Rabbi Uri Feldman, M.S.
Rabbi Uri Feldman is a graduate of the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, Yeshivas HaGrach in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, N.J. Rabbi Feldman was a proud member of the Kollel of Greater Boston for six years. He has been involved in education on many different levels. In addition to giving a Wednesday night adult Gemara class at the Kollel, he taught a high school Torah Club at Maimonides High School in Brookline and a Gemara class at the Mesivta of Greater Boston. He began a Gemara class at Boston University and lecture for Meor Harvard. He is the co-founder of the Kollel’s Father-Son Learning Program in Newton, Mass. Rabbi Feldman completed his M.Ed. in Jewish education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Leadership. He currently lives in Brighton, Mass., with his wife, Dina, and their children.
Rabbi Feldman’s enthusiasm for developing students as individuals and helping them grow in their Torah learning and middos led to the development of Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael. Through his varied communal activities, he saw the need for a boys’ yeshiva that would provide a solid foundation in Torah learning balanced with an excellent general studies education. Over the past few years, he has done extensive research- networking with other institutions and consulting with experts in the field of Torah education to develop a solid model of yeshiva education. With vision and passion, Rabbi Feldman leads Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael as the founding menahel.
Rabbi Dovid Bielory is a graduate of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College where he received his Yoreh Yoreh Semicha. Rabbi Bielory also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. He has been teaching 8th grade in New England Hebrew Academy in Brookline and 11th grade in Bais Yaakov High School for the past four years. Appreciated for his down-to-earth style of teaching and technology based classes, students easily connect with him and become motivated to succeed in their learning. Rabbi Bielory also gives a daf yomi shiur and engages in daily adult teaching opportunities. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and five children.
Rabbi Gelernter is a graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College where he recieved his Semicha. He also holds a degree from the Sy Syms school of Business at Yeshiva University. He recently moved from Eretz Yisroel where he was a Rebbe in Ohr Sameach’s Center program. His warm personality enables him to relate deeply with his students, and his shiurim are always engaging, exciting, and enjoyable. He currently lives in Brighton with his 3 children.
Rabbi Yakov Luria studied in the Stamford Yeshiva for 4 years before traveling to the Brisk Yeshiva in Israel where he studied under Rabbi A.Y. Soloveitchik. In 2010, he married he wife, Rachel, and they moved to Boston, MA. He has learned in the Boston Kollel for the last five years, and is very excited to be a part of the YOY Faculty.
Rabbi Halpern graduated from Yeshiva Torah Temima, continued on to Yeshivas Brisk and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. After a few years in the Boston Kollel, Rabbi Halpern assumed the position of Program and Outreach Director, where he focuses on creating dynamic programs for men, women, and children. Rabbi Halpern initiated the Father-Son as well as the Mother-Daughter learning programs in Newton and Brighton. Hundreds of parents participate in these weekly programs with their children.Rabbi Halpern’s nightly classes at various locations in and around the Greater Boston area are very well-attended. Rabbi Halpern is also the Rav of Khal Tiferes Yosef in Brighton, MA. His wife Devory from Monsey, New York, graduated Gateshead Teachers Seminary and is a teacher at Bais Yaakov High School for Girls.
GENERAL STUDIES STAFF
Dr. Peter B. Holland
Director of General Studies
Dr. Peter B. Holland brings more than 35 years of school leadership experience to his work as an educational consultant. Beginning his career as a high school science teacher in Maryland, Dr. Holland has served as a department chair, principal, and superintendent. His most recent leadership role was Superintendent of the Belmont Public Schools (1988-2008).
Other positions that Dr. Holland has held include coach in the New Superintendent Induction Program; Regional Assistance Director for the Central Massachusetts District and School Assistance Center as part of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools that supports Level 3 and 4 schools and districts; instructor of graduate courses at Boston College and Emmanuel College; and research associate at Harvard. He holds a doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, an MS in Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BA in physics from Catholic University.
Dr. Holland has a particular interest in leadership issues, building collaborative teams, strategic planning, and increasing superintendent/school committee effectiveness. With his expertise, integrity, and optimism, Dr. Holland will mold the rigorous general studies program at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael.
