Rabbi Meyer Berglas is Midreshet's Founder and Dean. Rabbi Berglas's warm smile, gentle manner, and deep wisdom have made him a beloved mentor to decades of Midreshet students, and his shiurim play a central role in shaping the character and values of our students. Every year, a few students are privileged to learn with Rabbi Berglas be-chavruta as part of Midreshet's unique commitment to the growth of each individual student. Rabbi Berglas, a student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, received Semikhah and an MHL from RIETS, and an MA at Columbia University. Rabbi Berglas lives in Neve Alizah, the community he founded with his wife, Vicky.




Rabbi Meyer Berglas

Mrs. Vicky Berglas is Midreshet's Director. Vicky's warmth and empathy make her a much sought-after confidant and chavruta, and the sounds of laughter with the joy of learning always accompanies her "chevrah" in the Bet Midrash. Vicky's class in "Sho'ah and Faith" is one of our students' favorites, combining the study of the Holocaust with religious and halakhic writings from that time. When Vicky leads our students on the annual Heritage tour of Poland, they are treated to her unique perspective, which combines encyclopedic historical knowledge with a deep connection to the great personalities of our past and the conviction that the Holocaust can inspire us toward meaning and accomplishment in our personal own lives. In addition to the role she plays at Midreshet, Vicky also serves as a guide at Yad Vashem. She earned a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University, and an MA in Jewish History at Haifa University. Vicky lives in Neve Alizah, the community she founded with her husband, Rabbi Meyer Berglas.

Mrs. Vicky Berglas

Rabbi Eitan Mayer is Midreshet's Menahel Chinuchi and Assistant Dean. "Rav Eitan," as our students call him, is known both for his wry sense of humor and his shiurim in Chumash and Machshavah, which emphasize creative thinking and personal grappling with Torah and its implications for our lives. Rav Eitan is always available for personal advice, halakhic questions, and discussions on emunah. Rav Eitan learned at Yeshivat Sha'alvim, received Semikhah at RIETS as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and continued his learning in the Beren Kollel Elyon. He earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University, and is completing an MA in Jewish Philosophy and an EdD in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University. Rav Eitan taught Gemara and Halakhah at the Graduate Program for Women at Yeshiva University and served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Rav Eitan lives in Neve Daniel with his wife and six children.

Rabbi Eitan Mayer

Mrs. Bracha Krohn is Director of Guidance. She teaches Tanakh, Midrash, and Rabbinic Thought at Midreshet Moriah. Bracha, as her students call her, has an enthusiasm for learning which permeates the classroom. Her dynamic teaching style encourages participation and fosters a strong desire to learn, and her openness and genuineness create an environment for thoughtful, honest questioning. She has a special way of identifying with students and showing them her authentic care and concern. Bracha learned at Michlala, was Jewish Studies valedictorian and earned a BA at Stern College in Jewish Studies and English Literature, and is completing her MA in Bible at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. She taught for seven years at the Fuchs Mizrachi School and the Women's Beit Midrash in Cleveland, before making aliyah in 2008. Bracha currently serves on the educational staff of Camp Stone, where she returns each summer with her family. She lives in Efrat with her husband and three children.


Mrs. Michal Porat-Zibman serves as Alumnae Director and teaches Jewish Thought at Midreshet. Michal, as our students call her, is a teacher of great charisma and passion, inspiring her students with her exciting shiurim in Mussar and Machshavah, learning individually with them in chaburot (small groups) and chavrutot in the Bet Midrash, and devoting countless hours to personal conversations and one-on-one shmoozes. Michal's famous sichot at Thursday night Mishmar, accompanied by piles of nosh, are the perfect inspirational ending to the week of learning. In addition to her role at Midreshet, Michal also guides groups at Yad Vashem and leads groups touring Poland on the Heritage program. She has served as Educational Director at Camp Moshava and has worked at Moshava's Mach Hach Ba-Aretz and Camp HASC. Michal earned a BA at Bar Ilan University in Jewish History and lives in Neve Daniel with her husband and their daughter.

Mrs. Michal Porat-Zibman

Mrs. Shelby Binstock serves as Eim Bayyit (House Mother).  Shelby's bubbly, outgoing nature helps her connect with every type of girl, and with her warm, supportive, caring nature makes her easily approachable.  She focuses on making every girl feel at home during her time at Midreshet. Shelby has a wide range of experience, attending seminary at Michlala, working as a counselor at HASC, running the Seminary Basketball League, and as a Madricha at Tiferet.  As a tutor at Neve Yerushalayim, she gained valuable experience guiding girls in their Jewish growth. Shelby, with her husband and daughter, lives within walking distance of Midreshet, and her home is always open to all of the girls.


Sarah Proops


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