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

Senior Rabbi

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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 and Talya Adira.

Anat Sharbat

Associate Rabba

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Rabba Dr. Anat Sharbat is a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, and has a Ph.D. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. Anat and her family came from Israel 7 years ago, and are active members of the Bayit.

Ezra Seligsohn

Associate Rabbi

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Rabbi Ezra Seligsohn, a Philadelphia native, received Semikah from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.  He feels privileged to call the Bayit home.  He spends most of his free time with his family: Ma'ayan, Ronen, and Asher.

Richard Langer

Executive Director

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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

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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


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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.

Emily Hausman

Co-Youth Director

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Emily Hausman is currently the director of early childhood education at the Riverdale Y. Emily earned her M.A. in Education from American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Eitan Cooper

Co-Youth Director

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Eitan Cooper is a fourth year student at YCT. He worked at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack as a Rosh Edah. He lives in Riverdale with his wife Dita and their son Noam.

Shuli Boxer Rieser

Assistant to Rabbi Weiss

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Originally from Vancouver, Shuli worked as an elementary school teacher before joining the Bayit in 2003.

Arona Berow, LMSW

Social Worker


Arona Berow, LMSW, is a licensed social worker available to the HIR community through the Jewish Board.  She is committed to destigmatizing mental health issues, and she is eager to expand the Bayit's programming to serve our members' needs.  Please contact her directly to share ideas, for more information, or to schedule an appointment.

Yael Oshinsky

Program Associate

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Yael joined the Bayit in 2006 and has an M.A. in Journalism and Communications from Bar-Ilan University.

Phyllis Newsome


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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.

Bryan Cordova

Facilities Manager

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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. 

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