Our Faculty

In Migdal Oz, we make sure that every student feels comfortable and supported. Overseas students can turn to everyone in the overseas staff, including Racheli Schmell, Director of Overseas Students, Shayna Goldberg, Mashgicha Ruchanit, their overseas madrichot, and their overseas “eim bayit”, as well as to anyone on the Beit Midrash Staff, including their Ramim, Ramiot, and Mellavot (Israeli madrichot). All staff members are here to help each student with their physical, spiritual, emotional, medical and mental health needs. 

Rabbanit Esti Rosenberg

Rosh Beit Midrash

Rabbanit Esti Rosenberg

Rabbanit Esti Rosenberg founded Beit Midrash Migdal Oz in 1997, and has served as the Rosh Beit Midrash since its establishment. Prior to Migdal Oz, Rabbanit Esti served as the Rosh Beit Midrash of the Midreshet Lindenbaum Israeli Program. After graduating high school, she studied Tanach in the Israeli program in Michlalah and then went on to graduate from Hebrew University with a B.A. in Hebrew Literature. She is an active member on the board of Bnei Akiva. She and her husband live in Alon Shvut and have seven children.

Administrative Staff

Mrs. Racheli Schmell

Director of Overseas Students

Mrs. Racheli Schmell

Racheli studied at Migdal Oz for Shana Aleph. She has a B.A. in social work from Bar Ilan University, an M.A. in educational counseling, and a teaching certificate from Herzog College. She first became Head Madricha for the Bnot Chul in 2008, and became the Overseas Director in 2011. Racheli made aliyah with her family when she was eight. She now lives in Efrat with her husband and five children.

Mrs. Bracha Ne’eman

Administrative Manager

Mrs. Bracha Ne’eman

Bracha joined Rabbanit Esti in managing the Beit Midrash in 1999, and had been the Administrative Managerever since. She holds both a B.A. in Social Sciences and a Teaching Certificate from Bar Ilan University. Bracha and her husband live on Kibbutz Migdal Oz, and have six children.

Rabbanit Bat Sheva Samet

Educational Director

Rabbanit Bat Sheva Samet

Rabbanit Bat Sheva holds a B.A. in Torah Sheb’al Peh and Jewish History and an M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. She became a Toenet Rabbanit through Midreshet Lindenbaum, and studied at Beit Midrash Morasha and in the Hilchita program at Matan. Rabbanit Bat Sheva writes Teshuvot and Halacha articles for the Meyshivat Nefesh project. She has been teaching at Migdal Oz since 2013. Rabbanit Bat Sheva lives in Nokdim with her husband and five children.

Mrs. Nechama Vorogs

Office Manager

Mrs. Nechama Vorogs

Nechama has been the Beit Midrash’s Office Manager since 2014. She lives in Netiv Ha’avot with her five children.

Overseas Staff

Rabbanit Shayna Goldberg

Mashgicha Ruchanit

Rabbanit Shayna Goldberg

Rabbanit Shayna holds an undergraduate degree in Judaic Studies from Stern College, and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Secondary Jewish Education at Azrieli, while simultaneously studying Talmud and Halacha as a GPATS (Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies) scholar. She is a Nishmat Yoetzet Halacha, a contributing editor for Deracheha: Womenandmitzvot.org, a frequent blogger for Times of Israel and the author of the book “What Do You Really Want? Trust and Fear in Decision Making at Life’s Crossroads and in Everyday Living” (Maggid, 2021). Prior to making aliya in 2011, she worked as a Yoetzet Halacha for several New Jersey synagogues and taught at Kohelet in Philadelphia and Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck. She lives in Alon Shevut with her husband and five children.

Mrs. Eliana Kaplan

Eim Bayit

Mrs. Eliana Kaplan

Eliana made Aliya from Cleveland at age five and grew up in Chashmonaim. She went to Migdal Oz for Shana Aleph in the Israeli program, and then went on to do two years of national service. For her first year of national service, Eliana worked in a school in Netivot, and for her second year she worked as a madricha in Midreshet HaRova. After completing her national service Eliana, returned to Migdal Oz for Shana Bet. She is now finishing her degree in Occupational Therapy at Hebrew University. She lives on campus with her husband, Sammy, and their house is always open for the Bnot Chu”l (overseas students).

