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 of the renowned LifeWisdom Series is among his recent undertakings.
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 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. Rabbi Simmons writes and designs the LifeWisdom booklets.
Rabbi David Alima is the charismatic Rabbi of the Ahavat Yisrael synagogue in Modiin and is very active in outreach among youth in the region.
He previously held rabbinical, teaching and outreach positions in Ramla, Israel, in Wellington, New Zealand and in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Earlier, he was a major in the Israeli air force. Rabbi Alima now utilizes his many talents to run Lev Modiin’s LifeWisdom program.
Rabbi Ephraim Wolpin has rabbinical outreach in his blood as he is the product of generations of prominent Torah educators around the world. For many years, he has been engaged in the outreach efforts of Ramla branch of Lev L’achim. Recently, he has also energetically spearheaded the LifeWisdom program in Ramla. Rabbi Wolpin resides in Kiryat Sefer with his wife and seven children.
Rabbi Liad Oriyan is one of the most multifaceted educators in Modiin. He serves as one of the chief kashruth inspectors in the city. He is a scribe, he is a halachic adjudicator and he has even served as synagogue Rabbi and Rosh Kollel. But his heart lies in Jewish education. Rabbi Orian’s dynamic charisma make him the ideal Torah educator of both children and adults alike in Beit Shemesh and Modiin. Currently, he is sharing the beauty of Torah by leading popular LifeWisdom groups for Jews of all stripes.
Jerusalem born Rabbi Yehonathan Shlomo was first introduced to Torah after completing his army service. During his first year of his musical studies at the Jerusalem Music Academy (where he earned BA, B.Ed and M.Mus degrees), he began studying Torah and became a student at Netiv Da’at in Jerusalem. After his marriage, Yehonathan and his wife moved to Shilat, where they founded a local Synagogue in which he teaches Chovot HaLevavot and other Torah lessons. Yehonathan is a professional musician, performer and music educator, and teaches in two special education schools in Jerusalem and Givat Ze’ev. He recently joined Lev Modiin’s LifeWisdom program team in Modiin.