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Rabbi Aharon Daniel
Rabbi Dovid Heinemann
Rabbi Asher Mendelsberg
Rabbi Meir Minster
Rabbi Yitzchok Preis
Alter Raubvogel
Rabbi Cobi Robinson
Rabbi David Spetner
Rabbi Yitzie Stern
Rabbi Raphael
     Weinschneider

The Kollel Staff

Here are photos of and information about our staff.

To check up on our "alumni" (former staff), please visit our Kollel Alumni page.


Rabbi Meir Minster

POSITION: Director of Torah Studies
TEACHES: Daf Yomi
Women's Chumash Class (Golf Manor Synagogue)
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BORN IN: Baltimore, Maryland
HIGHER EDUCATION:
Ordination, Ner Israel Rabbinical College (Baltimore)
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gadgets

Rabbi David Spetner

POSITION: Director of Operations
TEACHES: Friday Lunch-and-Learn at Avari Deli and Bistro
BORN IN: Saint Louis, Missouri
HAS ALSO LIVED IN: Baltimore, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia
HIGHER EDUCATION:
Ordination and Masters Degree, Ner Israel Rabbinical College (Baltimore)

Rabbi Aharon Daniel

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Rabbi Dovid Heinemann

POSITION: Staff Scholar
TEACHES: Gemara (Talmud) skills to teens
BORN IN: Baltimore, Maryland
HAS ALSO LIVED IN: New Jersey and Jerusalem
HIGHER EDUCATION:
Mesivta Keser Torah of Central New Jersey
Yeshivas Kodshim
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: raising a family; extreme sports
PET PEEVES: people who complain a lot
ASPIRATIONS: to do the will of Hashem (G-d)
TRIVIA:
bungee-jumped off the then-highest commercial jump in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Yidden have been through worse!"

Rabbi Asher Mendelsberg

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Rabbi Yitzchok Preis

POSITION: Director of Outreach
TEACHES: Seminars and seasonal lectures
Class for seniors (JCC)
Downtown Lunch-and-Learn
BORN IN: "Lebanon." (Lebanon Hospital, that is - Bronx, New York)
HAS ALSO LIVED IN:
New London, Connecticut; Baltimore, Maryland
HIGHER EDUCATION: M.S. from Johns Hopkins
Kerem B'Yavneh (Israel) - 2 years
Ner Israel Rabbinical College (Baltimore) - 9 years
HOBBIES/INTERESTS:
Parenting ("It absorbs all my down time - thank G-d!")
PET PEEVES:
"I don't have a pet."
ASPIRATIONS:
To help as many members of the Jewish community learn as much about their Judaism as possible.

Alter Raubvogel

POSITION: Administrator
BORN IN: Cincinnati
HAS ALSO LIVED IN:
St. Louis, Missouri; Brooklyn, New York
HIGHER EDUCATION:
St. Louis Rabbinical College - 3 years
Yeshivat Mikdash Melech (Brooklyn) - 7 years
HOBBIES/INTERESTS:
Music, art/crafts, gardening, computers, Sephardic Pizmonim (religious songs). I'm a compulsive reader.
PET PEEVES: Telemarketers
ASPIRATIONS:
To learn (and teach) more Torah. To be a great husband and father.
TRIVIA:
Spent eleven summers doing woodwork and screen printing with boys in the Catskill Mountains (New York).
FAVORITE QUOTE:
"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by." (Douglas Adams)

Rabbi Cobi Robinson

POSITION: Staff Scholar
TEACHES:
"A Law and a Lesson," Weekly parasha series, weekly women's halacha class, monthly series on Jewish history
BORN IN: Chicago (in his house!)
HAS ALSO LIVED IN: Israel and Baltimore
HIGHER EDUCATION: Masters in School Administration (Loyola)
ASPIRATIONS:
Synagogue rabbinate; to accelerate global warming so he doesn't have to shovel snow
TRIVIA: His eyes change color depending on his mood and energy level.
FAVORITE QUOTE:
"Miracles are natural events that happen infrequently, and nature is miraculous events that happen frequently."

Rabbi Yitzie Stern

POSITION: Staff Scholar
BORN IN: Chicago, Illinois
HAS ALSO LIVED IN: Baltimore; Jerusalem
HIGHER EDUCATION:
Yeshivas Mercaz HaTorah (Jerusalem), Yeshivas Ner Yisroel (Baltimore), MS Computer Science Johns Hopkins University
HOBBIES/INTERESTS:
all things technology; biking; chocolate chip cookies

Rabbi Raphael "Rafi" Weinschneider

POSITION: Campus Outreach
BORN IN: Chicago, Illinois
HAS ALSO LIVED IN:
Sheppard AFB (Wichita Falls, Texas); Jerusalem; Baltimore, Maryland
HIGHER EDUCATION:
MBA, Johns Hopkins University; Ner Israel Rabbinical College
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Lots
PET PEEVES: People who misrepresent others' opinions

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