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Bnot Torah is famous for offering a legendary yet eclectic array of Jerusalem’s most inspiring, warm, and personable educators and role models. We have a tradition of outstanding, creative, inspiring teachers who have graced our halls such as, Rabbi Noach Orlowek, Rabbi Zev Leff, Rabbi Yehoshua Hartman and Rabbi Eytan Feiner.

Today, we maintain what is probably the highest ratio of faculty to students in all of Israel to ensure that you receive maximum personal attention and care. Our teachers and administrators have years of experience in girls’ and women’s education on the high school, seminary, and community level. Through knowing our faculty, one can better appreciate the unique nature of Bnot Torah Institute. Click on an image below and enjoy the brief biographical sketches of some of the many people to whom our students owe so much of their intellectual and spiritual growth.

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Rabbi Label Sharfman, Dean

Rabbi Label Sharfman grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn and made Aliyah with his wife in 1976. He subsequently established Bnot Torah Institute in September 1977, beginning with 12 students. Rabbi Sharfman spent his formative years at The Rabbinical Seminary of America (Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim), studied at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, and received his Rabbinic ordination from the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt"l, at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary. He graduated as a Phi Alpha Theta Scholar, from Queens College specializing in Chinese history and, did graduate work in Counseling at Teachers College of Columbia University and in Ancient Jewish History at the Bernard Revel graduate school of Yeshiva University.

While Rabbi Sharfman is viewed as one of the visionary founders of the seminary movement in Israel, he is also acclaimed for his musical talents in that he was one of the founding members of The Rabbis' Sons as well as co-director, producer and lead vocalist of arguably one of the most famous Jewish music groups D'veykus. While Rabbi Sharfman is known for his smooth voice and memorable kumzitz's, he is also renowned for his ability to convey intricate principles of Jewish law in an organized and concise manner. To that extent, in conjunction with the Orthodox Union and NCSY he has authored, The Pesach Seder: A Practical Guide, as well as most recently, Hadlakat Neirot Shel Shabbat: A Practical Guide. Rabbi Sharfman has been cited in Time Magazine and has been involved in educating Jewish youth for over 35 years, running outreach programs in Israel, the United States, and South Africa. He lives with his wife and family in the Sanhedria HaMurchevet neighborhood of Yerushalayim.

Mrs. Aviva Haymann, Senior Lecturer

Mrs. Aviva Haymann was born and raised in San Jose, California. A graduate of the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC), she attended seminary at Bnot Torah Institute, where she later also served as a Madricha from 1992-1999. Holding a B.S. in Mathematics from Empire State College, Mrs. Haymann is known for her sharp mind and as a stimulating speaker who conveys deep, meaningful insight using laughter and a great sense of humor. She has the extraordinary ability to captivate audiences using a vast array of sources, weaving them together into one beautiful tapestry highlighting the major themes relevant to a Jewish woman. Her ability to relate to students is seen by all, as she caringly guides her students. Currently, she resides with her husband and children in Tel Zion, where students are often invited to celebrate a vibrant Shabbat experience.

Rabbi Michoel Green, Overseas Director

Rabbi Michoel Green studied at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, the Mirrer Yeshiva, and Ohr Samayach Tanenbaum College. He is a graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, Maryland and also received semicha/ordination from Rabbi Zalmen Nechemia Goldberg, a Chief Justice of The Supreme Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem. In addition to composing Jewish music, Rabbi Green has been involved in Jewish outreach throughout North America and has served as a popular lecturer and Scholar-in-Residence around the globe. Rabbi Green is internationally noted for his powerful and enlightening approach to clarifying Jewish issues relevant to our daily lives. To that end, he responds to important life questions for and is the managing editor of His first book, 5 Ways to Increase Your Spirituality: Ancient Wisdom to Enhance Your Daily Life was recognized by the Forbes Magazine Book Club. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he resides in Jerusalem with his wife and children. Their home is known for its hospitality throughout the year.

