Rav Shai, the Rav of Kehilat Nitzanim, was born in Israel, attended Yeshivat Shaalavim, served in the IDF, and was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He lectures in Pardes, the OU Israel center, Matan, Yeshurun, and the Begin Center. He is also the senior editor of the Koren Mikraot Hadorot at Koren Publications. Before joining Kehilat Nitzanim in 2016, he served as Rosh Kollel of Torah Mitzion and Senior Rabbi of the Baron Hirsch Congregation in Memphis, TN, for 16 years. Rav Shai also earned an MBA from the Fogelman School of Business and Economics at the UOM.

Dr Hillel Davis was born in England, studied at Shaalvim Yeshiva and made Aliya in 1989 after graduating in medicine. He is married to Muriel and they have four children and three grandchildren. Hillel qualified in psychiatry and psychotherapy and runs a private clinic. He has a love of teaching Tanach and runs the 929 program in Nitzanim. He likes to read, go running and sing.

Rav Elikan was born in Switzerland. After making Aliyah, he studied at the Hesder Yeshiva ‘Birkat Moshe’ and continued his Torah studies at the Kollel Eretz Hemdah. He earned his B.A. in Tanach at Lifshitz College and is completing his M.A. at Ben Gurion University. He speaks Hebrew, English, French, German, and can read Latin and Ancient Greek.

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Rav Aaron Feldman is the director of  the judicial Jewish court for monetary matters “Eretz Hemdah Gazit.”  He studied in Yeshivat Orot Shaul and Yeshivat HaKotel and completed a degree in Torah SheBe’Al Peh and Tanach. After that he completed his studies for Judicial Semichah at Kolel Eretz Hemdah.  Rav Feldman is mostly engaged in the dissemination and strengthening of Jewish Law, but is also involved other areas of Halacha and Torah including Shemitah, Issur Ve’Heter, and Tanach.  Married to Noa, he is the father of five and an amateur carpenter, and he loves to draw and play chess.

Ilana completed a Bachelors degree at Herzog College in Education with a special focus on Tanach and History, studied at MATAN and was accepted to Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha Fellowship–graduating the program in 2017. In addition to studying in Migdal Oz’s Tochnit Halacha and pursuing a Masters’ degree in Tanach at Bar Ilan University, Ilana is also a beloved Nishmat lecturer and Ramit for Shiur Aleph. “Nishmat has given me a true love of learning Torah. What’s so beautiful about being a Yoetzet Halacha, is that I have the opportunity to give back–to apply the knowledge I’ve  gained to help others. Even when I am called late at night, I understand the importance of my role,  I have the opportunity to help someone in need.”

Zevi is a graduate of Hartman High School and Mechinat Atzmona. Currently, Zevi is learning in Yeshivat L’ntivot Yisrael, better known as “Chomot,” in the Christian quarter of the old city. He lives in Katamon with his wife Shira, an olah from England, and their first born, Moshe David. Zevi plans to continue learning in yeshiva for several years. Zevi’s parents Chaim (Howie) and Lisa Lifshitz are long time members of Nitzanim.

Rabbi Linzer is a graduate of Yeshiva College and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work where he served as a professor until his retirement. He received semicha from Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and earned his Ph.D in sociology at the New School of Social Research. He served as a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and taught at Bar Ilan University along with authoring books and articles on social work ethics and the Jewish family. 

Dr. Rotenberg has been the senior editor of Rav Manitou’s books for the past fifteen years. To date, he has published nine books on Hebrew identity and Tefilah based on Rav Manitou’s writings. Dr Rotenberg is an engineer, and has a Ph.D in mathematics. He also teaches Rav Manitou’s writings in Hemdat Yehudah Yeshiva, Rav Manitou’s Beit Midrash, and the Begin Center.

Mrs. Shlosberg lectures at Bar Ilan University and Matan and is the assistant director of the Midrasha at Bar Ilan University. She is an expert in Tanach studies, Midrash, and the world of the Tanaim. Mrs. Shlosberg was chosen as one of Bar Ilan’s most outstanding lecturers.

Rivka is the head of the Petichta and Tzerufim Batei Midrash at Matan. She teaches Tanakh and Jewish Thought in Modern Times: Torat HaRav Kook and the writings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslav. She is a graduate of Matan’s program in Jewish Thought and has an M.A. in Jewish Thought and History from Touro College. Rivka has a B.A. in Tanakh, Education and Jewish Thought from Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv universities.