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Administrative Team



        

Amanda Goldstein
Programming Coordinator

Rabbi Yaakov Cohen was born and raised in California. He attended Cal State University, Northridge, where he studied philosophy and psychology. He went on to study at a number of leading yeshivot in Jerusalem where he received his Rabbinic ordination. He has led adult classes and seminars in both America and Israel.
Rabbi Cohen is particularly interested in the study of Kabbalah and mysticism. He is married to Devorah, the newly recruited Director of ASCENT for Women, and have six wonderful children, Michal, Yoni, Tamar, Talia, Elisha and Shaina.

        

Amy Merkin
Administrator

Rabbi Grossman, Dean of TORCH and his wife Faige moved to Houston from the eastern end of Long Island (Brooklyn) in 1998, and now consider themselves native Texans.
Prior to that, Rabbi Grossman taught Jewish adult education classes on campus at Princeton University, and religious seminars in the former Soviet Union. Rabbi Grossmanís easygoing, laid-back style and love of learning combine to create a flair for reaching and teaching Jews from all walks of life. Rabbi Grossman is one of the leading Jewish Medical Ethicists in the Southwest, and currently holds the Rubenfeld Family Chair of Jewish Medical Ethics and is director of the newly founded Jewish Ethics Institute. The Grossmans have three children, Ahuva, Sasson, and Penina.

        

Lori Rubin
Director of Development

Rabbi Nagel was one of the founding members of the TORCH faculty. He is from upstate NY, where he studied in the Advanced Talmudic Studies Program of Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah. Rabbi Nagel brings us his love of learning and teaching Torah, having taught in Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah and at Time Out for Values, an adult education program for newcomers to Jewish education. His Daf Yomi class, which he has taught for over six years is one of TORCHís most popular offerings. He is also very popular with the teenagers who attend his nightly classes at Yeshivas Ohr Hanegev. Yaakov and his wife Sari have six children, Meira, Tamar, Moshe, Devorah, Aliza, and Riva.

Administration

Lori Rubin
Director of Development
(713) 721-6400 x105
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Amanda Goldstein
Project Coordinator
(713) 721-6400 x103
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Amy Merkin
Bookkeeper
(713) 721-6400 x100
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