• Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie, M.D. Rabbi, Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, New York

    Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D. comes from a long and distinguished rabbinical lineage dating back to fifteenth century Spain and Provence. Rabbi Abadie was born in Beirut, Lebanon and grew up in Mexico City, coming to the United States to attend Yeshiva University. He earned his B.A. in Health Sciences in 1983, B.S.C. in Bible Studies in 1984, Hebrew Teacher’s diploma in 1985, and a Master’s degree in Jewish Philosophy in 1986 from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Abadie received his ordination in 1986 from RIETS. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he graduated in 1990 with an M.D. degree. Rabbi Abadie is the founding Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in New York City, the Head of School of the Sephardic Academy of Manhattan and the Spiritual Leader of the Moise Safra Community Center in Manhattan. He is also the Director of the Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies at Yeshiva University and is a scholar and college teacher of Sephardic Judaism, history, philosophy, and comparative traditional law. He was a member of the Board and an Officer of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). As Co-President of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC), he was instrumental in passing a Congressional resolution on behalf of Jews from Arab Countries to be recognized by the U.S. government in their dealing with Middle Eastern refugee issues. As a member of the Board of the American Sephardi Federation and the World Sephardic Educational Center, he lectures on Sephardic Judaism, history, and comparative traditional law. He has appeared and was interviewed on many television and radio programs Spanish radio and television and Israeli media. He was featured in the Jewish Voice Weekly, Image Magazine, the Jewish Week, Hamevasser, Israel Hayom, Hamodia Magazine and many others. He received the Orden Del Merito Civil, the highest civil decoration by His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Rabbi Abadie maintains a practice in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is married to Elise Eichler and presently live in New York City with their children.

  • Julius Berman Past President of the Orthodox Union

    Julius Berman has been chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) since 2002. Prior to leading the organization, he served as its pro bono counsel. Mr. Berman has headed many national Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and the American Zionist Youth Foundation. As a confidant of the renowned Jewish scholar Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Mr. Berman has been instrumental in publishing Rabbi Soloveitchik’s works. Mr. Berman is also chairman emeritus of the Board of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of its affiliate, Yeshiva University. Mr. Berman received his bachelor’s degree from YU in 1956, Rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 1959, and his law degree from New York University, graduating first in his class. Mr. Berman received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University in 1995. Mr. Berman is a retired partner at Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Honorable Norman L. Eisen U.S. Ambassador (ret.), Czech Republic

    Norman L. Eisen was the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from January 2011 through August 2014. Ambassador Eisen reinvigorated strategic and defense ties between the two countries; boosted bilateral trade and investment; and promoted our shared values, including working against corruption and civil rights. From January 2009 to January 2011, Ambassador Eisen served in the White House as special assistant to the President and special counsel to the President, where he was dubbed by the press as the "Ethics Czar" and “Mr. No.” His portfolio also included open government, whistleblower protection, lobbying regulation, and campaign finance and other political law issues. Prior to that he was the deputy general counsel to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition. Before entering the Administration, Ambassador Eisen was a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, where he specialized in litigation and investigations relating to allegations of financial and political misconduct, as well as election litigation. He is the co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group. Ambassador Eisen received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991 and his B.A. from Brown University in 1985.

  • Rabbi Moshe Elefant Chief Operating Officer, OU Kosher, Orthodox Union

    Rabbi Elefant is the COO of the Orthodox Union’s Kashrut Department – the world’s largest not-for-profit kosher certification agency. Charged with managing the day-to-day operations of the world’s largest kosher certification agency, Rabbi Elefant has a uniquely broad understanding of the global kosher certification industry and the practical applications of kosher in the manufacturing and consumer marketplace. The trademark OU symbol appears on over 800,000 industrial and consumer products, made in more than 6,000 facilitates in 83 countries around the world. Rabbi Elefant is the author of numerous articles and two books on Jewish law, as well as a sought-after lecturer on Jewish legal topics and the kosher industry.

