Yeshivat Reishit

Spotlight on Our Alumni

David Rackman ('02-'04)

After graduating from Ramaz (and starring on their basketball team), David Rackman, a native of Scarsdale, NY studied in Reishit from 2002- 2004, where he was renowned for his sharp mind, diligence, and dry sense of humor, is still actively involved in Reishit. David has stayed in touch with many of his Rabbeim, and is a proud member of ...

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Josh Heching (2002-3)

A native of New York City, Josh Heching attended MTA before coming to Reishit for the 2002-03 year of study. Even after twelve years, though, the yeshiva is still very much a part of Josh’s life. Whenever he is in Israel, he comes to visit Reishit and maintains a close connection with his rabbeim, even from across the ocean. ...

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Shammai Ellman

What do the MTA and Y.U. wrestling teams, PTC Wizard, and Reishit have in common? They have all played important parts in the life of Shammai Ellman. Hailing from Monsey, New York, Shammai was one of the distinguished talmidim in the second year of Reishit, nineteen years ago in the Old City. Coming from MTA, where during his years on the ...

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Michael Atlas ('97-'99)

Always known as a good athlete, Michael Atlas established his reputation for being a very considerate and sensitive guy even before stepping foot on campus. He was the first (and one of the few) in Reishit history to send a thank you card to the Reishit office after his interview.  Michael officially joined the Reishit family in its ...

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Yehuda Kohn (2000)

It's been a long and busy journey, but twelve years after his shana alef at Reishit, Yehuda Kohn has made his way back to Israel - with his wife and four children. Making aliya from Bergenfield, New Jersey, the Kohns now live in Efrat — a short twenty five minute drive from the yeshiva. Yehuda arrived at Reishit in ...

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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 ...

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Effie Zlotnick

"My fondest memories from Reishit are definitely the one-on-one Chavrusas that I had learning with my Rabbeim. The fact that these Rabbeim who I truly looked up to would take time out of their day to learn with me, and talk about really anything that was on my mind was truly inspirational." Effie Zlotnick's connection to ...

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David Jerome ('96-'98)

ושבו בנים לגבולם David & Nitza Jerome David, originally from Detroit, Michigan, spent two years learning at Reishit, later attending Yeshiva University. After graduating in 2000 with a B.A. in Economics, David, together with business partner and fellow Reishit alumn Yo(ni) Mann worked in Manhattan as a ...

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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." As 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 ...

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Rabbi Yoni Sherizen ('96-'98)

First Chief Executive of University Jewish Chaplaincy Board, United Kingdom From Detroit to Israel, Germany to England... Since his days at Reishit,  Yoni Sherizon has been serving Klal Yisrael accross the globe... Since September 2006, Rav Yoni and his wife, Dalia, have been responsible for overseeing all Rabbinic chaplaincy couples on ...

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Aaron Hoffer ('97-'98)

Where in the World is... Aaron Hoffer ('97-'98) After spending his Shana Alef at Reishit in 1997'-98', Aaron Hoffer, originally from Springfield, New Jersey, has been keeping busy!   As an undergraduate student at NYU, Aaron took on a double major, studying Respiratory Therapy and Health Management.  Aaron's involvement in NYU's ...

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Adam Englander ('94-'95)

Where in the World is... Adam Englander ('94-'95) A member of Reishit's inaugural year in 1994, from Oceanside, NY, Rav Adam is a "rising star" in the world of Jewish Education. Since his Shana Alef at Reishit, Rav Adam has held numerous positions in the Jewish community, in both formal and ...

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