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Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody is the founding director of the Tikvah Overseas Students Institute. A columnist for The Jerusalem Post since 2007, Brody previously served for a decade as a senior instructor at Yeshivat Hakotel and as a junior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Brody’s writings focus on making Jewish texts accessible to broader audiences while applying them to contemporary social and ethical dilemmas. His work has appeared in Mosaic, First Things, The Federalist, Tablet, Tzohar, The Forward, Hakirah, and other popular publications, and has been cited in Israeli Supreme Court decisions. His first book, A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates (Maggid), received a 2014 National Jewish Book Award. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, he received rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, an MA in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University, and his Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University Law School, where he continues to serve as a post-doctoral fellow. Originally from Houston, Texas, Rabbi Brody now lives in Modi’in with his wife Rocky and five children. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student and Operations Coordinator
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Avital Gold serves as the Student and Operations Coordinator of the program. Avital has her BA in philosophy and Jewish thought from Shalem College and is studying in Midreshet Lindenbaum. Previously she studied in Yeshivat Rosh Tzorim for women and in Midreshet Nishmat. Avital did her national service (sherut leumi) running informal Jewish educational programs at “Livnot U’Lehibanot” in Tzfat and working with the special needs students of Shalva. She was a member of Jewish Agency delegations to run Zionist seminars in Australia and South Africa and continues her work in informal Jewish education by leading Birthright and Keshet groups in Israel.
University of Arizona
Avital Levi is a philosophy PhD student at the University of Arizona, writing a dissertation on moral obligation. She also does research in the field of Biblical philosophy. She has taught philosophy, Jewish thought, and Tanach at Nishmat, TVA, and the Orthodox Union college summer program. Avital holds an MA in philosophy from Ben Gurion University and a BA in philosophy from Princeton University, and is a graduate of Migdal Oz, the Jewish Statesmanship Center in Jerusalem, and numerous Tikvah programs.
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Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer is head of the Haredi Israel division at the Tikvah Fund, running a variety of programs and projects that cater to members of the Haredi and Religious-Zionist communities. Pfeffer was born and educated in London before continuing his Torah education in Israel. He served as a Dayan (Rabbinical Judge) on a Jerusalem monetary court, as chief rabbi and moderator of an international Jewish-law website, and as chief editor of the Ner LeElef Resources program. He has written numerous books and articles on different subjects of Jewish law and thought; lectures extensively for various forums in Israel and abroad; and has taught at several Yeshivot in Israel, currently at Hedvat HaTorah. He has also served as chief halachic assistant to the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and as a researcher for the Israel Law Ministry. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (summa cum laude) in law from Hebrew University, and clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel, also teaching at Hebrew University and the Herzlia Interdisciplinary Center. He attended the Tikvah Summer Fellowship program in 2012