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 serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She has taught Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, The Wexner Heritage New Members Institute, The Drisha Institute, and Young Judaea. Yaffa has lectured at Limmud Events around the world, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.
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 is a dual Canadian and American citizen, the first Orthodox woman to adopt the title of rabbi. Rabbi Kagedan 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 and is a Shalom Hartman Institute RLI fellow. She is also a Hadassah Brandeis Institute-Gender, Culture, Religion and Law Research Associate. She was ordained in 2015, by Yeshivat Maharat and in early 2016 assumed a post at the New Jersey Orthodox synagogue Mount Freedom Jewish Center. She is now the senior rabbi at the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea, MA. She is also the founder of the Sulam School in Brookline, MA. Rabbi Kagedan is an instructor of bioethics atNew York Medical College and is a clinical ethicist as well as a chaplain in hospitals and hospices. She is currently studying for Yadin Yadin smicha.
Rabba Dr. Anat Sharbat has served as a Scholar in Residence at Yeshivat Maharat, 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 attended 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.