Sgan Rosh Yeshiva and Ra''m
Rabbi Judah Dardik is a Sgan Rosh Yeshiva (Assistant Dean) and Gemara R"am, teaching Talmud, Halachah, Jewish Philosophy, Personal Growth and oversees student welfare. He is also the Dean of the JLE, the Orayta Center for Jewish Leadership and Engagement, where he runs adult education and rabbinic educational missions and directs Orayta’s larger effort to inspire the broader Jewish community and help train its leadership. Before making aliyah four years ago, he completed thirteen years as the spiritual and community leader of Beth Jacob Congregation, in Oakland, California. Under his leadership, it became a vibrant and fast-growing community and educational center for families from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs and practices. An award-winning teacher, he has lectured widely across the United States and Israel, taught and consulted at multiple schools, wrote a regular Torah column that was turned into a book available on Amazon, and helped to train rabbinical students at YU's RIETS program. Rabbi Dardik is also certified as a couple's educator and served in national leadership positions with AIPAC and the RCA. He received his BA from Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business, his Master's degree from the Azrielli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva. He is passionate about Jewish education and welcomes the opportunity to learn with people of all backgrounds and perspectives. He lives in Gush Etzion with his wife Naomi and their six children. He loves hiking, making wine, and playing roller hockey.
Rosh Yeshiva and Shana Bet Ra''m
Rabbi Yitzchak Blau is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada and Tradition's associate editor. He has taught at Yeshivat Hamivtar, Yeshivat Shvilei Hatorah, and the Yeshivah of Flatbush and currently also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum.
Rabbi Blau has a BA in English Literature from YU, an MA in Medieval Jewish History from Revel, and smicha from RIETS. Rabbi Blau lives in Alon Shevut with his wife and four children.