  • Rachel Friedman Dean, Lamdeinu of Teaneck

    A noted teacher, author and lecturer in the areas of Bible and Jewish liturgy, Rachel Friedman is the founding dean of Lamdeinu, a center for Jewish learning in northern New Jersey. She served for many years as associate dean and chair of Tanakh Studies at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York City. Ms. Friedman has been a scholar-in-residence at synagogues and educational institutions throughout the United States and abroad. She has an MA in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.

  • David Greenfield New York City Councilman

    David G. Greenfield was elected to the New York City Council after a decisive victory in a Special Election on March 23, 2010. David won a majority of votes in each and every neighborhood of the 44th Council District comprising of Midwood, Boro Park and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, New York. David was elected in his first term by his Brooklyn colleagues to co-chair the Brooklyn delegation and serve as their representative on the Budget Negotiating Team of the New York City Council. David has since gone on to become the chair of the powerful Land Use Committee which has the final say on all rezoning applications in New York City. David is ranked as the 51st most powerful New Yorker in City & State's most recent Power 100 list, ranking him one slot behind billionaire political activist George Soros. David is an experienced attorney who has been working for his community for years. Prior to his election, David served as Executive Vice President of the Sephardic Community Federation, the umbrella government relations and public policy organization of the Sephardic Jewish Community. In that capacity, Greenfield worked closely with public officials at every level of government to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. David was also the volunteer Director and Counsel of TEACH NYS, an umbrella group that advocates on behalf of the parents of the 500,000 Catholic, Jewish, and Independent school children in New York State. David’s successful strategy for TEACH NYS led to legislation that provides for $600 million in tax-credits for parents of all school-age children in New York. David is an expert in education policy and was a mayoral appointee to the New York Non-Public School Standing Committee. This select committee serves as the liaison between New York government and the non-public school community. As a member of the committee, David played a critical role in addressing important issues affecting hundreds of thousands of New York’s children and advocating on their behalf. Most recently, David spearheaded a three-year campaign that culminated in free tutoring services, valued at tens of millions of dollars each year, for thousands of students in New York City. David is also the author of legislation in the New York City Council that would provide school safety agents to non-public schools including yeshivas and day schools. David is known for his honesty and integrity. His reputation for “telling it like it is” has made his perspective sought after by news media around the world. Aside from multiple television appearances including on CNN and Fox News, David has been quoted by national newspapers and is a frequent political analyst on Russian, Israeli and United States radio stations. David also hosts a popular live weekly radio show on 620AM radio every Thursday night at 7pm. Prior to his work at the Sephardic Community Federation and TEACH NYS, David served as Deputy Director of Finance to Senator Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign and as Chief of Staff to NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Before that, David practiced corporate law at the national law firm of Rosenman & Colin LLP. David is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and Touro College in New York City where he graduated summa cum laude and was valedictorian. David is a proud life-long resident of Brooklyn where he happily lives with his wife and three small children.

  • Rabbi Micah Greenland International Director, NCSY

    In June of 1993, at the NCSY National Convention at Camp Sternberg in New York, Micah Greenland was elected president of NCSY. A high school student at Fasman Yeshiva High School in Skokie, IL (the Skokie Yeshiva), young Micah had been a national vice president of NCSY and regional vice president of education. Twenty-one years have passed and that same young man — now Rabbi Micah Greenland — serves the Orthodox Union as international director of NCSY, the youth movement of the OU. For 12 years prior Rabbi Greenland served as director of the Chicago-based NCSY Midwest region. He assumed the regional director’s role immediately after receiving Semicha from Yeshiva University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree with a major in mathematics and a Master’s in Jewish education. Throughout his six years at Yeshiva University, he was a volunteer NCSY advisor; he first joined NCSY at age nine in his hometown of Rochester, NY. Rabbi Greenland and his wife Rivkie reside in the West Rogers Park section of Chicago; they met as Midwest NCSY advisors. Their five children are Meira, Shimon, Mordechai, Noam, and Daniel. Rabbi Greenland logs many miles in the air visiting NCSY regions, attending major events, traveling to Europe, Israel and even Latin America where there is a Chile/Argentina chapter, and meeting with colleagues at OU national headquarters in New York.

