Rabbinic Intern Motti Sturm
Motti Sturm grew up in Woodmere, NY, where he attended Mesivta Ateres Yaakov High School. He continued to Yeshivas Derech Hatalmud in Yerushalayim, where he learned for two years under Rav Chaim Ilson, followed by an additional zman in the Mirrer Yeshiva. Motti graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yeshiva College, with a degree in mathematical economics. He is currently a member of the Wexner Smicha Honors Program at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he participates in the Katz Kollel, under the auspices of Rav Hershel Schachter. Motti enjoys baseball and football, though he wouldn't say no to a game of hockey or tennis either. His wife Zahava grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and teaches Navi and Biology at SKA High School for Girls. They currently live in Washington Heights and they look forward to an enriching year as part of the Plainview community.
Rabbinic Intern Alumna Willie Balk
Willie grew up in Cleveland where he attended the Fuchs Mizrachi School. Upon graduating from FMS in 2007, he studied at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in the Old City of Jerusalem under the leadership of Rabbi Aharon Bina and Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl. Later he attended Yeshiva University and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Sy Syms School of Business. For the last 5 years, Willie has been involved with NCSY, working his way up from a chapter advisor to head advisor and director of advisor recruitment (Seattle NCSY). In addition to his semicha studies, Willie has been a teachers assistant for Professor Charlie Harary at YU and a beit midrash fellow in the RIETS Kollel at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck, NJ. This year, Willie will also be interning for the Department of Service Learning at Yeshiva University, where he was previously active in Torah Tours, the Yismichu Shabbat Enhancement Program, and the Eimatai Leadership Development Project. He enjoys cooking and country music, and is a die-hard Cleveland sports fan (which sometimes drives him crazy!) Willie is married to Estee (Gross), originally from Teaneck, NJ, and she serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Aish New York. They currently reside in Washington Heights, and eagerly look forward to becoming a part of the Young Israel of Plainview family!
Rabbinic Intern Alumna Moshe Genack
Born and raised in Englewood NJ, Moshe attended Yeshiva University High School for Boys. After graduating from YUHSB, he studied in Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah in Queens, and subsequently in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he was privileged to learn under Rabbi Asher Arieli. Moshe graduated from Touro College with a B.A. in Psychology and is also pursuing an M.B.A. from Touro.
While studying for semicha at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, Moshe has taught Gemara at MTA, and was a madrich on the NCSY Israel Summer Kollel. Additionally, he worked for Cory Booker’s New Jersey senate campaign this past summer. An avid tennis player, Moshe enjoys athletics, music and impersonating famous (and not so famous) people. Passionate about learning and teaching Torah, he looks forward to enriching the Plainview community.
Rabbinic Intern Alumna Tuvia Brander
Following two years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, he graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in Jewish Studies. At Yeshiva University, he served as the Founding Director of the Yeshiva University Kansas City Summer Experience and led the campus American Jewish World Service Humanitarian Mission to Muchucuxcah, Mexico. On campus, he served as the Head Resident Adviser, the Executive Editor of Gesher: Yeshiva University Journal of Jewish Studies and the Chief Justice of the student court. Rabbi Brander is currently the Rabbi of the Young Israel of West Hartford CT.
Rabbinic Intern Alumna Ari Neuman
The Neumans, who met when both were advisers for upstate New York’s NCSY, have a strong background in teaching. Rabbi Neuman studied psychology at Yeshiva University before earning his master’s in medieval Jewish history at YU and his ordination from RIETS, YU’s rabbinical college. While studying for his ordination, he served as NCSY city director and as a rabbinic intern at Young Israel of Plainview and the Riverdale Jewish Center.