Join Gateways at the Stamford Crowne Plaza Hotel
For Rosh Hashanah 5782
September 6-8, 2021
Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein
Rabbi Rubinstein was born in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to England when he was twenty. Before moving to the US in September 2011 he was a familiar figure on National BBC TV and Radio being a regular on several programs, including the “Terry Wogan show” with 15 Million listeners and BBC World Service with a minimum audience of 156 Million. Her Majesty the Queen asked to meet him declaring that he was, “Awfully good.”
With his Scottish accent, he combines a keen sense of humor with a sharp intellect. This combination allows him to comment on serious issues affecting the Jewish community specifically, as well bringing a Jewish perspective to moral and ethical discussions on topics that affect everyone. He is well known for having a gift to bring obscure Jewish ideas and practice to life through simple and clear explanation replete with laughter too. Rabbi YY has sometimes been described as a “Kosher” Craig Ferguson, a fellow Scot.
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.
Dr. Chaim Presby
Dr. Chaim Presby is a Senior lecturer for Gateways and a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories for over 30 years, where he led Research and Development efforts in Photonic Applications. His specialty is Optical Fiber Technology and he holds over 200 patents and has published more than 180 papers in leading scientific journals. He held the position of Research Architect for the Terabeam Corporation and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. In addition to speaking for Gateway’s, Dr. Presby gives some seven Torah classes a week in his home town of Highland Park, New Jersey.
Rabbi Dovid Greenblatt
Rabbi Dovid Greenblatt comes from a heritage of illustrious Rabbis. He is an exciting teacher who has taught for many organizations. Besides being an active teacher for over thirty years, he has founded and administrates several large charity funds and organizations. Professionally, he is an accomplished internet executive who is an expert in VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) and author of “Call Heard ‘Round the World.” Rabbi Greenblatt is a founding member of the Gateways Organization.
Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt
Mrs. Debbie Greenblatt is a Senior Lecturer for Gateways and has been involved in teaching and counseling Jewish women for more than twenty-five years. Her insightful and powerful presentations on topics such as practical applications of Jewish philosophy and personal relationships has touched the minds and hearts of all those who attend her classes. Mrs. Greenblatt lectures frequently within the Metropolitan area and across the country.
Rabbi Mordechai Suchard
Rabbi Suchard is the son of a Rav and Dayan on the prestigious Johannesburg Beis Din. He studied in Telshe, Cleveland and Ponevizh, Israel, and received semichah from the Chief Rabbi and Av Beth Din of Jerusalem, Rabbi Kulitz. For the past 20 years, Rabbi Suchard 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.
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.
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.