Born in Ohio and raised in El Paso, Texas, at age 16 Elazar Grunberger received his FCC license with endorsements to become one of the youngest Top 40 professional radio DJs in the United States. After attending the University of Texas at El Paso, the former DJ arrived in Jerusalem in 1976 and never looked back. Nine years later, Rabbi Grunberger received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Noach Weinberg and Rav Nissim Karelitz, and that was just the beginning.
When Rabbi Elazar Grunberger made aliya with his family in September 2011, he brought over 30 years of experience at building Jewish communities with him. Rabbi Grunberger spent over 25 years as the Director of Aish HaTorah St. Louis involved with all aspects of outreach, teaching, and developing the programs. During that time, Rabbi Grunberger also served as the Rav of the U. City Shul and the Beth HaMedresh HaGodol Sha’arei Chesed Shul in St. Louis for fifteen years.
With tireless energy matched by his passion for the Jewish People, Rabbi Grunberger serves as the serves as the Founder and Director of Lev Modiin and Lev Echad outreach network. He and his wife, Rebbetzin Brocha, are parents to ten wonderful children with adorable grandchildren residing on both sides of the Atlantic. Today, Rabbi Grunberger lives in Modiin with his family where he tries to find an hour to play tennis once in a while.
Rabbi Dov Lev is a highly sought-after lecturer of halacha and the fundamentals of Jewish belief. For almost two decades, he has served as an educator, counselor, and researcher for Aish HaTorah and numerous women’s seminaries throughout Israel. He is a frequent speaker for Ner Le’Elef and other renowned institutions. He has authored, translated, and edited many works of Jewish interest. As a hobby, Rabbi Lev loves to peruse obscure and exotic Torah sources. He has rabbinical ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and holds a Master’s degree from the Johns’ Hopkins University School of Engineering. He lives with his family in Ramat Beit Shemesh.
Rabbi Lev is passionate about Jewish education – in the classroom, in Jewish writings and on the Internet. He works as a researcher, writer and editor on a broad range of Torah topics, and the development the renowned LifeWisdom Series is among his recent undertakings.
Rabbi Yehoshua Diskin hails from the United States. He was certified by the Chief Rabbinate to serve as a Kashruth administrator. Rabbi Diskin was actively involved in Plugta, an organization that bridges the differences between religious and secular Jews and promotes dialogue between diverging factions. He has also been a popular teacher in Yeshivat Mevakshe Hashem in Jerusalem. The Diskins are passionate about devoting their lives and talents to Jewish outreach. In this vein, Rabbi Diskin and his wife and adorable two-year-old twins, Moshe and Esty have moved to beautiful Modiin as a fulfillment of their life-dream.
Rabbi Yitzchak Kosovsky grew up in Israel. After attending the prestigious Ponevezh Yeshiva, he was recognized as one of the potential movers and shakers in the world of Jewish outreach and was tapped to utilize his energetic educational talents in Russia. Having a profound impact upon everyone with whom he came into contact, he was quickly promoted to the position of administrator of the Reishit Chochmah school. After transforming the Moscow’s Jewish community, Rabbi Kosovsky decided to return to Israel to play a major role in the spiritual renewal of Modiin and beyond.
Rabbi Shraga Simmons is an author, educator, filmmaker, activist, marketer and creator of iconic Jewish brands. In 1997 he became founding editor of Aish.com, the Jewish educational website with 500,000 unique email subscribers. He is co-author Rabbi Shraga Simmons is the co-founder of Aish.com, and co-author of “48 Ways to Wisdom” (ArtScroll), and his hundreds of Torah articles have been translated into 10 languages.
In the field of pro-Israel activism, Rabbi Simmons is the co-founder of HonestReporting.com, and author of David & Goliath (2012), the definitive account of media bias against Israel. His film, “Photo Fraud in Lebanon,” became the first Israel-themed video to reach 5 million online views (pre-YouTube).
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Rabbi Simmons earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and Rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He now lives with his family in a suburb of Modiin.