Mrs. Hindy Fuld, Mechanechet

Mrs. Hindy Fuld hails from Queens, New York and graduated from Central Yeshiva High School. She attended Bnot Torah Institute for two years. Mrs. Fuld received her advanced Teacher's License from Rika Breuer Teacher's College, where she also taught a popular course in Navi. At the same time, she taught a stimulating Machshava course at Bruriah High School for Girls in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She graduated with an M.A. in Curriculum Development from Adelphi University, New Jersey, where she further honed her skills as one of the up and coming Jewish educators. She is renown for her ability to incorporate ancient to contemporary sources thereby unlocking and revealing the intimate connection that Jewish women have towards Tefilla. At the end of the year, not only will you see results but your Siddur will be meaningfully marked with notes and life-lessons that will resonate forever. Indeed, Mrs. Fuld is known for her ability to cultivate ever-lasting relationships with her students. To her, every student is an individual, with a unique neshama, and her every gesture symbolizes this idea. After making Aliyah via Nefesh B'Nefesh, Mrs. Fuld settled in the neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol with her husband, Rabbi Simcha Fuld, a certified Mohel, and their children.

Mrs. Rachel Rose, Shana Aleph Chonechet

Well known for her warm and engaging personality, Mrs. Rachel Rose is a graduate of Me'ohr Bais Yaakov Teachers Seminary. Upon her return to the States she served as a popular teacher at Degel Israel Hebrew Day School located in Lancaster, PA. Mrs. Rose has spent her summers as a Counselor at Camp Dina as well as Camp Sternberg. In addition to her outstanding volunteer work at Chai Lifeline, Mrs. Rose has extensive experience in the field of Kiruv. She has inspired hundreds of colleges students from California to Maryland and has also held the coveted position of Madricha for legendary Kiruv organization, The Jewish Awareness Movement. Currently, Mrs. Rose lives minutes away from our school— as well as the Ramat Eshkol Promenade—which enables girls the opportunity to always be a part of her open home.

Rabbi Meir Kahane, Shana Aleph & Bet Instructor

Rabbi Meir Kahane proudly hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where in his youth, he served as NCSY Midwest Regional President. For his sterling character and achievements, he was inducted into the elite Ben Zakai Honor Society, an honor reserved for the most distinguished members of NCSY. Rabbi Kahane came to Israel and attended Yeshivas Toras Moshe for a whopping ten years and served as a Rosh Chabura, a title given to a few select members of the kollel. He received Rabbinic ordination from the esteemed Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman. Today, Rabbi Kahane is considered one of the most sought after youthful, English speaking lecturers in Israel. In addition to being a regular for Aish HaTorah's various programs, he has lectured for the likes of The Jewish Awareness Movement, Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim, Michlalah, Darchei Bina, Seminar Yerushalayim, and Afikei Torah. His quest for innovation is apparent in his latest venture, Chedva L'Yisrael, a Kiruv training program affiliated with Aish HaTorah. We are proud that Rabbi Kahane is a member of our staff and has agreed to dedicate so many hours to Bnot Torah. Rabbi Kahane lives with his wife and family in the Maalot Daphna neighborhood of Yerushalayim.

Mrs. Leah Mizrahi, Shana Bet Chumash Teacher

Mrs. Leah Mizrahi grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey where she benefited from the influence of the warmth of the Syrian community. She attended Me'ohr Bais Yaakov Seminary in Jerusalem, and continued her education at Maalot New York in conjunction with Thomas Edison State College. Mrs. Mizrahi's love of teaching has lead her to lecture on a wide range of Jewish subjects, both textual and philosophical. Prior to moving to Israel, she taught in Camp Sternberg, the Jersey Shore Bais Yaakov, and ZDR Academy of RAMBAM High School. After joining our faculty last year, she now holds the position of Shanah Bet Chumash Teacher and is admired for her wisdom and warmth. What's more, the Mizrahi's home, located minutes away from Bnot Torah, is an eclectic mix of both Sephardic and Ashkenazic cultures where guests enjoy exotic food, stimulating conversation, and the warm interest taken in all those who come their way.

Rabbi Dovid Oratz, Beit Midrash Mentor & Halachic Advisor

Rabbi Dovid Oratz has been a prominent figure at Bnot Torah almost since its founding. Born and raised in New York, he attended RJJ High School. Upon his graduation, Rabbi Oratz came to Israel and studied at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. After returning to the States he continued his Torah education at Beit Midrash Emek Halacha, studying under one of the Gedolei HaDor, the late Rabbi Tuvia Goldstein, zt"l, from whom he ultimately received his Rabbinic Ordination. Rabbi Oratz credits Rabbi Goldstein with not only teaching him a Derech in Halacha, but for serving as his mentor in Hashkafa and Jewish education as well. Concurrently with his yeshiva studies, Rabbi Oratz earned an M.S. in Speech Pathology from Brooklyn College, New York. In addition to being a stalwart asset to our Beit Midrash by answering questions and providing his timeless insights and practical advice, Rabbi Oratz has authored, edited and translated well over twenty books, including two works for the legendary Institute of Science and Halachah. What's more, he has served as an Editor of the Hebrew ArtScroll Schottenstein Talmud from its inception. Currently, Rabbi Oratz lives with his wife in the Sanhedria HaMurchevet neighborhood of Yerushalayim, where they are known for their keen hospitality towards years of Bnot Torah students.

