Meet the Wholgelernters

Rabbi Tzvi and Tali spent 4 incredible and successful years as the OU-JLIC Directors at Rutgers University before returning to Israel in the Summer of 2020. The Wohlgelernter’s are are excited for their new adventures in Givat Shmuel with their four daughters!

Rabbi Tzvi Wohlgelernter – Grew up in Toronto. He studied in Yeshivat Sha’alvim for two years. After which he served in the Nachal Brigade of the IDF. Then after marrying Tali, he went on to receive a BA in psychology from the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois. He has semicha from Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, as well as from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Tzvi is also a certified psychotherapist from the Family Institute of Jerusalem. Tzvi has taught Rav Kook’s philosophy and Chassidut at MATAN center for woman’s learning. Tzvi has served as the Interim Rabbi for Beit Knesset Ohel Ari in Ra’anana. He enjoys Tisches, hockey (classic Canadian) and jamming with his guitar.

Tali – Grew up in Chicago. She studied at Sha’alvim for Women for a year and a half. After her time in Israel Tali received her BA in Judaic studies from the Anne Blitstein Teachers Institute in Chicago. After receiving her BA, Tali went on to study photography. In 2010, Tali moved to Israel where she continued to study photography and also became a certified international makeup artist.  Tali spent 3 years teaching in a gap year program for post high school girls, called Midreshet Torat Chessed, prior to serving as a OU-JLIC Director at Rutgers.  Additionally Tali is a certified teacher of family purity from Tzohar. Tali loves shopping for new makeup, cooking (and eating), and hosting people in her home.


Meet the Lorkises

Uri and Abbi Lorkis are excited to be joining the OU-JLIC at Bar Ilan Family in the Summer of 2022!

Uri grew up in Detroit, Michigan. After learning in Yeshivat Orayta, Uri joined the IDF as a paratrooper.  Since marrying Abby, he has been enjoying his time learning as an Avreich in Yeshivat Ramat Gan. Next year, Uri will be starting his bachelor’s degree at Bar Ilan University and continuing his learning at the Bar Ilan Center for Torah and Yeshivat Ramat Gan. In his free time, Uri loves to play hockey, write music, do yoga, and is slowly working on becoming a better cook.

Abby grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After learning in Midreshet Harova, she was deeply inspired to move to Israel. After making Aliyah, Abby worked in the Heritage House tourist center in the Old City.  The following year Abby moved to Givat Shmuel, to pursue a bachelor’s in social work at Bar Ilan University. While on Campus, Abby took the opportunity to learn at the Bar Ilan Midrasha where she was able to grow in Torah while completing her studies. Abby loves nature, and in her free time, you will likely find her water coloring or out in the fields exploring different kinds of plants.

Uri and Abby will be moving into the Bar Ilan dormitory and cannot wait for the amazing journey that lies ahead of them. They are looking forward to being part of the growth of the community!