Mrs. Alyta Pitaru, Director of Administration
Mrs. Alyta Pitaru was born in Petach Tikva Israel, raised in an English speaking household by parents who emigrated from England. She did her national service as a Coordinator of a Bnei Akiva branch in Moshav Netzer Hazahi in Gush Katif. She attended Bar Ilan University earning a BA in Land of Israel Studies and Jewish History. Alyta has been the director of administration for overseas students at Bar Ilan university since 1997.
Mr. Meir Balofsky
Mr. Balofsky has over 15 years of experience in both formal and informal education settings from the middle school to the university level. Over the last five years he has specialized in college level Israel experiences including trips and programs as well as course instruction in Jewish history. Meir has co-authored a student textbook in Jewish history and is the Director of Education at Camp Moshava in Canada. He has a degree in Jewish Education form York University in Toronto.
Dr. Gabriel Danzig
Earned his BA in Classics from University of Chicago, his MA in Ancient Greek from Bryn Mawr College, his MA in Social Thought from University of Chicago and his PhD in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University. An author of several books and articles, Dr. Danzig will bring history to life in the classroom. Even students who are afraid of Classics may find a new level of comfort in his class. And for those who embrace them, this may be a dream come true.
Dr. Adam S. Ferziger
Earned his B.A. in Political Science/Jewish History and his M.A. in Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University, his Ph.D. in Modern Jewish History from Bar Ilan University and his Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, fellowships and grants. A chairman of International Academic Conferences and lecturer at several scientific academic conferences, Rabbi Ferziger has published dozens of publications.
Dr. Daniel Kahn
Earned his B.A. and M.A. in Psychology along with his Psy.D. from Yeshiva University. In addition to his extensive experience in the field of Psychology, he has helped the Jewish people in a variety of ways from Camp HASC to his work with Ethiopians, his students will learn to see the good in everyone and to see the good in ourselves.
Rabbi Mordechai Machlis
Also known as the Tzaddik of Jerusalem, Rabbi Machlis hosts approx 200 guests every Shabbos. Flowing out of his tiny kitchen, the plethora of scrumptious homemade food is served along with his inspirational Torah thoughts, his enthusiastic singing and his warmth, acceptance and true caring for all. Students will learn much from his lessons. They may learn even more from his example.
Rabbi Yosef Chaim (Thomas) Meyer
Earned his B.A. in English Literature and Anthropology from University of Michigan and an M.A. in English Literature from University of Chicago. He has earned Rabbinical ordinations from three different sources including Rabbi Avraham Kopshitz, Rabbi Noah Weinberg and Rabbi Yitzchak Kolitz, Chief Rabbi and Head of the Religious Courts in Jerusalem. Married with eight children, Rabbi Meyer published “Power of the Soul,” and is a former Journalist with the Detroit News.
Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Poupko
Ordained by Yeshivas Ner Yisroel where he earned his Master’s Degree in Talmudic Law in 1969. He founded the Talmudic University of Florida and served as its associate dean until his aliya in 1977. As a reservist in the Israel Defense Forces, Rabbi Poupko served as a non-commissioned Officer in Lebanon, Gaza and the Golan Heights. Rabbi Poupko currently lectures on Jewish Philosophy at the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center, where he serves as a rabbinic consultant.
Dr. Frances Shalit
Earned her B.A. from Columbia University, her M.Sc. in Life Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science and her Ph.D. in Neuroimmunology, from Bar-Ilan University. Her expertise ranges from genetics, Biology, Immunology and Human Physiology to technology and business development.
Mrs. Chana G. Tannenbaum
Founding Director of Shaalavim for Women, Mrs. Tannenbaum is one of the most sought out women’s teachers in the world. Elected to the "Who’s Who in American Teachers in 1995, she has a teaching career that spans from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women to Camp Mesora to NCSY to numerous Seminaries in Israel. She was an EdD Candidate at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, has an M.S. in Anchient Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School and graduated magna cum laude in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women. She is a role model par excellance.