The name Gateways is synonymous with outstanding classes.
Gateways world renowned speakers, such as Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Greenblatt, Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, Rabbi Yonason Shippel & Founder & Director Rabbi Mordechai Suchard are joined by Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein, Rabbi Avraham Friedman and Rabbi Gavriel Friedman to provide our guests with presentations and shiurim that are second to none.
This Pesach will introduce brand new and exciting classes and courses that have never been presented at Gateways. Participants will have an opportunity to complete courses by our world renowned experts in fields such as Spirituality & Mysticism, Kabbalah, and Da Mah Shetashiv (Know What to Answer), will walk away feeling accomplished and having tools for life.
Kol Torah-What an amazing sight to see over Pesach. At Gateways, our fully stocked Beis HaMedrash is packed day and night. Fathers and sons, brother and brother and new found chavrusahs learning together. Not bringing a chavrusah with you? No need to worry, we will match you up. This year we are launching chaburahs with some of the brightest up an coming. Really a geshmak!
Originally from New York, Rabbi Gavriel Friedman has spent more than a decade studying and teaching in various communities, Yeshivas, and programs throughout Israel. He is a regular lecturer for the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, and currently teaching at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem, where his lectures highlight the entire gamut of Aish programs, including the Discovery Seminar, Jerusalem Fellowships, Executive Learning Center, Essentials beginners program and more. A sought after speaker of the Jewish speaking circuit, Rabbi Friedman has lectured in dozens of locations around the globe, including South Africa, England, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and across the United States. Rabbi Friedman’s charisma captivates audiences of all ages and inspires men, women and children across the Jewish spectrum. His unique ability to present Torah concepts in an intriguing yet entertaining fashion leaves his audiences thirsting for more. Rabbi Friedman currently resides in Jerusalem with his wife and children.
Rabbi YY Rubinstein is one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world. He regularly speaks in the UK, United States, France, Belgium, Gibraltar, South Africa and Israel. He is a regular broadcaster on National UK TV & Radio. Four years ago the ‘Independent” Newspaper cited him along with Tony Blair’s mentor, as being among five people in Britain to turn for advice. He writes for ‘Mishpacha’ and is a senior lecturer for Gateways and many other Organizations.
Rabbi Friedman is the Rosh HaYeshiva of Beis Hamedrash L’Torah (the Skokie Yeshiva). He has also served as the Mashgiach Ruchani of the yeshiva and has taught a popular blatt shiur for 30 years. Previously, Rabbi Friedman taught in Israel in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and he also taught in Los Angeles in Yeshiva University of L.A. He received his semicha from Harav Betzalel Zolti, the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem and from Harav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg who served on the Beis Din Hagodol of Israel. He has written many Torah journals on a number of mesectos.
Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a noted Talmudic scholar, has had a distinguished career with RIETS for nearly 50 years. He joined the faculty in 1967, at the age of 26, the youngest Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS. Since 1971, Rabbi Schachter has been Rosh Kollel in RIETS' Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel (Institute for Advanced Research in Rabbinics) and also holds the institution's Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud.
In addition to his teaching duties, Rabbi Schachter lectures, writes, and serves as a world renowned decisor of Jewish Law. A prolific author, he has written more than 100 articles, in Hebrew and English, for such scholarly publications as HaPardes, Hadarom, Beth Yitzchak, and Or Hamizrach. Seforim written include Eretz HaTzvi, B'ikvei HaTzon, Ginas Haegoz, and Nefesh HaRav, MiPninei HaRav and Divrei HaRav.
At age 22, Rabbi Schachter was appointed assistant to the renowned Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l. Rabbi Schachter earned his B.A. from Yeshiva College, an M.A. in Hebrew Literature from the Bernard Revel Graduate School in 1967, and was ordained that same year.
Rabbi Tzaddok Shmuel Suchard is a Dayan of the Beth Din of Johannesburg and for the past 36 years has been the spiritual head of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, Sandton – one of the fastest growing communities in South Africa.
