Rabbi Reuven Spolter, Founder and Educator
Rabbi Reuven Spolter has taught formally and online for over two decades. Before his aliyah, he taught middle school Judaic studies in the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, NJ, high school Judaic studies at the Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford, CT, as well as at the Akiva Hebrew Day School in Southfield, MI. He is also the founder of the Mishnah Project, an online flipped-classroom learning initiative focusing on using the power of visual learning to bring the Mishnah Yomit program to a global audience.
A graduate of Yeshiva University with an MA in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary, both at Yeshiva University. He has taught and lectured to groups of all ages in communities around the world. He is also working towards a Masters of Arts Degree in Talmud from Bar Ilan University.
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Rabbi Johnny Solomon, Chief Educational Officer and Educator
Rav Johnny Solomon is a British-born Jewish educator, scholar and writer with a BSc in Math & Religious Studies, an MA (Distinction) in Jewish Education, and Semicha (rabbinical ordination) from the Montefiore Kollel (London). While in London, Rav Johnny held numerous senior positions in Jewish education including Head of Judaic Studies at Immanuel College, Deputy Head of Naima JPS, Chumash Curriculum Developer at the JCP, and Head of Judaic Studies at Hasmonean High School for Girls.
Rav Johnny is a leading expert in curriculum development for Judaic Studies, and he has written content for numerous schools and organisations including: The Hebrew High School for New England (US), Immanuel College (UK), Pajes (UK), The King David School (South Africa), Jewish Interactive (Global), The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning (Global), The Zehud Online School (Europe).
In 2012 Rav Johnny moved to Israel with his family where he divides his time between teaching Tanach, Halacha & Jewish Philosophy at Matan, Midreshet Lindenbaum & Machon Ma’ayan, and working as an independent Jewish Educational Consultant.
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Adina Blaustein, Educator
Adina Blaustein currently teaches Judaic Studies and leads the Tanakh Department at the Fuchs Mizrachi Stark High School. In addition to her thirteen years of expertise in Jewish day schools, she is a gifted adult educator, lecturing most frequently for the Community Beit Midrash at Fuchs Mizrachi and for Siegel Lifelong Learning, a division of Case Western. Adina won the first place Kohelet Prize for her innovative work in mastery of Tanakh skills in 2018. Adina has graduate degrees in Bible and Adolescent English Education and was certified by Nishmat in 2019 to be a Yoetzet Halacha.
Adina Ellis, Educator
Adina Ellis is a Torah educator who has been teaching Tanakh and machshava for over two decades. Since making aliyah in 2005 she has given weekly shiurim in Hebrew and English to women in her community. An alumna of the Midreshet Lindenbaum Educator’s Fellowship and the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute, Adina has taught in OU Women’s Initiative programs such as ALIT, mother-daughter “learn and art”, and Rosh Chodesh seminar for women. She is known for her unique ability to offer in-depth textual learning along with meaningful and relevant take-home messages.
Rabbi Jonathon Simons, KItah Classroom Teacher
Rabbi Jonathon Simons is an experienced elementary school educator currently teaching Limudei Kodesh at the Broughton Jewish Primary school in Manchester, England. There he teaches a wide range of Judaic subjects, and coordinated a team of educators to implement the use of technology in the Judaic studies classroom. Over the last months of the 2019-2020 school years, he ran the online education at Broughton, enabling the teachers to continue teaching online during COVID.
Rabbi Simons holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees – one in Childhood and Youth Studies, and a second degree in Education. Recently, he earned his certification from Google as an official Google Trainer/Educator, and today he manages Edtech Maven, where he trains and develops teachers in the meaningful use of technology in the classroom. He has also been training educators all over the world in the use of Google tools in the classroom.
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