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Get to know the talented, dedicated people who make our Bayit thrive!

STEVEN EXLER
SENIOR RABBI

Cell: 917-494-3380
 
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
 
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
 
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

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

AVI WEISS
FOUNDING RABBI

Direct line: 929-269-2892
 
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
RABBA (PART TIME)

Cell: 646-337-4047
 
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.

YALI SZULANSKI
YOUTH DIRECTOR

Cell:  845-418-2781
 
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

Direct line:  914-809-0203
 
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.

PHYLLIS NEWSOME
BOOKKEEPER

Direct line:  201-503-4923
 
Phyllis joined the Bayit in 2004. She has two amazing daughters and was very involved in leadership roles at the local Public Schools for many years.

SHULI BOXER RIESER
ASSISTANT TO RABBIS WEISS & EXLER

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

YAEL OSHINSKY
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

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

TAYLOR BRITVAN
SOCIAL WORKER

Mobile: 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 
Tue, October 19 2021 13 Marcheshvan 5782