  • Rabbanit Chana Henkin Founder/Dean, Nishmat

    Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder and dean of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, is one of today’s most acclaimed Jewish educators and a leader in redrawing the landscape of higher Torah learning and leadership for women. Under her direction, Nishmat created Jewish history’s first Yoatzot Halacha, experts in women’s health and halacha who have since addressed more than 250,000 halachic questions from across the world. Rabbanit Henkin’s warmth and contagious love of learning have made her a sought-after lecturer in Jewish communities throughout the world and her innovations have won widespread rabbinic support and public acclaim.

    Listen: Rabbanit Henkin talks to Stephen Savitsky about the state of women's learning

  • Malcolm I. Hoenlein Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

    In June 1986, Malcolm Hoenlein was elected CEO/executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the central coordinating body on international and national concerns for 51 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, the central coordinating agency for Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. Prior to that, he was the founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. Malcolm Hoenlein received his B.A. in Political Science from Temple University and completed his Master’s and doctoral course work at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of International Relations. A National Defense Fellow in the University’s Near East Center, Mr. Hoenlein taught International Relations in the Political Science Department and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In addition, he served on the editorial staff of ORBIS, the Journal of International Affairs. Mr. Hoenlein has traveled across the globe meeting with top world leaders and heads of Jewish communities. Mr. Hoenlein serves as an advisor to many public officials and is frequently consulted on public policy issues. He appears regularly in the media and co-hosts the nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show on the ABC radio network each week, and does a weekly commentary on the “JM in the AM” radio show. Mr. Hoenlein has been the recipient of many awards and tributes. Among them, he was conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by Yeshiva University and a Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Touro University and was honored by, among others, State of Israel Bonds for his “valiant and extraordinary service to Israel and the Jewish people;” the Private Sector Initiative Award from President Ronald Reagan; American ORT honored him with a special “Man of the Millennium” Tribute; the first Quittman Award for Jewish Professional Excellence; the Defender of Jerusalem Award; Millender Fellow at Brandeis University; the Henry M. Jackson medal; Fellow of the Jerusalem College of Technology; the Jack D. Weiler Award for Jewish Communal Service, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations National Service Award. He has received numerous recognitions from foreign governments as well. The Mayor of Jerusalem and the City Council designated Mr. Hoenlein recipient of the city’s highest tribute, the “Neeman Yerushalayim” (Trustee of Jerusalem) award. Mr. Hoenlein was appointed by three Presidents as a U.S. delegate to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and participated in several Presidential delegations. He served on the New York State Ethical Standards Board. Mr. Hoenlein is associated with and serves on the boards of many communal, educational and civic organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations and Council for a Secure America. He is Chairman of America’s Voices and Co-Chair of the Secure Community Network.

  • Richard M. Joel President, Yeshiva University

    Richard M. Joel became Yeshiva University’s fourth president on September 21, 2003, and was named Bravmann Family University Professor in April 2010. Over the past 10 years, President Joel has built upon the illustrious tradition of the storied institution by placing a renewed emphasis on the student experience, academic excellence, Torah scholarship and communal involvement. With these advancements and guided by the belief in education as a process of “ennobling and enabling” young women and men to build whole and meaningful lives, Yeshiva has emerged as North America’s Torah-informed university. Further, with his guidance, Yeshiva University has expanded its focus far beyond the walls of the university, whether through professional and rabbinic global placement or service learning missions worldwide. Before taking the helm at Yeshiva, President Joel earned his reputation as a dynamic force with young people as president and international director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. There, he facilitated an extraordinary renaissance of Jewish life on campuses partnering in the creation of Birthright Israel. Growing up in Bronx, NY, Joel earned his B.A. and J.D. from New York University where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar; he has received honorary doctorates from Boston Hebrew College and Gratz College. He also served as assistant district attorney and deputy chief of appeals in the Bronx, and associate dean and professor of Law at YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. President Joel considers his greatest accomplishment marrying his best friend and partner, Esther, who holds a Ph.D. from Yeshiva’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Together, they have six children, all of whom attended Yeshiva University, and six grandchildren, who are the great joy of their lives.

