More about this speakerx Mrs. Elana Kaplan
Elana is a Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Derfner Judaica Museum. She also created and leads an integrated learning and museum tour program for both adult and school groups. Elana presents virtual museum tours for groups around the globe. She received her BA in History from Barnard College and a Double Master’s Degree from NYU in Jewish History and Museum Studies. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband and they are the proud parents of four children.More about these speakersx Chani Juravel and Meira SpivakMore about these speakersx Rifki Freundlich, Michal Horowitz, Aviva Orlian, Aliza Weinberg, and Tzivia Zuckerman
Rifki Freundlich is the Rebbetzin of Congregation TBDJ in Montreal where she has lived with her husband, Rabbi Yechezkel, and their children since 2016. Rifki taught Tanach to high school girls for many years in Atlanta , Georgia and currently teaches at the Hebrew Academy of Montreal. After teaching brides and guiding women of all backgrounds in their observance of Taharas Hamishpacha for eighteen years, Rifki completed the curriculum of study and was certified as a Yoetzet Halacha through Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center in 2019.
Michal Horowitz has a Bachelor of Science from combined studies at York University, Toronto, and Brooklyn College, and she has a Masters of Science from Brooklyn College, NY. Mrs. Horowitz offers weekly classes and shiurim at many venues in her home community of the Five Towns, NY, and the greater NY area. Additionally, she is a speaker at Yeshiva University’s Midreshet Yom Rishon and has been a featured speaker for the last four years at the YU RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah program. Mrs. Horowitz is a featured speaker on the Speakers Bureau of the Orthodox Union (OU). She has been a guest lecturer and scholar in residence in schools and communities, both nationally and internationally. A selection of her recorded shiurim are posted on YUTorah.org and TorahAnyTime.com. Her weekly parsha column is posted on ParshaSheets.com. Michal lives in Woodmere, New York, with her husband and children.
Aviva Orlian grew up in Baltimore, MD. She earned her BS in communication sciences and disorders from Towson State University and her MS in speech-language pathology from Brooklyn College. She teaches a weekly Tanach class to women in Monsey, NY, and has also been lecturing, giving shiurim and been a featured speaker for various community-wide women’s programming for the past 20 years. Most recently, Mrs. Orlian served as a presenter for the OU Women’s Initiative Simchat Torah program and taught Sefer Shmuel II to over 4,000 women worldwide as part of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi program. Aside from her love and passion for teaching Torah, Mrs. Orlian is a full-time practicing speech-language pathologist. Mrs. Orlian lives in Monsey with her husband and children. A selection of her lectures and essays can be found on Torah Anytime, YUTorah, OUTorah, OU Holidays.
Aliza Weinberg has been teaching Tanakh to high school and middle school students for over two decades. After spending ten years teaching Tanakh and working on curriculum at the Ramaz Upper School, Aliza moved to Bergen County, NJ where she taught 8th grade Chumash and Navi at Yeshivat Noam and developed an enrichment Tanakh program for the Yeshivat Noam Middle School. For the past five years, Aliza has been teaching Tanakh at Yeshivat Frisch and also serves as an Israel Guidance Counselor for the young women. Beyond the classroom, Aliza is a sought-after speaker for adults and has presented shiurim in many institutions throughout the United States. She has also taught adult education “mini-series” courses at her local shuls and schools. Aliza received her BA in both political science and Judaic studies from Stern College for Women and has completed coursework for her MA in Judaic studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School. Aliza resides in Bergenfield, New Jersey with her husband and children.
Tzivi Zuckerman holds an MA in Jewish History, and taught World History, Jewish History and Tanach for almost 15 years at a variety of schools, including Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, Michlalah Jerusalem College, Bais Yaakov of Baltimore and Columbus Torah Academy. Since moving to Columbus, Ohio, where her husband is the assistant rosh kollel of the Columbus Community Kollel, Tzivi has taught a range of classes on Taharas HaMishpacha, relationships and Jewish thought and is currently the director of an initiative that creates programming and educational opportunities for the city’s Jewish women.More about this speakerx Naomi Nachman
Naomi first started her own kosher personal chef business, The Aussie Gourmet, in 2004 to cater weekly and Shabbat/Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities.
Naomi Nachman has her own cooking show, Sunny Side Up, on the Kosher.com network and also hosts her own weekly show, “Table for Two with Naomi Nachman” on The Nachum Segal Network – in which discusses all food-related topics. In addition, Naomi writes a monthly column for the Mishpacha magazine covering food and travel, and is also a contributing editor to The Jewish Home newspaper for the last 10 years, distributed in many states across the country writing weekly recipes.
Naomi has also been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has made a variety of guest appearances on CBS TV (in both NY and Washington), NBC Morning News, Fox 5 New York, and the Hallmark Channel and has been quoted by the Forbes Magazine, Wall Street Journal on Jewish food trends. Naomi has become known as a Kosher food media influencer and has represented many brands on social media, including Kosher.com, Gefen, Tropicana, Breakstone’s, Ore-Ida, Gourmet Glatt and Maxwell House.
In 2017, Naomi published her debut cookbook, Perfect For Pesach with Artscroll Publications; and in Naomi published her second cookbook, Perfect Flavors, in November, 2018 (also with Artscroll Publications). Naomi has sold more than 26,000 copies of her books.
Naomi is often sought after to do cooking demonstrations, book signings and to produce Kosher Chopped-style cooking competitions across the world, where she shares her immense enthusiasm for food.
In 2018, Naomi was invited to attend the New Jewish Media summit where she met with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
In the last several years, Naomi has traveled extensively with her family as well as working on tours such as Birthright, Pesach programs and summer travel.
When Naomi is not traveling she can be found with her husband family in Long Island, New York.Researcher of Judaica, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art More about this speakerx Abigail H. Meyer
Abigail H. Meyer is the Researcher of Judaica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts where she is responsible for the scholarship and research, acquisitions and expansion of its Judaica collection, and programming to draw greater attention to objects and art relating to Jewish history, cultural heritage and experience. In a cross-collection dialogue of Jewish visual art, Abigail takes a deep dive into ritual objects and material culture at the Met to tell the story of Jewish cultural exchange throughout time and place and curating an exhibition of Judaica featuring the MET’s holdings. Previously the Head of Department of Ceremonial Objects and Fine Art at the leading boutique auction house specializing in Judaica in New York City for nearly two decades, Abigail continues her work with rare Hebrew books and manuscripts. As a freelance curator, she creates exhibitions for, and advises on, several Judaica and Jewish art initiatives, crafts museum tours and lectures on Jewish art history, material culture and decorative arts. Abigail also consults for museums, universities, research institutions and private collectors as an independent fine-arts professional.