Advisory Board



Rabbi David Bigman has been the Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa since 1995. He was born in 1954 and studied in the Beit Midrash in Skokie, Illinois, with Rabbi Aryeh Bakst in Detroit and in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. He received his B.A. in economics with honors from Wayne State University. In 1976 he made aliyah and moved to Kibbutz Maale Gilboa, where he is a member to this day.  He was one of the founders of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati laBanot (which later became Midreshet haBanot b’Ein Hanatz”iv). He is active in issues pertaining to society and halacha, including Mesuravei Get, the organization Maaglei Tzedek, and dialogue between secular and religious Israelis.

Vered Noam picProf. Vered Noam is professor of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she is the head of the Program of Jewish Philosophy, Talmud and Kabbalah in the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies. Her research interests are Rabbinic literature, the history of early halakhah; Qumran literature, and Flavius Josephus. She is Coeditor of Zion, a quarterly for research in Jewish History, and of JAJ Supplement Series.  In 2010 Vered was the recipient of the Michael Bruno Memorial Award. Publications include Megillat Ta’anit: Versions, Interpretation, History, Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi Press (2003), From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution: Conceptions of Impurity, Yad Ben Zvi Press (2010), and  Josephus and the Rabbis (with Tal Ilan, recently submitted).


Tamar Ross

Prof. Tamar Ross is a professor of Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She has scholarly expertise in the thought of Abraham Isaac Kook, the modern Musar movement and the ideology of Mitnaggedism, and Judaism and gender. She is the author of books and articles on Jewish ethics and theology, contemporary issues in traditional Jewish thought, philosophy of halakha, and Orthodox Jewish feminism. 


Daniel_SperberRabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber is a professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and an expert in classical philology, history of Jewish customs, Jewish art history, Jewish education and Talmudic studies. He studied for rabbinical ordination at Yeshivat Kol Torah in Israel, earned a doctorate from University College, London in the departments of Ancient History and Hebrew Studies. He is currently Professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and serves as Rabbi of The Menachem Zion Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. Sperber’s publication record in Jewish studies includes Minhagei Yisrael: Origins and History on the character and evolution of Jewish customs. He won the Israel Prize in 1992.

Dr. Shmuel Wygoda has been actively involved in Jewish Education, member of the founding team and Ram at Yeshivat Etz Chaim in Paris (1979-1982) and Educational Director of the Montreal Hebrew Academy (1987-1992). He joined the Mandel Institute as Senior Researcher in 1992. During those years, he initiated two Educational training programs for the Haredi Community in North America under the auspices of Torah Umesorah (and continues to be involved with this Organization to this day). In 1995 he was asked by Rabbi Dr. A. Lichtenstein to become the Dean of the Herzog College at Yeshivat Har Etzion. During his tenure, he initiated several programs including the creation of the Stella K. Abraham Beth Midrash for Women in Migdal Oz. In addition, from 2003-2012 he served as Research Fellow at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute where he has served as Academic Director of the New Horizons for Educators program for the Senior Educators of the Religious Zionist community. He completed his tenure as Dean of the Herzog College in 2006 and since then serves as Head of the Jewish Philosophy Department. He holds a Ph.D (Summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University, and has taught at the Department of Jewish Philosophy. He is on the staff of the “Shluhei Zibbur” Project designed to enable students from the Haredi Community to study graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been awarded the Tenoudji Prize for Jewish Education in France in 2004. Dr. Wygoda has edited several books, published numerous articles and is currently writing a book on the Talmudic Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas.