"The teachers here are very accepting and not judgmental, so it’s easy to connect with them and really get to know them." O.T.
OUR FACULTY is composed of individuals who are deeply devoted to imparting Torah wisdom to their students. More importantly, they are committed to living up to these values themselves. Each teacher is a role model, a mountain climber who is aspiring to reach new heights, and encouraging students to take their own next step up the hill of self discovery.
FOUNDERS AND PRINCIPAL
Darchei Emunah was founded by Rabbi Rafael and Tova Weingot. The Weingots live in Tsfat’s Old City since 1979, in a house which has been in their family for nearly a century.
Rabbi Rafael Weingot is a student of the late Rav Shlomo Freifeld zt”l from the time when Yeshiva Sha’ar Yashuv first began. He received his Master's Degree in Education from Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin under Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner zt"l, following a B.A. in English Literature from Brooklyn College. He founded Yeshiva Shalom Rav and Kollel Mishnas Aharon in Tsfat.
Mrs. Tova Weingot has a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Religions from Florida State University, and is a certified Life Coach. After graduating college, Tova set out on a search which she thought would take her to India, but instead led her to Diaspora Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, where she explored and immersed herself in Torah Judaism. Now, more than 35 years later, Tova is extending her role as Rebbetzin and mother to envelop her students with caring and true appreciation. She loves enabling students to find inspiration, strength, and direction in their lives.
Mrs. Kiki Weingot is available for our girls around the clock. She lovingly takes care of our student's needs, making sure that everything runs efficiently. Every morning Kiki's there to meet with the girls, and give a short Shmiras HaLashon shiur. Kiki graduated from Magen Vocational Training Institute in Jerusalem with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, has years of experience in high-level administrative positions, and is a certified Life Coach.
Rabbi Avraham Lasky is our Minahel Ruchani, as well as our first teacher every morning. He has an especially broad base of Torah knowledge and hashkafa, and knows how to transmit it to today’s students. He has a B.A. in Jewish History from Lehman College, NY, a Teacher's Certification from Chinuch Atzmai in Israel, and Smicha from HaRav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Av Beit Din Jerusalem Rabbinut. Rabbi Lasky’s classes include: Navi Shmuel, Halacha, Derech Hashem, Wisdom of the Aish Kodesh, Nesivos Shalom on Education, Spirituality of Shabbos, Modern Israeli History and Society, and the Holocaust. He is available to speak with the students throughout the week.
Mrs. Shprintzi Heifitz is the lady behind the scenes who keeps our operation together through her total dedication and astute business mind.
Rabbi Alon Anava was born and raised as a very secular Israeli. After a Near Death Experience in 2001, his life was changed forever. Since then, he’s been learning Torah intensely, and is on a mission to spread the fascinating insights that he gained from this experience, the details of which he remembers explicitly. His lectures are posted on the web for all to hear.
Rabbi Amichai Cohen received his Rabbinical ordination from the Israel Beit Din, and holds a Master's degree in Special Education. He was born in Jersusalem, and grew up in the U.S. He served as principal of a school in Boca Raton, and was the Rabbi of The Boca Torah Center. Rabbi Amichai has spoken for, and facilitated groups of thousands of children and adults from all over the world about topics of Jewish spirituality and wisdom.
He serves as a senior lecturer in Ascent of Safed.
Mrs. Shayna Elka Falk teaches "Mindful Minhagim", a course which explores our many customs through medrashim and the prophets. Mrs. Falk is an attorney who practiced in the Courts of New York State for twenty years. She has co-authored numerous articles which have appeared in Hamodia, the Jewish Observer and other magazines and periodicals, and has lectured on varied topics of Jewish interest to adult audiences in the New York City area and in Israel.
Mrs. Sara Fenton, originally from Philadelphia, studied World Religions at McGill University in Montreal where she got her Bachelor of Arts degree. She is presently completing her Teachers Certificate and Registration from Michlala Yerushalayim, where she majored in Tanach. Sara spreads her love for Torah and Eretz Yisrael through her wide knowledge and expressive personality.
Mrs. Chana Gorenstein has a Public Relations and Writing degree from Boston University. She attended Machon Chana Jewish studies seminary for two and a half years. She also has taken numerous courses on the side, including parenting courses and self development course with Dina Friedman. Her passion in life is creating for herself and teaching others how to create a true Jewish home.
