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Rav Yosef Bronfeld ('97-'99)

"It is such a privilege to give back to the Yeshiva from which I gained so much."

Rav BronfeldAs Captain of the MTA hockey team, Rav Yosef Bronfeld was respected and admired for his enthusiasm, leadership and passion. After spending two years at Reishit ('97-'99), receiving Semicha from Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore, and earning an M.S. in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, Rav Bronfeld has returned to Reishit - and continues to lead, teach and guide his talmidim with passionate devotion.

Rav Bronfeld is a Maggid Shiur during Morning and Afternoon Seder, and delivers an in-depth daily shiur on contemporary Halacha from the Mishna Berurah.

Married to Ilana (nee' Weinblatt) of Great Neck, NY, the Bronfelds are the proud parents of Sarah (5), Esther (3) and Rivka(1.5). Ilana is also involved in Jewish Education, having taught at various elementary and high schools in New York and Baltimore. Ilan graduated Stern College and earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College in Maryland. 

While living in Baltimore, Rav Bronfeld gave a weekly Thursday night Mishmar shiur started by Reishit alumni at the University of Maryland Hillel. 

Two of Rav Yosef's brothers are also Reishit alumni: Andrew ('94-'95) is married and living in Chicago; Matthew ('03-'04), lives in NY.

With his boundless energy and their open home, Rav & Mrs. Bronfeld have earned the respect and admiration of all their talmidim, and we are proud that they are such an important part of the Reishit Family.

"Whether it's through learning in shiur, chavrusas in the Beis Medrash, shmoozing in the dorms, or even a late night game of roller hockey after night seder (I try to go easy on them!), there are so many ways for Rebbeim and talmidim to connect at Reishit...."

"I've had the unique opportunity to experience Reishit from both ends, and I never cease to be amazed at how special the Yeshiva is; It is such a privilege to give back to the Yeshiva from which I gained so much."

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