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.
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).