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Our Roshei Yeshiva

Rabbi Singer
Rosh Yeshiva
Rav Shlomo Zalman Singer, our Rosh Yeshiva, encapsulates the story of Jewish America. He was born in Scranton Pennsylvania in 1933, moving later to New York’s Lower East Side. There, he lived across from Moshe Feinstein zt’l and played and learned with young Reuven Feinstein. Singer attended mesivta and beis midrash under Rav Feinstein, and then headed to Lakewood, becoming one of the early bochrim of Rav Aharon Kotler zt’l. From Moshe and Rav Aharon, our Rosh Yeshiva received his ‘fire for Torah’ and passion to teach. By 1966, he moved to Passaic, becoming a chazzan and leading many learning groups of local Jewish teens. When it came time to “retire” in 1996, Singer founded PTI—a serious yeshiva for the working man. It started in his living room, grew to his refurbished garage, and then a building of its own. Today, it’s husbands, wives, even kids who come learn throughout the day—a yeshiva for the whole family. “We pitch Torah at a very high level, but make it accessible no matter what your background,” says Singer. After all, ‘every Jew belongs in yeshiva…’

 

Rabbi Bodenheim
Associate Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim is Associate Rosh Yeshiva at Ner Boruch/PTI and teaches the in-depth Gemara shiur on Monday-Wednesday, as well as a Gemara shiur for the morning seder program.  He grew up in both Washington Heights and Monsey, NY.   After marrying his wife, Rivka Singer, he went to learn for 10 years at the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim.   He earned his smicha from both Rabbi Zalman Nechamia Goldberg in Eretz Yisroel and Rabbi Menachem Goldman in America.   Rabbi Bodenheim writes a weekly Dvar Torah for the New Jersey Jewish Link, oversees a drop-in center for troubled teens, helps start new Torah learning in communities like Livingston, Springfield, West Caldwell…and interacts on a personal level with a great many of our talmidim.


 

Our Faculty

Rabbi Besser
Parsha

Rabbi Shlomo Besser gives an in-depth shiur on the Parsha each erev Shabbos morning at PTI. He was born in Eretz Yisroel, moving to the US at a young age. Rabbi Besser learned in Telshe Yeshiva, as well as by Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l. Currently, he is Rav of Congregation Bnai Israel Chaim in Manhattan's Upper West Side. His father, Harav Yechezkel Besser zt”l instilled in their family a deep ahavas Torah coupled with ahavas Yisroel. These two are inseparable and together illuminate his derech hachayim.


 

Mrs. Goldie Cohen
Continuing Jewish Education
  (Neve PTI)
Mrs. Goldie Cohen is a popular lecturer in our Ateres Bracha/Neve program on a variety of topics. She is a graduate of BJJ Machon Sara Schneirer L’Moros. In the last 20 years, she has taught in many schools, including Yeshiva of Brooklyn, Bais Kaila of Lakewood and The New York Seminary. Cohen uses her wealth of experience and knowledge to explore fundamental topics in Parshas Bereishis, including facets of emunah and the role of a Jewish woman.

 

Rabbi Goldhar
Tefillah  (Neve PTI)
For over 10 years, Rabbi Avraham Goldhar has been the beloved “rebbi” of the ladies Shabbos tefillah shiur at the home of Mrs. Leah Stein. A native of Toronto, Rabbi Goldhar learned in Yeshivas Aish HaTorah, Mir, and Chaim Berlin and received his ordination under the tutelage of Rabbi Yitzchok Berkovits in Jerusalem. He has been designing and teaching Jewish literacy courses for over 30 years. His knowledge frameworks for Biblical mastery, Jewish History, Talmudic Law & Jewish Prayer enable students of all backgrounds to better integrate Jewish concepts and learn systematically. After serving as the Educational Director of Aish HaTorah New York, Rabbi Goldhar launched GoldharSchool.com, Home of Big Picture Jewish Education, featuring Jewish literacy content for schools and individuals. He lectures internationally on the topic of academic mastery and the solutions required to raise the bar in Jewish education.

 

Rabbi Hamburger
Kinyan Hamesechta

Rabbi Yerachmiel Moshe Hamburger leads our “Kinyan Hamesechta” program on Monday-Wednesday nights.  He guides his devoted chevra to really “own” their Gemara.   Rabbi Hamburger was born in Brooklyn and grew up under the influence of Rav Avigdor Miller zt"l who gave him a special Brocha and even guided his davening for the Amud!   Rabbi Hamburger learned in Bais HaTalmud in Bensonhurst, then Bais Medrah Elyon in Monsey, the Kaminetz Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel and about 10 years in Kollel right here in Passaic at Yeshiva Gedola.   Rabbi Hamburger developed a gift in teaching “kriah” [reading] which he applies in his work at Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic, and also teaches at the Mesivta of Passaic.  


