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Meet The Torah Tech Team

Meet The Torah Tech Team

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Rabbi Shlomo Chayen

Educational Director

Born in the USA, Rabbi Shlomo made Aliyah with his family at the age of two, Rabbi Shlomo studied at the Hesder Yeshivat Ma’alot in northern Israel, in addition to running community outreach. He served as a commander in the IDF Paratroopers Unit and went on to create a new unit in the reserves called Yassar. During the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza, Rabbi Shlomo created Am HaNetzach, a nonprofit to assist the affected families, managing over 2000 volunteers. After his military service, he entered the Meretz Kollel in Mevatzeret Tzion, along with the title COO of the Sharei Mevatzeret Tzion Yeshiva for both the boys’ and girls’ international programs and COO of the Torah Betzion Institute. Rabbi Shlomo has completed a professional course in nonprofit management and studied both life and couples coaching. He began his bachelor’s degree in Education at Rehovot College and received rabbinical smicha from Rabbi Weitzman of Ma’alot. Rabbi Shlomo held a position as the educational director of a well-known Tel Aviv outreach program working with young Israeli business leaders and is also currently the rabbi of 126 Ben Yehuda, the most vibrant young synagogue in Tel Aviv. He has a black belt in Krav Maga, plays guitar, sings, plays basketball, and is a trained and active volunteer emergency first-responder medic with Hatzalah while living in Tel Aviv with his wife Chemda and their four children.

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Rabbi Ari Yablok

Rabbi / Marketing & Recruitment

Rabbi Ari Yablok has been involved in the world of post-high school Israel programs for over 7 years. After serving along with his wife Ayelet as the Av and Eim Bayit for the Israel Experience gap-year program at Bar-Ilan university, Rav Ari went on to serve as the program’s Campus Director. He then became the Rabbinic leader for the entire international student body of Bar-Ilan University as well as the university’s recruitment and marketing director for international programs. He also lectures at Bar-Ilan in the Judaic Studies department and served as the night seder rabbi for Midreshet Torat Chessed, a gap-year women’s seminary in Netanya.
Rav Ari also serves as a clinical therapist, plays keyboard for a Jewish rock band, and loves to play basketball.

Rav Ari received a bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University, Rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University’s RIETS Semicha program, and a Master’s in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

He currently lives with his wife and 5 children in the suburbs of Tel-Aviv.

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Rabbi Yonah Lazar

US Rabbinical board
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Nachum Rindenow

Business Ruchani Mentor
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Yehuda Goldberg

PROGRAM Director

For 16+ years Yehuda has been deeply engrossed in the high-tech sector, specializing in media start-ups. Yehuda co-founded MasterMailings at age 16, which was acquired by age 18. Yehuda made Aliyah from Passaic New Jersey and served in Nachal 931 as an IDF infantry soldier. Upon release, Yehuda quickly found his place in Tel Aviv, the Jewish start-up capital of the world. Climbing ranks to positions such as Senior Marketing Manager at Matomy Media (public on the TASE) and then Director of Marketing at start-up Adorika Media where he managed their seats on the largest ad exchanges in the world.

Most recently, Yehuda founded the Judah Agency, where he executes big budget campaigns for notable brands such as Microsoft, Cisco, Verizon, Toyota, EA, Heineken, Skittles and many more. Yehuda lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Riki and their three children, spending his days learning torah, working as an active member of the Tel Aviv community, and consulting for start-ups.

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DENES BAN

BUSINESS RUCHANI MENTOR

Partner and Managing Director of OurCrowd, the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform and a community of more than 10,000 investors from across the globe. OurCrowd has raised over $300M+ for its 100 portfolio companies with over nine exits since launching in February 2013.

As a successful entrepreneur and angel investor, Denes has invested in, advised and founded a number of startups in the past decade, including funding and selling an HR company and co-founding PocketGuide, winner of TechCrunch and the world’s leading travel guide mobile app for 100 cities, with millions of users.

Denes has dedicated more than ten years to fostering growth, training and shaping corporate strategy for companies around the globe. He served as Chief Revenue Officer at Futureal, one of the largest European real estate investment partnerships, and led Exportradet, a sales and consulting unit in Europe, where he set international corporate strategy and increased the profitability of over 100 companies including Ericsson, Electrolux, H&M and Absolute Vodka.

– Guest Lecturer at Harvard, Kellogg, Insead, Remnin
– Trained hundreds of CEOs around the world.
– Regular keynote speaker and panelist

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NACHUM KLIGMAN

BUSINESS RUCHANI MENTOR

Nachum Kligman is a visionary entrepreneur, brand builder, marketer, business consultant, and founder and director of Ideago Start-Up Lab (LLC) and Co-Founder & CEO of BookLikeABoss Software. He is the Author of the book “The Frum Entrepreneur ~ Make Your Dreams a Reality” published by Mosaica Press. He has founded or co-founded more than twenty companies and entrepreneurial projects such as Viewbix, ZipUp Inc., and NextDor Inc. He has advised hundreds of business owners and non-profit organizations and is regularly consulted by leaders in many fields. Nachum holds two technology patents and is the creator and host of one of the top Jewish podcasts on iTunes, “The Frum Entrepreneur.” His biggest aspirations in life are to be a ben Torah and to help his fellow Jews succeed in the business world. He lives with his wife and children in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel.

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Moe Mernick

BUSINESS RUCHANI MENTOR
Moe runs business development for Hometalk, where he developed social partnerships that have driven more than 50 million visits to the site. Moe previously worked as a Strategy Consultant for Deloitte (Tel Aviv, Israel) and as the Regional Director for The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation (Hamburg, Germany). Moe holds an International MBA and Rabbinical Ordination, and he is the author of the newly released book, The Gift of Stuttering (Mosaica Press, 2016).
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Yoni Kayman

Business Ruchani Mentor
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Eliyahu Krause

activities counsler

Former Commander in the Israeli paratroopers.
Bachelor’s degree in Informal education from David Yellin college for educators.
Religious Youth director and physical Ed. Instructor at Yishuv Adam.

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Rav Mordechai Auerbach
Rabbi Mordechai Auerbach
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