Batya Hefter

Rosh Beit Midrash

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Batya Hefter is founder and Rosh Beit Midrash of The Women’s Beit Midrash of Efrat and Gush Etzion and the founder of the Women’s Beit Midrash of Cleveland. She holds a Masters in Rabbinic Thought from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her passion is to translate the teachings and spiritual path of the chassidic masters of the 18th and 19th centuries for the seeking modern Jew.

Sara Jo Ben Zvi


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Sara Jo Ben Zvi is editor of Segula, a Jewish history magazine produced in Jerusalem and serves on the educational board of The WBM. She holds a B.A. in literature and philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a teachers’ diploma from Machon Kerem, and studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Institute of Women Rabbinic Court Advocates.

Ayelet Schlesinger


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Ayelet Schlesinger holds a B.A. in Education specializing in Tanach and Toshba from Michlelet Herzog. She grew up in Efrat and taught at Midreshet Migdal Oz and in Gush Etzion’s junior high school. Ayelet lives with her family in Tekoa and serves as a Ramit at Midreshet Lindenbaum.

Shani Taragin


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Shani Taragin holds an M.A. in Talmud & Tanach from Bar- Ilan University, where she is currently a doctoral student. She is a Nishmat-educated Yoetzet Halacha, and a veteran educator, having taught Tanach, Halacha, & Jewish philosophy at numerous women’s institutions for twenty years. During the summers, she is director of the Women’s Beit Medrash Program in Camp Moshava, Pennsylvania.

Malka Hubsher


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Malka Hubscher holds a BA in Jewish Studies, and an MA in Bible from Yeshiva University. She has taught in several adult learning programs both in Israel and in the United States, and currently teaches at Midreshet Moriah.

Rabbi Prof. Jeffrey Woolf


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Rabbi Professor Jeffrey Woolf holds a PhD from Harvard University in Medieval Jewish History and Literature. He received smicha at YU under Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. A published author, he is currently a Professor in Talmud at Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Avishar Har Shefi


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Dr. Avishar Har-Shefi teaches Talmud, Chassidut, and literature at Yeshivat Siach Yitzchak, Herzog College, and Bar Ilan University. Among the founders of Beit HaMidrash “Zohar Hai”, he writes poetry, and serves as editor of the journal “Atar”, and of the anthology of Chassidic Thought & Chassidic Stories

Rabbi Herzl Hefter


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Rabbi Herzl Hefter studied at YU and obtained smicha at Yeshivat HarEtzion. He taught advanced Talmud, Halakha and Chassidut at Yeshivat haMivtar, YU’s Gruss Kollel & Midreshet Lindenbaum. He founded and is currently the Rosh Beit Midrash of Beit Midrash Harel, a program of advanced rabbinic studies for men and women in Jerusalem.

Leora Bednarsh


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Leora Bednarsh holds a B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from Princeton University. A graduate of Drisha’s Scholars’ Circle, Leora currently works as a Yoetzet Halacha on the Nishmat hotline, and teaches Talmud and Halacha at Midreshet Moriah and Sha’alvim for Women

Bracha Krohn


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Bracha Krohn holds a BA in Judaic studies & English literature from Stern College. She taught Talmud and Bible at the Fuchs Mizrachi School, and the Women’s Beit Midrash of Cleveland. She has completed the course work for her Masters in Tanach at Bernard Revel Grad School. She is the Director of Student Affairs and a teacher at Midreshet Moriah.

Dr. Caroline Peyser-Bollag


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Dr. Caroline Peyser-Bollag holds a BA in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University, and a doctorate in psychology. She taught Talmud at Midreshet Lindenbaum as a Ramit. Together, Caroline and her husband David serve as Rav and Rabbanit of Kehillat Zemer Hazayit. Caroline works as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem


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Rav Zvi Leshem holds a PhD in Jewish Thought from Bar-Ilan University. He has served in senior positions in Higher Torah education and for the Rabbinate. A published author, he currently directs the Gershom Scholem Collection for Kabbalah Research at the National Library of Israel.

Estee Fleischmann


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Estee Fleischmann holds a BA in History & Judaic Studies from Stern College, and an MA in Bible Studies from Revel Graduate School. She is a former Junior High and High School teacher and administrator from Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland. She is currently the Director of Camp Stone in Sugar Grove, PA and resides in Efrat with her family.



More about Efrat Shragai

Efrat Shragai is a senior lecturer in Tanach with a B.A. in Tanach and Jewish History and an M.A. in Tanach.  She has taught Tanach for several decades at universities and colleges throughout the country, including at Bar-Ilan University and at the Academic College in Ashkelon.  A graduate of Educational Management and Leadership courses at the Mandel Institute and Hebrew University, she also administrated the training of principals and teachers in the area of Education of Jewish Identity in The Morasha Network. Efrat currently teaches Tanach at Midreshet  Lindenbaum, and serves as an expert lecturer for educational seminars of  the Ministry of Education.

Dr. Yakov Azriel


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Dr. Yakov Azriel holds a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy and Literature with expertise in poetry and in Rabbi Nachman’s stories. His published poems have received international awards. He has taught at the Hebrew University and Bar-Ilan University, and currently teaches at Herzog College.

Dena Freundlich


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Dena Freundlich holds an MA in Bible from Yeshiva University, and has completed YU’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies. She currently serves as a Ra”M at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and teaches Halacha at Midreshet Torah Va’Avodah.



Aliza Grynberg

Assistant to the Director