Rabbi Benjy Myers is a native of the UK, spending his teenage years in London and other parts of his childhood in Israel and Australia before making Aliyah with his wife, Ayelet, in 2000. He holds a degree in Jewish Studies from the London School of Jewish Studies (University of London), a teaching diploma from the Herzog Teachers’ Training College and Semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
The Myers family – Ayelet, Benjy and their six children – spent five years on shlichut in Dallas, TX, before returning to Israel where they now live as members of Kibbutz Migdal Oz.
Rabbi Myers serves as the Director of Education in Ohr Torah Stone’s Straus-Amiel | Beren-Amiel Institute, training rabbis and educators in Israel for leadership positions throughout the Jewish world, and has also served as a chazzan in numerous communities in Israel, the USA, UK and Northern Ireland.
An experienced and accomplished educator, Rabbi Myers blends knowledge, a passion for teaching and a healthy dose of humour into his sermons and lectures.
Expert in Resilience, Coping with Trauma, Post Traumatic Growth; Personal, Couples and Family Therapy
Sari, who has an MSc in Applied Psychology works with children, youth, adults and communities that were victims of terrorist attacks, as well as working with professional staff (social workers, psychologists, teaching staff) to prepare for emergency situations. Central to her work is helping communities and individuals strengthen their resilience and their ability to cope with complex, challenging and difficult events.
Sari believes that through a process that includes mind, body and spirit, and with an empowering therapist, people can identify their natural strengths and can overcome trauma in such a way that they will not just return to what they were before, but they will discover that they are much more than they were before the traumatic event in many different ways.
Formerly the Rabbi of the Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, Canada, Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein now serves as Director of Training and Placement at the Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Institute of Ohr Torah Stone. The program trains, places and offers ongoing support to a vibrant cadre of spiritual leaders who serve the Jewish world around the globe, to promote a Judaism based on Halacha, loving-kindness, professionalism and unity.
Rabbi Grunstein also serves as an administrator of the rabbinical court for conversions, located in Gush Etzion, and is part of the founding faculty of the morning English speaking Kollel of Efrat.
An experienced rabbi, mentoring Rabbis daily from around the Globe, sought out clergy for life-cycle events, writer and popular lecturer in Israel and around the world, he is the author of “Daven Your Age – An Adult Journey through the Daily Prayer Service” (Gefen, 2013) & “Beyond Routine-Turning Ritual into Meaningful Jewish Practice” (Urim Publishing, 2018,) and has over 1,000 recorded classes online in both Hebrew and English
Rabbi Alan Haber is an educator, tour guide, speaker and writer living in Gush Etzion, Israel.
Rabbi Haber is currently teaching on the faculties of Midreshet and Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah, Nishmat and Matan in Jerusalem. He is a freelance tour guide who works with groups, families and individuals, and specializes in educational tours.
Rabbi Haber also works as a speaker and lecturer on various topics related to Torah study, Jewish education and Israel, and as a writer, editor and translator for various Torah publications including the Koren Talmud Bavli.