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Rabbi Shimon Max has a wealth of Yeshiva experience including serving as Rosh HaYeshiva and Rebbe for well over a decade. Prior to his teaching experience, Rabbi Max served as an Assistant Rabbi in Havurat Yisrael, a large synagogue in Forest Hills, New York, where he conducted a popular Beginners’ Service every Shabbos and Yom Tov for about five years. To this day, many of his Baal Habatim remain in close contact with him, as well as help support the Yeshiva he founded in Cherry Hill.
Rabbi Max has followed the directive of our Rebbe, Hagoan Harav Henoch Leibowitz, ZT’L to assume a position of Rosh HaYeshiva, in order to maximize his talents in serving Klal Yisroel. Rabbi Max’s charisma and warmth has enlightened many over the years, and he continues to inspire his students today to the beauty and depth of Torah. Rabbi Max has been privileged to serve as an assistant rebbe in the shiurim of such great Torah luminaries such as The Rosh HaYeshiva, Hagoan Harav Henoch Leibowitz, ZT’L, as well as Hagoan Harav Shmuel Niman, Shlita.
Rabbi Max has taught advanced high school and Beis Medrash gemara shiurim, both in our parent Yeshiva, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Queens, and in Foxman Torah Institute to virtually every grade and level. He is the head of the Stein Bais Medrash program for FTI and gives shiur to the Bais Medrash. Rabbi Max resides in Cherry Hill with his wife and children. Over the years, countless students have enjoyed the hospitality and care of the Max family as well as the delicious cooking of his Rebbitzen.
Rabbi Ari Baum has taught on a wide range of levels, including Gemara and Chumash classes in Mesivta Chofetz Chaim in Queens, community shiurim to baal habatim at multiple shuls, text-based study with college students at Stony Brook University, and one-on-one study with boys and men from young to old. He served as a beloved and dedicated Rosh Chabura in the Kollel in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and was a mentor to many of its younger Talmidim.
Rabbi Baum’s dedication, insight, and intuitive understanding of human nature have served him well in his many positions. He has a rare ability to connect with and respond to each talmid’s unique academic needs while helping the talmid recognize his own strength and potential.
Rabbi Baum completed his years of full-time study at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens, and was ordained with Semicha in 2015. He received educational training and tutelage from Rabbi Hillel Mandel through the National Torah Initiative’s Chinuch Training Program, and completed an Educational Training Course of teaching consultant Rabbi Elimelech Gottlieb. Additionally, he holds a B.S. in Psychology from Excelsior College.
Rabbi Baum and his wife Yocheved (nee Halpern) live in Cherry Hill with their three delicious children, Menachem, Leah Lifsha, and Eliyahu.
Rabbi Chesky Bergida received his Semicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in early 2015 after studying there for seven and a half years. Rabbi Bergida stayed on as a Rosh Chabura for Kollel men in the post-shiur Bais Medrash program. In the winter months of 2010-11 he spent a few months at FTI with a group of Bais Medrash Fellowship mentors and fondly recalls the happy and energetic atmosphere at the Yeshiva as well as the pleasant and welcoming environment of the community at large.
Rabbi Bergida joins FTI in our development office and brings a lot of passion and charm to the position.
Adina Bergida (nee-Meltzer) and Rabbi Chezky both grew up in Kew Gardens, NY. and have been married for 4 years. They both spent time studying in Israel prior to marrying. Mrs. Begida is a BCBA and has been working with young children with autism for 5 years. The Bergida’s have two children, Duvie, 3, and Sara, 1.
Rabbi Yisrael Davidowitz grew up in Rochester, New York, where his father founded and is currently the Rosh Hayeshiva of a Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva High School, Beis Medrash and Kollel. He studied there until he married, then moved to Queens to join the Chofetz Chaim kollel to advance his studies .
Rabbi Davidowitz thoroughly enjoys teaching Torah and, over the years, has taught at many levels, including Yeshiva high school and Beis Medrash boys, baal habatim, and kiruv rechokim. He founded the Brooklyn Branch of TBT and The Shmuz in 2005 and led it for the first few years of its existence, delivering classes and running programs that drew over one hundred people at times.
