Meet the Wohlgelernters

Rabbi Tzvi Wohlgelernter and Tali Wohlgelernter

Tali and Tzvi spent 3 years serving as the Rabbinic couple at Rutgers University before returning to Israel with their four daughters and now serve as the directors in Givat Shmuel and Bar Ilan since 2021. They both grew up in Zionistic homes with Torah values at the core. Supporting young olim who live in Givat Shmuel or study in Bar Ilan feels like a continuation of the values which we instilled in them from a young age. They are passionate about growing the Givat Shmuel community through their minyanim, learning programs, and social events. They are also breaking ground by building the English program at the Machon Hagvoha l”Torah. When they are not working, they enjoy cholent hopping in the neighboring streets of Bnei Brak.

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Meet the Newmans

Rabbi Nadav Newman and Yaffy Newman

Nadav and Yaffy Newman arrived at the Bar-Ilan campus from Jerusalem with their son Pe’er Yisrael. They have lived in 2 countries and have backpacked a smidge in Europe and a lot in South America. Between them they are passionate about woodworking, learning from others, travel and having guests over! They care deeply about the future of Jews all over the world and strongly believe in the need of community and supporting that actively. Nadav was born and raised in Maale Adumim, Israel. He studied at Yeshivat Bnei David Eli for a couple years before and after going off to the IDF where he served in an elite combat unit as a solider, commander and then officer for over 4 years. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Machon Lev while studying in Mizrachi’s Musmachim Smicha program. Nadav loves playing & watching spots and watching documentaries. Yaffy hails from Hollywood, Florida where she lived for the first 18 years of her life until moving to Israel. She studied Gemara and philosophy at Nishmat before doing Sheirut Leumi at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in both the surgery and then maternity wards. She worked at the RRG Beit Midrash program at Hebrew University as admin and running chaburot. And most recently was the Eim Bayit at Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim (MMY). Yaffy is a big fan of any type of novel and photography.