 

Rabbi Jaffe
Gemara

Rabbi Shaya Jaffe teaches Gemara in the morning seder at Ner Boruch/PTI.   He grew up in Washington, DC and then moved to Queens, NY to learn for 12 years at Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim.  Rabbi Jaffe taught in Jewish day schools for over 20 years, developing his noted skills in analytical reading of texts which he brings to all his students.  


 

Rabbi Karr
Daf Yomi  (Neve PTI)
Robert Karr is our other master rav in Daf Yomi. He is a native of Syracuse NY and a graduate of both Yeshiva University and the Benjamin Cardozo Law School. Karr is a long-time resident of Passaic, having moved here in 1985 and becoming a founding member of the Yeshiva Ktana. Professionally, he is an administrative law judge for the State of New York. Karr, who received s’micha in Eretz Yisrael, has the distinct honor of completing four cycles of daf yomi. He has a morning seder in both daf yomi and Dirshu Mishna Berura, and describes himself as an avid talmid of Rav Pinchus Friedman, Av Beis Din of Belz.

 

Rabbi Krohn
Halacha (Neve PTI)

Rabbi Eliezer Krohn is part of our faculty for PTI/Neve Yerushalayim. He learned in Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah by Rav Zelig Epstein. He later went to Eretz Yisroel and learned in Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim by Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel. Rabbi Krohn keeps a close contact with his Rebbeim, such as Rav Sholom Spitz, Rav Kalman Epstein, Rav Yosef Elefant and Rav Asher Arieli. He has Semichas from Beis Medrash Gavoha of Lakewood and teaches Halacha in Passaic, Edison and Manhattan. Rabbi Krohn also serves as Rabbinic Advisor for PUAH, an organization that helps Jewish couples navigate the challenges of infertility. He is a Mohel and the son of Rabbi Paysach Krohn.


 

Rabbi Mayerfeld
Daf Hashavua

Rabbi Tzvi Mayerfeld leads the early morning Daf Hashavua program at Ner Boruch/PTI.  Originally from Rochester, NY, he moved with his family to Monsey and later became a talmid of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, where he learned under Rav Yaakov Yitzchok HaLevi Ruderman and Rav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, zt'l. By 1990, he moved his family to Passaic, a few doors away from PTI.   Rabbi Meyerfeld works in computers, but “bookends” his days with Torah learning.  His early morning class focuses in understanding and articulating the p'shat, the straightforward (often mistranslated as "simple") meaning of the Gemara or the Rashi or Rishonim, as clearly as possible. 


 

Rabbi Meisels
Amud-a-Week

Rabbi Avraham Meisels teaches our weeknights Amud-a-Week chabura.  He grew up in Chicago, near the Telshe Yeshiva, where his family was very involved and where he later attended high school.  Rabbi Meisels then learned in Linden under Rav Gershon Neumann and the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim with Rav Asher Arieli.  He moved his family to Passaic some years ago, working in the lighting industry, but loves spreading the “light” of Torah in the evenings to his devoted group of talmidim.


 

Mrs. Shuli Mintz
Learning Director
  (Neve PTI)
Mrs. Shuli Mintz is the Learning Director of Ateres Bracha Neve PTI. For more than 10 years, Mrs. Mintz been arranging high quality shiurim to the women of Passaic-Clifton and beyond. She is originally from Cleveland, where she attended The Hebrew Academy of Cleveland and Yavne High School. After completing a year in Eretz Yisroel at Bnos Chava Seminary-- a division of Neve Yerushalayim--she began her career in education. For more than 2 decades, Mrs. Mintz has been involved in outreach and Jewish education, teaching a variety of subjects, for women, teens and early childhood.

 

Rabbi Rindenow
 

Mordechai Rindenow is direct descendant of the Chernobyl (Twersky) Chassidic dynasty. It’s perhaps why he is known at PTI as leading the spirited Shabbos morning “tisch” after davening, giving over divrei Torah and l’chaim’s to his loyal followers. Rindenow and his wife Mindy spent many years doing outreach in San Francisco, then moved to Israel, and finally settled in 1998 in Passaic. Most of his children live in Israel, many served in the army, and he travels there frequently. Rindenow is a psychologist, with degrees from both Columbia and Fordham. He gives special shiurim at PTI and hosts an abundance of guests each week at his home.