In 2007, he spent time in Israel training to become a mohel and has since built a successful practice in NYC and now in the Greater Philadelphia area. Learn more on his website www.thegentlemohel.com. After receiving Semicha in 2008, he focused his efforts on non-profit alternative fundraising models to benefit Yeshivos. He founded a successful organization and has been a featured speaker at Jewish Professional conventions and other venues on the topic of revenue generation concepts and models for non-profits.
He brings his unique experience and professionalism to FTI to run administrative and fiscal operations at the school, with a strong focus on development. At FTI he puts his skills to work, as well as doing what he loves most; teaching Torah and helping people come closer to Hashem. Rabbi Davidowitz currently lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife Yael (nee Rosin) and their four sons.
Rabbi Harris was a dedicated and beloved Rosh Chabura for many years at RSA. Prior to joining FTI to help establish our Bais Medrash program, Rabbi Harris served as Rosh Kollel of the Great Neck Scholars Kollel where he gathered a devoted following and was also a popular Rebbe in the Chofetz Chaim High School of Queens.
Rabbi Harris brings his erudition, passion, and love of teaching to our bais medrash talmidim both in and out of shiur. Rabbi Harris’s ability to make even the most complex sugyos easily understood, assures a smooth transition into Bais Medrash.
In his role as Mashgiach, Rabbi Harris dedicates himself to the growth and happiness of every talmid. His warm personality, keen insight, and subtle humor combine to elevate our talmidim in all areas of life.
Rabbi Aaron Juni, son of the famed Rabbi Menachem Juni, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Keter Torah in Mexico City, and cousin of FTI’s Rabbi Chaim Juni, teaches a multitude of shiurim at the Yeshiva.
Rabbi Juni completed his formal learning under R’ Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik in Brisk of Eretz Yisrael and then in Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. With his fiery personality and penetrating analysis, Rabbi Juni adds a tremendous charge of excitement and energy to our program.
Rabbi Chaim Juni completed his post-secondary studies at the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in Queens. There he was ordained as Rabbi in 2009. Rabbi Juni recalls how Rabbi Bentzion Shafier, one of his high school rebbeim, inspired him with his insistence that true happiness can be attained only through Torah learning. This encouraged Rabbi Juni to make a career out of Harbotzas HaTorah, spreading Torah.
Rabbi Juni completed the Principal’s Training Initiative in conjunction with the Consortium of Jewish Day schools. He has a wealth of teaching experience on the high school level, among them, Mesivta Chofetz Chaim in Queens, Yeshiva Kesser Yisroel of Willowbrook, and the Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York. He has taught Gemara, Halacha, Chumash, and Hashkafa, as well as arranged extra-curricular events and activities for his students.
Rabbi Juni is known for his dynamic and engaging personality. He is a caring and beloved Rebbe who makes meaningful lasting relationships with his talmidim. Rabbi Juni’s intuitive understanding of his students allows him to go beyond the teacher’s role. Consistently, he manages to earn the trust and respect of his students and the confidence of their parents.
Rabbi Juni’s leadership experience includes heading the Jewish Education Program (JEP) in Jamaica Estates for ten years. The program is designed to teach Judaism to children enrolled in public schools. In addition, he organized a summer Torah Umesorah sponsored SEED program in Las Vegas for six summers. There he gave adult education classes, conducted teenage learning sessions, and learned with community members on a daily basis.
Rabbi Juni joined the Foxman Torah Institute in 2010 and is the principal of the high school. Rabbi Juni currently lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife Zippy and their seven children.
Rabbi Yitzchok Shmidman comes to us as our new Boarding Student Mashgiach and Rebbe from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens. Most recently, he was a Rebbe in Yeshivas Yam Hatorah and Yeshivas Zichron Aryeh teaching Gemara and Mussar.
Rabbi Shmidman is a highly skilled mentor and has much experience helping boys balance school, family, and social and yiddishkeit obligations in a healthy and productive way. In fact, he has been mentoring boys for 10 years already, despite his relative young age, both as a volunteer and in official capacities.
Rabbi Shmidman is married to Hindy (nee Max) and has three sons, Ahron, Mordechai Boruch, and Chaim Shmuel. Rabbi Shmidman has already enhanced our Yeshiva and our talmidim.
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