Educational Staff

Michael Berl, Director

Michael Berl holds a BA in Political Science from Yeshiva University and an MA in Theater Arts from Brooklyn College. For 13 years he was Director of Student Activities and Music Director at the Ramaz School before making Aliyah in 1985. For many years, he served as Music and Program Director at Camp Massad, a resident staff member of Yeshiva University Leadership Seminars, and Director of Fine Arts at Camp Morasha for over a decade. Upon Aliyah he was appointed Associate Director of the Israel Council of Young Israel, and Music/Drama Instructor at the American International School in Kfar Shmaryahu. In 1986 he became Director of the Beit Hillel Theater Workshop at Hebrew University, a position he holds until today. From 1987-1990, he was the programmer for the March of the Living in their main offices in Tel Aviv. He has served as the Director of Heritage Seminars since its inception in 1991.

Rabbi David Katz, Educator

Rabbi David Katz has been associated with Heritage for 19 years. Among the inner circle of Heritage Senior Staff he is exalted for his meticulous attention to detail and passion for excellence in programming. Rabbi Katz has been the Director of the prestigious women’s Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) since its inception. He attended Yeshiva University, and is a former director of the NCSY Summer Programs, and the Nitzotz Student Volunteer Program. He also previously served as a faculty member at Bnot Chayil College for Women, Machon Gold, and as Administrator of Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalaim.

 Dr. Jonathan Maresky, Educator, Medical Coordinator

Dr. Jonathan “Jonty” Maresky is Senior Partner at the prestigious Jerusalem Medical Center also known by Jerusalemites as “Wolfson” for its noted location. He is the team physician for the Hapoel Migdal Yerushalaim basketball team, and is the official physician to the US Consulate in Jerusalem, the UNO, EC, TIPH, and the British Embassy. He has been associated with Heritage as Coordinator of Medical Services and Mechanech for over a decade. His professionalism as our chief medical officer and charismatic educator has made him an integral part of the Heritage Family.

Bramson

Rabbi Michael Bramson, Educator

Rabbi Michael Bramson is a warm and engaging teacher, who caters to the needs of each individual student. The influence of his talents have been felt during the summers by the Ethiopian community of Natzrat Elit in Israel, during Shavuot & Simchat Torah in the city of Newport News, Virginia, on Shabbatonim throughout New Jersey, and as one of the most successful teachers at the Berman Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington. Rav Bramson has Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University and a BA in Psychology. In Israel, teaches in 3 seminaries, tutors  many of the teenage boys in Beit Shemesh, runs 2 basketball chugim and  a baseball chug, gives a Shabbat shiur to teenage boys and has been involved in heritage for the past 6 years. His summer daily halacha is subscribed to by more than 300 students.

Debbie

 

Debbie Shohat, Administrator, Educator

Debbie has been associated with Heritage Seminars for the past 8 years in administration, logistics, and educational programming. Prior to joining the Heritage family, Debbie served as a dormitory supervisor and teacher in Machon Gold for three years.  Debbie holds a degree in Education and Music from Bar Ilan, and has run many educational programming in Israel, USA, Ukraine, and Australia. She also serves as the Jewish Education coordinator for Westchester Summer Day. Debbie resides in Efrat with her husband and four children.

Yaakov Menashe

 Yaakov Menashe, Coordinator of Security Services

Yaakov Menashe has been associated with Heritage for over 20 years. His past security status includes former officer, Commando Infantry – Sayeret Golani, IDF. From 1986-2004 Yaakov served as an officer in Sha”bak – The Israel General Security Service. From 2004-2008 he served as the VIP personal security coordinator f0r Minister Eli Yishai.  2008-2011 Ya’akov served as Senior Officer for El-Al security. His current position is the Coordinator, Personal VIP Detail, Office of the Chief of Staff, IDF.

Associated Heritage Seminar Staff:

Rabbi Ira Kosowsky, Machon Maayan

Merryl-Lee Abraham, Machon Maayan

Pesha Fischer, Machon Maayan, Midreshet Amit

Rabbi Kenneth Hirshorn, Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh

Rabbi Mark Mays, Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh

Tzvi Satt, Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh

Rabbi Ari Katz, Former Director KBY

Rabbi Shalom Weisberg

Rabbi Yitzchak Lerner, Midreshet Moriah

Hadar Tsatsashivili, Midreshet Amit

Yosefa Sheinbein, Midreshet Moriah

Dr. Dodi Tobin, Machon Maayan

Meir Balofsky, Bar Ilan

Rabbi Moshe Kornbum, Yeshivat Orayta

Ira Miller, Dean, Ramaz Upper School

Dr. Renee Koplon, Ramaz Upper School

Rabbi Yossi Weiser,Ramaz Upper School

Rabbi Zelig Prag, Flatbush Yeshiva High School

Sharon Isaacson, MMY

Rachel Winkler, Flatbush Yeshiva High School

Rabbanit Esther Wagner, Holocaust Witness

Dr. Gizele Cycowice, Holocaust Witness

Ariel Abecassis, Technical Coordinator, Ariel A. Tours

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Yaakov Menashe, Coordinator, Security Services

Eli Ben-Gad, Director General of Following, LTD

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