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Get to know the talented, dedicated people who make our Bayit run!
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Steven Exler

Senior Rabbi 

Cell 917-494-3380
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Rabbi Steven Exler is from Baltimore.  His ordination is from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He feels blessed to be part of the Bayit family.  He is married to Shira Billet and is Abba to Ilan Shmuel, Talya Adira, Yair Lev and Aviv Raanan.

Ezra Seligsohn

Associate Rabbi

Cell 610-405-5725
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Rabbi Ezra Seligsohn, a Philadelphia native, received Smicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He feels privileged to call the Bayit home. He spends most of his time with his family: Ma'ayan, Ronen, Asher and Boaz.

Bracha Jaffe

Associate Rabba

Cell 443-983-5083
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Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe is a proud graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, following her soul after a career in hi-tech. Equally at home in Israel and in the US, she feels honored to be a member of the clergy team at the Bayit.


Richard Langer

Executive Director

Temporary # 732-626-5902
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Richard joined the Bayit in Sept, 2011 after a 20+ year career in small business management.

Avi Weiss

Rabbi in Residence

Temporary # 929-269-2892
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Rabbi Avraham (Avi) Weiss is the Rabbi in Residence at the Bayit, founding president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT) and founder of Yeshivat Maharat.

Sara Hurwitz


Cell 646-337-4047
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Rabba Sara is thrilled to be serving as clergy at the Bayit. She was ordained by Rabbi Weiss and Rabbi Daniel Sperber in 2009. She also serves as Dean of Yeshivat Maharat and lives in Riverdale with her husband, Josh Abraham and their 4 boys.




Temporary # 201-503-4923
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Joined the Bayit in 2004. Has two amazing daughters and was very involved in leadership roles at the local Public Schools for many years.


social worker

Cell # 917-873-5937

Taylor Britvan graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2019 where she specialized in health, mental health, and disabilities. She is very excited to be working with the congregants of Hebrew Institute of Riverdale!‚Äč 

Yali Szulanski

youth director

Cell # 845-418-2781
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Yali Szulanski is a teacher, spiritual educator, writer and life-long learner. She is thrilled to be part of HIR's Youth Department, and help it evolve. She lives in Riverdale with Ben, Zoey, and Eliezer.


Bryan Cordova

Facilities Manager

Temporary # 914-809-0203
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Bryan has been with the Bayit since 2009. He enjoys getting to know all the Bayit members and making sure the day to day needs of the building are taken care of and that all events run as smoothly as possible. Bryan lives in the Bronx and has two sons, Julian and Nicholas. 

Yael Oshinsky

Program Associate

Temporary # 201-503-5562
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Yael joined the Bayit in 2006 and has an M.A. in Journalism and Communications from Bar-Ilan University.


Assistant to Rabbi Weiss

Temporary # 929-269-2892
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Originally from Vancouver, Shuli worked as an elementary school teacher before joining the Bayit in 2003.


Sun, September 19 2021 13 Tishrei 5782