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Rabbi Yisroel Meir Hoffman received his Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University in Chicago, with a specialization in Education Administration and Supervision. He received Jewish Day School/ Yeshiva Principal Certification from the Jewish Education Leadership Institute in 2011. In his previous roles, Rabbi Hoffman developed curricula for both secular and Jewish studies. Rabbi Hoffman’s wide range of experiences include teaching at all levels, adults, high school,
junior high, and primary.
Rabbi Hoffman is both a third-generation student of the Rabbinical Seminary of America and a fourth-generation educator. His greatgrandfather received an award in Teaching Excellence from President Lyndon Johnson.
Rabbi Moshe Teichman joined FTI as a History instructor. Rabbi Teichman also currently is a Limudei Kodesh Rebbe in Politz Hebrew Day School as well as the Youth Director of Young Israel of Cherry Hill. Prior to FTI, Rabbi Teichman served as a middle school Rebbe and History teacher in Mesivta Tiferes Jerusalem (MTJ), as well as assistant Rabbi of Young Israel of Hewlett, NY. Rabbi Teichman studied Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens and received semicha from Rabbi Moshe Heinamann of the Star-K (Baltimore). Rabbi Teichman has been active in numerous summer camps as head counselor and division head, and he completed Young Israel’s Rabbinic Training Program .
Mr. Naphtali Perlberger is an attorney by profession but also has vast experience in education. A graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia, Mr. Perlberger continued his education at Ursinus College and Temple University receiving his Bachelor’s (English Honors), Master’s, and Juris Doctor degrees. His professional background in education includes teaching English and history at the secondary school level in the Camden Public Schools, as well as teaching positions at the post-high school level at Temple University, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Pierce College on the topics of business law, contracts, economics of law, and medical jurisprudence.
Mr. Perlberger also has been a senior lecturer for Aish HaTorah Philadelphia and has authored several published books, creating and delivering national, regional, and local seminars and workshops. He currently gives a weekly parsha shiur at Young Israel of the Main Line. His passion for teaching has been a driving force in his life has helped him inspire his students.
Within his community, Mr. Perlberger was founding president of Kosloff Torah Academy, president of Philadelphia Community Kollel, vicepresident of Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, founding president of Children of the Holocaust, FAJA Chairman of Men’s Organizations, and continues to serve on numerous boards and organizations throughout the region. Mr. Perlberger looks forward to bringing his extensive background to Foxman Torah Institute to enrich the lives of all his students.
Mr. Barry Nagelberg completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University. He lived for 9 years, is fluent in Hebrew, and served in the IDF on both active and reserve duty. After 30 years working as a software engineer, he retired in 2017 and began working part-time as a substitute teacher math tutor, which is how he was introduced to FTI. Through serving as math tutor and substitute teacher for FTI during 2017-2018, Mr. Nagelberg developed a very high opinion of the FTI students and staff and was excited to join the FTI general studies team this year.
Mr. Michael Morgenstern has a Master of Arts degree in English Education from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from The Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He has taught English, grades 9 – 12 at Suyvesant High School in New York City and at Laguardia High School for the Arts.
Mr. Morgenstern illustrates professionally
for many of the leading magazine and book publishers in the U.S. and around the world. He was selected as one of the “best 200 illustrators worldwide” and one of the “best 200 digital artists worldwide” by Luerzer’s Archive. He is featured in several books about
Mr. Yosef Kahn recently joined FTI’s general studies department to teach Financial Literacy, one of FTI’s electives. Mr. Kahn is an FTI alumnus of both the Mesivta and Bais Medrash programs. Since leaving FTI, Mr. Kahn completed a Dave Ramsey Entrepreneurship Seminar and has been trained in business management software. In addition, Mr. Kahn has successfully launched his own business, Kahn Universal Enterprises, a business which provides professional
contractor services to housing complexes and apartment buildings. Before deciding to launch his own company, he successfully managed a construction company and independently provided both residential and commercial remodeling services.
