Rabbi Gotch Yudin
Rabbi Yudin has over thirty years of experience in Jewish formal and informal education. Before founding Ashreinu, he served as Assistant Principal and Director of Admissions at the Frisch School, and Director of Camp Morasha. He graduated with a BA in Psychology, an MA in Education and Administration, and received his Semicha all from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Yudin has spent his recent summers in Camp Lavi and NCSY's public school summer program TJJ. Beloved by all of his talmidim, Rabbi Yudin's energetic spirit and humor instills our students with a love of Torah, Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael. He lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife, Ruthie, and lovely children and grandchildren.
Rabbi Mike Sohn
Originally from Teaneck, NJ, Rabbi Sohn graduated from Frisch and after two years in Israel, he continued his learning at Yeshiva Madreigas HaAdam, graduated from Queens College with a degree in Economics and later, became a musmach of Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg z"l. He was the founding Director of Yeshiva Heichal Yisrael, a post-Israel learning program for college students in Queens, N.Y. After teaching at various schools in New York, he made aliyah with his family and became the Av Bayit at Yeshivat Reishit. After serving as Menahel at Ashreinu for the past 4 years, he is now the new Executive Director, overseeing the overall program and institutional advancement of the Yeshiva. Rabbi Sohn spends his summers at Camp HASC, where he is the Director of Operations.
Rabbi Jeff Wohlgelernter
Rabbi Jeff Wohlgelernter was born and raised in Long Island, NY. After learning in Ner Israel Rabbinical College for six years and getting a degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Rabbi Wohlgelernter came to Eretz Yisrael to learn under the great gaon Rabbi Moshe Shapiro z"l. While there, he met his wife Shoshana, and married in America. After working in Kiruv in Australia for 2 years, they became the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of a startup shul in La Jolla, California. 34 years later, they left behind a congregation of nearly 300 families, an eruv, a mikvah, 2 high schools and a beautiful building to return to live and teach Torah in Eretz Yisrael. Rabbi Wohlgelernter is currently the Rov of Beis Medrash Mishkafayim (BMM) in Ramat Beit Shemesh, and Mashgiach Ruchani at Ashreinu. Rabbi “Wogi,” as he is affectionately known, is an enthusiastic teacher whose goal is to inspire his talmidim to seek more.
Rabbi Binyamin Pfeiffer
Director of Student Life
Rabbi Binyamin Pfeiffer, was born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey where he attended MTA and then Yeshivat Shaalvim for two years. He returned to Yeshiva University where he pursued his bachelors in psychology and studied for semicha in RIETS. While in YU, he was the Madrich for True Freshman on campus and served as the Rabbinic intern at Keter Torah. After making aliyah, Rabbi Pfeiffer completed his semicha at YU’s Gruss Kollel and taught at Torah Shraga. He was previously the Director of Boys Sports at Camp Mesorah and has been involved in NCSY for many years.
Rabbi Eliyahu Chait
Director of Shana Bet Program
Rabbi Eliyahu Chait was born and raised in Jerusalem, where after learning in yeshiva, he joined the religious combat unit in the IDF. He then continued his studies at The Chaburah, becoming a close talmid of Rabbi Barry Klein. He eventually began teaching at The Chaburah, where he also led inspirational trips to the Mekomos HaKedoshim and Kivrei Tzadikim of Europe. Rabbi Chait is a professional musician, with his inspirational music appearing and topping the charts of Israeli radio. As Director of our Shana Bet program, Rabbi Chait ensures that our students who return for another year are maximizing their personal and religious growth, preparing them for life after Yeshiva.
Rabbi Raffy Duskis
Rabbi Raffy Duskis grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, attended Yeshiva Atlanta High School and was a champion wrestler on their varsity team. He then attended Yeshiva Gedola of Bridgeport and the famed Chaim Berlin Yeshiva's Gur Aryeh Kollel. After making aliyah in 2010, he joined the Chatam Community Kollel in Rehovot, delivering daily shiurim in the morning Kollel, and most recently founded a new kehilla for the flourishing young olim of Rehovot. When not in his Rabbinical garb or with his head in a non-fiction book; he can be found cooking vegan cuisine, planting flowers and vegetables, running, biking or having fun with his 5 children and wife.
Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Hirsch
Rabbi Hirsch comes from an illustrious family of Rabanim, dating back to the great leader of German Jewry, Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. Born and raised in Monsey, N.Y, Rav Hirsch moved to Israel over 30 years ago, where he became a close chassid of The Lev Simcha - Rav Simcha Bunim Alter, the 6th Gerrer Rebbe. For the past 3 decades, Rav Hirsch has been teaching Torah to boys of all ages and backgrounds. Rav Hirsch is also a Magen David Adom EMT, and serves as the lead safety and quality control coordinator for events of the Chassidic Court of Gerrer. After living in Yerushalayim for many years, Rav Hirsch currently lives with his family in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet.
Rabbi Avi Rodan
Born in Jerusalem and raised in the Gush, Rav Avi attended Yeshivat Hesder Netivot and served in a combat unit in the IDF. After receiving a BA in music from The Rubin Acadamy of Music, he taught in many schools, worked as a youth director and as a counselor for teens at risk. He and his family then moved to Los Angeles for 4 years for Shlichut, representing Bnei Akiva and the WZO. Rav Avi then returned to Israel and now lives in Efrat with his beautiful family. Rav Avi is the Director of Chessed, overseeing Ashreinu's dynamic Chessed program, as well as a Shana Alef Rebbe. He can be found hiking, running, playing his guitar and inspiring our talmidim.
Rabbi Dovi Shenkman
Rabbi Dovi Shenkman has a Bachelors in History and Business from Yeshiva University, a Masters in Education from Azrieli School of Education, and a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Before making Aliyah, Rabbi Shenkman was a Rebbi in Sinai, a special Education school in Teaneck NJ and the Youth Director at Congregation AABJ&D in West Orange NJ. Rav Dovi has spent the past few summers as a Division Head at Camp HASC, along with many of our alumni. Rav Dovi teaches a shana alef morning shiur, shana bet afternoon shiur and runs the night seder program. He is a Yad Vashem certified Holocaust educator and leads Ashreinu's yearly trip to Poland. He currently lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh with his wife and children.
Rabbi Dr. Yosef Topek
Rabbi Dr. Topek holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. After obtaining his Smicha at Hebrew Theological College and receiving his MEd from Loyola University, he continued to build on his leadership record and also holds a Jewish Day School/Yeshiva Principals’ Certificate from the Jewish Education Leadership. Rabbi Dr. Topek also serves as the Internship Director for a Counseling Program in Jerusalem, has a private practice in both Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem, and spends his summer together with his family in America at Camp Morasha. Yosef lives together with his wife and 5 children in the Mishkafayim neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph.
Rabbi Yechiel Weisz
Rabbi Yechiel Weisz was born in Zurich, Switzerland to a prestigious rabbinic family. After studying in Europe he moved to Israel to continue his education at Yeshiva Toras Moshe and later at Yeshiva Mir under Rabbi Shmuelevitz. Over the years, he has taught at various yeshivot and seminaries. He received his Rabbinic ordination while studying for his teaching degree in educational psychology. Rabbi Weisz was the Co-Founder of ACE Israel, a dynamic High school for the spirited teen. Rabbi Weisz is known for his warmth and understanding of human nature, his deep and inspirational classes, as well as his love for music, sports, and nature. He lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh with his wife Malka Leah and five children.
Rabbi YY Wenglin
Rav Wenglin grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y, earned a BA in History and Literature at Harvard University and a JD at the UCLA School of Law. After working at a Manhattan law firm for 2 years, he moved to Jerusalem, where he started taking introductory classes at Aish HaTorah, eventually becoming a teacher in the Essentials program. Rabbi Wenglin was the Director of Education and Executive Director at Yeshiva Lev Yisrael and is a sought after lecturer at college campuses and community-based outreach programs across America. He is currently a popular teacher at many yeshivot and seminaries. Rabbi Wenglin has been teaching Jewish Thought at Ashreinu since its inception, and has been teaching a Shana Bet gemarah morning shiur for the past 5 years.