As Oorah’s dynamic Director of Outreach Development, Rabbi Weinstein leads the coordination and development of the TorahMates program. An outreach professional with over a decade of experience in the field, Rabbi Weinstein brings tremendous energy and dedication to his work at Oorah. He spent several years conceiving and growing several of Oorah’s new programs including Little Star Preschool and the Torah Spot learning center in Staten Island, which owe their success to his vision and drive.
Rabbi Chaim Reichman, TorahMates Director, has been involved in the program since he began studying with his first (of many!) TorahMates almost three decades ago. Rabbi Reichman is also learning director at TheZone Boys Division and is involved in many of Oorah’s year round events. Rabbi Reichman holds a master’s degree in Talmudic Law from Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and eight children.
Oorah’s dedicated TorahMates coordinators are the ones to turn to for guidance or advice. After setting up and arranging the study partnerships, our dynamic TorahMates coordinators are always available to support their partners. They’re here to assist with any issues that may come up regarding the partnership or study sessions. Be it recommending a topic or book to study from, finding the right Jewish resource or just to lend a listening ear, your coordinator will always be there for you!
Rabbi Beer received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah in Queens. He’s been involved in Jewish outreach and teaching Jewish tradition for many years, including teaching positions in various community night Torah-learning institutes and other outreach organizations. Rabbi Beer has been working as a Torahmates Coordinator for over 8 years and, in his words, “still feels the adrenaline rush every time someone shows an interest in learning more about their Jewish heritage”.
Rabbi Beer spent many years studying both in the States and in Israel. Working with fellow students and with youth in outreach camps prepared him for his work at Oorah. With his easygoing nature, Rabbi Beer enjoys connecting with people and takes pride in watching them grow in their Jewish knowledge. In his leisure time, Rabbi Beer enjoys many sports and politics. Married with nine children, Rabbi Beer is very involved in the community at large.
Bio coming soon!
Having lived all over the United States (Virginia, Florida, Seattle, Denver and now New Jersey) and in Israel for fourteen years, Mrs. Feldman has been fortunate to befriend many women who make up our beautiful Jewish tapestry. She is excited to be part of a program that allows women at all levels of religious observance to grow in their Jewish awareness. Mrs. Feldman has four adult children and a number of grandchildren who are her pride and joy.
Rabbi Friedman’s ability to immediately connect with people of all backgrounds makes him a natural for his position at Oorah. Rabbi Friedman studied in Baltimore, attending the first Jewish day school outside the New York area. Rabbi Friedman’s work pursuits have run the gamut from challah to classrooms to coordinating. He's known as owner of the first kosher bakery in Lakewood and a grandfather figure to the many boys he’s taught. Rabbi Friedman and his wife are very involved in the community, with a home that is always open to guests. With ten children and many grandchildren, Rabbi Friedman’s favorite title is Zaidy.
Sholom Gerandasi is married with two children. He joins the TorahMates coordinators with his experience learning with boys of all ages. Sholom’s adventurous and curious nature extends itself as a love of the outdoors and could spend hours under a tree relaxing. While he has a knack for researching, he leaves following politics to the rest of the world. But he doesn’t want anyone to get so involved that they won’t have time for a TorahMate!
Bracha, with her joy de vivre and passionate nature, loves her position in the Torahmates department. She’s a real people person and enjoys speaking to and following up on her Torahmates. She especially loves when the Torahmates up their relationships and become good friends with their study partners.
While not at work, Bracha can be found practicing photography, writing poetry, or busy with anything and everything her artistic nature leads her to!
Rabbi Horovitz grew up in Israel, where he received rabbinic training, and started off his working life in Oregon working as a teacher, educational director, youth director and pulpit rabbi. He loves to help others learn and grow and his position here at Oorah allows him to do that. Rabbi Horovitz is very much the family man and he loves to play ball with his six children. He also enjoys listening to music and singing.
Prior to his position at Oorah, Rabbi Marmorstein worked with youth at risk. As TorahMates coordinator, Rabbi Marmorstein appreciates the opportunity to connect with people and to guide Jews from all walks of life in their spiritual pursuits. Rabbi Marmorstein studied in the Talmudic academies of Gateshead, Jerusalem and Lakewood. Rabbi Marmorstein’s varied interests include current political issues, music and a good game of chess. Formerly a world traveler, he now stays pretty local with his wife and three children.
Brooklyn born and bred, Mrs. Nussbaum has been educating, nurturing and giving to others throughout her personal and professional life. Her interests are eclectic, from music to ballet to oil painting to philosophy, but her passion is helping women learn, grow and develop a deep relationship with G-d. After her marriage, Mrs. Nussbaum and her husband moved to Lakewood, where they raised their five children. Her career has included teaching a variety of subjects and grades, from elementary through high school, giving dancing and painting lessons, coordinating and directing extracurricular programs and eating donuts with coffee.
Mrs. Rochel Reichman started off as a Torahmate, and was recommended by coordinator Sarah Feldman to become a Torahmates coordinator too due to her caring and creative nature. Her goal is to make this world a better place! She loves chocolates and doing crafts, and also enjoys organizing. When she’s not doing housework or errands, you can find her outdoors enjoying nature. She lives with her husband and 2 teenagers, and thinks all parents of teens deserve an award. How about some chocolate?
With deep roots in Denver, CO, Mrs. Schreiber brings a whiff of the Rockies with her to Oorah. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has 25 years of experience in early childhood education, followed by 17 years sharing the ownership and management of East Side Kosher Deli, the only kosher grocery, fleishig restaurant, bakery and butcher shop in the region, with her husband Michael. She moved to Lakewood in 2015 to be closer to her 3 children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy as a TorahMates coordinator is when her partners really enjoy learning together and develop a sincere relationship beyond the learning.
Mrs. Sommers grew up in Toronto, Canada and did her advanced religious studies in Gateshead, England. After marrying, she lived in Lakewood, New Jersey and Boston, Massachusetts before settling in Denver, Colorado. Her husband and she have seven children and two grandchildren. Mrs. Sommers' knack for connecting with people makes her a natural for the TorahMates Coordinator position. In addition, she also works at the local day school in Denver in a number of positions including instructing students on relationships and problem solving skills. In her almost non-existent free time, she enjoys flower arranging.
Chani enjoys the warmth and the friendly environment of the TorahMates department. She has a knack for connecting with any kind of person, and believes that no matter the background or life situation, every person can benefit and continue growing as a TorahMate.
Chani loves cooking; she travels from the grocery store to kitchen and back again in her quest to live a healthy lifestyle- when she’s not on the phone being inspired by her TorahMates, that is. Oh, and she loves iced coffee- sugar free of course.