Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold is the Director of Education and Spiritual Enrichment at Montreal’s Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal. She previously served as the Education and Ritual Director at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, where she was named one of JUF’s “36 Under 36”. Rachel is a founding member of the Orthodox Leadership Project, serves on the editorial board of the JOFA Journal, and is a board member of the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre (BJEC). She received her B.A. in Religion from Boston University and completed the Drisha Scholars Circle. Rachel lives in Montreal with her husband, Rabbi Avi Finegold, and their three daughters.
Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Yoni and their son Ezra, where she serves as Maharat at Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue. Maharat Ruth’s responsibilities include overseeing the conversion program, directing the mikvah, directing the adult programming, providing pastoral counseling, teaching in the community, and more.
Maharat Ruth is deeply committed to working to ensure that Jewish communal structures provide sensitivity and support to individuals and couples struggling with fertility challenges, and she is honored to serve on The Red Stone Advisory Committee.
She is a proud member of both the Chicago and Washington Boards of Rabbis, and she sits on the Executive Committee of the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, of which she is also a member. Maharat Ruth is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD.
Rabba Abby Brown Scheier is an educator, school administrator, and Jewish community volunteer in Montreal. Abby holds a degree in Religious Studies from York University; and pursued an M.A. in Bible at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a popular Torah teacher in the Montreal community, she works as a private tutor of Biblical Studies, and she runs a program for students of bat mitzvah age. Abby established a supplementary education high school of which she serves as principal, and is active in multiple capacities at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, the synagogue of which her husband is the Senior Rabbi. Abby is married to Rabbi Adam Scheier, and together they have four daughters.