Scholars and Staff
Rabbi Levi Langer, Rosh Kollel
Rabbi Levi Langer grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Yeshiva Ner Israel and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood where he received his rabbinic ordination and was a three- time winner of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture award for Talmudic analysis . While in Lakewood he delivered advanced lectures in Talmud and Shulchan Aruch to kollel scholars, as well as in-depth classes on Nach to advanced students. Since moving to Pittsburgh twenty years ago he has led the beis hamedrash study program, keeping it spirited and erudite, and has served as 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. He has delivered classes in the Kollel and elsewhere to both men and women on halacha, Nach, Jewish thought, prayer, Jewish figures in history, contemporary issues and many other topics. He has lectured in hospitals to physicians on medical ethics and is a co-author of a medical ethics paper for the American Thoracic Society.
Elky Langer, a native Detroiter, is a longtime administrator at Hillel Academy and has been a teacher, writer and editor for many years. She is a Google Certified Coach and a personal financial coach for Mesila. She has lectured in person and remotely at Kollel women events and for other organizations. She volunteers at the mikvah in various capacities and at other communal institutions
Rabbi Doniel Schon, Associate Rosh Kollel
Rabbi Schon was born and raised in Queens, NY. He studied in the Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Washington, the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and Beth Medrash Gavoha in Lakewood, NJ and received Yoreh Yoreh ordination from the Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Washington. He subsequently joined the Cincinnati Community Kollel, where in addition to a full schedule of learning and teaching, developed many programs and initiatives to engage Jews of all ages and backgrounds. Upon leaving Cincinnati, Rabbi Schon founded the Ohr Torah Community Outreach Kollel in Rochester, NY. Rabbi Schon has a special interest in areas where technology, medicine and science intersect with Jewish law, and has studied and lectured extensively on these cutting edge topics. Since moving to Pittsburgh, Rabbi Schon has coordinated the Kollel's community learning initiatives and has worked diligently to keep the Kollel's finances on an even keel. Rabbi Schon's wife, Dina Schon (nee Blumberg) grew up in Monsey, NY. She holds a degree in accounting from Touro College and currently serves as as tteh Kollel's book keeper as well as programming assistant.