 

Rabbi Shulman
Gemara

Rabbi Avraham Shulman leads perhaps the biggest shiur at our Monday-Wednesday program, focusing on Gemara with Rashi and other sources. It’s been a 10-year endeavor for him.  “I love that I’m able to learn and spend time with the guys!”   He grew up in Staten Island, NY and later had the opportunity to learn under Rav Tzvi Kushelevsky.  Rabbi Shulman earned his smicha [rabbinical ordination] at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in 2000.  He returned to his alma mater in 2005 to teach at the YUHSB, where he is Maggid Shiur and 12th Grade Dean/Mashgiach, as well as Director of Israel Guidance.  Rabbi Shulman lives in Passaic with his wife Temima and five children, and serves as Rav of Kehillas Beis Sholom in Clifton, NJ.  


 

Rabbi Silverstein
 

Rabbi Moshe Silverstein is our beloved baal kriyah and frequent speaker for drashos and divrei Torah, particularly over Yom Tov.   He grew up in Woodmere, NY, where he attended Yeshiva Toras Chaim before going on to Yeshiva University for high school, college, smicha and kollel.  It's there that he developed a love for learning and teaching Torah. During those years, he also spent a year and a half learning in Yeshivas Kerem B'Yavneh. Rabbi Silverstein came with his wife, Atara, and children to Passaic from Ramat Beis Shemesh and immediately became involved in PTI, where he taught a daily Gemorah shiur.  Professionally, Rabbi Silverstein is a tax manager at Leshkowitz and Company, LLP, a CPA firm in New York City.


 

Mrs. Shoshana Sperling
Parsha Hashavua 
(Neve PTI)
Mrs. Shoshana Sperling has been teaching in various girls high schools for 25 years, she has been giving our Parsha HaShavua shiur for 15 years.

 

Dr. Susan Weissman
Chumash  (Neve PTI)
Dr. Susan Weissman teaches an in-depth Chumash shiurim for our Ateres Bracha/Neve program. She is Chair of the Judaic Studies Department at Lander College for Women, a division of Touro College and University System, where she also serves as Associate Professor. Susan currently teaches Chumash and its Interpretation, with great attention to the text and sources, to students at the College as well as to women’s learning groups in her local community and at local synagogues. She earned her Ph.D. in medieval Jewish history from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. Her research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of the Jews of medieval Europe. Her forthcoming book, entitled Final Judgement and The Dead in Medieval Jewish Thought, is to be published by The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She grew up in Queens, NY, attended Michlalah and Stern College, and currently resides in Passaic, NJ with her husband and family.

 

Rabbi West
Halacha

Rabbi Gershon West has been teaching at Ner Baruch/PTI for 8 years, focusing mostly in areas of halacha.   He grew up in Monsey, NY and learned in Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic, Brisk in Yerushalayim and later in Lakewood.   Rabbi West lives in Passaic and is currently the Rosh Kollel of Choshen Mishpat Kollel of Passaic/Clifton.   He teaches a popular contemporary halacha shiur on Sunday mornings at PTI, and writes a weekly article on halachic topics for PTI’s newsletter.


 

Rabbi Wolbe
Mishna Berura

Rabbi Zev Wolbe teaches a Halacha shiur on weeknights at PTI. He grew up in Monsey, NY, studied at Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic, and then married and moved to Eretz Yisroel. There, Wolbe studied at the Mir Yeshiva, and The Jerusalem Kollel under Rav Yitzchok Berkovits. He also had the merit of spending extended time and learning from his grandfather, Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt”l. He is now involved in publishing his grandfather’s seforim. Wolbe also teaches at Ohr Sameyach/Toras Dovid in Monsey. He lives in Passaic with his family, and hosts a neighborhood shul in his basement.

 


 

Rabbi Zimmerman
Gemara

Rabbi Eliyahu Zimmerman teaches our introductory level Gemara program on Monday and Wednesday nights.   He grew up in Long Beach, NY where he attended mesivta.   He then went on to learn in Denver and then Yerushalayim at Mercas HaTorah, where he received semicha.  After time in Kollel, he joined the Freeda Health company, working in both formulation and sales of all products.   Rabbi Zimmerman has been the first stop for many of our students in the last 18 years, as he translates and explains each word of the Gemara to ensure solid skills are gained to grow in learning.

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