Rabba Avital Engelberg

Rabba Avital Engelberg was a fellow of the Halakha program at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and  holds a B.A. in Theatre from Tel Aviv University, a Master’s degree in Talmud from Bar Ilan University, and a diploma in Group Facilitation. Avital taught Talmud at Yeshivat Maharat, and has taught and facilitated groups at various Jewish educational institutions in Israel, including Elul, Beit Midrash Alma, Midreshet Ein Prat, and Israel’s Bronfman Youth Fellowship Program. Today Avital teaches Talmud and Halacha in the Hartman Girls High school, and in Mechinat Ein Prat. She is also a board member of Ne'emanei Torah Va'Avodah movement.

Rabba Yaffa Epstein


Rabba Yaffa Epstein teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Maharat and serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.  She holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University and has been a member of the Israeli Bar since 2003. Yaffa is a former student of the Kollel at Pardes and was a member of the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan. She has studied at the Talmud Department at Hebrew University, and is currently pursuing Rabbinical studies in the Advanced Kollel at Yeshivat Maharat.

Yaffa has taught Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel, as well as the Drisha Institute June Kollel, Kayam Farm Kollel, the Lookstein Center, Ta Shma and Young Judaea Year Course. She has taught at Limmud Events around the globe, and has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning, and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. As well, Yaffa was an inaugural member of the "Reshut Harabim" Beit Midrash, a think tank on Modern Orthodoxy in Israel, at the Yaakov Herzog Center.

Maharat Miriam Gonczarska

Maharat Miriam Gonczarska  grew up in Poland and lived in Warsaw prior to beginning her studies at Yeshivat Maharat. She became involved in the revival of Jewish life in Poland beginning in the early 1990s. Miriam pursued her studies in Israel at Nishmat, Matan, and Pardes. She has worked at the Lauder Foundation, Europe Magazine, Aish Hatorah Women’s College in Belarus, and the Hebrew Section of Polish Radio as journalist. She now works for the Jewish Community of Warsaw as a Jewish educator. She has been delegated by her community to study at Yeshivat Maharat. Miriam serves as a member of the Council of the Union of the Jewish Community of Poland and of the Religious Board of the Union. In addition, she is a member of the board of the Council of Christian and Jews and Bne’i Brith. Miriam is actively involved in the recently founded Second Generation Association in Poland. Miriam has written articles that have appeared in numerous publications and websites including www.jewish.org.pl. She has been featured as a guest in international and Polish media due to her knowledge of Judaism, experiences with Polish-Jewish issues and current Jewish identity issues in Poland. Since her arrival in New York, she has regularly been interacting with people exploring their Jewish roots in Poland and others who are interested in learning about Jewish educational projects in Poland.

Rabbi Lila Kagedan

Rabbi Lila Kagedan is a consultant, activist, and educator in the areas of global health, ethics, religion and education and is a Shalom Hartman Institute RLI fellow.  She is also a Hadassah Brandeis Institute-Gender, Culture, Religion and Law Research Associate. Lila is a clinical ethicist and chaplain and sits on ethics committees of major hospitals, hospices and academic institutions. Lila has created curricula and taught courses on a variety of topics in the field of bioethics, and is a seasoned teacher. She has also  taught Talmud, ethics and Jewish studies in a variety of formal and non-formal settings and has written and lectured on the topics of medicine and Jewish law, Jewish Ethics as well as on topics relating to women and Judaism/Jewish practice. 

Lila has consulted for several  NGOs, health care centers and academic institutions while also working in clinical environments. She is currently an instructor of bioethics at Touro College and collaborates with the New York Medical College. Lila is the founder of the Sulam School and holds degrees and certificates from Midreshet  Lindenbaum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The University of Toronto, Harvard University, The Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Rabbi Lila Kagedan has joined the spiritual leadership team as clergywoman at the Mount Freedom Jewish Centre.

Rabba Dr. Anat Sharbat

Rabba Dr. Anat Sharbat is joining the faculty at Yeshivat Maharat as a Scholar in Residence, researching and writing scholarly articles. She also serves as part of the clergy team at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. Anat feels passionate about issues of feminism and social justice, and was a T’ruah Rabbinical Fellow in Human Rights and has been attending the JOIN for Justice cross seminary organizing course. Anat completed a chaplaincy internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Sharbat graduated from Bar-Ilan University with an M.A. cum laude and a Ph.D. in Talmud. While writing her thesis for her M.A. degree, she studied at Shalom Hartman Institute’s Beit Midrash Program. Anat served as a board member at Kolech-Religious Women’s Forum.  She was born and raised in Israel and is married with four girls.