Scholars/Staff



Rabbi Levi Langer  -  ROSH KOLLEL/DEAN

Rabbi Levi Langer grew up in Brooklyn, New York; he attended Yeshiva Ner Israel and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. He delivers classes on all manner of Torah topics, and has developed a particular expertise in Jewish Medical Ethics.  He keeps the beis hamedrash learning spirited and erudite, and is the address for people with all sorts of Torah questions- from practical halacha to Tanach and Gemara to the more arcane reaches of the Torah spectrum. His wife, Rebbetzin Elky, a native Detroiter, is an assistant principal at Hillel Academy and has been a teacher, writer and editor for many years. In whatever spare time she has, she volunteers at the Kollel and serves on the Board of the Jewish Women's League.
                                       Rabbi Langer can be contacted at LLanger@kollelpgh.org.




Rabbi Avrohom Rodkin - 
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Rabbi Avrohom Rodkin is originally from Far Rockaway, NY. He joined the Kollel in 2002 and the Kollel's administrative team in 2010, becoming the Director of Education in 2012. Rabbi Rodkin works closely with the yungerleit and office staff and is responsible for all Kollel educational activities which serve the Pittsburgh community. He oversees the day to day functioning of the Kollel and also leads the daily retirees' morning kollel group. Rabbi Rodkin has authored several seforim in both Hebrew and English. He received Semichah Yoreh Yoreh in 2002 from Rabbi Eli Ber Wachtfogel of Yeshiva Zichron Moshe. Mrs. Chani Rodkin grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her B.A. in Psychology through Thomas Edison State College and was awarded a New York State teacher's certification. Mrs. Rodkin taught special education for several years followed by a decade of part-time teaching limudei kodesh to high school girls. In 2010, she left teaching to care for her growing family.
Rabbi Rodkin can be reached at arodkin@kollelpgh.org.


SCHOLARS

Rabbi Binyomin Bauman

Rabbi Binyomin Bauman grew up in Teaneck, NJ. He attended Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (Breuer’s) and then went on to Yeshiva Gedolah Kesser Torah in Monsey, where he became very close to the Rosh Hayeshiva, Harav Dovid Fishman. He then learned in the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim before continuing his studies in Lakewood, NJ. Rabbi Bauman produces the weekly Torah Tidbits email and co-heads the very popular Father and Son learning program. His Wife Nechama Leah (Cahn) was raised in Washington Heights, NY. She holds a bachelor’s Degree in Biology and works as a medicaid planner for nursing homes.

Rabbi Yosef Berkowitz

Rabbi Yossi Berkowitz is originally from Toronto, Ontario. He attended high school at Yeshiva Gedola Zichron Shmaryahu, then learned at the at the Yeshiva Gedola of Cliffwood, Harav Dovid Soloveitchik in Yerushalayim, and Beth Medrash Govoha in  Lakewood, NJ.  Rabbi Berkowitz founded and spearheads the Kollel Konnections program, which brings together young professionals of the Pittsburgh Jewish community for Torah learning and social events. His Wife Yocheved (Dickstien) hails from Brooklyn, NY. She currently works in the Human Resources department of Tryko, a local property management company.


Rabbi Chaim Leibowitz

Rabbi Chaim Leibowitz, originally from Toronto, Ontario, studied at Yeshivas Toras Moshe (Jerusalem), Yeshivas Nesivos HaTorah in Staten Island, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ.  He enjoys studying halacha (kashrus in particular) and  received semicha Yoreh Yoreh from Beth Medrash Govoha.  Rabbi Leibowitz  founded and continues to run Pirchei groups on Shabbos afternoons.  His wife, Chana Gitty, originally from Queens, NY practices as a Speech Language Pathologist at various hospitals and nursing homes in the area.



Rabbi Shmuel Mandelbaum

Rabbi Shmuel Mandelbaum was born and raised in Oak Park, Michigan. Upon completion of high school in Yeshiva Ohr Simcha of Englewood, NJ, he continued his studies in Yeshiva Gedolah Kesser Torah of Monsey. After spending a year in Israel learning in the Mir Yeshiva, he joined Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. Rabbi
Mandelbaum is known for his broad knowledge of Halacha and Mussar/Hashkafa. His warm and engaging personality generates energy in the Kollel. His wife Sora Mandelbaum (Kogos) is a registered dietitian who hails from Brighton, Massachusetts.


Rabbi Avrohom Weisswasser

Rabbi Avrohom (Avremel) Weisswasser, a native of Toronto, learned in Yeshivah Ohr HaMeir of Peekskill, NY throughout his high school and Beis Medrash years. He learnt in Eretz Yisroel by HaRav Dovid Feinstein/R’ Zev Kaplan followed by a year in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. After his marriage, he moved back to Yerushalayim and continued learning for another five years until joining the Pittsburgh Kollel in 2013. Rabbi Weisswasser enjoys running the Father and Son learning program and the Shabbos afternoon Mishnayos Program which he founded. His wife, Sarah Leah (Lover) is from Detroit and teaches at Hillel Academy in the girl’s middle school and high school.


ASSOCIATE SCHOLARS
 
Rabbi Aharon Shmuel Brodie
Rabbi Akiva Grossberg
Rabbi Shraga Senft


STAFF

Stacie Stufflebeam, Development and Events Director
stacie@kollelpgh.org

Ami Marizan, Bookkeeper