  • Dr. Alan Kadish President & CEO, Touro College and University System

    Alan Kadish, M.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Touro, the largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution in the United States. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Dr. Kadish received post-doctoral training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a fellow in cardiology. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and cardiac electrophysiology. Prior to joining Touro in 2009 as senior provost and chief operating officer, Dr. Kadish taught at the University of Michigan and held a 19-year tenure at Northwestern University. He served Northwestern as the Chester and Deborah Cooley professor of medicine, senior associate chief of the Cardiology division, director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials unit, and sat on the finance and investment committees of the Northwestern clinical practice plan. An accomplished and prolific research scientist as well, he has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, received numerous grants, including from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and contributed to several textbooks. Dr. Kadish is a past chair of the Clinical Cardiology Program Committee of the American Heart Association, and has been elected to prestigious scientific research and education societies including the American Association of Professors, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Society of Physicians. As a deeply committed observant Jew and a forward thinker, Dr. Kadish was a natural fit with Touro’s mission to serve the educational needs of our varied constituencies throughout the country and around the world. He has helped Touro expand its unique offerings for Jewish and underserved communities while becoming a top-tier institution for the study of health sciences and medicine. Touro's distinct medical programs—two colleges of pharmacy, four colleges of medicine, and graduate schools and programs in health sciences—serve increasingly large and dynamic student populations. As one of the largest healthcare educational systems in the US, Dr. Kadish has positioned Touro to lead a new era in medicine. Dr. Kadish, who was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and educated in yeshivot in New York, is married with four children.

  • Jeff Kiderman Executive Director, Affordable Jewish Education Project

    Jeff Kiderman is co-founder and executive director of Affordable Jewish Education Project (AJE). In this role he has led efforts with both new and established schools to help develop innovative models to improve the quality and affordability of Jewish day school education. Prior to joining AJE, Jeff was a digital marketing consultant, helping Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Fidelity Investments better develop personally tailored online experiences for each of their customers. Jeff attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving Bachelor of Science degrees in Management and Computer Science from the Wharton School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, respectively. He is also currently pursuing a Master’s in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jeff, his wife Miryam, and their son Judah live in New York.

  • Cantor Yaakov Lemmer Chazzan, Lincoln Square Synagogue, New York

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cantor Yaakov “Yanky” Lemmer is one of the leading young cantors on the cantorial horizon. His beautiful lyric tenor voice, dramatic color, and precise coloratura have garnered him universal praise among his peers and connoisseurs, alike. He began his singing career as the star soloist of the Young Israel of Bethel Choir, where world renowned Cantor Ben Zion Miller took him under his private tutelage. Yaakov earned a scholarship to the Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University, where he studied with Cantors Joseph Malovany and Bernard Beer. He also studied with cantorial legend Cantor Noach Schall, and has won a scholarship for vocal training in NYC. As an internationally renowned concert artist, Yaakov is in constant demand on the concert stage, as well as in synagogues, thrilling audiences throughout the world. He has appeared at the Tel Aviv Culture Hall with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has been featured throughout the United States, Canada, England, and at various European Culture Festivals. In addition, he has performed with Jazz/Klez legend Frank London and received rave reviews of his unique interpretations of traditional liturgical music. He has also officiated at some of the world’s most prominent pulpits throughout the world. His repertoire spans many genres and languages, including traditional Hebrew liturgy, Yiddish folk, Opera, Broadway, Israeli, and more. In additional to his Cantorial vocation, Yaakov is a Licensed Special Education Therapist, working with special needs children in Brooklyn, NY. He currently serves as Cantor of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, NY.

