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Rabbi yossi and elisheva oratz


Yossi and Elisheva moved to White Plains almost ten years ago, after living in Yerushalayim for six years. Yossi grew up in Brooklyn, NY as number seven in a family of ten boys, and attended Yeshiva Torah Temimah and Camp Morasha before learning in the Mir in Yerushalayim, and in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ.  After Yossi and Elisheva married, they lived in Israel for six years, where Yossi received semicha from the Jerusalem Kollel. 

Elisheva grew up in Queens and then moved to Lawrence, NY where she attended TAG, studied in Israel for two years, and then received her master's in special education. After getting married and moving to Israel, Elisheva joined the Jerusalem Kollel's women's leadership training program. 

After living in Israel for six years, Yossi and Elisheva moved to White Plains with three of their children. 

Starting with just a vision of creating a place where Jews from across the Jewish spectrum can find a place to engage in finding the meaning and relevance of their Judaism, the JRE grew from a small organization to the premiere destination to connect Jews from every walk of life and denomination. 

After a few years, the JRE started a night kollel dedicated to high-level learning, bringing intensive Beit Midrash learning to Westchester, where Rabbi Greenberg is a regular guest lecturer.  Since then, Yossi has been dedicated to growing and spreading the JRE's impact across the entire community. 

Elisheva directs the women's division of the JRE.  She connected the JRE with the JWRP Israel trips, and has led over thirty women on trips to Israel. She is passionate about connecting women to the vibrancy of Yiddishkeit. 

Yossi and Elisheva have six children - Rachel, Shayna, Yaakov, Rivka, Miriam, and Zev.

Yossi and Elisheva and family are proud members of the Young Israel of White Plains, and are honored to be a part of the community.


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Sun, May 26 2019 21 Iyyar 5779