Etzion News

An English E-Newsletter for Yeshivat Har Etzion Alumni 
 Elul 5767



Alumni Achievements in Chinuch and the Rabbinate


Rabbi Aaron Adler '72 has been serving a newly-formed  Kehillah in Zurich (Tiferet Yisrael), Switzerland as their "Visiting Community Rabbi". As one of the only 'Religious Zionist' voices in town, he spends one weekend per month there, presenting a full range of shiurim (in English to the adults and Hebrew to the youth) on various topics in several Zurich Synagogues. Involvement in community activities remains marginal given his brief physical presence in town, however, he has established a nice working relationship with several of the other city Rabbis. At other times, while not in Zurich, he functions by "remote control" from Yerushalayim via the use of video-taped shiurim (delivered weekly at the Yeshurun Synagogue in Yerushalayim) broadcast over the internet, E-mails, and cellphones (for immediate questions and guidance).


Rav Adler ran a Yom Yerushalayim program for the Kehillah including Divrei Torah along with songs of Yerushalayim, which was the only Yom Yerushalayim observance in town. "My two-pronged agenda consists of exposing the members to Torat HaRav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt"l as well as cultivating an active connection to Eretz Yisrael," says Rav Adler. "This includes direct promotion for Aliya, encouraging regular visits to Israel (especially on the Yamim Tovim), as well as considering a community-wide plot in the Bet Shemesh cemetery for Chevra Kaddisha purposes. All this accurately reflects the letter and the spirit of Rambam, Hilchot Melachim 5:11." Rav Adler's activities can be followed (in German!) on the Tiferet Yisrael internet site at:


Rabbi Lawrence Teitelman '85, Rabbi, Young Israel of New Hyde Park, Queens/LI, NY, where several Gush alumni (as well as some from other yeshivot) have a weekly chabura.


Shawn Zelig Aster '87, Assistant Professor of Bible, Yeshiva College, NY.


Adam Segal '88, Deputy Principal and Head of Jewish Studies, Leibler Yavneh College, Melbourne, Australia


Michael Sieff '90, National Director, ORT South Africa


Rabbi Daniel Roth '93, completed an MA in Talmud at Hebrew U and started a doctorate in Rabbinic Approaches to Reconciliation at Bar Ilan University. Teaching advanced Talmud at Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.


Rabbi Avi Heller '94, Director of Jewish Education at the Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University. This position fills a critical need in the expansion of Jewish educational opportunities on campus. Through traditional study classes (from beginning to advanced) and through new programming, Jewish literacy will be at the fingertips of every Jewish student on campus. He is in the process of creating the Center for Jewish Learning and Experience (CJLE) as a department of Hillel to move forward with innovative and eclectic venues of Jewish study. He also acts as a Rabbi to the student community in terms of davening, counseling and Halachic observance.


Rabbi Aharon Frazer ('94-'95, '98-'99), has returned from shlichut at Brandeis University and is now coordinating the second year of the Amiel Rabbinic Training Program and the Yachad Program for Rabbis in Matnasim (JCCs), as well as coordinating the Bekiut Program at Yeshivat Hamivtar.


Rabbi Shmuel Bloom ('95-'01), Rav of Minyan Sheni, Beit Knesset Harel, Katamon, Jerusalem


Rabbi Menachem Linzer '95 PC, Associate Principal, SAR Academy, Riverdale, NY


Rabbi Ezra Frazer ('96-'99, '01-'03, '05-'06),  Adjunct Instructor of Bible at Yeshiva University, NY


Rabbi Ari Weiss ('97-'99), received Semicha from YCT


Rabbi Avidan Freedman ('97-'99) received Semicha from YCT. Will be teaching Gemara and Tanach at SAR High School.


Rabbi Yehuda Chanales ('98-'99, '02) Rebbe at TABC


Rabbi Yonah Berman '98 received Semicha from YCT. He will serve as assistant rabbi at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Canada. A special thanks to Yonah for managing the Yeshivat Har Etzion alumni list for over five years.


Rabbi Jay Weinstein '00, intern at Shaare Tefilla with Rabbi Ari Perl '92 and working in the YU sponsored Community Kollel, Dallas, TX. His wife Sharon will be teaching at the Yavneh Academy High School. Jay and Sharon invite all alumni who may be in Dallas to come visit.


Rabbi Myles Brody ('01-'03) PC, Ram in Yeshivat Hakotel


Elichai Bitter ('01-'02). A full-time Semicha student at RIETS, Elichai has been serving as the Beit Midrash Coordinator and Sho'el U'Meishiv for a new program at Stern College for Women since January. In response to popular demand, the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies at Stern College for Women now offers an advanced program for undergraduate Bible study, modeled after a similar program for Talmud that has thrived at the university for many years. The five-credit course, which meets four mornings a week, features shiurim by Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Z. Cohen '82, coupled with ample Beit Midrash time, where sources are prepared b'chevruta. Along with his wife, Zahava, they are about to begin their third year as Kollel Fellows at the Young Israel of Holliswood/ HJC in Queens, NY, where they give shiurim and learn b'chevruta with members of the community. Zahava will also be teaching Talmud and Halacha  at Ma'ayanot High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ.


Shimon '05 and Daniel '05 Gillis, Northern Fieldworkers for Bnei Akiva UK

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