Dr. Joshua Kulp
Dr. Kulp 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 Levy 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.
Dr. Shaiya Rothberg
Dr. 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 Shoshana Cohen
Rabbi 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.
Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein
Rabbi Mordechai (Mitchell) Silverstein is a senior faculty member at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he teaches Talmud, Poskim, Halacha, and Midrash. Before making aliyah in 1988 he served as the rabbi of Congregation Shomray Hadath in Elmira, New York. In 2010-11, he served as the sabbatical rabbi and again in 2015-16 as interim rabbi at Moriah Congregation in Deerfield, Illinois. In 2009 he was the scholar in residence for the Chicago region of USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism). Rabbi Silverstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he served as president of the Hillel Foundation. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a MA and rabbinical ordination. He also received Smichat Rabbanut under the auspices of Yeshiva University and did advanced studies in Talmud at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rabbi Silverstein is the leading expert in Midrash Tehillim. He is a native of Philadelphia, growing up in Willingboro, New Jersey, and is married to Shira, a Jerusalem native, who is a geneticist at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Together, they have five children and nine grandchildren, all of whom live in Israel.
Rabbi Joel Roth
Rosh Yeshiva Emeritus
Rabbi Roth 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.
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.
Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow
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. At the Conservative Yeshiva, he teaches 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 (ritual slaughterer). Rabbi Zacharow received his MA and Rabbinic ordination from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary and now serves on its Board of Trustees. He has an additional investiture from the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, affiliated with The Shalom Hartman Institute and HaMidrasha at Oranim.
Sara Tova Brody
Sara Tova Brody holds an M.A. in Medieval Jewish History and Gender Studies from Bar Ilan University and a B.A. in Jewish History from Hebrew University, and studied in a variety of Torah-learning institutions, including the Stella K. Abrahams Beit Midrash in Migdal Oz and Mechon Hadar in N.Y. Sara Tova has been teaching Talmud in different settings for the past 10 years, serving for the past five years as a Talmud instructor for the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Schechter Institute, and will be teaching Talmud and Chumash at the Yeshiva. Sara Tova lives in Mazkeret Batya with her husband, a Masorti rabbi who heads an emerging pluralistic Jewish community, and their two small children.
Alieza Salzberg Yizhar
Alieza Salzberg Yizhar teaches Talmud at the CY. She has studied at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Drisha, and Matan’s Intensive Talmud Institute. She recently completed an MA in Midrash and Aggada from Hebrew University on the topic of legal narratives of virginity testing in the Talmud. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from City College. Alieza also teaches courses in Jewish History and Literature at Rothberg International School at Hebrew University.
Ilana Kurshan teaches Talmud at the CY. She is the author of If All the Seas Were Ink (St. Martin's Press, 2017) and Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights (Schocken, 2005). She has a degree in History of Science from Harvard and in English literature from Cambridge, and she has worked in literary publishing both in New York and in Jerusalem -- as a translator, a foreign rights agent, and as the Books Editor of Lilith Magazine. She has translated books of Jewish studies by Ruth Calderon, Benjamin Lau, and Micah Goodman, as well as novels, short stories, and children's picture books.
Saralee Shrell-Fox, MA in Jewish Education from JTS, Ba’alat T’fillah Diploma from EAJL (European Academy of Jewish Liturgy), Hazanit and SpiRitual Director at Moreshet Yisrael (Jerusalem), High Holidays for 12 years at Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills (Boston, MA), new position as High Holiday Cantor at Temple Sinai (Dresher, PA), Nusach/T’amei HaMikra specialist at Machon Shechter, The Conservative Yeshiva and JTS in Israel. Saralee has been singing and playing guitar from an early age. She officiates B’nai\B’not Mitzvah, weaving all kinds of music, nusach & creative family participation. Saralee comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota and made Aliya 25 years ago. Residing in Jerusalem, Saralee is married to Rabbi\Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox. They have nachas from their 5 children, daughter-in-law and grandson. “I am passionate about Jewish song ~ I love bringing people closer to their Judaism through music and harmony ~ I have no better kavanah than singing/davening in our Land of Israel!”
Rabbi Daniel Silverstein
Daniel teaches Hasidut at the Conservative Yeshiva. He grew up in London and graduated from the universities of Cambridge (BA in Social and Political Sciences) and Warwick (MA in International Relations). He studied at Yeshivat Ein Tzurim, Maale Gilboa and Shvilei HaTorah and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Daniel is past Director of Jewish Life & Learning for Hillel at Stanford University and Director of the UJS-Hillel Culanu Centre for Cambridge University. As an artist-educator, he has performed and facilitated across the world and his songs have garnered tens of thousands of plays online. He is an accredited meditation teacher and teaches on meditation, spirituality, prayer and Hasidut for Or HaLev and the Romemu Yeshiva. He is the founder of appliedjewishspirituality.org, an online platform for the exploration of Jewish spirituality.
Bex Stern Rosenblatt
Bex Stern Rosenblatt recently moved to Washington, DC, where she serves as CY Faculty-in-Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. She earned an M.A. in Tanakh from Bar Ilan University. She is the founder of Havruta Tel Aviv, an organization that facilitates guided pair-learning of the Tanakh. At the Yeshiva, Bex taught Tanakh, using the techniques of close-reading, theater, feminist readings, and traditional commentators. After finishing her B.A. in History and German at Williams College, Bex received a Fulbright Grant to Austria. She has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and Bina Jerusalem.
Dr. Rachel Adelman
Summer Program Teacher
Dr. Rachel Adelman (Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem), is currently an assistant professor of Hebrew Bible in the rabbinical program at Hebrew College in Boston. Her first book, The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe deRabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha (Brill, 2009), was based on her doctoral dissertation; her second major book, The Female Ruse: Women’s Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield-Phoenix Press, 2015), resulted from her work as a research associate in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. When not writing books, articles, or divrei torah, it is poetry that flows from her pen.
Rabbi David Greenstein
Summer Program Teacher
David Greenstein serves as rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair, NJ. He has taught Talmud and Zohar in rabbinical seminaries in North America as well as at the Conservative Yeshiva and at Neve Schechter in Tel Aviv. His book, Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar, was published by Stanford University Press in 2014. He has been chosen as the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University for academic year 2018 - 2019.
Rabbi Alan Iser
Summer Program Teacher
Rabbi Alan Iser received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and has a Masters degree in Near Eastern Civilizations and Languages from Harvard. He is a former pulpit rabbi and Hillel director. He currently is an Adjunct Professor of Theology at St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.