Shira Allen

Bnot Chul Ba'aretz Coordinator

Shira Allen

Shira Allen grew up in Edison, New Jersey and went to Bruriah for high school. She made aliya during her Shana Aleph in Migdal Oz, and then went on to do national service as a Madrichat Tiyulim (tour guide) in Ir David. Shira went back to Migdal Oz for shana bet and then moved to Givat Shmuel where she studied Psychology and Educational Counseling in Bar Ilan University. She is also studying towards a teachers license in Tanach from Herzog College. Shira now lives in Jerusalem and continues to work as a tour guide, learn in Migdal Oz, and work as their Bnot Chul alumnae in Israel coordinator.

Shana Alef Ramim and Ramiot

Rav Netanel Buks

Ram

Rav Netanel Buks

Rav Netanel studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion, and has Smicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He has a B.A. in Jewish Philosophy and Torah Sheb’al Peh from Herzog College, and an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy. Rav Netanel started teaching in Migdal Oz in 2011. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four kids.

Rav Sefi Marcus

Ram

Rav Sefi Marcus

Rav Sefi studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion, and in the Kollel Gavoah there. He received Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rav Sefi holds both a B.A. and M.A. from Herzog College, and a Doctorate in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. He is a professor in Herzog College, and has taught in Migdal Oz since 2010. Rav Sefi lives in Karmei Tzur with his wife and six kids.

Rabbanit Maayan Gil

Ramit

Rabbanit Maayan Gil

Rabbanit Maayan is an alumna of both Migdal Oz’s shana alef program, and of Migdal Oz’s Kollel Iyun. She holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Jewish Philosophy, and an M.A. in Chemistry from Hebrew University. Rabbanit Maayan has taught in Migdal Oz since 2015. She lives in Efrat with her husband and four children.

Rav Zev Friedman

Ram

Rav Zev Friedman

Rav Zev studied at Yeshivat Hakotel and in the Eretz Chemda Kollel. Prior to teaching at Migdal Oz, Rav Zev was a Ram at Yeshivat Makor Chaim. He continues to teach Midrash and Torah Shebaal Peh there. Rav Zev has been teaching at Migdal Oz since 2003. He and his wife live in Jerusalem and have six children.

Rabbanit Tzivia Bahat

Ramit

Rabbanit Tzivia Bahat

Rabbanit Tzivia is an alumna of both Migdal Oz’s shana alef program, and of Migdal Oz’s Kolel Iyun. She has been teaching here since 2018. Rabbanit Tzivia has a degree in Tanach and Torah Sheb’al Peh, and is a Yoetzet Halacha. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four kids.

Rabbanit Millette Halperin Yaniv

Ramit

Rabbanit Millette Halperin Yaniv

Rabbanit Millette is an alumna of both Migdal Oz’s shana aleph program, and of the Kollel Iyun. She holds a B.A. in Torah Sheb’al Peh and Literature from Herzog College, and an M.A. in Art Theory from the Bezalel Academy at Hebrew University. Rabbanit Millette has taught at Migdal Oz since 2019. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.

Rabbanit Dr. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble

Ramit

Rabbanit Dr. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble

Dr. Yosefa holds a BA from Stern College in Judaic Studies and English Literature, a Teaching Certificate from Herzog College, and a Doctorate in Tanach from Bar Ilan University. In addition to teaching at Migdal Oz, she also teaches at Matan in Jerusalem, and hosts their weekly podcast. Dr. Yosefa is a Yoetzet Halacha and a Kallah teacher. She made aliyah after graduating college, and now lives in Gush Etzion with her husband and children.

