Limudei Kodesh Staff
Rabbi Gavriel Goetz
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Rabbi Gavriel Goetz learned at Ner Israel Rabbinical College, the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. In BMG he served for four years, as Rosh Chabura (leader of graduate students) to a Chabura which he started.
Rav Goetz has written more than 5 works on Torah thought, liturgy, and philosophy and halacha. He graduated from the Aish Dos Educational Leadership Program, a teacher training program run by Torah Umesorah, as well as Chevra Yesod Malah The National Fellowship for Menhalim. His outgoing and warm personality and his tremendous motivation to give to the community, are what prompted him to open a Mesivta and Beis Medrash.
Rabbi Shraga Yankelewitz
10TH GRADE REBBI/TEACHER
Rabbi Shraga Yankelewitz studied in Yeshiva in Scranton PA, in the Mir Yeshiva, Yerushalayim, and in Lakewood NJ before moving to Phoenix as a member of the Kollel where he earned his Smicha in Gittin (laws of divorce) and served as director of programming. A graduate of the Aish DosTeacher's Training Program. Rabbi Yankelewitz brings his creative teaching style and enthusiastic approach to learning
to his students in the Yeshiva.
Rabbi Daniel Gewirtz
11TH GRADE REBBI/TEACHER
Originally from South Bend, IN, Rabbi Gewirtz exudes a wonderful energy that infuses our talmidim with a love of learning. He studied in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim, where he received his bachelor's degree, and in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. While living in Lakewood he founded and led a Kollel Boker, in addition to receiving semicha from Beth Medrash Govoha, where he studied for eight years. He is a graduate of Ner L'elef Leadership Program and Torah Umesorah's Mashgiach Training Program.
Rabbi leibel Blotner
Rabbi Blotner was raised in Worcester, MA, received rabbinical ordination in NYC, and completed advanced rabbinical training at the Yeshiva Centre in Sydney, Australia. He is the executive director of Chabad in Mesa, AZ, instructor for the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Phoenix, and qualiﬁed to sit on a Jewish court of law. Rabbi Blotner is known throughout Arizona as a popular and dynamic lecturer.
Rabbi Dovid Bernstein
Rabbi Dovid Bernstein serves as Director of the Aish Dos Department of Professional Development of Torah Umesorah. In 1995, he founded the Aish Dos Lakewood Teachers Institute, and in 1997 the Senior Leadership Fellowship to train yeshiva/day school principals.
Rabbi Yossie Semel
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, 9TH GRADE REBBI
Co-Founder of the Yeshiva and assistant principal, Rabbi Yossie Semel has been the 9th grade since the day 1. He received his smicha while studying in Israel, from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg ZT"L. Rabbi Semel has been serving the Valley as the Mohel for over 14 years. His passion for Torah and clarity are a winning combination to help our incoming Talmidim start off their path in Yeshiva.
Rabbi Yonah Wohlgelernter
12TH GRADE REBBI/TEACHER
Rabbi Yonah Wohlgelernter studied in Ner Israel, Lakewood, and Yeshivas Dvar Torah, Yerushalayim. He also was a founding member in the Community Kollel of Greater Washington/Olney. Rabbi Wohlgelernter has a Masters’ degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and is known for his passion for teaching Torah.
Rabbi Dovid Hirsch
Rabbi Yehuda Shor
General Studies Staff
Mr. Skylar Shutsky
GENERAL STUDIES PRINCIPAL/SCIENCE TEACHER
My goal is to raise the level of focus and rigor in the General studies program based on my experience in teaching in the jewish high schools in the community for the 10 years in Shearim and Yeshiva as well as other schools in the Valley. I have taught various science courses including AP Biology, environmental science, physics, chemistry and biology. I also am continuing to further my education as an environmental resource management masters candidate at ASU, which will help me to continue to provide relevant scientific curriculum for our students..
Mr. Ryan Lippincotti
History and social studies & English and math department. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education history from Arizona State University, and has several years of experience working with youths throughout the Valley.
Mr. Jeremey Rovinsky, Esq.
GOVERNMENT CLASS/GUIDANCE COUNSELER
Mr. Rovinsky is a law professor, Judge Pro Tem, and Dean at National Paralegal College- www.nationalparalegal.edu. He graduated magna cum laude from American University with degrees in Philosophy and Political Science, and with honors from The George Washington University Law School. When Mr. Rovinsky was in high school, he served as captain of his debate team, was ranked #1 on Long Island for Student Congress, and his We The People Constitution Team was ranked #1 in New York State and in the top ten in the nation. Mr. Rovinsky is excited to inspire his students to understand and appreciate their civic duties, and aspires to prepare his students to compete in the Arizona We The People Competition and sit for the AP US Government exam.
Mrs. Miriam Pinkerson
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS ADVISOR
Scholarships, grants and public relations are Miriam Pinkerson's specialty, and she previously handled community affairs for the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California where her focus was healthcare reform. She is also a yoga teacher.
Mr. Alan Nisanov
At Yeshiva High School of Arizona, Mr. Nisanov teaches all levels of math courses as well as the general physics class. He holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and leverages his field experience as a chemistry researcher to provide contextual examples to common mathematical problems. Mr. Nisanov will continue his graduate education at UC Berkeley where he will advance his research and work as an instructor for the next generation of future scientists.
Ms. Laurie Cohn
Ms. Cohen hails from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and holds bachelor and graduate degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has over thirty years of teaching experience in Language arts. When not teaching or enjoying time with her grandchildren, she works with rescue animals at Home Fur Good, a local animal rescue.
Mr. Arthur Lebowitz
GENERAL STUDIES CURRICULUM CONSULTANT
Mr. Arthur Lebowitz is recognized school leader in Phoenix. He is a former Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent in the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD). During his tenure as Principal at South Mountain High School, the school was selected as an "A+" School by the Arizona Department of Education and selected as a semi-finalist in the U.S. Department of Education "School of Excellence" Program. Mr. Lebowitz holds a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in English Education from Ohio State University
Mrs. Tami Einhorn
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR/DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS