Information below is from the 2020 Program

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Originally from Australia, Rabbi Becher is a Senior Lecturer for the Gateways Organization and an instructor in Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Becher received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and his Masters in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University where he is currently engaged in Doctoral studies. He taught at Ohr Somayach and Neve Yerushalayim in Jerusalem for 15 years and served in the Israel Defense Forces rabbinate. Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on and gives a Talmud class on the Jewish Broadcasting Network. His latest book, Gateways To Judaism, is now in its eighth printing. Rabbi Becher has led tours of Israel, China, Africa, and Europe and has taught in Canada, USA, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia, and Russia.

Rabbi Gavriel Friedman

Originally from New York, Rabbi Friedman has spent the last 15 years studying and teaching throughout Jerusalem. He is currently teaching at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem, and is a featured speaker for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Program. He has lectured across the U.S. and the world, including South Africa, Europe, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico. Rabbi Friedman inspires men, women, and children across the Jewish spectrum, presenting Torah concepts in an intriguing yet entertaining fashion. Rabbi Friedman currently resides in Yerushalayim with his wife and children.

Rabbi Aryeh Zev Ginzberg

The founding Rov of the Ohr Moshe Torah Institute in Hillcrest Queens, Rabbi Ginzberg is currently the Rov of the Chofetz Chaim Torah Center in Cedarhurst. He is a published author of several seforim on Halacha, and a popular speaker representing Torah Hashkafa in a variety of venues around the world. He is also a regular columnist in several weekly newspapers, magazines, and journals where he writes the Torah viewpoint on contemporary issues.

Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
Gateways Senior Lecturer

A descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai and son of famous British actor Robert Rietti, Rabbi Rietti received semichah from Gateshead Yeshiva, after which he helped establish the Kollel in Gibraltar. Holding a master’s degree in education, he has been an educational consultant for 24 years. Rabbi Rietti currently works in Brooklyn under Machon Daas Esvuna training teachers using hands-on chinuch methods steeped in Chazal-based principles. Rabbi Rietti speaks worldwide on topics including inner growth, health, parenting and Jewish identity.

Rabbi Yonason Shippel

A native of South Africa, Rabbi Shippel is and a graduate of Columbia University in New York and Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, and holds a master’s degree in Judaic studies. After receiving his rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem, he founded a vibrant congregation, learning center and day school in Cape Town. Rabbi Shippel has spoken in communities and on campuses throughout the world, sharing his unique life experiences and practical advice for successfully integrating ancient traditions with 21st-century living.

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Rabbi Mordechai Suchard

Rabbi Suchard is the son of a prestigious Rav and Dayan on the Johannesburg Beis Din, and the founder of Gateways. He studied in Telz, Cleveland and Ponevizh, Bnei Brak, For the past 20 years, he has devoted his time to building Gateways into a premier education powerhouse that engages collegiates, young adults, families, singles and Russian immigrants in the United States and abroad to nurture and sustain Jewish identity, strengthen their connection to Israel, and make informed decisions about their Jewish future.

Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz

A South African born physician, author and lecturer, Rabbi Tatz spent a number of years concurrently practicing medicine and engaging in Talmudic study in Israel. His books on Jewish thought and philosophy include: “Anatomy of a Search,” “Living Inspired,” “Worldmask,” “The Thinking Jewish Teenager’s Guide to Life,” “Letters to a Buddhist Jew” and “Will, Freedom & Destiny.” Rabbi Dr. Tatz’s Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum teaches and promotes knowledge of Jewish medical ethics internationally, and he has recently written a textbook in this field. He currently teaches at the Jewish Learning Exchange in London and internationally.

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Orthodox Union, the largest Orthodox Jewish organization in North America. Rabbi Weinreb served as spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore for 13 years, and has been a psychotherapist for mental health organizations for many years while also maintaining a private practice. He is the author of the weekly Person in the Parsha Torah commentary, in which he combines his background as a psychologist and rabbinical scholar to provide insights into the parsha.


Aaron Leshinsky

Originally from Lakewood, Aaron Leshinksy lived in Israel in the early years of his marriage where he successfully made many shidduchim. Aaron now lives in Lakewood with his wife and kids, where has established himself as a leading, sought after shadchan. He is a caring personable shadchan with countless successful shidduchim to date. We are delighted to have him as part of the Gateways Connections Team.

Fayge Rudman

Mrs. Fayge Rudman has over 20 years experience working in shidduchim and has been a full time Gateways shadchan for the last ten years. She focuses on singles in their mid-twenties and up, as well as second time singles. Fayge runs events that bring together hundreds of singles from throughout the United States and Canada. She has written for Binah, Ami and the Jewish Press, has been featured in Jewish Action and Inyan and she has appeared in ‘Match and Marry’, a documentary about today’s shidduch world. Known for her sensitivity, warmth and intuition, Fayge lives with her family in Monsey, NY.


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