  • Rabbi Seth Linfield Executive Director, Yeshivah of Flatbush

    Rabbi Seth Linfield is the Executive Director at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York. The Yeshivah of Flatbush, a Modern Orthodox co-educational school celebrating its 88th year of teaching and learning, serves 2,200 students from Early Childhood through 12th grade. Rabbi Linfield came to the Yeshivah of Flatbush from Tarbut V'Torah, a K-12 day school in Irvine, CA, where he served as Head of School. Before taking on his first school headship eleven years ago, he was the chair of the Technology Transactions Group and a Partner in the Intellectual Property Department at Barnes & Thornburg, an AmLaw 100 firm. At the same time, he taught MBA students as an adjunct assistant professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

  • Maury Litwack Director, State Political Affairs, OU Advocacy

    Maury Litwack is the Director of State Political Affairs for the Orthodox Union. In this position, Maury heads up a state-by-state initiative for political action and advocacy in the many communities throughout the country served by the OU, with a principal focus on seeking greater government support for Jewish day schools and their families in order to address the acute education affordability challenge the Orthodox community is facing. Prior to his work with the OU, Maury served on two Congressional staffs and helped launch Miami-Dade County’s Washington lobbying office.

  • Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky President, Rabbinical Council of America

    Rabbi Matanky serves as the rabbi of Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park, and dean of Ida Crown Jewish Academy. A native Chicagoan, he was ordained and received a Master’s degree in Religious Education in 1981 from the Hebrew Theological College, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Loyola University in 1982, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University, in 1989. Rabbi Matanky is the president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the past president of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and currently serves on numerous boards including, the Presidents Conference of Major Jewish Organizations, Religious Zionists of Chicago, the Center for the Jewish Future of Yeshiva University, Camp Moshava, and is co-chair of the Rabbinic Action Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Rabbi Matanky has lectured across the United States, Israel and Europe, and is the author of numerous educational articles, including chapters in “The Ultimate Jewish Teachers’ Handbook” and “What We Know About Jewish Education.” Rabbi Matanky is married to Margaret (Novick), and the father of seven children, Yaakov, z”l, Chani (Rabbi Yehuda) Isenberg, Raanana (Reuven) Stein, Shoshana (Benjamin) Neikrug, Yitzchak (Aviva), Avi and Elisheva; and the grandfather of eleven.

  • Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was installed as the 11th Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth on September 1, 2013 at St John’s Wood Synagogue in London. Before he became Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected community rabbis, most recently as Senior Rabbi at Finchley United Synagogue. Under his leadership, the congregation was transformed into a vibrant powerhouse of educational, social, cultural and religious activity and the fastest growing community in the United Synagogue. As Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1984 to 1992, Chief Rabbi Mirvis represented the Jewish community to government, other faith communities and the media. He joined the UK Rabbinate in 1992 when he was appointed to the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London. He is the Founding Rabbi and Honorary Principal of Morasha Jewish Primary School, the Founder and Director of the Kinloss Learning Centre and the Founder and President of the Kinloss Kollel. Chief Rabbi Mirvis is married to Valerie, a local authority senior social worker, and they have four sons and seven grandchildren.

  • Anne Neuberger Chief Risk Officer, National Security Agency

    Ms. Anne Neuberger serves as the NSA’s first chief risk officer and a member of NSA’s Senior Leadership Team. Prior to her assignment as chief risk officer, she served in other senior roles at NSA. Prior to joining NSA, Anne served as the Navy’s deputy chief management officer and a special advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, as well as a White House fellow, working for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Prior to joining government service, Anne was senior vice president of Operations at American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST), where she was responsible for directing operations, including dividend distributions, and complex mergers, and acquisitions processing, for approximately 2,000 publicly traded companies. Anne earned an MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University. She graduated from Touro College, summa cum laude. Anne founded and runs Sister to Sister, a not-for-profit that provides services for approximately 900 Jewish single mothers in 20 communities, via a network of over 200 women volunteers. Anne is also a board member of House of Ruth, Maryland (which operates a domestic abuse shelter and other services for victim of domestic violence), Stern College for Women and the Lander College for Women.

