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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.”
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.
Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program
Graduate Student Israel Experience Center
Jewish Business, Legal, and Journalism Ethics & Israel Experience Program
Rabbi Mordechai Becher
Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, is an instructor at Yeshiva University and alumni Rabbi of Neve Yerushalayim College. He received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem and holds an MA in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He taught at Ohr Somayach and Neve Yerushalayim in Jerusalem and served in the Israel Defense Forces. Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on AsktheRabbi.org, presents a Talmud class, Dimensions of the Daf, for the Jewish Broadcasting Service and was senior lecturer for Gateways for 20 years. Rabbi Becher’s latest book, Gateway to Judaism, published by Artscroll, is in its tenth printing. He has led tours in Africa, Australia, Czech Republic, China, Egypt, England, Hungary, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam. He serves as a consult to NEIJS on our educational programs.
David Collins is an architect designing buildings and interiors for thirty-five years. His portfolio includes public, commercial, and residential buildings. He previously worked for the Israeli architect Professor David Cassuto. He studied architecture at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. David Collins serves as a consultant to NEIJS.
Rabbi Yirmi Cowan
Rabbi Cowan is the founding director of NEIJS. He also served as an editor and writer for Olami / Ner Le’Elef’s Morasha Syllabus and Thinking Gemara Series. Rabbi Cowan also taught gemara at Yeshiva Shaare Yerushalayim, Jerusalem. 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 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.
Akiva Kleinerman, PhD
Dr. Akiva Kleinerman earned his PhD in Computer Science with a specialization in artificial intelligence from Bar Ilan University, Israel. Akiva developed and taught academic courses in computational modeling. He also taught automata and probability for computer science and also developed online educational content. Akiva is also an experienced algorithm developer and software engineer. He completed his Master’s degree in Computer Science, and Bachelor’s degree in both Computer Science and Jewish History at Bar Ilan University. Prior to his academic pursuits, he studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Yerucham. Akiva resides in Pardes Hanna, Israel, with his wife and two 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. 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 Barry Klein’s Chabura and in Mir Yeshiva, he earned his Rabbinical degree from the 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 worldwide for Torah education.
Rabbi Meir Triebitz, PhD
Rabbi Shmuel Kurtz
Rav Baruch Rubanowitz
Rebbetzin Debra Rubanowitz
Washington University School of Medicine
Cornell Law School
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Harvard Law School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
New York University School of Law
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
UPENN School of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
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