Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is the founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefillah and the founding Dean and Spiritual Leader of the Nishmat Adin High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he resides with his wife, Esther, and ten children. He is a respected rabbinic figure, a renowned lecturer, and a prominent author of many essays on the Jewish faith, mysticism, and social-criticism. Besides his academic pedigree, Rabbi Allouche is richly-cultural, having lived in France, where he was born, South Africa and Israel. He is also fluent in English, Hebrew, French and Italian. Rabbi Allouche is a member of AIPAC's National Council, and a member of the Vaad Harabanim, the Orthodox Rabbinic Council of Arizona. Rabbi Allouche's wise, profound, and sensitive perspective on the world and its people, on life and living, is highly regarded and sought-after by communities and individuals of all backgrounds. Rabbi Allouche is also tremendously involved in the Jewish community of Greater Phoenix, and he teaches middle-school Judaics at Pardes Jewish Day School. Rabbi Allouche is a blogger for many online publications, including the Huffington Post and The Times of Israel. Rabbi Allouche was listed in the Jewish Daily Forward as one of America's 36 Most Inspiring Rabbis, who are "shaping 21st Century Judaism."
Michelle Crincoli has almost two decades of classroom teaching and professional writing experience. She works closely with our Scottsdale students on day-to-day general studies assignments, executive functioning skills, and offers extra support to our students with learning disabilities. Michelle spent the 12 years prior at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles. As the English Department Chair, Michelle has redesigned the curriculum to reflect a more writing-centered approach to learning literature. She currently teaches Creative Writing and Film, Literature and Composition. She is the student advisor for the Women's Luncheon, the book club and the literary magazine. Michelle is also a professional screenwriter and has won multiple awards for her original TV pilots and short films. In her personal time, she loves to read and spend time with her husband and her dog.
Josh Meisel has been involved in formal and informal education for over a decade. After graduating from Shalhevet High School, Josh attended Yeshivat Hakotel and then joined the IDF, serving in the Golani Brigade. Josh worked with NCSY in Israel, helping to create a new program for American teenage olim, many of whom were having trouble adjusting to life in Israel. He began his experience in formal education at Shalhevet High School, serving as a learning specialist in Judaic studies to assist students with learning difficulties and help integrate students of various backgrounds into “mainstream” courses. While in Los Angeles, Josh also spent his time with Bnei Akiva as City Coordinator of Programming and led Teen Minyan at Bnai David Young Judaea. Josh has also spent summers at Moshava Wildrose as Education and Sports Director, as well as the Machal High School Program Head and Coordinator. Josh also served as the Mashgiach Ruchani and Director of Student Life in Seattle at Northwest Yeshiva High School, while teaching Tanakh, Jewish Practice and Law and Middle East studies. Currently, Josh leads the Jewish life, learning and studies on campus while overseeing the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of students. In his free time, Josh enjoys learning Torah, reading, playing sports and spending time with his family.
Avi Rosengard has been teaching and tutoring math since he was a high school student, starting with an internship at Phoenix Hebrew Academy working with struggling students in mathematics. He then went on to learn for a year and a half in Israel at Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah. With a knack for understanding mathematics and science in detail, Mr. Rosengard obtained his Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering at ASU, where he excelled in several STEM classes involving advanced mathematics, coding, physics, mechanics, anatomy, and several other disciplines. Mr. Rosengard has several years' experience teaching math to students of varying abilities in both advanced and remedial math classes and to high school and upper-middle school students throughout Maricopa County. While teaching at these schools, Mr. Rosengard has undergone professional development in several math teaching styles and curricula, with an emphasis on the use of technology to enhance instruction. In his free time, Mr. Rosengard enjoys studying Jewish Philosophy and Halakhah, drawing with a computer program called Inkscape, learning new skills, and spending quality time with his family.
Since moving to the United States from her native Israel in 2015, Ronit Avitan Alexander has held numerous teaching positions, faculty appointments, and fellowships at esteemed institutions around the world. She is currently a lecturer of Hebrew Language at Northwestern University (Illinois) and has previously taught at the School of Hebrew at Middlebury College (Vermont) as well as at the Academy of Jewish Thought & Learning in South Africa. Her work with primary education includes serving as a Hebrew teacher at Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School (New York), Solomon Schechter Day School (Illinois), Bader Hillel High School (Wisconsin), and Derech Emunah High School (Washington).
Ronit’s graduate thesis on language anxiety and ways to increase participation in the language classroom has led her to continue researching how best to provide meaningful feedback to language learners. Now, while back to being a student, in the Doctor of Modern Languages program at Middlebury College she engages a variety of language research methodologies to develop new insights and approaches to Hebrew language instruction.
Ronit holds an MA in Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language from Middlebury College and a BA in Psychology and Ancient Near East & Biblical Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She is passionate about all languages and has had the opportunity to study and learn six foreign languages. With experience teaching Hebrew at all levels and ages and strives to create engaging lessons focusing on communication and modern, authentic materials.
Rabbi Yehuda Shor was born in Brooklyn, New York. After completing his Bachelors in Psychology at Touro College, Rabbi Shor moved with his wife, Ilanit, to Jerusalem, Israel, where he lived for 11 years. Rabbi Shor learned and taught Torah at various institutions in Jerusalem, including Mirrer Yeshiva, Ohr Somayach, and Aish HaTorah. He received extensive training in Judaics and education from many great educators, including Rabbis Lawrence Kelemen, Noach Orlowek, Rabbi Dr. David Gottleib, and many others.
Rabbi Shor moved with his family to Phoenix four years ago to join the Phoenix Community Kollel. He has been involved in adult education, giving many classes in the Kollel environs and teaching in local schools, including Shearim High School for Girls and Yeshiva High School of Arizona. He, along with his wife, have been involved in a number of programs, including the Women's Learning Initiative and other Kollel events. Rabbi Shor continues to teach both adults and young adults, and is working to create more community programming in the Greater Phoenix community.
Dana’s unique background in college and graduate school admissions counseling, career counseling, and student development services at both the high school and collegiate level span nearly 20 years. She has served as Director and Assistant Director for College Counseling at multiple schools, including The Idea School in Tenafly, NJ, Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD, and Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. Dana has tremendous experience in all aspects of college guidance, including test prep, college list development, extracurricular and summer program planning, financial aid options, essay and application development, interview prep and gap year planning. She also has expertise in understanding campus Jewish life and the factors that are vital to a Jewish students' college experience and quality of life.