Speakers

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Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits

Rosh Yeshiva, Aish Hatorah

Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, the Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah and Aish Global is also a Rosh kollel and Posek in Jerusalem. Through his years as mashgiach ruchani of Yeshivas Aish HaTorah and in his role as founder and Rosh Kollel of the Jerusalem Kollel, he built a reputation as a lucid orator on halakhic and philosophical topics, a caring mentor for hundreds of baalei teshuva and as a leader, guide and adviser for Kiruv professionals around the globe. In addition, he is also the Rabbi of a community in Sanhedria Murchevet, author of numerous sefarim on a broad range of topics and has been involved in countless other projects for the benefit of the Jewish people. Since returning to Aish HaTorah 3 years ago, he has been appointed the Rosh Yeshiva and has been instrumental in the unveiling of Aish’s new 10-year plan for impacting world-Jewry. 

Rabbi Sholom Kamenetsky

Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva of Philadelphia

Rabbi Sholom Kamenetsky is a Rosh Yeshiva in the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, and is consulted regularly by many mekarvim and kiruv organizations for guidance in both Halacha and Hashkafa. He has lectured for years in both Lakewood and Baltimore to avreichim who are preparing for or considering careers in kiruv and/or rabbanus. His presentations and the follow-up question-and-answer sessions at the annual convention of the Association of Jewish Outreach Professionals (AJOP), have generated wide discussion. His personal involvement with outreach on college campuses in the Philadelphia area has also made him a natural address for those seeking wisdom in these areas.

Rabbi Steve Burg

CEO, Aish Hatorah

Rabbi Steven Burg is the Chief Executive Officer of Aish HaTorah, a worldwide movement founded by the visionary Rav Noach Weinberg, z’tl 46 years ago, that recognizes that Jewish values have always and must continue to shape the world.  Rabbi Burg oversees the Aish World Center in Jerusalem which hosts over 150,000 visitors annually, teaches 5500 classes in its various programs, and has 1 million viewers at aish.com. In addition, Rabbi Burg travels the world to inspire communities with Jewish values and wisdom.

Prior to coming to Aish, Rabbi Burg served as the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center where he contributed to the fight against anti-Semitism and oversaw the Museum of Tolerance in New York City. Previously, Rabbi Burg served as the Managing Director of the Orthodox Union (OU), a $100 million dollar social welfare organization, and was the International Director of NCSY, the largest international Jewish youth movement. Rabbi Burg founded the Jewish Student Union (JSU), a network of hundreds of public high school clubs that teach unaffiliated Jewish teens about their heritage. He started the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ), an Israel experience for unaffiliated Jewish teens which continues to send thousands of teens to Israel. Rabbi Burg is a seasoned speaker and has spoken in various venues across the globe.

Rabbi Yosef David

Executive Director, Aish HaTorah of St.Louis and Conference Director

Rabbi David hails from Lakewood, New Jersey and attended the world renowned Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Rabbi David is the Executive Director Aish HaTorah of St. Louis and loves teaching Torah as well as leading an Educational Service at a local shul, Nusach Hari Bnai Zion every Saturday morning. He loves leading thought provoking discussion groups on any/every topic. He feels privileged to lead an extremely popular Men’s Mission to Israel each fall, where his knowledge and easy-going nature are highly appreciated. Yosef and his wife Mimi enjoy hosting Shabbos dinners, holiday celebrations and their joint efforts at BBQ have won quite a few awards. In his free time, Rabbi David enjoys playing basketball, weightlifting, and experiencing the outdoors. Yosef and his wife, Mimi, have been married 25 years and are parents to 7 fabulous children ages 24 – 7.

Elan S. Carr

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

Elan S. Carr serves as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. As Special Envoy, he advises the Secretary of State and is responsible for directing U.S. policies and projects aimed at countering anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Prior to his appointment, Special Envoy Carr served as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, where he prosecuted violent crimes for more than a decade, including murders, rapes, hate crimes, and crimes involving some of the most notorious criminal street gangs in Southern California.
Special Envoy Carr is an officer in the United States Army Reserve, and he has received multiple awards and commendations for his nearly two decades of military service. In 2003-04, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he led an anti-terrorism team in life-saving missions throughout the country and prosecuted terrorists who attacked U.S. troops. He also assisted efforts to establish an independent Iraqi judiciary and trained Iraqi judges and lawyers on constitutional law and criminal defense.
As the son of Iraqi Jewish refugees who fled persecution in Iraq, Special Envoy Carr speaks Hebrew and the Iraqi dialect of Arabic. While in Iraq, he met with remnants of the Jewish community there and led Jewish services in the former presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
Special Envoy Carr was the international president of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, he served on the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), he was a voting member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and he was a board member of Operation Gratitude. In the course of his work in the Jewish community, he has been a recognized leader in the fight against anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses and around the world.
The Senate passed a bipartisan bill by unanimous consent on December 16th which upgrades the status of the State Department special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism. The bill now goes to the House for a final vote. Under the new bill, the special envoy would become an ambassador-level position requiring Senate confirmation.