Mrs. Devorah Saltzman, Chonechet

Born and bred in Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Deborah Saltzman graduated YULA Girls High School and subsequently attended Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women. Given the opportunity to remain in Israel, Mrs. Saltzman served as a warm and devoted Madricha to the students of Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim, while simultaneously completing her B.Sc. in Business Management from Touro College Israel. For the past three years, Mrs. Saltzman enjoyed the role of Mechanechet and teacher at YULA Girls School, where she was known for her engaging lessons and genuine concern for her students. Additionally, this past year, Mrs. Saltzman taught Chumash at Bnos Devorah High School, where she was thrilled to participate in its inaugural year. When she wasn't teaching, Mrs. Saltzman could be found interacting with TLC girls (local unaffiliated university students), baking her famous chocolate chip cookies, or serving as a counselor at Camp Simcha, Michlelet NCSY, or JAM. In addition, Mrs Saltzman is an M.A. candidate in Judaic Studies in a joint program sponsored by Bellevue University and Michlalah. Mrs. Saltzman currently lives with her husband in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood of Yerushalayim, and along with her husband Yosef, a Rabbincal student at Yeshivat Aish HaTorah, welcomes Bnot Torah students to her home.

Rabbi Moshe Rock, Halachic Advisor

Rabbi Moshe Rock hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated with a B.A. from Yeshiva University, before his love for Eretz Yisrael brought him there. He lived in Even Shmuel, a small community in the Shefela, where he participated in outreach activities for the residents of neighboring moshavim, and studied for four intensive years culminating in Rabbinic ordination from Kollel Even Shmuel. Upon relocating to Yerushalayim, he moved into the Sha'arei Chessed neighborhood, where he developed a strong bond with the Gadol HaDor, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt"l, with whom he discussed many of the issues and questions that were raised by our students. Rabbi Rock studied in the advanced Kollel of Yeshivat Netzach Yisrael, and has been teaching Halacha at Bnot Torah Institute for the last 29 years. In his classes, he not only emphasizes the practical Halacha, but also provides a deeper understanding of the principles involved, the importance of proper observance and its relevance to modern life.

Mrs. Tzipporah Moskovitz, Shana Aleph Chonechet

Born and raised in Queens, New York. Tzipporah is a graduate of SHEVACH and attended Sharfman's for two years. She then joined the Faculty as a Madricha. Upon her return to the States she completed a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in General Education and Special Education through Touro College. During this time, she also taught 6th and 7th grade Judaic studies in Bear HaGolah, a Russian Kiruv school in Brooklyn, New York. Aside from her role in the school, she also works privately in special education for the Anglican International School in Jerusalem, which is a school primarily for children of diplomats and the like. Tzipporah and her husband live minutes away from Bnot Torah/Sharfman's in the Ramat Eshkol section of Yerushalayim, where students readily enjoy her humor, wisdom, and warmth.

Mrs. Ariella Gofman, Shana Aleph Lecturer

For several years, Mrs. Ariella Gofman has been considered one of the most popular and passionate educators at Bnot Torah Institute. Her voice often echoes through the halls, as students are engaged by her interactive teaching style. Classroom participation is a must as you journey from the words of the Chumash to their relevance in your daily life. Using in depth analysis of Parshat Kedoshim, Mrs. Gofman and her students reveal the deeper and mystical meanings behind the Mitzvot, showing their true relevance. Mrs. Gofman received her B.A. from Thomas Edison, and is also a graduate of Maalot Yerushalayim/Zaidner Institute. She lives in the Ramat Eshkol section of Yerushalayim, together with her husband and children.

Mr. Shalom Brody, Administrative Director

Born in Far Rockaway, New York, Mr. Brody attended Mesivta Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin for his high school years. Following his graduation, he spent a year learning in yeshiva in Israel, before it became the popular thing to do. Returning to the States, he continued his learning in Sh'or Yoshuv under Rabbi Shlomo Freifeld, zt"l. While still in yeshiva, he attended Brooklyn College in the evenings and later earned his Masters degree in Guidance Counseling from Long Island University. Upon completing his degree in 1972, Mr. Brody made Aliya, together with his wife settling in Sanhedria HaMurchevet, where they have raised their family. Mr. Brody began his youth work while still living in Far Rockaway, directing a youth group in the local Young Israel and creating programing and activities for its youth department. In Israel, prior to his joining Bnot Torah, Mr. Brody led a popular wedding orchestra. In addition, he was involved in Kiruv with both Israelis and American college students. His office and home are always open to our students.

