Who We Are
Faculty and Staff

Meet Hadar’s Faculty and Staff. Click on the photos to learn more about them or to contact them directly.

You can read op-eds written by our faculty here, and see the best of their classes here.


Rabbi Shai Held

President and Dean

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

President and CEO

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

President and Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Avital Hochstein

President of Hadar in Israel

Dena Weiss

Rosh Beit Midrash and Director of Fellowship Programs

Rabbi Avi Killip

VP of Strategy and Programs

Rabbi Avi Strausberg

Director of National Learning Initiatives

Rising Song Institute

Joey Weisenberg

Founder and Co-Director

Katharine Baker

Operations Manager

Deborah Sacks Mintz

Community Singing Consultant

Programming and Operations

Esther Bedolla

Associate Director of Operations and Programming

Iliana Brodsky

Operations and Facilities Coordinator

Micaela Frank

Executive Assistant

Gabriela Geselowitz

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Ariel Gorsky

Director of Communications & Associate Director of Institutional Advancement

Talia Graff

Associate Director of Public Programs

Allie Conn Kanter

Director of Project Zug

Mordy Labaton

Associate Director of Immersive Programs

Ilana Mantell

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Shira Mogil

Alumni Associate

Seth Slaton

Director of Finance and Operations

Jeffrey Stein

Director of Institutional Advancement

Jeremy Tabick

Content Manager

Rebecca Weintraub

Alumni Coordinator



Ouriel BenSabath - Executive Assistant and NGO Administrator, Israel


Photo credit: Shulie Seidler-Feller, Jonathan Heisler, and Trent Campbell


Executive Seminar
Interested in immersing yourself in Jewish text study with adults of all ages and backgrounds from around the country? Looking to integrate with the dynamic, cutting-edge community at Yeshivat Hadar? Join Hadar for a week of exciting, fulfilling, and meaningful learning on July 7 - 11, 2019