Meet The Lehrhaus Editorial Team
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.
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 are By 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 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.”
Davida Kollmar is a Masters student at NYU pursuing a degree in Data Science. Formerly, she was the Program Administrator at the Center for Modern Torah Leadership, running their Summer Beit Midrash program. She has also tutored Statistics and Jewish Studies to Associates Degree students at Yeshiva University’s Katz School, and taught Halakhah and Physics Lab at Yeshiva University High School for Girls – Central. Davida is a graduate of GPATS, Stern College for Women, and Nishmat’s Shana Ba’Aretz program.
Ari Lamm is the Special Advisor to the President of Yeshiva University. He is formerly the Resident Scholar of the Jewish Center in Manhattan, NY. He earned his BA from Yeshiva University, his MA from University College London through a Fulbright Scholarship, and semikhah from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
At present, he is pursuing his PhD in Religion at Princeton University, is Wexner Graduate Fellow, and is an Executive Committee member of Global Unites, a non-partisan group committed to long-term conflict transformation and sustainability.
Tuvy Miller is currently in his third year of semikha at RIETS and is studying for an M.A. in Medieval Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School as a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar. Additionally, Tuvy teaches a Talmud class at SAR High School. Hailing from Baltimore, he spent two years learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion after which he attended Yeshiva University, graduating with a B.A. in English and Jewish History. During the summers, Tuvy has worked as the Rosh Beit Midrash at Camp Stone, fusing Torah and Jewish History to help create a Religious Zionist utopia. This coming year he will be learning in the Kollel Gavoha at Yeshivat Har Etzion.
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.
Mindy Schwartz Zolty is a recent graduate of Stern College for Women, where she majored in Judaic Studies and Art History. While at Stern, Mindy served as Co-Editor-In-Chief of Kol Hamevaser, the Journal of Jewish Thought of Yeshiva University and as the Editor-in-Chief of The Observer, the student newspaper of Stern College and Yeshiva University. Upon graduating Mindy was named the valedictorian of the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies of Stern College. She will begin the Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University this coming September.
Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky is the incoming Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and Educational Outreach at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, NJ, where he will be teaching Judaic Studies classes, collaborating with faculty to deepen the culture of interdisciplinary student learning throughout the school, and developing educational outreach programs for the school’s families and partner communities. He previously served as Rosh Beit Midrash of Kohelet Yeshiva in Lower Merion, PA.
A popular lecturer and author, Rabbi Sinensky recently completed book-length treatments of the Jewish return to Zion during the Second Temple period and the mitzvah of Torah study, published by Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Virtual Beit Midrash. He is active on the Sefaria website, and is pursuing a PhD on the intersection between Jewish thought and gender studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. His interdisciplinary high school course on Jewish & Western philosophy and the humanities was recently awarded the inaugural Kohelet Prize.
Ayelet Wenger is an MPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, where she studies Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman world. She received her B.A. from Princeton University (Classics, summa cum laude) and studied at Nishmat, Migdal Oz, and the Hebrew University. Her senior thesis (“They Began to Speak in Other Tongues”: Greek in the Arukh of Nathan ben Jehiel) received awards from the Princeton Department of Classics, Program in Hellenic Studies, and Program in Judaic Studies.
Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier is a PhD candidate in Ancient Judaism at Yale University, a member of Yeshiva University’s Kollel Elyon, and is a Lecturer at YU’s Isaac Breuer College. Previously he served as Director of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Yale University. Shlomo is an alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva University (BA, MA, Semicha), as well as of the Wexner, Tikvah, and Kupietzky Kodshim Fellowships. He has lectured and taught widely across North America, and is excited to share Torah and Jewish scholarship on a broad range of issues. Shlomo serves on the Editorial Committee of Tradition, is co-editor of Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity, and is editing the forthcoming Contemporary Forms and Uses of Hasidut.
Founders of The Lehrhaus
Lehrhaus Founding Editors
Leslie Ginsparg Klein
Michael (Avi) Helfand
Copy Editor – 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.
Webmaster/Social Media Manager – Steve Gotlib recently graduated from Rutgers University, where he earned a BA in Jewish Studies and Communication as well as a minor in Philosophy. He will shortly begin pursuing semikha from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.