Richard Brancato has nine years of teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school level. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a Master’s degree in English from Bridgewater State University, and Massachusetts teaching certificates in Middle School Strategies and High School English. Richard began teaching at Lawrence Junior High in Falmouth, MA, where he was first a student teacher and then a full-time reading teacher. He then moved to El Tigre, Venezuela, where he taught computer technology in grades 2-8 at Escuela de las Americas. Prior to joining the faculty at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, he taught English and Humanities in grades 6-8 at Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Mr. Lev Novikov holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University. He spent over a decade developing decision support tools for senior-level government decision-makers, analysts, and operational units before starting work for a new privately-funded educational venture to invent, test, and distribute high-quality STEM course offerings.
Rabbi Roy I. Rosenbaum received smicha from Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik z”l and his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago where he studied Political Science. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow there for 4 years while he studied for his Ph.D., and fulfilled all the doctoral requirements other than completing his dissertation. His first professional career was in Jewish communal service for several decades and held senior staff positions, among others, in three Jewish federations, AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby in Washington, and the Orthodox Union.
In 2004, Rabbi Rosenbaum moved to Boston and began teaching in the Maimonides Upper School, where he taught in both the Limudei Kodesh and the History faculties. Rabbi Rosenbaum and his wife Judith live in Newton and are the parents of three adult children.
David Fischer has been teaching mathematics and science at the high school level for over ten years. He received a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University, and has worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency as well as private consulting firms in this area. Prior to this, he earned a Masters degree in Operations Research from Columbia University and was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Fischer greatly enjoys his time in the classroom with his students, and tries to share his enthusiasm about the subject matter. Originally from New York, David has also spent time in Israel, New Jersey and New Haven, Connecticut. He currently lives in Newton with his wife and five children.
Mr. Pierre Looper
Microeconomics & Physical Education
Pierre is a well traveled young economist who recently earned his BS in Agricultural Economics and Mandarin from Canada’s best Economics program at UBC. He comes to us with three years experience tutoring Microeconomic courses, most of which were upper level. He enjoys running and was a member of NNHS’s 2011 All-State Champion track team, and doubles as our Gym teacher. In his free time he enjoys gardening, following basketball and spending time with his family. Pierre has also worked as an Aid Consultant in Indonesia and specializes in International Trade and Development.
Dr. Avraham Bourla
Hebrew, Statistics, and Physics
Dr. Avraham Bourla was born and raised in Israel. After completing his compulsory military service he came to the US to study at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He continued his studies and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. Since then he has been teaching mathematics and science classes in various universities. This is his first year in YOY and he will be teaching statistics, physics and Hebrew.
Dr. Eugene Buff
Dr. Eugene Buff is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with over twenty years of combined scientific, consulting and management experience. He has substantial expertise in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, materials and chemical manufacturing. Dr. Buff is a Founder and President of Primary Care Innovation Consulting (PCIC), a new type of innovation management and business development firm supporting companies’ growth through open innovation. PCIC provides technology strategy consulting for both large and small companies globally and has unique access to cutting edge innovation at universities, incubators and accelerators worldwide. Its signature product, Innovation Navigator™ offers comprehensive business development support by combining known theories (such as Lean Start Up, “Jobs-To-Be-Done” and Disruptive Innovation) with years of successful consulting practices. Dr. Buff also designed and teaches “Customer Driven Technical Innovation for Engineers,” a core course for Entrepreneurship Minor at Northeastern University, Boston.
Dr. Buff earned his Master degree in Biochemistry as well as his Medical Doctor degree from Russian State Medical University. He is a Ph.D. in Genetics and is a coauthor of 14 papers in peer reviewed international journals. Eugene is an active member of the Licensing and Technology Transfer community and serves on several committees and task forces at AUTM and LES. He is a member on many consulting and professional network organizations and often mentors and presents on issues of Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Innovation and Technology Transfer both in US and internationally.
Dr. David Berlove received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Rochester and has intensive training in biology, chemistry and physics. He has served as a Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and has worked for leading biotech companies including Genzyme Corporation. He is listed as a co-inventor on numerous patents.
He also runs his own tutoring company focusing on tutoring high school age students in the sciences and preparation for standardized exams. He lives with his wife, Orlee, and 3 school-age children in Newton.
Asher Lindenbaum holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a Master’s in Jewish Education from the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration, and a Master’s in Professional Psychology from William James College. He taught Gemara, Halacha, and Navi at the Moriah School in Englewood, NJ before moving to Brighton with his wife, Miriam. He is currently in his third year in the Clinical PsyD program at William James College, where his studies focus primarily on child and family psychology and autism. He is thrilled to be a member of the YOY team.