Meet The Lehrhaus Editorial Team


Wendy Amsellem Wendy Amsellem teaches at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and at Yeshivat Maharat. She lectures widely throughout the United States on Talmud, Aggadah, and the evolving public role of women in the Jewish community. Wendy is the former director of the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School program and the Rosh Kollel of Drisha's July Beit Midrash. She is on the advisory board of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and she was a founding member of Darkhei Noam. She received a Wexner Graduate Fellowship and is an alumna of the Drisha Scholars Circle and of Harvard University.

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem teaches at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and at Yeshivat Maharat. She lectures widely throughout the United States on Talmud, Aggadah, and the evolving public role of women in the Jewish community. Wendy is the former director of the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School program and the Rosh Kollel of Drisha's July Beit Midrash. She is on the advisory board of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and she was a founding member of Darkhei Noam. She received a Wexner Graduate Fellowship and is an alumna of the Drisha Scholars Circle and of Harvard University.

Zev Eleff Zev Eleff is Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL. He is the author of six books and more than thirty scholarly articles in the field of American Jewish history. His Who Rules the Synagogue (Oxford) and Modern Orthodox Judaism (JPS) both appeared in 2016. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Eleff was also named to a recent list of Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago's Jewish "36 Under 36," sponsored by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. 

Zev Eleff

Zev Eleff is Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL. He is the author of six books and more than thirty scholarly articles in the field of American Jewish history. His Who Rules the Synagogue (Oxford) and Modern Orthodox Judaism (JPS) both appeared in 2016. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Eleff was also named to a recent list of Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago's Jewish "36 Under 36," sponsored by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. 

Elli Fischer Elli Fischer is an independent writer, translator, editor, and rabbi. Previously, he was the JLIC rabbi and campus educator at the University of Maryland. He holds rabbinical ordination from Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, and is working toward a doctorate in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. His original writing has appeared in Commentary,Moment, Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic, Jewish Ideas Daily, Journal of Halakha and Contemporary Society, New York Jewish Week, Jewish Action, and elsewhere. Among his translated works areBy Faith Alone: The Story of Rabbi Yehuda Amital, and he is the editor of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halakha series in English.  

Elli Fischer

Elli Fischer is an independent writer, translator, editor, and rabbi. Previously, he was the JLIC rabbi and campus educator at the University of Maryland. He holds rabbinical ordination from Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, and is working toward a doctorate in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. His original writing has appeared in Commentary,MomentJewish Review of BooksMosaicJewish Ideas DailyJournal of Halakha and Contemporary Society, New York Jewish Week, Jewish Action, and elsewhere. Among his translated works areBy Faith Alone: The Story of Rabbi Yehuda Amital, and he is the editor of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halakha series in English.

 

Leslie Ginsparg Klein Leslie Ginsparg Klein is a writer and educator. She has taught education, Jewish history and Jewish studies at Gratz College, Touro College, Hebrew Theological College, and Beth Tfiloh High School. She has lectured across the United States and internationally. Dr. Ginsparg Klein received her Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies from New York University, where she researched the history and development of Orthodox girls’ education in America. She is also an alumna of Michlalah, Stern College for Women and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Ginsparg Klein is the founder and director of Girls' Night On, a not-for-profit organization that promotes Jewish women in music and the arts. For her work with Girls’ Night On, in 2009, she was named one of the New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36.”

Leslie Ginsparg Klein

Leslie Ginsparg Klein is a writer and educator. She has taught education, Jewish history and Jewish studies at Gratz College, Touro College, Hebrew Theological College, and Beth Tfiloh High School. She has lectured across the United States and internationally. Dr. Ginsparg Klein received her Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies from New York University, where she researched the history and development of Orthodox girls’ education in America. She is also an alumna of Michlalah, Stern College for Women and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Ginsparg Klein is the founder and director of Girls' Night On, a not-for-profit organization that promotes Jewish women in music and the arts. For her work with Girls’ Night On, in 2009, she was named one of the New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36.”

Avi Helfand Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how U.S. law treats religious—and in particular Jewish—law, custom, and practice. He is currently an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, and associate director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies. In addition, he serves as a board member, arbitrator, and consultant for the Beth Din of America. His academic articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the New York University Law Review, as well as in various general audience publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Forward. 

