Directors

Binyamin Ehrenkranz is the former Director of Orthodox Community Initiatives for the Tikvah Fund in New York. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College, earned a master’s in Jewish history from Bernard Revel Graduate School, and obtained semicha from RIETS. He serves on the editorial committee of Jewish Action magazine, where he has also contributed several articles. He lives in Washington Heights.

Rabbi Gil Student works at a New York-based insurance company. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of TorahMusings.com and is on the editorial committee of Jewish Action magazine, where he is also the book editor and a regular contributor. He also serves on the executive committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as facilitator of Traditional Orthodox Rabbis of America. He is the former managing editor of OU Press and president of Yashar Books, and is the author of the books, “Can the Rebbe Be Moshiach?,” "Posts Along The Way" and two volumes of "Torah Musings." He also frequently publishes in a variety of Jewish media. He graduated from Yeshiva College and lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn.

Advisory Board

Rabbi Shalom Carmy is a professor of Philosophy and Bible at Yeshiva University, and is the editor of the Rabbinical Council of America’s flagship publication, Tradition.

Rabbi Moshe Hauer is the rabbi of Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a member of the editorial board of Klal Perspectives magazine.

Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger is a Rosh Yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies, an undergraduate school for Talmudic studies at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Neuburger is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

Dr. David Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University, where he is also special assistant to President Richard M. Joel. In addition, Dr. Pelcovitz is an instructor in pastoral counseling at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Yona Reiss is the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC), a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and Chaver Beth Din at the Beth Din of America.

Rabbi Avrohom Union is a dayan and the rabbinic administrator of the Beth Din of the Rabbinical Council of California. He is also a teacher at Bais Yaakov of Los Angeles.

Fellows

Dr. Awi Federgruen is a professor of management and chair of the Decision, Risk and Operations Division of Columbia University’s graduate school of business. He served as the school’s senior vice dean from 1997-2002. His doctorate is in operations research from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dr. Federgruen also holds a courtesy appointment at Columbia’s school of engineering and applied sciences, and has served as a principal consultant for the Israeli Air Force in the area of logistics and procurement policies. He and his wife live in Holliswood, New York. They have two sons, who live with their families in Monsey and Washington Heights.

Alexandra Fleksher has taught middle and high school Judaics Studies and English over the past 14 years and is currently a freelance writer and active member of her Jewish community. She holds an M.S. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and a B.A. in English/Communications from Stern College for Women. Her essays have been published in Klal Perspectives, Cross-Currents, Torah Musings, Hevria and The Five Towns Jewish Times. She lives in University Heights, Ohio, with her husband and four children.

Rabbi Dr. David Fox is a clinical psychologist and professor. He has published and lectured widely on trauma, crisis, and loss and has an active private practice, and has been a professor at three university graduate schools and an associate clinical professor at a medical school. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Wayne State University. He is the rabbi of the Hancock Park Hashkama Minyan, lectures nationally to Jewish communities in response to crisis and has served as a dayan on the Batei Din of Jerusalem. Rabbi Dr. Fox and his wife live in Los Angeles, and have four grown children.

Rabbi David Hellman is the rabbi of the Young Israel of Brookline, Massachusetts. He served on the rabbinical staff of the Riverdale Jewish Center while also a fellow at the Wexner Kollel Elyon at YU. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College and obtained semicha from RIETS, where he was also a member of the Rabbi Norman Lamm Kollel L’Hora’ah, focusing on choshen mishpat. He lives in Brookline with his wife and their three children.

Dr. Michael Kurin is a second-year resident at the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College, earned a master’s in Jewish history from Bernard Revel Graduate School, a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and obtained semicha from RIETS. He has written several articles for the YU undergraduate journal Kol Hamevaser, and recently contributed to Verapo Yerape, Einstein's medical halacha journal. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and their two children.

Dana Margolis is a senior lecturer of Hebrew Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In her 15 years with UWM, she has developed and taught online and face-to-face courses on Basic Judaism, Modern Hebrew, Hebrew Bible, and Jewish Ethics. She serves on the advisory committee of UWM’s Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, on the board of directors’ executive committee of Yeshiva Elementary School of Milwaukee, and on the Education Task Force of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Mrs. Margolis is a graduate of University of Wisconsin - Madison and holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas - Austin. She lives with her husband and five children in Milwaukee.

Rabbi Yisrael (Sruli) Motzen has been the rabbi of Ner Tamid in Baltimore since 2012. Before assuming that position he learned at Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, where he obtained semicha, as well as Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a master’s in counseling. Prior to Ner Yisroel he learned at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim. Rabbi Motzen lives with his wife and four children in Baltimore.

Dr. Yitzchak Schechter is a clinical psychologist and Director of The Center for Applied Psychology (CAPs) at Bikur Cholim in Monsey, New York, a behavioral center addressing the needs of a wide range of frum populations. The center’s services include a licensed behavioral health clinic, school-based counseling in yeshivas, educational programming for rabbonim and educators and child safety services. He recently founded the Institute for Applied Research and Community Collaboration (ARCC) to conduct, analyze and disseminate research on psychiatric, psychological and social issues of the frum community. Dr. Schechter is a graduate of Yeshiva College and Ferkauf Graduate Schools of Psychology. He lives in Monsey, New York, with his wife and five children.

Rabbi Dr. David Shabtai is the sephardic rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue. He has semicha from RIETS, where he was also a member of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and taught Jewish medical ethics. He is a graduate of Columbia Colllege and NYU School of Medicine. Rabbi Dr. Shabtai is the author of “Defining the Moment: Understanding Brain Death in Halakha” (Shoresh Press, 2012) and has published articles in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Hakirah, and Assia (Hebrew). He lives with his wife and six children in Boca Raton, Florida.

Devora Shabtai holds a master’s degree in the Psychology of Religion from Glyndwr University and is currently pursuing a master’s of social work from Florida Atlantic University. She has worked in a variety of clinical psychology and research settings including the Center for Anxiety in New York, the JPSYCH Lab, and Palm Partners addiction treatment center in Delray Beach, Florida. Mrs. Shabtai has co-authored several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on empirical relationships between Judaism and psychological well-being. Mrs. Shabtai lives with her husband Rabbi Simmy Shabtai (Rosh Beis Medrash at Boca Raton Synagogue) and two daughters in Boca Raton, Florida.

Rabbi Aryeh Westreich is a rebbe at Yeshivas Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck, New Jersey. He studied at Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, Yeshivas Beis Yosef Navardok in Brooklyn, and at RIETS, where he was also a member of the Israel Henry Beren Kollel Elyon. He previously served as an assistant rebbe at YU’s undergraduate yeshiva program. Rabbi Westreich has semicha from Yeshivas Beis Yosef. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington Heights, New York.