Mrs. Debbi Nissel, Chessed Coordinator

Mrs. Debbi Nissel

Mrs. Debbi Nissel hails from Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Bnot Torah for two years and subsequently served as both Madricha and secretary. An erstwhile aerobics instructor, who is married to the inspirational author and lecturer, Rabbi Menachem Nissel, she spent a year in England, and then returned to Israel. Since their return, with the exception of a two year hiatus doing Kiruv work in Memphis with her husband, Mrs. Nissel has been working at Bnot Torah in the role of Chessed Coordinator as well as in numerous other capacities. Mrs. Nissel's warm, caring personality makes her a natural magnet for students. In spite of her busy schedule, she always finds time to speak with girls both at school and at home.

Mrs. Leah Kunstler, Shana Bet Chonechet

Mrs. Leah Kunstler

Mrs. Leah Kunstler was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and has been involved in education and Kiruv for many years. Indeed, she has been involved in a mentoring program in Hebrew University, and was a core teacher in Aish HaTorah's JEWEL. Additionally, she has lectured in Peninim Seminary as well as supervising extracurricular activities. Mrs. Kunstler has also taught English in Korchak Public School in the French Hill area of Jerusalem and has served as Neighborhood Coordinator for Yad Eliezer and many other communal projects. In addition to her M.A. in Special Education from Long Island University, she is soon to receive her soon to receive her M.A. in Clinical Sociology and Family Therapy, from the University of North Texas. Leah lives in the Ramat Eshkol section of Jerusalem, right up the block from Bnot Torah/Sharfmans, enabling the girls the opportunity to always be a part of her open home.

Mrs. Toby Percal, Shana Aleph Rakezet

Mrs. Toby Percal

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, Mrs. Toby Percal is a graduate of Bais Yaakov of Los Angeles and is a graduate of Chachmas Lev Seminary. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Mrs. Percal spent three years teaching at Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov-Ohr Eliyahu, a private Orthodox Jewish day school located in the Fairfax District. For a number of summers, Mrs. Percal volunteered for Chai Lifeline and even served as a dedicated counselor at Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special. Nowadays, Mrs. Percal serves as the Head Counselor of Camp Kochavim. Through her volunteer work with Chai Lifeline, Mrs. Percal met her husband and now lives in the Ramat Eshkol section of Yerushalayim. To that end, she lives steps away from Bnot Torah/Sharfman's and is known for her love of life and warm open home. Mrs. Percal looks forward to building lifelong relationships with all of her students at Bnot Torah.

Mrs. Rachel Eichen, Academic Advisor & Director of Alumni Relations

Mrs. Rachel Eichen

Mrs. Rachel Eichen grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey and graduated from Bruriah High School for Girls. She attended Bnot Torah/Sharfman's for two years, where she subsequently returned to serve as a popular Madricha. In addition to attending Touro College, she has also studied at the prestigious Shelem Institute for Holistic Studies where she was awarded an advanced degree in Massage Therapy. Today, Rachel provides a warm presence in our school where she serves as a Academic Advisor. She currently lives with her husband and children in Ramat Eshkol, and is known to open her home to all of the Sharfman's girls, as she lives minutes away from the school.

Mrs. Shainy Meyer, Administrative Manager

Mrs. Shainy Meyer

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Shainy Meyer comes from a family passionate about Jewish education. A graduate of Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov, Mrs. Meyer attended Bnos Chava and also went to Maalot Yerushalayim/Zaidner Institute where she graduated with a specialty in graphic design. Mrs. Meyer has dedicated much of her free time to helping people with special needs, and by extension, has spent three summers as a counselor for Ohel Bais Ezra and also served as an aide at Keshet, a special needs Sunday school. Prior to joining our school, Mrs. Meyer, taught graphic design at LGHS in Chicago, where she was also the producer of the school production and also served as an Administrative Director for a yeshiva. Mrs. Meyer loves the sense of community and warmth that she finds at Bnot Torah/Sharfman's and loves building relationships with her students. Mrs. Meyer and her family live minutes away from our school and are known for their genuine warmth and care.