Avi Helfand

Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how U.S. law treats religious—and in particular Jewish—law, custom, and practice. He is currently an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, and associate director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies. In addition, he serves as a board member, arbitrator, and consultant for the Beth Din of America. His academic articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the New York University Law Review, as well as in various general audience publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Forward

Ari Lamm Ari Lamm is the Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center of Manhattan, and a Ph.D. candidate studying ancient Judaism and Christianity at Princeton University. He earned his B.A. at Yeshiva University, and received a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his M.A. in Jewish Studies and Eastern Christianity at University College London. He completed his Semichah at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is currently the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the Sri Lanka-based organization, Global Unites, which promotes grassroots, non-violent, youth-based peace-making in conflict-torn areas.

Ari Lamm

Ari Lamm is the Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center of Manhattan, and a Ph.D. candidate studying ancient Judaism and Christianity at Princeton University. He earned his B.A. at Yeshiva University, and received a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his M.A. in Jewish Studies and Eastern Christianity at University College London. He completed his Semichah at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is currently the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the Sri Lanka-based organization, Global Unites, which promotes grassroots, non-violent, youth-based peace-making in conflict-torn areas.

Sarah Rindner Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College for Women in New York City. In the past she has taught English at Ma'ayanot and SAR High Schools. Sarah has lectured on both Jewish and literary texts in a variety of formal and informal environments, and writes about the intersection of Judaism and literature for The Book of Books blog.

Sarah Rindner

Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College for Women in New York City. In the past she has taught English at Ma'ayanot and SAR High Schools. Sarah has lectured on both Jewish and literary texts in a variety of formal and informal environments, and writes about the intersection of Judaism and literature for The Book of Books blog.

Ayelet Wenger Ayelet Wenger is a senior at Princeton University studying Classics with certificates in Hellenic Studies and Judaic Studies. She has also studied Torah at Nishmat, Migdal Oz, Drisha Institute, and the Hebrew University. Ayelet has served as Education Chair of the Princeton Orthodox Student Board, Rosh Chinuch of Camp Stone, and founder of the Undergraduate Judaic Studies Conference.

Ayelet Wenger

Ayelet Wenger is a senior at Princeton University studying Classics with certificates in Hellenic Studies and Judaic Studies. She has also studied Torah at Nishmat, Migdal Oz, Drisha Institute, and the Hebrew University. Ayelet has served as Education Chair of the Princeton Orthodox Student Board, Rosh Chinuch of Camp Stone, and founder of the Undergraduate Judaic Studies Conference.

Shlomo Zuckier Shlomo Zuckier is a PhD student in Ancient Judaism at Yale University and also serves as Co-Director of OU-JLIC at Yale University. Following three and a half years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush), Shlomo received a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva College. He furthered his academic studies by completing MA’s in Bible and Talmud at Yeshiva (BRGS), where he also studied for rabbinic ordination (RIETS). He is an alumnus of the Wexner, Tikvah, and Kupietzky Kodshim Fellowships, and is on the Editorial Committee of Tradition. Shlomo co-edited Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity and is the editor of the forthcoming Contemporary Forms and Uses of Hasidut.

Shlomo Zuckier

Shlomo Zuckier is a PhD student in Ancient Judaism at Yale University and also serves as Co-Director of OU-JLIC at Yale University. Following three and a half years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush), Shlomo received a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva College. He furthered his academic studies by completing MA’s in Bible and Talmud at Yeshiva (BRGS), where he also studied for rabbinic ordination (RIETS). He is an alumnus of the Wexner, Tikvah, and Kupietzky Kodshim Fellowships, and is on the Editorial Committee of Tradition. Shlomo co-edited Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity and is the editor of the forthcoming Contemporary Forms and Uses of Hasidut.


Meet the Lehrhaus Staff

Copy Editor - Jonathan Engel Jonathan Engel earned his BA in mathematics with a minor in Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College, where he was also an active member of the OU-JLIC community. He completed further academic coursework in Judaic Studies at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Yeshiva University, and spent four years studying at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in the old city of Jerusalem. Jonathan earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, where he was on the editorial staff of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Jonathan is currently a Court Attorney for the New York State Unified Court System, and is on the editorial staff of Jewish Bible Quarterly.

Copy Editor - Jonathan Engel

Jonathan Engel earned his BA in mathematics with a minor in Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College, where he was also an active member of the OU-JLIC community. He completed further academic coursework in Judaic Studies at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Yeshiva University, and spent four years studying at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in the old city of Jerusalem. Jonathan earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, where he was on the editorial staff of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Jonathan is currently a Court Attorney for the New York State Unified Court System, and is on the editorial staff of Jewish Bible Quarterly.