Educational Staff

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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.


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.

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

Rabbi Ari Katz, Former Director KBY

Rabbi Shalom Weisberg

Rabbi Yitzchak Lerner, Midreshet Moriah

Yosefa Sheinbein, Midreshet Moriah

Dr. Dodi Tobin, Machon Maayan

Rabbi Moshe Kornbum, Yeshivat Orayta

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

Dr. Gizele Cycowice, Holocaust Witness


Yaakov Menashe, Coordinator, Security Services

Eli Ben-Gad, Director General of Following, LTD

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