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Rabbi Julia Andelman taught in the Beit Midrash Program and Northwoods Kollel in 2001. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary rabbinical class of 2006, she is the rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek on New York’s Upper West Side (www.sznyc.org). She holds an A.B. in Visual Arts from Harvard, where she served on the Hillel Steering Committee. She subsequently studied for three years at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. A native of Newton and Brookline, Massachusetts, Julia has served as student rabbi for Beth Jacob Synagogue, in Hamilton, Ontario, and on the faculty of the beit midrash of New York’s Kehilat Hadar, whose CD of prayer music, Pri Eitz Hadar, she produced. She recently released her first solo CD, The Bedtime Sh’ma, a companion to a children’s book of the same name, which is available on Amazon. She can be reached at andelman@gmail.com.

Aryeh Bernstein co-founded the Beit Midrash Program and Northwoods Kollel and taught in them for six summers. Holding B.A.’s in Psychology from Columbia and Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he is on the Talmud faculty at the Hartman High School for boys in Jerusalem and is Assistant Director of the Halakhah Think Tank and Alumni Programming Coordinator for Mechon Hadar. He studied for seven years at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, in Israel, as well as at Yeshivat Hamivtar, in Israel, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, in New York. He is an M.A. candidate in Talmud at Yeshiva University, and was a MeORoT Fellow. Aryeh participated in the Nativ program, was a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of Columbia’s student journal of Jewish scholarship, Iggrot Ha-Ari, has been published in The Jerusalem Report, and has taught at numerous communities and Hillels around the U.S. A Chicago native, he spent seven summers as a camper and counselor at Ramah Wisconsin from 1987-97. He can be reached at aryeh_bernstein@yahoo.com.

Rabbi Josh Cahan co-founded the Beit Midrash Program and Northwoods Kollel and has taught in and directed them since their inception. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, he also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale and an M.A. in Talmud from JTS. He has studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar, the Conservative Yeshiva, and the Hebrew University. A Manhattan resident, Josh is currently the rabbi of Kehillat Shalom, in Skokie, Illinois and is a PhD candidate in Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has taught for the Solomon Schechter High School in West Orange, New Jersey, the Minneapolis Talmud Torah, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and at Kehilat Hadar and the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School, both in New York City. He was a founder of Yale’s Jewish a capella singing group, Magevet. A native of Potomac, Maryland, Josh spent two summers on staff at Ramah Wisconsin prior to the Beit Midrash Program. He can be reached at cahan@aya.yale.edu.

Jenny R. Labendz taught in the Beit Midrash Program and Northwoods Kollel from 2002-04. A PhD candidate in Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary, she holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Barnard College, a B.A. and M.A. in Talmud from JTS, and an M.A. in ancient Jewish history and Talmud from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also studied in the advanced kollel at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, has taught at various institutions in Israel and America, and has published two academic articles. A native of New Jersey, Jenny spent many summers as a camper and one summer as a counselor at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. She participated in the Nativ Program and spent two summers as a staff member for USY Israel Pilgrimage. She can be reached at jennylabendz@alum.barnard.edu.

Yoni Pomeranz taught in the Beit Midrash program in 2006 and 2007, after studying in the Northwoods Kollel in 2003 and learning in the Beit Midrash program during its inaugural summer, in 2000. He received his A.B. from Princeton in Classics, summa cum laude, with a certificate in Judaic Studies, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and received numerous academic honors at Princeton for Classics, Judaic Studies, and general academic excellence. Yoni served as gabbai of the Princeton Conservative Minyan and as an editor of the annotated Princeton Shiron, Imrei Shefer. He currently teaches Talmud and Debate at the Chicagoland Jewish High School. He was a Bronfman Youth Fellow in 2002 and was a camper at Ramah for two summers and a counselor for one before joining the Beit Midrash faculty. He can be reached at yoni.pomeranz@gmail.com.

Rabbi Michael Rosenberg taught in the Beit Midrash Program and Northwoods Kollel in 2003-04 and 2006, after coming to Ramah as a member of the Kollel’s first class, in 2001. A Wexner Fellowship alumnus, Michael is a PhD candidate in Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has studied at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, and has completed exams for semikhah in Israel. He holds an M.A. in Talmud from JTS and an A.B. in Religion from Harvard, where he was president of the Harvard Hillel. He has taught for various organizations and synagogues, including Drisha, the Kehilat Hadar Beit Midrash, and the National Havurah Institute. His essay, “The Deeper Value of Talmud Torah”, appeared in the November 2005 issue of Sh’ma magazine. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he can be reached at michael_rosenberg@post.harvard.edu.

Eitan Rubenstein taught in the Beit Midrash Program and Northwoods Kollel in 2005, after coming to camp as a member of the kollel’s second class, in 2002, and teaching in the text program in 2004. A Wexner Fellow, he is currently studying in the rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary, from where he has completed the coursework for an M.A. in Talmud. Holding an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Eitan was Vice President of Education of Harvard Hillel and gabbai of its Student Conservative Minyan. A native of Washington, D.C., he studied for two years at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa and also at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Most recently, he has worked as a head counselor for the Nesiya Institute’s Kehilla program in Israel. Eitan can be reached at rubenstein@post.harvard.edu.

Miriam-Simma Walfish taught in the Beit Midrash Program in 2003-2004, and 2006, after coming to Ramah as a member of the Northwoods Kollel’s first class, in 2001, and teaching at camp in 2002. Now on the Talmud and Tanakh faculties of the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in New York City, she is a graduate of the Pardes Institute Educators Program, through which she earned an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and studied in the Pardes advanced Talmud program. She holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies from McGill University, where she was Editor of the McGill Journal of Jewish Studies and ran the Kolot Rabim minyan. She has also studied at Midreshet Ein HaNetziv and the Conservative Yeshiva, both in Israel, and at the Drisha Institute, in New York, and has taught at National Havurah Institute. She co-authored the article “Conflict and Co-Existence in Jewish Interpretation”, which appears in the book Hagar and Sarah, and Their Children: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives (Westminster John Knox Press, 2006). A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Miriam-Simma was a camper at Ramah in Canada. She can be reached at mswalfish@yahoo.ca.

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