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Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Originally from Australia is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways. Rabbi Becher has extensive experience teaching Judaism to adults, collegiates and high school students for over 30 years throughout the world. He has lectured at Ohr Somayach College in Jerusalem for 15 years, served in the Israel Defense Forces and taught in training programs for rabbis and educators. Rabbi Becher has also co-authored two books on contemporary issues in Jewish law and has responded to thousands of legal, ethical and philosophical questions on the “Ask the” website. His latest book, “Gateway to Judaism”, published by Artscroll-Mesorah Press, is now in its fifth printing.

Chavy Becher

Mrs. Becher graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and teaching certification in English literature. She obtained a teaching degree in Jewish Studies from Teacher’s Institute for Women at Yeshiva University and received her MA (Hons.) in Education from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Mrs. Becher has lectured in Australia, Israel, Canada and Russia.

Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt

Debbie Greenblatt has been involved in teaching and counseling Jewish women for more than twenty-five years. Her insightful and powerful presentations on topics such as practical applications of Jewish philosophy and personal relationships has touched the minds and hearts of all those who attend her classes. Mrs. Greenblatt lectures frequently within the Metropolitan area and across the country.

Rabbi Reuven Lauffer

Rabbi Reuven Lauffer is a graduate of the Rabbinical Seminary, Jerusalem. He lives in Jerusalem and has taught for more than 20 years in Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. He is an Editor and Web Advisor for Ohr Somayach's popular weekly Torah magazine "Ohrnet" and has answered tens of  thousands of questions for Ask the Rabbi. Rabbi Lauffer teaches at numerous seminaries in Jerusalem and is a very popular public speaker and educator.

Rabbi Moshe Newman

Rabbi Moshe Newman, originally from Washington D.C., is a Talmudic lecturer for Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. Rabbi Newman has co-authored books on contemporary issues in Jewish law and ethics and has vast experience in responding to legal and ethical questions on the Ask the Rabbi website.

He serves as General Editor of Ohrnet magazine.

Dr. Chaim Presby

Dr. Chaim Presby has been a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories for over 30 years, where he led Research and Development efforts in Photonic Applications. His specialty is Optical Fiber Technology and he holds over 200 patents and has published more than 180 papers in leading scientific journals. He held the position of Research Architect for the Terabeam Corporation and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.  In addition to speaking for Gateway’s, Dr. Presby gives Torah classes in his home town of Highland Park, N.J.

Mrs. Chaya Reich

Mrs. Reich is the Cofounder and CEO of a computer mail order company. Previously, she founded and operated a specialty jewelry design and manufacturing company. She is a certified Jewish Marriage Educational Counselor and is sought after as a speaker on marriage, relationships & the role of women in Judaism to audiences throughout America.

Rabbi Jonathan Rietti

A descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai and son of the famous British actor Robert Rietti is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways. With a Masters in Education, he has practiced for 24 years as an educational consultant to parents of gifted children and those with ADD, and has authored over twenty nine albums on topics including inner growth, health, parenting and Jewish identity. Currently, Rabbi Rietti works under Mishkan Yecheskel teacher training center where he trains teachers using hands on methods steeped in Chazal based principles.

Rabbi Jonathan Shippel

Rabbi Yonason Shippel is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways. A native of South Africa, Rabbi Shippel is a graduate of Columbia University, NY and Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, MD. Rabbi Shippel holds a Masters degree in Judaic Studies. After receiving his Smichah in Jerusalem, Rabbi Shippel founded a vibrant congregation, learning center and day school in Cape Town, South Africa. Rabbi Shippel has spoken in communities and on campuses throughout the world, where he shares his unique life experiences and practical advice for successfully integrating ancient traditions with 21st century living. Presently, Rabbi Shippel is the Director of the James Striar School of Undergraduate Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University and is the Rabbi of The Beis on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Rabbi Mordechai Suchard

The son of a prestigious Rav and Dayan on the Johannesburg Beis Din, is the Founder and Director of Gateways. For the past fifteen years, he has devoted his time to building Gateways into a premier education powerhouse that engages collegiates, young adults, families, singles and Russian immigrants in the United States and abroad to nurture and sustain Jewish identity, strengthen their connection to Israel and make informed decisions about their Jewish future.

Rabbi Leibie Sternberg

Rabbi Leibie Sternberg is the Rav of Kehilas Prozdor in the Pleasant Ridge section of Monsey, NY, and is also a practicing attorney. He has been answering Ask the Rabbi questions since 1996 and publishes a weekly Parsha/Torah sheet available at Rabbi Sternberg received Semicha from HaRav Yaakov Nisan Rosenthal, Av Beis Din in Haifa, Israel and from HaRav Shlomo Gross, Dayan of Kahal Machzikei HaDas D'Belz in Brooklyn, NY.

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