Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt A native of West Hempstead, New York, Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt joins Atara this year to teach a class on the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Goldschmiedt graduated with highest honors from Yeshiva University in 2008, where he went on to receive his rabbinic ordination and a masters in Jewish education. Over the course of his studies, Rabbi Goldschmiedt served as a research assistant in Yeshiva University’s psychology department and Azrieli Graduate School, while also taking on teaching and rabbinical roles for the DRS High School for Boys, Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation and Aish Connections.
Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Rabbi Goldschmiedt served as the rabbinic assistant of Congregation Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT), and as a fellow of Toronto’s Yeshiva University/Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov. He currently serves as the rabbi of Congregation Sha’arei Torah.
Ian Gullett In 2011 Ian Gullett graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in eMedia where he specialized in audio/video production and web design. In the following years he taught audio production as an adjunct professor at UC and Brown Mackie College. In 2013 he returned to UC as a student where he is currently working on degrees in math and theoretical physics. Ian hopes his enthusiasm for teaching shows everyday in class. In his free time Ian enjoys playing guitar and working on vintage motorcycles.
He has taught mainly Chumash and Halacha at the high school level, but his passion extends to numerous other subject areas. He enjoys bringing hands-on experiences into the classroom.
“My greatest nachas is seeing graduates who have become the finest bnos Yisroel. This satisfaction, plus the daily thrill of unearthing the Torah’s profundities, make it all worthwhile,” states Rabbi Heigh.
Rabbi Meir Minster Rabbi Meir Minster, ordained by the late Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College, has led the Cincinnati Community Kollel, as its Director of Torah Studies (Rosh Kollel) since 1995. In that capacity he oversees the academic excellence of the Kollel’s staff scholars. Rabbi Minster also delivers a Daf Yomi (page a day of Talmud) class, a weekly advanced Parsha class, women’s classes and other classes for the broader community.
Rabbi Minster serves on the Vaad Hachinuch of CHDS and Atara High School.
Rabbi Yitzchok Preis Rabbi Yitzchok Preis is Director of Outreach of the Cincinnati Community Kollel as well as Director of its affiliate, Sarah’s Place. He has taught in a broad array of venues including the Anne Blitstein Teacher’s Institute (Chicago), Melton Adult Mini-School, and University of Cincinnati. His capacity to clarify complex material combined with his care and concern for students of all backgrounds makes him a popular instructor whether to advanced Talmud students or absolute beginners. Rabbi Preis is teaching the Bamidbar Bekius class which is designed to give the students a broad overview of the entire sefer (book). Significant focus will be given to the relevance of Bamidbar’s many messages to our contemporary circumstances and struggles.
Dalyn Sauers: Dalyn Sauers received her Master of Education degree from Antioch University Midwest in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities World Classics degree from Antioch University Midwest in 2011. Ms. Sauers truly values the art and science of teaching. She has a teaching style that blends Socratic seminar, student guided learning, and content literacy to create a unique learning environment. Utilization of the historian’s tool of primary source document study is used within her classroom to advance understanding to levels of synthesis and analysis. She uses quality and appropriate assessments on a regular basis to guide her instruction.
Patricia Smith Patty Smith is our new physical education teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Coaching Certfication from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana. Later she attended the University of Cincinnati to attain additional certification. She is licensed to teach grades K-12 physical education. Patty has been teaching at Yavneh/Rockwern for the past 27 years. In additional she teaches a Young Athletes Program for Hamilton County Special Olympics. She also has experience working at various health spas and summer camps. Patty has CPR/First Aid training, completed Responsive Classroom training, is a Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator and is a member of the Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and Shape Americia.
Ayala Weinrib Ayala Weinrib joined the Cincinnati community almost two years ago along with her husband, Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib, Rov of Congregation Zichron Eliezer, and their children. Originally from Monsey, NY Ayala has completed her schooling there as well as her teacher training from B’nos Chava Teachers Seminary in Yerushalayim and a Masters of Education from Long Island University. During the past 16 years she has taught both regular and special education, and has shared administrative responsibilities in New York, New Jersey, Eretz Yisroel and Chicago. She is thrilled to be a part of the beautiful Cincinnati community particularly sharing her passion, love and warmth through teaching and interacting with the wonderful girls of Atara High School.