The Yeshiva faculty and administration are available not only as teachers but also as mentors and friends. They strive to convey their personal passion for Torah study and Jewish living, also opening their homes to students for Shabbat and holiday meals.
Dr. Joshua Kulp, Rosh Yeshiva, is co-founder of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he has taught Talmud and halakhah for the last 20 years. He is the author of the recently published book Reconstructing the Talmud (Mechon Hadar, 2014) as well as the The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary (Schechter Press, 2008). Beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2013, Dr. Kulp authored a commentary in English on the entire Mishnah, which served as the basis for the Mishnah Yomit project. In 2013 Dr. Kulp began the Daf Shevui program, the study of one daf of Talmud per week and has so far completed a commentary on Tractates Sukkah and Megillah and has begun work on Tractate Ketubot. Dr. Kulp was raised in Margate, New Jersey, where his family was active in the Conservative Movement. He spent his summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Camp Ramah in Canada and for the last ten summers, he has served as the scholar-in-residence at Camp Ramah in New England. Dr. Kulp made aliyah in 1994 and currently lives in Modiin with his wife, Julie Zuckerman, and their four children. In his spare time, he is an avid triathlete and runner and has completed three Ironmans.
Rabbi Joel Levy, Rabbi Joel Levy, Rosh Yeshiva, studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, was chair of the Program at Limmud conference and is an ex-director of NOAM. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi David Hartman in 2000. He has been the part-time rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, Britain’s first fully egalitarian traditional shul, since 2001. He teaches Practical Halacha.
Rabbi Shoshana Cohen teaches Talmud, Midrash and Gender Studies at the Yeshiva. Shoshana is the educational director of ATZUM’s Takum, a social justice beit midrash housed at the CY. Shoshana has completed advanced studies at Hebrew University, Matan and the Hartman Institute and has semikha (Rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Daniel Landes. Lecturing in Hebrew and in English she has been on the faculty of the Drisha Institute, the Hartman Girl’s High School, Yeshivat Talpiot and Yeshivat Hadar.
Dr. Shaiya Rothberg received his doctorate in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University and his B.A. in Jewish Philosophy and Talmud from Bar Ilan University. Shaiya has also learned in the Conservative Yeshiva Kollel since it began, and earlier on at Machon Meir, Machon Pardes, Hamachon Hagavoah Letorah (Bar-Ilan’s yeshiva) and Machon Hartman. He teaches Theology, Kabbalah and Written and Oral Torah from Midrash to the Middle Ages. You can find some of Shaiya’s theology and interpretation at info.humanrightstorah.org.
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein received Rabbinic Ordination from both the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Yeshiva University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Talmud at Hebrew University. He teaches Advanced Poskim, Talmud, Midrash and Advanced Midrash.
Rabbi Daniel C. Goldfarb is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School and received his M.H.L. and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He worked for 25 years as an attorney for Israel’s Ministries of Justice and Finance and in private practice in Jerusalem before joining the Yeshiva in 2000. Rabbi Goldfarb teaches Liturgy and Pirkei Avot. Rabbi Goldfarb served as director of the Yeshiva from 2000-2013.
Vered Hollander-Goldfarb received her M.A. in Judaic Studies and Tanach from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University and studied at Bar-Ilan University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Before making aliyah, she taught at Ramaz School and Stern College in New York. She teaches Tanach and Medieval Commentators.
Esther Israel-Vleeschouwer studied in Women’s Yeshivot in Jerusalem and at the Hebrew University and has a B.Ed and a teaching Degree in Open/Democratic Education, a degree in Bible and Torah She-B’al Peh from Michlelet Bruria, and a Master’s in Bible from the Hebrew University. She teaches Talmud.
Rabbi Joel Roth, Rosh Yeshiva Emeritus, is Louis Finkelstein Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Roth formerly served as Dean of the Rabbinical School at JTS and Chair of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He gives shiurim during his frequent visits to Israel.
Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow is Chairman of the Israel Rabbinical Assembly Law Committee, Director of the Masorti Movement Bet Din for Divorces and works in Rabbinic development for Masorti Olami. He previously served as Rabbi of Congregation Shevet Achim in Gilo. At the Conservative Yeshiva, he teaches Biblical Hebrew, Halakha and Pos’kim (The development of Jewish Law). He heads the “Sacred Skills” track and he himself is certified by the Israeli Rabbanut as a Mashgiah Kashrut and Shohet L’ofot (ritual slaughterer). Rabbi Zacharow received his MA and Rabbinic ordination from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies as well as an additional investiture from the “Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis,” affiliated with The Shalom Hartman Institute and HaMidrasha at Oranim.
Yiscah Smith is a Jewish educator, guest speaker & published author. She teaches Jewish spirituality in Jerusalem and online & provides spiritual guidance for authentic living.
Yardén Raber was born in Buenos Aires in the midst of a traditional Jewish family. He studied in diverse batei midrash and Jewish academic institutions both in Israel and in Argentina, where he also served in various Conservative communities until he made alia in 2012. Yardén studied Talmud an Ancient Jewish Literature at Tel Aviv University, where he currently works as a researcher of ancient Jewish writings from the Cairo Genizah. In addition, he is currently completing his rabbinical ordination at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and is a faculty member at the Conservative Yeshiva since 2015. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their two children.