  • Rona Novick, PhD Dean, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Yeshiva University

    Dr. Novick is the dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University and holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein chair in Professional Ethics and Values. She holds an appointment as associate clinical professor of Child Psychology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Novick also serves as co-educational director of the Hidden Sparks program, providing consultation to day schools and Yeshivot. Dr. Novick received tenure and full professor rank at Yeshiva University in 2013 and served as the director of the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Division of Doctoral Studies from 2008-2014. Dr. Novick received her PhD from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center and served as its director for eight years, authoring the BRAVE bully prevention program for schools. She is recognized for her expertise in behavior management and child behavior therapy and has published scholarly articles on school applications of behavior management, children and trauma and bully prevention in schools. She has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences, focusing on her research interests in parenting and parent-school partnerships, child anxiety disorders, social-emotional learning and the behavior and development of young children. She is the author of a book for parents, “Helping Your Child Make Friends”, and editor of the book series “Kids Don’t Come With Instruction Manuals”.

  • Rabbi Daniel Oppenheimer Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Rabbi Oppenheimer, a graduate of the Mir Yeshiva, is the Rav of the leading Ashkenazi community in Buenos Aires, as well as the principal of the Rav Yosef Caro School, and the head of South America's largest Kashrut Organization, Ajdut Kosher. Rabbi Oppenheimer received his Semicha from Rabbi Yacov Fink z”l - Av Bet Din of Haifa. Since 1981, he has been Rabbi at the Achdut Israel synagogue. He is also the Lecturer de la Midrashá de la Congregación Sefaradí “Lesod HaDat.” He has been a Lecturer at Yeshivá Ateret Tzví and Ner Le’Elef as well as teacher training programs at Sukkat David – Ner Le’Elef’s student leadership program. Rabbi Oppenheimer also founded the “Centro Neshamá”, a psychological and therapeutic family assistance agency. Rabbi Oppenheimer has published several books including, “Jemdat Iamim” on the Laws of the Shabbat, “Veshinantam Levaneja”, “VeSamajta beJagueja”, and “Vehí Sheamda”.

  • Rabbi Hershel Schachter Rosh Kollel & Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University; Senior Posek, OU Kosher

    Rav Herschel Schachter, considered by many the preeminent Posek of the Modern Orthodox community, has had a distinguished career with Yeshiva University and the Orthodox Union. Since 1971, Rabbi Schachter has been Rosh Kollel in RIETS' Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel (Institute for Advanced Research in Rabbinics) and also holds the institution's Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud. One of Rabbi Soloveitchik's closest disciples, Rav Schachter has authored a three volume intellectual biography of the Rav, in addition to his other seforim and countless articles. Rav Schachter is a halachik consultant for the Orthodox Union, and is turned to for guidance from thousands around the world.

  • Professor Richard B. Stone Past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations

    Richard Stone grew up in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and spent two years in Israeli yeshivot. He began his legal career in a Washington, D.C. law firm where he practiced for two years. He was then appointed to the position of assistant solicitor general of the United States where he served for four years. In 1974, he moved to New York, joined the faculty of Columbia Law School as the Wilbur Friedman professor of Tax Law. After leaving Columbia, he’s been active in venture capital and is the co-founder of various private and public medical and technology companies. He is currently a director of a number of Israeli companies, including Powermat, Enhanced Surface Dynamics and Nanox Imaging. He is also chairman of the Board of EsproAcoustiguide. Professor Stone has devoted much of his time to Jewish communal activities. He is the immediate past chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He was recently the chairman of NCSJ, which advocates for the Jewish communities in the fifteen republics that emerged from the Soviet Union. He has served as vice president and on the Executive Committee of the New York JCRC and for a number of years chaired its Government Relations Commission. He was the chairman of the Institute for Public Affairs, the public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, from 1992 to 2002 and served on the board and Executive Committee of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs from 2005 to 2009. He served on the Boards of the Hebrew Free Loan Society, the America-Israel Friendship League, and the American Zionist Movement. From 1997 to 2000, he was Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan representative on the Board of the City University of New York (CUNY). Professor Stone lives today in New York City and has four children.