Rabbi Suchard was born and educated in South Africa, and was one of the first minyan of students at Yeshiva College. He spent 11 years in Telshe Yeshiva, as a student and then as a Rebbe. He received Smicha from Rabbi Chaim Mordedechai Katz. Receiving a call from South Africa, he returned as a senior lecturer at Yeshiva College and also was the founding Dean of Menora Girls High.
Zahava Farbman, LMSW, is a veteran traumatologist, having worked in this field for close to two decades.
Formerly she held the position as a director of Camp Simcha, Chai Lifelines overnight camp for children with cancer and other medical challenges.
Zahavas current position, which she has held for much of her career, is the Associate Director of Project Chai, the Crisis Intervention, Trauma and Bereavement Department of Chai Lifeline, where she focuses on helping families and communities prepare for and respond to the full range of crises, traumas and tragedies.
Zahava has authored and presented papers across the nation in her areas of expertise. She is widely recognized as the "go to" professional in responding to crisis in the Jewish community.
In addition Zahava is the responder for mental health emergencies for Hatzolah of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway in NY. She is also the crisis and bereavement consultant for Achiezer Community Resource Center and ATIME.
Zahava lives in Woodmere NY with her husband and children.
Rabbi Suchard is the Founder and Director of Gateways and the son of a Rav and Dayan on the prestigious Johannesburg Beis Din. He studied in Telshe, Cleveland and Ponevizh, Israel. He received Smichah from the Chief Rabbi and Av Beth Din of Jerusalem, Rabbi Kulitz l. For the past sixteen years, he has devoted his time to building Gateways into a premier education powerhouse that engages collegiates, young adults, families, singles and Russian immigrants in the United States and abroad to nurture and sustain Jewish identity, strengthen their connection to Israel and make informed decisions about their Jewish future.
Rabbi Becher is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways and is originally from Australia. He lectured at Ohr Somayach College in Jerusalem for 15 years, served in the Israel Defense Forces and taught in training programs for rabbis and educators. Rabbi Becher received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He has co-authored two books on contemporary issues in Jewish law and has responded to thousands of legal, ethical and philosophical questions on the “Ask the Rabbi.org” website. His latest book, “Gateway to Judaism”, published by Artscroll-Mesorah Press, is now in its fifth printing.
Mrs. Greenblatt majored in Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature at Queens College. She also has a Teaching Degree from the Teacher’s Institute for Women at Yeshiva University and has been teaching for over twenty years. For the past twelve years, she has been devoted to teaching adult women of varied backgrounds. Mrs. Greenblatt lectures extensively across North America and lives with her husband and nine children in Lawrence, New York.
Rabbi Greenblatt comes from a heritage of illustrious Rabbis. He is an exciting teacher who has taught for many organizations. Besides being an active teacher for over thirty years, he has founded and administrates several large Charitiy Funds and Organizations. Professionally, he is an accomplished INternet Executive who is an expert in Voice over the Internet and author of "Call Hear 'Round the World." R' Dovid is a founding member of the Gateways Organization. He lives in Lawrence, NY and is the proud father of nine children and a "staff" of grandchildren!
Rabbi Rietti is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways and is a descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai and son of the famous British actor Robert Rietti. He received Smichah from Gateshead Yeshiva, after which he helped establish the now flourishing Kollel in Gibraltar. With a master's in education, he has practiced for 24 years as an educational consultant to parents of gifted children and those with ADD. He currently works in Brooklyn under Machon Daas Esvuna where he has partnered with Rabbi Meir Pogrow to train teachers using hands on chinuch methods steeped in Chazal based principles. Rabbi Rietti has authored over twenty nine lecture albums on topics including inner growth, health, parenting and Jewish identity.
Rabbi Shippel is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways. A native of South Africa, Rabbi Shippel is a graduate of Columbia University, NY and Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore. Rabbi Shippel holds a Masters degree in Judaic Studies. After receiving his Rabbinical Ordination in Jerusalem, he founded a vibrant congregation, learning center and day school in Cape Town, South Africa. Rabbi Shippel has spoken in communities and on campuses throughout the world, where he shares his unique life experiences and practical advice for successfully integrating Ancient Traditions with 21st Century living.