Andi Saitowitz

CEO, AndiSaitowitz.com, Professional Life Coach

Andi Saitowitz is a global personal development strategist, transformation coach for mastering change and author of Rise & Shine Personal Development Journal. Andi brings her wealth of knowledge, expertise and extensive training in EQ, positive psychology & high performance mindset together with her unwavering  passion for personal development leadership into her coaching. She is a certified Professional Coach, a Global Lumina Practitioner & Master NLP Practitioner, with an Honors Degree in Organizational Psychology and MA in Organizational Communication, Research and Practice. Andi works with individuals, leaders and teams in a wide range of businesses and organizations including the fields of finance, real estate, hi-tech and leading social and educational frameworks in addition to 15 years in donor relations, resource development and fundraising campaigns in the non-profit sector. Andi is the blessed mom of 3 awesome children and in her spare time loves reading, working out, running, sunset at the beach and coffee!

Rachel Burg

Parenting and Life Coach

Rachel Burg is a highly sought-after international speaker who has been involved with informal and formal education in the Jewish community for over 25 years. Rachel has blended her special education background with a passion for training mainstream students to enjoy learning with meaning and fun. Her passion is infectious and has infused hundreds of students with the tools to succeed. As a reading specialist she was able to help even the most challenged students overcome any obstacle placed in their path.

As the Director of Camp Dina, Rachel transformed young women’s lives by inculcating them with self esteem and Jewish values. Her focus on leadership skills coupled with a driven approach to help others inspired hundreds of young women. She is often stopped in the street by grown women thanking her for believing in them. As parenting has become more complex in the modern world, Rachel has developed a style and approach that have allowed mothers of all ages to re-engage their families in  a confident and loving way. Her parenting workshops are a nonstop lesson in  practical positivity and passion.

Her effervescent joy and engaging style has drawn many to her classes and lectures focusing on topics of parenting & self development. Rachel has served in the role of parenting coach and life coach for many women all over the world. Originally from Los Angeles, Rachel now lives in Bergenfield, NJ with her husband Rabbi Steven Burg and is the proud mother of six wonderful children.

Jamie Geller

Chief Media & Marketing Officer, Aish Global

Jamie Geller is the new Chief Media & Marketing Officer at Aish Global. Ms. Geller brings years of experience in building her media empire that influences millions every day. The award-winning producer, media and marketing executive is the Founder and CEO of Kosher Network international (KNi), the #1 Global Kosher Food Media Company and World’s Most Watched Jewish Food Network with an audience of 5 million and 1 billion views.

In between being a mother of six and a seven-time bestselling author, Ms. Geller is a regular on the Today Show and morning show circuit and has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, and Yahoo, among countless other media outlets.

She is utilizing her experience and expertise in digital media, global communications and online community-building to spearhead the creation of Aish’s Global Jewish Media Group.

Rabbi Ben Gonsher

Executive Director, Aish Global

Rabbi Gonsher has spent the last 20 years working in klal work. After serving as the Administrative Director of the Kansas City Community Kollel, an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, where he was responsible for grant writing, fundraising events and direct solicitations, he became a regional director for Southen NCSY’s 9 State District for the last ten years. There, he grew the annual budget from 50k annually to over $3M, launched the first donor mission to Israel and founded their first ever Endowment Campaign. He’s now 8 weeks into his current role, focusing on developing and implementing systems built on proven donor-centric fundraising models adapted from major universities, hospitals and museum based development strategies. 

Rabbi Simcha Tolwin

Executive Director, Aish Detroit

Rabbi Simcha Tolwin has been working for Aish since 1997. He began his career with young professionals at Aish NY in 1998, then worked with college campuses in the Tri-state area before moving to Detroit in 2007. In Detroit he is the executive director of Aish Detroit where Aish runs programs for young families, teens, has an active shul, a night Kollel, a Sunday school, camp programs, and student clubs. Rabbi Tolwin and his wife have led over 30 missions to Israel and continue, with their growing staff, to work with close to 400 families regularly. Rabbi Tolwin studied in Telz Cleveland, Yagdil Torah and Mir Jerusalem. He has a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University and S’micha from Aish HaTorah. Rabbi Tolwin and his wife Estie have six kids, their oldest is married in Lakewood and their second is getting married on Monday!

Rabbi Tzvi Sytner

Rabbi of The Village Shul

Rabbi Tzvi Sytner grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He is a Rabbi, motivational speaker and therapist. He currently works at the Village Shul & Aish HaTorah Learning Center in Toronto. He has delivered inspiring lectures worldwide, including South Africa, Australia, U.S., and Canada. He has a popular video blog on Aish.com titled, “Just Breathe”. He received Smicha at the Jerusalem Kollel under Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits, a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a master’s degree in Education, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Rabbi Menachem Lehrfield

Director of Outreach, Aish of the Rockies

Rabbi Menachem Lehrfield is the Director of the Jewish Outreach Initiative, a bold initiative that is taking Denver by storm. Rabbi Lehrfield received his M.Ed from Loyola University, Chicago and received two rabbinic ordinations – from Yeshivas Beis Yisroel in Jerusalem, and from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, the former Chief Justice of the Jerusalem High Court.

Rabbi Lehrfield’s passion lies not only in spreading the beauty and relevance of Judaism to all Jews, but in photography, graphic design, mountain climbing and snowboarding. His warmth, genuine love for every Jew, and approachability allow him to connect with people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

Rebbetzin Mimi David

Director of Women’s Education, Aish HaTorah of St. Louis

Originally from New York but a mid-westerner by choice, Mimi David lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri.  As Director of Women’s Education for Aish HaTorah of St. Louis, and as a Judaic Studies teacher at Esther Miller Bais Yaakov, Mimi spends her time doing what she loves best:  learning with and teaching fabulous women and girls about the beauty, depth, and relevance of Judaism.  Whether it is at a popular lunch-and-learn, over the phone in a conference call class, or in a high school classroom, Mimi is a sought-after teacher and lecturer.  She writes a weekly Shabbos email that is read by over 275 women, and hosts a monthly challah club that has standing room only.   An experienced, dynamic (and fun!) trip leader, Mimi has led 15 missions to Israel, including a couples’ trip with her husband Yosef.

Mimi has been involved in Jewish education for over 20 years.  Besides for classroom teaching, she is a mentor and dating coach for many of her former students.  She is also certified by Mikvah USA as a presenter of “The Divine Gift” to teach women and brides about the mitzvah of Mikvah.  In addition to feeding people’s souls, Mimi is a great cook and hosts lots of guests, with whom she enjoys sharing delicious Shabbos and holiday meals.

Mimi’s most important job is shared with her husband Yosef:  raising their family of 7 awesome kids (and one amazing son-in-law, and one delicious grandson!).  She and Yosef firmly believe in the idea that Jewish inspiration begins at home.

Rabbi Adam Jacobs

President, Aish NY

Rabbi Adam Jacobs was born and raised in New York and has lived in Boston and Jerusalem, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He completed his B.A. in Music from Brandeis University and has a Masters of Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, the Algemeiner Journal and in his own blog – Shaken Faithless.  He has self-published three small books and was one of the teachers featured in the documentary film Kabbalah Me.  His life’s work is to introduce the beauty, meaning and Joy of Judaism to all who are interested. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Penina and 5 children.

Gevura Davis

Co-Director Aish Chaim (Aish Philadelphia)

Gevura grew up with a Jewish “rags to riches” story. She wasn’t given a Hebrew name. She dropped out of Hebrew school at a young age because it was boring and irrelevant, no bat mitzvah, no synagogue. Her parents couldn’t persuade her to stay in BBYO. She dropped out of Jewish life until her evangelical Christian Cheerleading coach in Georgia gave her detention for not coming with the rest of the team to church. She started wondering why being Jewish mattered at all and landed in Israel, making aliyah, marrying a Rabbi, and deciding as an adult that Judaism might have more to offer than bagels and dreidels. Since engaging in outreach full time, she has given classes in 6 countries, many states across the US, and for diverse audiences ranging from the Lion of Judah Conference, NCSY Shabbatons, Hadassah, Women’s Philanthropy, Momentum, and for a variety of Kiruv organizations as a speaker for Mikvah USA.

Rabbi Shlomo Buxbaum

Director, The Lev Experience

Rabbi Shlomo Buxbaum is the founder and director of The Lev Experience, a Greater Washington DC based Kiruv organization. He is also a Rabbi/lecturer at Mesorah DC, a kiruv organization for young professionals in the DC area. Rabbi Buxbaum was the Rabbi and Executive Director of Aish DC for 8 years before launching The Lev Experience in 2018 together with his wife Devorah. The Buxbaums and their 6 children live in Silver Spring, MD.

Aviva Brody

City Leader, Project Inspire

Aviva Brody, AuD, lives in Far Rockaway with her husband and 4 children. An audiologist by training, she spends much of her time as a City Leader for Project Inspire and has been on both JWRP and Aish Destiny trips. For the past six years, Aviva and her husband Josh have become an address for couples of varied backgrounds, helping them connect to Judaism – through classes, social events and shabbos/holiday meals. In addition, since going on the Aish Destiny in February 2020, Aviva has helped to develop a nuanced, multimedia learning experience for women. Delivered on a weekly basis, this innovative program helps address the women’s desire to turn their inspiration into knowledge and concrete tools that help further develop their Jewish identity.