Rabbanit Batsheva Sykes Kolt

Ramit

Rabbanit Batsheva Sykes Kolt

Rabbanit Batsheva is an alumna of Migdal Oz Shana Bet, Migdal Oz’s Kollel Iyun, and Migdal Oz’s Advanced Halakha program. She holds a B.A. in Jewish Philosophy and History from Hebrew University. In addition to teaching at Migdal Oz, she oversees visits to our alumnae serving in the IDF. Outside the Beit Midrash, Rabbanit Batsheva teaches the advanced Gemara class at Pelech Girls High School in Jerusalem. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.

Rav Kobi Gigi

Ram

Rav Kobi Gigi

Rav Kobi studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion, and has Smicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He has a B.A. in teaching from Herzog College, and an M.A. in teaching from Bar Ilan University. He started teaching in Migdal Oz in 2018, and teaches in Nishmat as well. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children.

Rabbanit Shiri Himmelfarb

Ramit

Rabbanit Shiri Himmelfarb

Rabbanit Shiri is an alumna of Migdal Oz’s Shana Aleph program, as well as our Kollel Iyun and our Advanced Halacha program. She holds a B.A. in Tanach and Torah Sheb’al Peh from Herzog College, and is working towards her Masters in Talmud at Bar Ilan University. In addition to teaching at Migdal Oz, she oversees visits to our alumnae serving in the IDF.

Rabbanit Shira Mnitentag

Ramit

Rabbanit Shira Mnitentag

Rabbanit Shira has a B.A. in Torah Sheb’al Peh and Jewish Philosophy from Herzog College. She studied in the Shiur Hemshech and in the Keren Ariel program at Nishmat, as well as in the Kollel Iyun at Migdal Oz. She is a Yoetzet Halacha and answers Halakhic questions on Taharat Hamishpacha on the Yoetzot Halacha website and for her community.

Shana Bet Ramim and Ramiot

Rav Meir Nehurei

Ram

Rav Meir Nehurei

Rav Meir studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and received Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He has an M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. Rav Meir serves on the rabbinic board of Tzohar and is the community Rav of Moshav Masuat Yitzchak. Rav Meir has served as a Ram in the Beit Midrash since 2001. He and his wife live in Masuat Yitzchak and have six children.

Rav Avishay Schreiber

Ram

Rav Avishay Schreiber

Rav Avishay studied in Yeshivat Mercaz Harav and in Yeshivat Siach Yitzchok. He teaches in Yeshivat Siach Yitzchok, and has taught in Migdal Oz since 2009. Rav Avishay and his wife have eight children and live in Jerusalem.

Rabbanit Dina Nagar

Ramit

Rabbanit Dina Nagar

Rabbanit Dina is an alumna of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Israeli program, and of the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Talmud from Hebrew University. Rabbanit Dina started teaching in Migdal Oz in 2011. She lives in Tekoa with her husband and five children.

Rabbanit Lior Porat

Ramit

Rabbanit Lior Porat

Advanced Programs Staff

Rabbanit Naomi Adler

Head of the Tochnit Mitkademet

Rabbanit Naomi Adler

Rabbanit Naomi has taught in Migdal Oz since 2005, first as a Ramit and now as the head of the Kollel Iyun, the advanced Talmud program for women who have been learning for 4+ years. She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Bar Ilan University. Rabbanit Naomi learned in Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Beit Midrash program, the Advanced Talmud Institute of Matan, and participated in Rav Lichtenstein’s gemara shiurim for three years. Rabbanit Naomi lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.

Rabbanit Ohr Machlof

Shana Gimmel-Dalet Ramit

Rabbanit Ohr Machlof

Rabbanit Ohr completed the Advanced Talmud Institute of Matan in addition to learning in Migdal Oz’s Beit Midrash for five years. She has a B.A. in teaching from Herzog College, and an M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. Rabbanit Ohr began teaching in Migdal Oz in 2015 and lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.

Rabbanit Chani Klieman

Shana Gimmel-Dalet Ramit

Rabbanit Chani Klieman

Teaching Staff

Ram in Yeshivat Har Etzion

Rosh Yeshivat Har Etzion

Ram in Yeshivat Har Etzion