Mrs. Dvorah Hoffman is an Honors Graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, and Alfred University. She studied at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, and became a Licensed Facilitator at Davis Dyslexia International. As an artist she has been teaching art and showing her work in galleries for over 40 years. Also on her extended resume is her position teaching teachers as well as co-teaching post seminary BA Program (Special Education) at Touro College. As President of Canadian Friends of Kids For Kids she ran an educational fundraiser involving over 1,000 students making mezzuzah covers which were exhibited and sold.
Mrs. Yehudis Hutner holds an M.A. and a B.F.A. in photography and graphic design from Clark University Boston, as well as teacher’s certificates from both Boston Jewish Federation and Rockland Community College. She has many years of teaching art and design in various schools in Boston and in Israel, and has taken part in many art exhibitions throughout the years. Yehudis will be bringing tons of creative ideas into her classes, both via her “Creative Arts” class, and her “Healthy Living”.
Mrs. Laya Jackson has an M.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and is the author of the book You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way (Kadima Press). With love, depth, humor, and clarity, students will explore women in Tanach - their stories, choices, strengths and triumphs, in order to apply these lessons to their own personal development.
Mrs. Batsheva Nelson has been a teen mentor and coach since 1977. During her class "Living in Today's World”, Batsheva illuminates ways for our students to better understand themselves and their environment – and how they can have an impact on their world.
Rabbi Eliyahu Reiter shares his love of Torah through deep teachings and through his musical band named "Simply Tsfat" which is famous for its tours in the United States and Israel. Rabbi Reiter has a Masters Degree from Stanford University.
Mrs. Tzivia Reiter – received her B.A. in General Arts, with an emphasis on dance, from Penn State University. Tzivia loves going into nature, and leads students on hikes and field trips around Tsfat and Meron.
Rabbi Yisrael Rotenberg teaches Parsha Overview, as well as Hilchos Shabbos. He graduated from Manchester Talmudic College and received Smicha from the Israeli Rabbanut. He has founded several girls and boys elementary schools in Tsfat, as well as "Lev U’neshama”, an organization that distributes food and other necessities to needy families.
Rabbi Baruch Shaver teaches Chassidic thought and philosophy dealing with the struggles and conflicts of the human psyche. His classes are thought-provoking and pertinent. Rabbi Shaver has a B.A. in Computer Science from Rhode Island College.
Mrs. Aviva Speigel received her degree in Human Biology from Stanford University with a concentration in Psycho-Bio-Social Aspects of Identity and Expression. During college, she trained extensively in Contact Improvisation Dance. Her workshops enable the girls to gain skills and confidence through spontaneous creative expression.
Mrs. Ariella Bracha Waldinger invites students to share insights and tap into strengths that she herself has acquired during her interesting journey of life. A self made woman, she ran a yearbook business with a million dollars in sales volume, and has taught creative design, sales, marketing & photography. In her class "A Call to Live - Self Empowerment through Torah Knowledge and Personal Effort", Mrs. Waldinger guides the students through the steps necessary to implement real change in their lives.
Rabbi Avraham Shimon Weingot has an amazing way of bringing lofty concepts down to a level accessible to today’s young people. “Rav Avshi” is a certified Life Coach, and is a talmid of Rabbi Yitschak Meir Morgenstern. He is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Shalom Rav, along side his father, Rabbi Rafael Weingot.
Mrs. Shira Yehudit D'jlilmand’s writings appear weekly in Mishpacha Magazine. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Psycho Physical Education, an M.A. in Political Philosophy, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Secondary Education.
Rabbi Chaim Rubin shlita, aka Zaidy Rubin, comes up to Tsfat from his Jerusalam home a few times a year. A talmid chacham of great stature, Rabbi Rubin imparts lessons through stories in a most entertaining and grandfatherly way.
Rabbi Natan Gamedze comes from the royal family of the Kingdom of Swaziland. He graduated with Honors from Oxford University in Modern Languages, and received a Masters in Translation & Modern Languages from Wits University. Over 20 years ago, Rav Gamedze came to Israel to study for his PhD in the Hebrew Language. This led him to become a Ger Tzedik, embracing the world of Torah through intense full time learning in various Talmudic institutions including Ohr Somayach and BriskYeshiva in Jerusalem. Rabbi Gamedze inspires our students with his ability to speak about any topic, his deep roots in Torah philosophy, and his delicate understanding of spiritual matters.