  • Rabbi Ya’akov Trump Assistant Rabbi, Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst

    Rabbi Ya’akov Trump serves as the assistant rabbi of the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst. Additionally, he currently works as a student advisor at Yeshiva University in Undergraduate Torah Studies. Rabbi Trump grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating high school, he spent several years in Yeshivat Kerem BeYavneh in Israel followed by Ner Yisrael, Baltimore. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Yeshiva University and has taken multiple Actuary exams. While completing Semicha at RIETS, he served as Rabbinic Intern in Kesher Israel D.C., Young Israel of Jamaica Estates and the Beth Din of America. He spent two years as Rabbinic fellow of the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago creating new programs and shiurim. Rabbi Trump enjoys nature, thoughtful conversations and spending time with family and friends. He is passionate about sharing his enthusiasm for the Torah and its relevance in contemporary times. He and his wife, Malka, and their children live in Cedarhurst, NY.

  • Rabbi Steven Weil Senior Managing Director, Orthodox Union

    Rabbi Steven Weil, the son of German “vie handlers,” grew up on a cattle farm in Upstate New York. His love for learning began early; as a teenager he prevailed upon his parents to send him away to Yeshiva. He continued his education at Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel and Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at RIETS and a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Rabbi Weil began his career as a teacher, and then began pulpit work; first at the Young Israel of Oak Park, MI, followed by Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, CA. In both positions, Rabbi Weil significantly expanded the synagogues’ membership and programming and was involved in serving the needs of the greater communities as well. In 2009 he joined the Orthodox Union in NYC. Rabbi Weil is a popular teacher and lecturer, having delivered invocations for former president Bush and governor Schwarzenneger, among others. He has served internationally as scholar in residence on land and on sea, and is a passionate advocate for Israel and for Jewish education. Rabbi Weil resides in New Jersey with his wife Yael and seven children.

  • Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Executive Vice President, Emeritus, Orthodox Union

    Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, one of the foremost leaders in Jewish life in North America and worldwide, is Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union, following more than seven years as Executive Vice President. In that role, he combined the skills of pulpit rabbi, scholar, and clinical psychologist to provide extraordinary leadership to the organization and to Orthodox Judaism worldwide. Rabbi Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination in 1962 from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva in New York and served as spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore for 13 years, building the congregation from 160 to more than 400 families before coming to the OU. In addition, he has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland and served as a psychotherapist for mental health organizations for many years while also maintaining a private practice. His positions included roles as school psychologist for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and chief psychologist of the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health. As Executive Vice President, Rabbi Weinreb built the Orthodox Union to an unparalleled degree of esteem. He traveled widely, visiting communities and congregations across North America, in addition to his frequent trips to Europe and Israel. In his travels, he frequently served as scholar-in-residence, including some of his most enjoyable assignments -- guiding NCSY summer touring groups. Now, with more time to write, he is the author of the weekly Person in the Parsha Torah commentary, in which he combines his background as a trained psychologist and a rabbinical scholar to provide insights into the parsha that would be available from no other source. For more than two decades, he has presented his annual Tisha B’Av shiur, webcast to an audience of thousands around the world on www.ou.org. Many people use the new Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot, the complete Tisha B’Av service, with an exquisite new English translation of the Kinot, the elegies of the fast day, by Rabbi Weinreb. Rabbi Weinreb is also the editor-in-chief of the new Koren Talmud Bavli. Rabbi Weinreb continues to travel extensively and write essays and commentaries for a wide variety of resources.

  • Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann Director, Beth Din of America

    Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann serves as the menahel of the Beth Din of America, the rabbinical court affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America supported by the Orthodox Union. He received rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University in 2001, and advanced ordination, Yadin Yadin, in March of 2014. Rabbi Weissmann graduated from Columbia University Law School in 2001, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP. He lives in Passaic, NJ with his wife Deborah and their three children.