Rabbi Pesach LernerPresident
Rabbi Pesach Lerner is the Executive Vice-President Emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel, where he served for 25 years, and is co-chairman of the American Friends of the International Young Israel movement, Israel region. Rabbi Lerner holds Rabbinic ordination and advanced degrees in Talmudic Law from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College of Baltimore, MD, and also holds undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees in Business, Education and Not-for-Profit Organizational Systems. Rabbi Lerner speaks throughout the United States and Israel on the Land and State of Israel, the greater Jewish community, and the world of the not-for-profit organization. His articles have been published in numerous Jewish newspapers and magazines.
Rabbi Yoel SchonfeldVice-President
Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld is the rabbi of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, NY, where he has served since 1991. He was previously rabbi of Congregation Beth Yehuda in Staten Island, and is the Past President of the Vaad Harabbonim of Queens, The Queens Board of Rabbis. A member of the Executive of the Rabbinical Council of America and a member of Agudath Israel of America, he is also the Rabbinic Advisor and columnist for the Queens Jewish Link, the largest circulation Jewish newspaper in Queens, and a Rabbinic Coordinator for the Orthodox Union’s Kashruth division. Rabbi Schonfeld studied in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel, and received ordination from Rav Shneur Kotler of Beth Medrash Gavoha Seminary in Lakewood, NJ, in 1980. He pursued graduate work in Holocaust Studies at Touro College in New York.
Rabbi Avrohom GordimerChairman of the Rabbinic Circle
Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer is a rabbinic coordinator at OU Kosher and is a member of the editorial committee of Jewish Action magazine. Rabbi Gordimer is a staff writer for Cross-Currents.com, and he is a frequent contributor to various other publications. His articles about contemporary issues have appeared in Israel National News, Times of Israel, Yated Neeman, Jewish Link of New Jersey, Matzav, Ami Magazine and American Thinker, and his articles on Jewish law and thought are featured in Mesorah Journal, Daf Ha-Kashrus, Beis Yitzchak and YUTorah. Rabbi Gordimer received his undergraduate, rabbinical and law degrees from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Gordimer is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the New York Bar.
Rabbi Dov FischerWestern Regional VP
Rabbi Dov Fischer, an adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools and previously a complex-litigation attorney at two of America’s most prestigious law firms, Jones Day and Akin Gump, serves as rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California and in leadership roles in several national rabbinic and other Jewish organizations. He has been Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. A previous Vice President of the Zionist Organization of America, his writings regularly appear in American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Israel National News, and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Rabbi Steven PruzanskyEastern Regional VP
For nearly a quarter century, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, located in Teaneck, New Jersey — one of the most vibrant centers of Orthodox Jewish life today. Rabbi Pruzansky studied in yeshivot in Israel and the United States, and was ordained at Yeshiva Bnei Torah of Far Rockaway, New York. Rabbi Pruzansky earned a BA in history from Columbia University, and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1981. He practiced law for 13 years until assuming his current pulpit. He is a member of the New York and Federal Bars, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has served as President of both the Vaad Harabonim (Rabbinical Board) of Queens and the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County, New Jersey, and is the author of three books.
Rabbi Yaakov MenkenManaging Director
Rabbi Yaakov Menken is the founding Director of Project Genesis, the architect of Torah.org, TorahMedia.com and other leading Internet resources for Jewish outreach and education. Rabbi Menken earned a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University before pursuing rabbinic studies at Yeshivas Ohr Somayach of Monsey, NY, BMG Israel (“Lakewood East”), and the Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is co-founder and editor of Cross-Currents, an online journal of Orthodox Jewish thought and opinion. His works have appeared in outlets from the NY Observer and American Thinker to the Algemeiner, Ami Magazine, Hamodia, the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish World Review and Times of Israel.