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Rav Moshe Schmerler ('96-'97)

A rabbi with Yoreh Yoreh Smicha, who is currently finishing up his Yadin Yadin, and is also working as the Financial Director of the New York Daily News Digital Media Department? Yes, this is the life of Rav Moshe Schmerler. And it all began at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim….

Although Reb Moish's shana alef was in '96-'97, he had actually joined the Reishit family years earlier. Moish grew up in Staten Island and has been close with the whole Marcus family for his entire life, which is what originally sparked his interest in Reishit. Moish made a quick impact at yeshiva: He became gabbai, was one of the pillars of the Beit Midrash, and was beloved to his Rabbeim and peers.

After graduating Yeshiva University in 2000 with a B.S. in Finance, Moish landed a job as the financial manager at Time Warner, where he worked on magazines such as Fortune, Money, Golf and Sports Illustrated. In 2007, Moish switched to the New York Daily News beginning as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis and later becoming Financial Director of the Digital Media Department.

During this time Moish kept growing in Torah, eventually receiving Smicha from Kollel Ayshel Avraham, a program for individuals pursuing smicha while working full-time. Additionally, he is currently participating in a Yadin Yadin program that is involved in introducing rulings of Batei Din to the American court system. Moish also recruits for the kollel, and is President of their Alumni Association. (He would be very happy to speak to anyone who wants to find out more about this program!) To add to his busy schedule, Moish also gives a weekly shiur on the Haftorah (available on, serves as Vice President of Communications of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island, and works with the Igud HaRabbonim on communal affairs.

Moish is married to Sorah Borenstein (daughter of Rabbi Samuel Borenstein of MTA), who holds a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Stern College, and a Master's in Science Education from CUNY, and currently works as a science teacher in the New York City Public School System. Additionally, she coordinates Holocaust Education in P.S. 187 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Moish and Sorah are proud parents of five wonderful children: Ellen, 11, Mordechai, 9, Gita, 7, Yedidyah, 5, and Shayna, 2, and newborn Shlomo.

Moish says that he still feels extremely close to his Rabbeim at Reishit. Whenever he sees any of the Marcuses, he gets a hug not just a handshake. Moish remembers being in one of Rav Elie's famous Thursday night Mussar talks, and hearing Rav Elie say, "you will be a different person because you attended this yeshiva." Moish reflects how true this is. He says that Reishit enhanced his dedication to Judaism, Eretz Yisrael, and his family. Moish says that although he was the one who chose to become a part of Reishit, Reishit became a part of him.

May Moish and his family enjoy continued Hatzlacha in all of their endeavors.

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