Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld

Dean

Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld has been teaching at Machon Shlomo since its formation. His areas of special interest include engaging students in sophisticated and relevant readings of Biblical texts and empowering students to become educated and passionate Jewish leaders.

He is also the Dean of Yeshiva Machon Yaakov in Jerusalem and Founder of Meor, which provides Jewish literacy and leadership programs on over twenty college campuses (including Harvard, Stanford and Yale) across the United States. Rabbi Gershenfeld received a BA and MA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT (1976), Phi Beta Kappa. He has studied with many great scholars including Rav Shimon Schwab, Rav Aharon Feldman, Rav Moshe Shapiro and Rav Shlomo Wolbe. He resides in Har Nof Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Pinchas Auerbach

Director

Rabbi Pinchas Auerbach has been teaching in Machon Shlomo since its inception in 1982. The teaching tradition of his father-in-law Rabbi Yaakov Rosenberg, Machon Shlomo’s founder, as well as that of the major Torah scholars in Jerusalem under whom he has studied, infuse his approach to teaching Talmud, Prayer and Jewish Thought. As Director, he plays an active role in the well-being of the student body. His presence sets a tone of warmth and “ruach” in the Machon. He currently resides in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Meir Triebitz

Senior Lecturer

Rabbi Meir Triebitz serves as a second-year Talmud Rebbe at Machon Shlomo, as well as a teacher of philosophy, halacha, and chumash. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Physics from Princeton and a Ph.D. at Stanford. He then turned his focus to full-time teaching, and has taught at Machon Shlomo since its second year of existence. When not teaching at Machon Shlomo, he runs two different Kollels, and teaches classes on his ever-popular website, hashkafacircle.com. Rabbi Triebitz is known for his extensive knowledge, engaging enthusiasm, and creativity in Torah scholarship, as well as his impressive breadth of secular knowledge. He currently resides in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Shmuel Deitel

Senior Lecturer

Rabbi Shmuel Deitel serves as a second-year Talmud Rebbe for the students at Machon Shlomo. Having studied under Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l for many years, he possesses an impressive understanding and extensive knowledge of Talmudic and halachic concepts. He also serves as a pulpit rabbi for a local synagogue in Har Nof. Rabbi Deitel is known for his refinement, humor, colorful stories, and deep appreciation for students’ questions. He currently resides in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Yehoshua Styne

Senior Lecturer

Rabbi Yehoshua Styne serves as a first-year Talmud Rebbe, as well as a teacher of halacha, ethics and philosophy. He mentors students and is available to meet with them regularly. Born in Great Neck, NY, Rabbi Styne studied Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of business before migrating west to study at USC’s Graduate School of Cinema. Having learned at the Mir Yeshiva under Rav Asher Arielli and Rav Yosef Elefant, he went on to receive his rabbinic ordination from Rav Yosef Lerner and Rav Moshe Halbershtam (zt”l) from the Edah Charedis Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Styne is currently the Israel Educational Director of Meor Israel which provides outreach to university students at over twenty college campuses (including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Yale). He currently resides in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Noach Orlowek

Senior Lecturer

Rabbi Noach Orlowek is a world-renowned Jewish educator, lecturing on five continents, predominantly in the areas of parenting, teaching, and interpersonal relationships. At Machon Shlomo, he lectures on relationships and character building, as well as advising students on a weekly basis. He also serves as Dean of Students in Yeshivas Torah Ohr in Jerusalem.

In his more than 30 years of working with parents and students alike, Rabbi Orlowek has developed an approach to parenting and life that has been successfully adopted by the students that he has taught. He is the author of My Child, My Disciple, practical advice on discipline in the home; My Disciple, My Child, practical advice on discipline in the classroom; and Raising Roses Among the Thorns: Bringing up Spiritually Healthy Children in Today’s Society. He currently resides in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Yitzchak Joshua

Afternoon Talmud Instructor

Rabbi Yitzchak Joshua oversees the second-year Afternoon Talmud Program. He also offers workshops in kabbalistic, ethical, and philosophical thought. Rabbi Joshua was born in London to a family of Iraqi Jewish immigrants. From an early age, he took a strong interest in science and studied both math and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge in Stephen Hawking’s program. His study of physics kindled a strong interest in Judaism. After attaining his Masters, he moved to Jerusalem to study in yeshiva. He received his rabbinic ordination from Rav Nechemiah Goldberg, the head of the Rabbinical court of Jerusalem. He currently resides in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Yonason Sigler

Tutor, Director of STEP

Rabbi Yonason Sigler offers students highly specialized, one-on-one learning during the afternoons, as well as a preparatory Talmud class. With degrees in engineering from Princeton and MIT, he worked as an aerospace engineer for NASA. He studied at several yeshivas including the Mir and Pressburg, and received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. In addition, he has been a competitive cycler throughout his academic career, and is known to offer students a scenic Friday morning bike ride. Rabbi Sigler founded the STEP program which offers students a hands-on month-long Yeshiva experience in both the summer and winter at Machon Shlomo. He currently resides in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rabbi Eli Dunner

Evening Talmud Instructor

Rabbi Eli Dunner runs the Evening Talmud program for second year students. He hails from London, England and brings with him a wealth of stories, wit and tradition. He studied in the Gateshead Yeshiva, and subsequently came to learn in the Ponevich, Mir and Brisk yeshivas. Rabbi Dunner is known for his ability to link students to our collective past, sharing anecdotes about our ancestors that make the Torah come alive. He currently resides in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

Rikki Vachnun

Chef and "Mama"

While students at Machon Shlomo relish their home-cooked meals twice a day, they appreciate even more the loving source from which this physical nourishment comes. Rikki was born and raised in Jerusalem, where she currently resides with her husband (an architect at the University of Givat Raam), five children, and 13 grandchildren. Rikki is known for the happiness, warmth, and motherly concern that she offers each and every student while in the Machon and long after they have graduated.