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Halakha Department - Faculty List

Rabbi Donny Besser

Donny Besser

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 216
  • Email: besserd@maayanot.org
  • Rabbi Donny Besser teaches Talmud and Halakha and serves as the Judaic Studies Enrichment Coordinator. Rabbi Besser also serves as a dayan for the RCA Beit Din of America, and he was involved in editing the Masoret HaRav Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah machzorim, whose commentaries incorporate insights of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. Rabbi Besser joined the Ma'ayanot faculty in 2005, prior to which he practiced law for six years.  He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and received semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University.

Mrs. Devora Dawidowicz

Devora Dawidowicz

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  • Email: Dawidowiczd@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Devora Dawidowicz teaches Talmud and Halakha. She earned a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Biology from Stern College for Women, an M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education at Yeshiva University, and she is currently training to receive Yoetzet Halakha Certification from Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center's US Yoatzot Halakha Program. She also completed two prestigious Yeshiva University Fellowships, including The Legacy Heritage Teacher Training Fellowship, through which she examined and implemented ideas for improving teaching strategies, staff induction and student motivation, and The Women’s Leadership Fellowship, where, in conjunction with influential women in the Jewish community, she explored solutions to issues facing Jewish communal leaders.  Before joining the Ma’ayanot faculty she taught Tanakh at Maimonides Upper School, Torah Academy of Brighton, MA, and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, NJ.

     

     

Ms. Shira Donath

Shira Donath

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  • Email: Donaths@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Shira Donath teaches AP Psychology and Jewish Law. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and Yoetzet Halakha Certification from Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center's US Yoatzot Halakha Program. In addition to teaching at Ma'ayanot and serving as a Yoetzet Halakha in Fair Lawn, Ms. Donath volunteers at NechamaComfort in Teaneck, where she counsels women and couples who have experienced infant or pregnancy loss. She has also served as an Intern for the Child Study Team of the Englewood Public School District and as a Research Assistant on research projects at Yeshiva University and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Rabbi Jeremy Donath

Jeremy Donath

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  • Email: donathj@maayanot.org
  • Rabbi Jeremy Donath comes to Ma’ayanot as a member of the Halakha department. Previously, Rabbi Donath taught Judaic Studies in the Middle School of Yavneh Academy and taught Tanach at Torah Academy of Bergen County. He is currently the Rabbi of Congregation Darchei Noam in Fair Lawn and the Bergen County Community Coordinator of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services. Rabbi Donath received semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), a M.A. from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and a B.A. from Yeshiva College.

Rabbi Zev Prince

Zev Prince

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 264
  • Email: princez@maayanot.org
  • Rabbi Zev Prince teaches both Talmud and Halakha, and he serves as Director of Co-Curricular Programming and Director of the Ma’ayanot Scholars Program. Prior to joining the Ma’ayanot faculty, Rabbi Prince worked in adult education as a member of the Boca Raton Community Kollel.  He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Yeshiva University and Semicha from REITS, the Yeshiva University Kollel in Jerusalem.

Mrs. Yael Weil

Yael Weil

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  • Email: Weily@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Yael Weil teaches Halakha as well as Parshat Hashavua and Biur Tefillah electives. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Jewish Studies from Stern College, and Special Education and Child Life Certification from the Bank Street College of Education. Mrs. Weil comes to Ma'ayanot with tremendous teaching experience as she has taught numerous Judaic studies subjects at the elementary, middle and high school levels at various Yeshivot in California, NY and NJ. As Rebbetzin of Beth Jacob Congregation in California, Mrs. Weil also taught adult education classes on a variety of subjects, including Tanakh, holidays, Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy, she counseled brides, and she provided individual tutoring for bat mitzvah preparation, ba'alot teshuva, and women studying for conversion. She is also a well-known guest lecturer who has been brought in as a scholar in residence by numerous Jewish organizations, including the Orthodox Union, National Council of Young Israel, VIP Passover and Kosherica.