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Rabbi John Moscowitz's picture
John Moscowitz, Senior Rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple, was ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982. Subsequent to ordination, Rabbi Moscowitz studied History...
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Tovah Leah Nachmani's picture
Tovah Leah Nachmani holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Language and Literature and Religious Studies from Indiana University and a Teaching Certificate in Tanach and Jewish Thought from the Michlelet...
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Bezalel Naor is the author of several works on Kabbalah, Hasidism and Sabbatianism. These include a critical edition of the Vilna Gaon's Commentary to Siphra di-Zeni'uta; God's Middlemen...
Rabbi Francis Nataf's picture
Rabbi Francis Nataf is a respected educator and thinker, well known for his ability to find new ways of looking at Jewish texts and tradition and for his willingness to confront the community's...
Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth's picture
Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth is the Rabbi of Ohel Ari Congregation in Ra'annana and the director of Beit Hillel Beit Hillel, a Modern-Orthodox spiritual leadership organization comprised of...
Pnina Neuwirth's picture
Pnina Neuwirth is a lawyer, specializing in Tax and Commercial law in Israel.  She holds a Bachelor Degree and a Masters Degree in Tax Law from the Hebrew University and currently is a Doctoral...
Dr. David Novak's picture
David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto since 1997. He is a member of...
Dr. Rona Novick's picture
Rona Novick, PhD is the director of the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Doctoral Program at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University and Associate Clinical...
Laurie Novick's picture
Laurie Novick, Director and Head Writer of Deracheha: Women and Mitzvot, taught as a Ramit of Shana BaAretz at Nishmat and worked as a Yoetzet Halacha for close to 20 years. Laurie is a member of a...
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Hadassah Paladin's picture
Hadassah Paladin was born in Mexico City where she obtained her B.A. in Philosophy. She holds Master’s degrees in Marketing, Journalism, and International Finance from NYU and Columbia University....
Dr. David Pelcovitz's picture
Dr. Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he is also...
Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl's picture
Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl is Chief Academic Officer of the Kohelet Foundation, as well as the Head of School at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. An award-winning teacher, Rabbi...
Rabbi Ari Perl's picture
Rabbi Ari Perl is the Vice President for Jewish Community Engagement at LiveOnNY, the federally certified non-profit organization that oversees organ donation in the NYC region, where he educates the...
Melanie Phillips's picture
Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, broadcaster and author. Her weekly column, which is currently appearing in The London Times, has appeared over the years in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday...
MK Yohanan Plesner's picture
Born in England, Plesner grew up in Jerusalem and served as an officer with the Sayeret Matkal elite unit during his national service in the Israel Defense Forces between 1989 and 1994. He went on to...
Rabbi Joseph Polak's picture
Rabbi Polak is a child survivor of the Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps; he lost his father and thirty members of his family in the Holocaust. His writings have appeared in such...
Dr. Nehemia Polen's picture
Dr. Nehemia Polen is Professor of Jewish Thought at Boston's Hebrew College. He is the author of The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto (Jason Aronson...
Michael Prell's picture
Michael Prell, an international political consultant and Israel advocate, has worked for numerous world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Canadian Prime Minister...

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