Presently the Director of the Excavations, Surveys and Research Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Dr. Seligman served for twelve years as the Jerusalem Regional Archaeologist and six as a research archaeologist. Dr. Seligman studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and University College London, receiving his doctorate (summa-cum-laude) from Haifa University on the subject of the ‘Rural Hinterland of Jerusalem during the Byzantine period’. Jon has directed some thirty excavations in Jerusalem, Bet Shean, in the Carmel Mountains and recently to uncover the remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna (Lithuania) and has published widely, including three books (on the Temple Mount, the Holy Sepulchre and the Roman farm at Nahal Haggit), and numerous chapters and articles in refereed books, journals and other publications. He also participated in the planning team for the Master Plan for the city and Old City of Jerusalem.
Currently managing director of Siftech (the startup program at Hebrew University), Ilan previously served as Chief Innovation Officer for the Israel Defense Force’s Spokesperson Unit. Prior to that, he was the Interim Commander of the Israeli Air Force Innovation Department and founder of its Accelerator program. He founded three companies (one of which he sold), worked in venture capital at Greylock Partners IL and Elevator Fund, and graduated from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University (where he also started semichah but moved to Israel before finishing).
Rabbi Shimshon HaKohen Nadel lives and teaches in Jerusalem, where he serves as rabbi of Kehilat Zichron Yosef.
His articles on Jewish Law & History have appeared in Tehumin, Hakirah, The Journal of Halacha & Contemporary Society, Segula, Kol ha-Torah, Kolmus, the Jerusalem Post, and the Jewish Press. He is also the author of “Medina & Halacha – Exploring the Jewish State through the lens of Jewish Law,” a popular weekly column looking at contemporary issues in Israel. A regular guest on Kol Yisrael, Rabbi Nadel offers up inspiration for the Israeli FM radio listening audience.
Before moving to Israel in 2009, Rabbi Nadel served as a rabbi in Nebraska and Connecticut. He studied at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary under his rebbe and mentor, HaRav Moshe Dovid Tendler.
A sought after lecturer, Rabbi Nadel has served as scholar in residence for communities all over the world. Culling from sources throughout our rich literature, his classes display his depth of thought and breadth of scholarship, and are always full of wit, wisdom, and inspiration.
An accomplished musician, Rabbi Nadel has toured internationally as a solo act and along with his band. His highly acclaimed CD, Achas Shoalti – One Thing I Ask, a high-energy hybrid of rock, pop, folk, and blues, has been called by critics, “passionate rock n’ roll for the soul.”
Hannah holds a degree in the History of the
Jewish People, Literature, Judaism and Bible, and has also studied psychodrama.
She has been involved for over a decade through the Psik Theater in leading adult drama groups, as well as producing youth and children’s theater productions in schools.
As well as leading workshops for creative writing, poetry and prose for youth and adults, Hannah has published two books of poetry called “42 Journeys” and “The Mountain is a Love Affair”
In 2014 she won the “Teacher of the State” award given by Israel’s Ministry of Education.