Rabbi Alan Kimche
Rabbi Alan Kimche is Rabbi Emeritus of Ner Yisrael, London UK. He has been a Rabbi and senior lecturer for over thirty years. In his yeshiva years in Yerushalayim, he learnt under the guidance of HaGaon R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, HaGaon R. Chaim Shmulevitz zt”l and with Rav Yehoshua Neuwirth zt’’l. After
receiving his Semicha, he moved to London and became the Rav of a new shul, Ner Yisrael. Today Ner Yisrael is one of the most thriving modern orthodox communities in the UK. The shul has daily shiurim, daf yomi, an evening Beit Hamedrash program for university students, and wide range of different minyanim every Shabbat which include hashkama and a youth program. Rabbi Kimche has also studied at university, and combines this knowledge with his extensive yeshiva and halakhic training. This has given him a special quality of intellectual Torah understanding. He completed his PhD from London University with a doctoral thesis entitled: “Kavod Habriyot: Human Dignity in Talmudic Law”. He gives regular shiurim on a wide range of topics, specialising in Jewish philosophy and halakha, and he is a regular speaker at rabbinical conferences and a wide range of educational programmes. Rabbi Kimche also teaches and counsels many people on an individual basis, and is a sought-after posek, answering personal and halakhic questions throughout the UK and beyond.
Rebbetzin Via Kimche
Rebbetzin Via Kimche, originally from Amsterdam, has been an educator and counselor for the last thirty years. After learning in both Beis Yaakov and Michlala seminaries, she moved to London with Rabbi Kimche and dedicated herself to building the community. Rebbetzin Kimche is a childbirth educator, a kallah teacher, and is also a parenting expert. She has taught at various high schools, shuls and in her own home as well as running a voluntary organisation to help women through childbirth. Rebbetzin Kimche, in addition to having seven children and many grandchildren, was the Rebbetzin of one of the largest modern orthodox community in the UK. With her degree in psychology and education she has counselled hundreds of women and is a sought after international speaker on women in Judaism.
Rabbi Shmuel Brazil
Rabbi Shmuel Brazil is Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivas Zeev HaTorah. Rabbi Brazil commands the yeshiva with his acute Torah acumen built over 35 years of teaching Torah in Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv and its surrounding communities. Following in the footsteps of his beloved Rosh Yeshiva Rav Shlomo Freifeld Ztz’l, Rav Brazil nurtures his talmidim’s growth with his characteristic warmth, sensitivity and enthusiasm.
The Rav’s mere presence in the Beis Medrash inspires every talmid to believe in his own unique inner strength to actualize his full potential. His daily Parsha shiur is filled with timeless jewels of Yiddishkeit and the deeper yesodos of Avodas Hashem, which have proven, over the decades, to possess an incredible capacity to transform lives. The talmidim have access to Rav Brazil not only through his many shiurim and private chavrusas in sifrei Mussar and Chassidus, but they are also fortunate to take part in his frequent kumzitzes, Tisches, and Meleva Malkas, in which participants are uplifted by his original musical compositions and Torah insights.
A Chicago native, Jonathan Rosenblum has lived in Israel since 1979. Since 1989, he has been a columnist in nearly every major Anglo-Orthodox publication, including at present a featured columnist for Mishpacha Magazine. His Jerusalem Post column from 1997-2017 was for years the only regular column by a chareidi writer in the mainstream Israeli press. He has also written for Ma’ariv, Commentary,
Moment, and the Jewish Week. Dr. Yoel Finkelman (Strictly Kosher Reading) calls Rosenblum “arguably the most widely read and influential chareidi writer in English.” Rosenblum has authored ten books, including six biographies of modern Torah leaders – Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, Mike Tress, Rav Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler, Rabbi Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, Rabbi Mosher Sherer, and Rav Noach Weinberg (forthcoming). He has also adapted into English Making Sense of Suffering and Breaking Through: Relating to Struggling Teens. A collection of his essays, Ordinary Greatness, will soon appear.
Rosenblum served for a decade as director of Am Echad, a media resource for foreign journalists in Israel. Rosenblum holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School. He learned for more than a decade in the kollel of Rav Tzvi Kushelevsky and Mirrer Yeshiva. He and his wife Judith, a psychotherapist, raised their eight children in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Abba Wagensberg
Rabbi Abba Wagensberg, a close Talmid of Harav HaGaon Rav Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg, ZT”L, received his rabbinical ordination from HaRav Yitzchak Kolitz, ZT”L, former Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. Rabbi Wagensberg serves as the Rabbi Emeritus of the Etz Chaim
Center Synagogue of Center City, Philadelphia. Currently, Rabbi Wagensberg is a sought-after lecturer in a variety of institutions in Israel and abroad. His exuberant nature makes his classes exciting and popular. Rabbi Wagensberg is the author of Inspiring Change (about self growth) and A Shot of Torah (a collection of shorter divrei Torah on the Parsha and holidays), as well as weekly Torah articles sent out via email to thousands of people. He has created a Torah audio and video library. He can also be heard weekly on the Lakewood radio station, Kol Berama 107.9 FM.