eTeacher, an online language academy, collaborating with the Hebrew University in its Biblical campus. In addition, he is a research assistant for Prof. Shamma Friedman.

Hagit Dotan (’20) holds a BA from Hebrew University, a teaching certificate from Bar Ilan University and an MA in Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought from The Schechter Institute. She is a graduate of the Tehuda – Beit Midrash for Jewish Leadership, and a facilitator of the Beit Midrash of The Hartman Institute. Hagit holds a tour guide’s certificate from Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. She writes study programs and guides learning sessions for parents in mixed schools on behalf of Tzav Pius. Hagit is the author and moderator of a study program for Bat Mitzvah girls and their mothers at the Jacob Herzog Center. She develops study evenings for groups and families on various Jewish topics. Hagit lives in Modi’in with her husband and five children.

David Goodman photoDavid Goodman (’19) is a graduate student of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he researches “excess” and the correlation between aesthetics and theology.  He has been a Beit Midrash Fellow at the Hartman Institute since 2012. He is a proponent of combining academic and Torah studies to yield a deeper understanding of Judaism. David is a member of the operating board of JLM.FM, an internet radio station based in Jerusalem and runs “Microphones for Peace.” This radio program promotes tolerance, understanding and dialogue among the different religions and cultures in Israel.

995327_10153847508255798_2774000710022211243_n (1)Eliana Kinderlehrer (’19) has a degree in contemplative psychology from Naropa University. She spent five years of intensive Torah study at Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo in Jerusalem where she also trained in Polarity Therapy and worked as a translator and editor of the Steinsaltz Talmud. She and her husband, Rav Ami Silver, then went on shlichut for four years – directing JLIC at Cornell University and leading Kehillat Orot Yisrael in Boulder, Colorado. Last year they returned to Jerusalem with their two daughters.

Elhanan Miller photoElhanan Miller (’19) was born and raised in Jerusalem. Having specialized in Arabic in school, he became a linguist in military intelligence, before studying for his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Middle East History and Islamic Studies at Hebrew University. As a volunteer with the Jewish Agency, Elhanan taught Jewish Studies at Yavneh high school in Paris, France. He studied at Yeshivat Ein Tzurim and at Hebrew University’s Beit Midrash Havruta. Elhanan works as a journalist, focusing on Arab and Israeli politics.

Dr. Alexandra (Eliora) Peretz (’20) studied media sciences at the Sorbonne in Paris. She lectures at Hebrew University and researches media framing of various types of discourses circulated by old and digital media regarding counter- terrorism (intelligence). She made Aliyah in 2010 and is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hadar. She is a co-founder and a teacher at “Tashma”, the independent francophone Beit Midrash in Jerusalem. Her reserach can be read in peer reviewed journals such as Media, War and Conflict; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; Visual Communication, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 

Photo of BluthRachel “Bluth” Rosenbluth (’19) is a Canadian olah.  Graduating from McGill University with a double major in Environment and Development, Rachel worked as the Director of Education for Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs in Toronto. She has studied at Pardes, Mechon Hadar and Matan. She has experience in environmental field research in East Africa, and volunteering on sustainable farms in Israel and Kenya. Rachel has chosen to study at Beit Midrash Har’el because it offers rigorous halachic learning, and an opportunity to engage with texts, scholars, and leaders on intellectual and spiritual levels. At Beit Midrash Har’el, Rachel seeks knowledge, tools, and credibility to learn, live, and share Torah, and build meaningful Jewish communities based on integrity, knowledge, and compassion.

%d7%a9%d7%a8%d7%94-%d7%a1%d7%92%d7%9c-%d7%9b%d7%a5Sarah Segal-Katz (’19) is a graduate of the “Revivim” program holding a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University. She is a PhD candidate researching the gap between theory and practice in the laws of Nida. Sarah has taught in non-religious and religious schools in Jerusalem, as well as for various organizations such as Elul, Ma’agal and Ma’aglei Zedek. She studied in the women’s halacha program at “Beit Morasha” and continues  to study in a joint program with Yeshivat Ma’aleh Gilboa and Midreshet Ein-Hanaziv. She is an activist in the “Advot” group aiming to change the mikva experience for women and improve the work conditions of the mikva  attendant. Sarah volunteers as a mikva attendant and is an administrator for the Facebook group Tovlot Benachat. She is a graduate of Yahel  and Midreshet Be’er Emuna. Sarah is a lecturer and workshop instructor on healthy sexuality. She is a graduate of the Institute for Group Instructors and an instructor of creative writing. She publishes poetry and prose. Sarah is married and mother of three.

Leah- photoLeah Shakdiel (’19) lives in Yeruham. BA from Bar Ilan University in English and French Literature. Teaching License from Kerem Teaching Institute of Jewish Humanistic Education.  Taught Hebrew and Jewish studies, and academic courses on Jewish feminism, state and religion, and Israeli society. Developed teaching materials, trained teachers, directed educational and community projects and institutions. Developed a model for feminist pedagogy for Israel. Socially and politically active on behalf of peace, empowering the disadvantaged, civil and human rights, and feminism. Served as Israel’s first female member of a local Religious Council, following a Supreme Court decision.