Mrs. Chaya Fish, Shana Aleph Chonechet

Mrs. Chaya Fish

Born and raised in the sunny state of Florida, Chaya is a graduate of Bnot Torah/Sharfman's and Michlalah Jerusalem College. Upon her return to the States she completed a Bachelor of Judaic Studies and Psychology at Stern College for Women. Chaya also holds a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University as well as a Master of Special Education from Adelphi University. Chaya is a sought-after Educator and has served on the faculty of Magan David Yeshivah, Yeshivah of Central Queens, Barkai Yeshivah, the Bernard Horowich JCC. Prior to making Aliyah with her husband Judah and their three wonderful children, Chaya served as the Aim Bayit at the Blitstein Teachers Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Chaya and her family live minutes away from Bnot Torah/Sharfman's in the Ramat Eshkol section of Yerushalayim, where students readily enjoy her caring wisdom and warmth that she constantly exudes to all.

Mrs. Tali Hoffman, Shana Aleph Rakezet

Mrs. Tali Hoffman

Originally from Queens, New York, Tali Hoffman's caring and perceptive personality lend for working very well with people. After attending Hadar Bais Yaakov Teacher's Seminary, she appealed to her creative side by pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Queens college. Minoring in Psychology, Tali spent much of her free time volunteering passionately in the special needs community. Her work included serving as an advisor on Yachad Shabbatons, working one on one as a residential habilitation counselor, volunteering for and then leading Ohel Bais Ezra's Sunday respite program in Queens, and spending two summers as a counselor in Camp HASC. After getting married and moving to Israel, Tali worked at Tomer Devorah and also began her Masters in Social Work at Long Island University's Israel cohort. Currently, Tali lives with her family in Ramat Eshkol, where the doors to her home are are open and welcoming.

Mrs. Malka Glick, Shana Bet Rakezet

Mrs. Malka Glick

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Malka Glick comes from a family passionate about teaching. Both parents as well as four of five children have taught both in secular and Jewish schools in Los Angeles and abroad. Therefore, it is no wonder that Malka possesses an innate ability to teach which is all the more efficacious given her intuitive understanding of her students' needs and emotions. She attended Meohr Bais Yaakov Teacher's Seminary and after her shana alef was asked to stay on as madricha during shana bet, a role which helped her hone her skills in assisting others to grow. During this time she also completed her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. Following shana bet, Malka pursued her Masters degree in Jewish Education through Yeshiva University's Azrieli School while teaching middle school girls at Maimonides Academy in the subjects of Chumash, Navi, and tefilah. After completing her Masters degree last year, Malka and her husband moved to Yerushalayim where she worked at her former seminary as a Shana Bet Coordinator as well as assisted with college and career counseling. Malka's home in Maalot Dafna is always open and she looks forward to having you join her for a Shabbos meal.

Rabbi Menachem Nissel

Rabbi Menachem Nissel

Rabbi Nissel has been an educator for over twenty years is a renowned speaker and author who has inspired thousands of people around the globe. He is known for revealing intricate concepts in Hashkafa and Machshava and conveying deep, meaningful insights using laughter and a great sense of British humor. Rabbi Nissel's letters are widely published and is the author of Rigshei Lev - Women in Tefila (Targum / Feldheim 2001) and Jerusalem Jems (Targum 2002). He is also a lecturer for Ner LeElef and is the rabbinic resource for NCSY. Rabbi Nissel is a graduate of Itri and Mishkan HaTorah and is a Talmid of Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt"l and Rav Moshe Shapiro shlit"a. Rabbi Nissel resides with his wife and children in the Har Nof section of Yerushalayim, where students are often invited to come for wonderful Shabbos meal.

Mrs. Shani Gibraltar, Mechanechet

Mrs. Shani Gibraltar

Raised in Monsey, New York, Mrs. Shani Gibraltar hails from a family passionate about Yiddishkeit. The daughter of the revered Rav Zorach Shapiro zt”l, who was a student of the revered Chofetz Chaim, Mrs. Gibraltar has served as an educator for nearly four decades and is internationally noted for her enthusiastic and caring personality and her enlightening approach to clarifying Jewish issues relevant to our daily lives. Indeed, many of her students still seek her advice and wisdom. Mrs. Gibraltar warmth extends beyond the classroom walls as she maintains a close relationship with many of our graduates years after leaving our school. Mrs. Gibraltar holds the position of Mechanechet, where she teaches her students both in and out of the classroom and where her home is known for its hospitality throughout the year.