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The NEIJS Israel Center

NEIJS is at the forefront of teaching eternal Jewish values to build a more meaningful, ethical, joyous and harmonious world.

“NEIJS enabled me to explore an entire world that I didn’t know existed.”

Timeline

1992

NEIJS launch

The New England Institute of Jewish Studies (NEIJS) was founded in 1992 offering compelling text-based Jewish educational programs at ten campuses in New England.

1998

Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program

2001

Graduate Student Israel Experience Center

2007

Jewish Business, Legal, and Journalism Ethics & Israel

2022

NEIJS is now developing a new initiative to launch in 2022 for Jews worldwide using cutting-edge interactive educational methodologies and technology.

Our Team

Rabbi Yirmi Cowan

Rabbi Cowan is the founding director of NEIJS. He also serves as a writer and editor at olamiresources.com, contributing to Olami / Ner Le’Elef’s Morasha Syllabus and Thinking Gemara Series and related publications. He learned at Yeshivos Darche Noam, Beis Yisroel, Torah Ohr and the Mir. Rabbi Cowan studied American Civilization undergraduate and Energy Management at graduate school, both at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rabbi Gavriel Enoch

Rabbi Gavriel Enoch is the director of creative content of NEIJS. He studied history and philosophy at UC Berkeley before going on to learn Talmudic Law and Jewish philosophy at several premier yeshivot in Jerusalem. After earning his semicha (ordination) at the Mir Yeshiva, he joined the Palo Alto Kollel in the San Francisco Bay Area teaching Jewish foundations to young professionals and university students. After moving back to Israel, Rabbi Enoch served as a senior writer and editor for the Olami / Ner Le’Elef’s Morasha Curriculum developing course materials for college campus rabbis. He then went on to earn an MA in digital communication from Johns Hopkins University. Rabbi Enoch lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and six children.

Rabbi Yakov Pesah, MD/PhD

Rabbi Pesah is the director of strategic planning of NEIJS. He is an alumnus of NEIJS and received his MD/PhD degree from Baylor College of Medicine specializing in neuroscience and molecular genetics. His graduate work was focused on uncovering molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease. After pursuing his interests in Talmudic studies and their application to contemporary moral, ethical and legal issues including medical ethics at Machon Shlomo Heiden Institute, Rabbi Klein’s Chabura and in Mir Yeshiva, he earned his Rabbinical degree from the elite Jerusalem Kollel under the guidance of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits, shlit”a. Rabbi Pesah also serves as the head of SanhedriaDigital.com developing novel applications of digital marketing and hybrid online courses for Torah education. In collaboration with several other organizations, SanhedriaDigital is bringing cutting edge online and in-person Torah education to hundreds of students on six continents.

Rabbi Meir Triebitz, PhD

Rabbi Triebitz is the Educational Director of NEIJS. He is the Dean of the Zichron Shimon Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and is also a senior lecturer of Talmud at Machon Shlomo Institute, both in Jerusalem. He earned his doctorate in physics from Princeton followed by his post-doc research at Stanford. Rabbi Triebitz also studied at the Julliard School of Music.

Advisory Board

Rabbi Shmuel Kurtz

Rabbi Shmuel Kurtz has Smicha from Shevet U’Machokek in Jerusalem and began his educational career at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy in 1993. Rabbi Kurtz teaches Talmud, Halacha, Oral Law and Jewish Thought, and he is the chairperson of Talmud at ICJA . Rabbi Kurtz is also a lecturer at the Teacher’s Institute of the Hebrew Theological College/Touro University in Business and Medical Ethics. He was also the recipient of an Educator of the Year Award in 2013 from the Associated Talmud Torah.

Rav Baruch Rubanowitz

Rav Baruch Rubanowitz has benefited from a wide range of Torah scholarship both in the U.S. and Israel. He studied under some of the Torah masters of the previous generation. He specializes in Jewish law with a special interest in medical ethics, business ethics and divorce. He founded an Anglo community and school in Ramat Bet Shemesh. Presently, he serves as a rabbinical judge of commercial matters, as rabbi of a Carlebach synagogue in Nachlaot Jerusalem and as a practicing mohel. Rav Rubanowitz and his wife Debra both hail from Los Angeles and presently reside in Jerusalem near their ten children and many grandchildren.

Rebbetzin Debra Rubanowitz

Rebbetzin Debra Rubanowitz is an experienced educator of Jewish Studies at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Whether teaching Bible, Jewish law, women’s issues or Jewish medical ethics, she aims to inspire students to use learning and erudition as a tool for personal and spiritual growth. Her methodology employs textual studies enabling her students to evaluate and interpret the primary sources. She has served as a Rebbetzin of English-speaking communities in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem and Johannesburg for many years.

Alumni

Participants on NEIJS programs attended one hundred graduate schools pursuing careers in business, computer science, education, foreign affairs, journalism, public affairs, law, and medicine.

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