Mr. Rob Patterson is a mathematics teacher at FTI. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he studied Journalism at Ohio University. After college, Mr. Patterson lived in Indiana and Texas and worked as a journalist, photographer and computer artist. He developed an interest in math when he learned to program computers while working as a computer artist. In 2015, he decided to become a teacher and relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked as an after-school math instructor at Georgetown Day School. In 2016, Mr. Patterson moved to Boston in order to pursue a graduate degree in Education.
During his time in Boston, Mr. Patterson taught 7th and 8th grade math at Match Middle School and attended the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. In 2017 he moved to Philadelphia and taught high school mathematics at Democracy Prep Charter School in Camden.
This year, Mr. Patterson is teaching Algebra II, Honors Geometry and College Geometry at FTI and is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He’s excited to work at FTI where he finds the students eager to learn, curious and determined to succeed.
Paul Blocker has been training athletes of all ages and skill levels since 1990. He played basketball at Atlantic City High School under hall of fame coach Bill Daviney and went on to play for the U.S. Army travel team. Upon finishing his military service he began coaching youth basketball, football, baseball, softball, and wrestling.
Michael C. Nealis, Jr., received his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s University with a concentration in Biology. He worked as a teacher for Black Horse Pike Regional School District since 2008.
Mr. Nealis has experience teaching Biology, Physical Sciences, and Anatomy and Physiology. He has worked with students of varying academic levels, from the high achieving to those with individualized, special education concerns. Mr. Nealis believes that as a science teacher it is his obligation to make sure students look at the natural world in a way that they may not have before.
He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Jessica, and their two sons Oliver and Atticus.
Mr. Allan Slutsky is a Philadelphia-based musician, producer, and author who is well known throughout the guitar world. His guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing have been heard in major theaters and plays across the world. He also spent over three decades in pit orchestras.
In addition to teaching at Foxman Torah Institute, Mr. Slutsky is currently on the
faculties of Richard Stockton College and Cumberland County College.
Mr. Martin Weiss received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey, and his Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He comes to FTI with 31 years of experience in the classroom as a public high school science teacher. During this career he wrote and developed curricula in Physics and Environmental Science, as well as helping to develop the first Gifted and Talented Student program for the city of Camden, NJ. He also was the lead innovator of the first urban initiative to get inner city students involved in science research through science fair competition. His previous classroom experience includes teaching classes in all the sciences mentioned above and several years as an adjunct professor of elementary teaching for Rowan University, during which time he taught university classes in science for elementary school teachers in the Camden schools. Mr. Weiss also helps students prepare for the PSAT or SAT testing programs and with researching and applying to colleges and universities.
In 1993, Mr. Weiss was awarded the Princeton University New Jersey Distinguished Teacher award, and in 2004 he was awarded the Distinguished Teacher of the Year prize from the Network of Teachers of Science and Technology at MIT. Mr. Weiss continues to be affiliated with the NEST organization at MIT since his election to the group in 1995, and in 2005 was elected co-chairman of the organization numbering more than one thousand teachers from over 30 states and 10 foreign countries.
Mr. Weiss joined the Yeshiva at its inception in 2000. In his capacity as the school’s science teacher he has taught courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Genetics. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Weiss also coached the students in the Intel International Science Fair. Many of his students competed against students from schools much larger than ours and have won prizes in such categories as Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. FTI is the only Jewish school in the tri-state area to have entered and won prizes at the Delaware Valley Science Fair.
I find it remarkable that even as the Yeshiva has experienced considerable growth, it is still able to maintain the same care and concern for each and every talmid.
Sun 8:00 a.m.
Mon-Fri 7:40 a.m.
Sun 2:45 p.m.
Mon-Thu 2:15 p.m, 2:45 p.m.
High School/Bais Medrash Maariv
Sun-Thu 8:15 p.m.
Erev Shabbos Mincha – 15 min. before Sunset
Shacharis 8:30 a.m.
Mincha – 5:00 p.m.
Maariv – 60 minutes after Sunset