Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosen zt"l founded the Yakar Center for Tradition and Creativity in London in 1978, in Jerusalem in 1992 and in Tel-Aviv in 2007. He was ordained in Israel in 1973 and received his Ph.D. form London University in 1994. Rabbi Michael Rosen is the author of the book A Quest for Authenticity: the thought of Rabbi Simchah Bunim of Przysucha. Rabbi Rosen passed away on December 7th, 2008.
Gilla Rosen: Yakar - Dean, has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature and has taught at Nishmat (Torah Education form Women), Pardes, Yakar, in addition to serving as the Head of Beit Midrash Lindenbaum, 2002-2003. Gilla also lectures at various institutions and for the past six years has served as a halachic advisor for women on an open hot-line sponsored by Nishmat. Gilla is a compelling and insightful educator, she has taught in all areas of Jewish education: Midrash, Halachah, and Tanach, but she is known for her exceptional ability in teaching Gemara. She is director of Yakar Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv.
Rabbi Chananel Rosen: Yakar Co-Director, holds a B.A. from The Hebrew Univesity in Psychology and English Literature and received semicha from the Israel Rabbinate. His M.A. thesis in progress deals with the interface between the explicit manifestation of halakhic responsa and their implicit interal constructs. He is an accomplished teacher and singer, and leads the soulful prayer of the Yakar community on Shabbat.
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Dov Rosen: Rabbi, Yakar Jerusalem, studied Torah in several (very different) yeshivot, and for a decade in Yeshivat Har Etzion. He studied Philosophy and Literature in The Hebrew University, from which he received a doctorate for a dissertation on the metaphysical and theological underpinnings of social justice theory. Shlomo Dov has taught Talmud, Jewish Philosophy, Tanach and Halacha in yeshivot and midrashot for over a decade. He previously served as communal rabbi of the Bet Yosef synagogue for four years, and for five years was a Ram in Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi. Besides his rabbinic responsibilities, Shlomo Dov is currently doing post doctoral work in Ben Gurion University on Philosophy and Mysticism.
Rabbi Dov Berkovitz has B.A. degrees in Sociology and Philosophy from YU in New York, and an M.A. in Jewish History. He is a founding member of both Pardes and Beit Midrash Elul. He also was a senior researcher for Adin Steinsaltz and is the founder and director of Beit Midrash Beit Av.
Deena Garber trained in psychology at University College, London, and the Tvistock Institute, and was a fellow at Yale Psychiatric Institute. She studied Torah at Bruria, MaTaN and The Hebrew University. Deena has taught psychology at Bar Ilan and Touro College, and Torah in Yakar and various midrashot. She established Bet Midrash LeTorat Hanefesh for interdisciplinary research, and her teaching lays emphasis on Chazal and chassidut in relationship to psychology.
Rabbi Chaim Kornberg has been living in Israel since 1979. He received his general education from the University of Toronto and Toronto Teachers’ College. His rabbinic ordination is from Harav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. He teaches both Jewish and General Education and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and 3 children.
Daniel Sharshevki studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and holds an M.A. in Midrashic Literature from Hebrew University. He operates the internet site Pshita which brings combines the study of Torah and the internet. He teaches Gemara and Midrash at various institutions.
Ariel Mayse is completing his doctorate in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, where he is working with Professors Arthur Green and Bernard Septimus. He has been a student of Jewish mysticism for many years, and he teaches Hasidic thought and theology in Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife and son. Ariel’s forthcoming dissertation, entitled “Beyond the Letters: The Question of Language in the Teachings of R. Dov Baer of Mezritch,” explores the philosophy of language of one of the most important early Hasidic leaders. In addition to several popular and scholarly articles on Kabbalah and Hasidism, he is a co-editor of the two-volume collection Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings From Around the Maggid’s Table (Jewish Lights, 2013), and editor of the recent From the Depth of the Well: An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism (Paulist Press, 2014).