Notable alumni through the Cincinnati Community Kollel!
Rabbi Yirmi Lederer
Rabbi Yirmi Lederer did multiple stints at the Kollel from 2002 to 2009. He now lives in New York, where he manages commercial real estate.
Rabbi Reuven Pelberg
Rabbi Reuven Pelberg was a founding member of the Kollel, and he served as a Staff Scholar from 1995 to 2000. After leaving the Kollel, he taught for several years at Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. He also served as Interim Rabbi of Kneseth Israel Congregation after the retirement of long-time leader Rabbi Jacob Lustig. Since 2009 he has been the principal of South Bend (Indiana) Hebrew Day School.
Rabbi Yaakov Robinson
Rabbi Yaakov Robinson (we still called him “Cobi” back then) was a Staff Scholar from 2006 to 2011, when he returned to Chicago, his hometown, to head Beis Medrash Mikor Hachaim. He is also Executive Director of the Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim.
Rabbi Eli Polsky
Rabbi Eli Polsky was a part-time Staff Scholar from 2008 to 2010, while he earned an MBA at Xavier University. He was the motivating force behind the weekly Torah sheet at Congregation Zichron Eliezer, which eventually became the Kollel’s Cincinnati Torah – a project which he still oversees. Eli is currently the administrator of a nursing home north of Cincinnati.
Rabbi Pinchas Landis
Rabbi Pinchas Landis ran the Kollel Retreat Center in Deerfield Township from 2006 to 2010. He then served as rabbi at Congregation Ohr Chadash and Golf Manor Synagogue. In 2014 the Landises moved to Cleveland, where Rabbi Landis founded Partners In Torah Cleveland; he is currently its director.
Rabbi A. D. Motzen
Rabbi A. D. Motzen was a Staff Scholar from 2002 to 2005. Since then he has remained in Cincinnati, serving different regional and national positions at Agudath Israel of America. He is currently their National Director of State Relations. Rabbi Motzen has successfully advocated for programs that have generated millions of scholarship dollars for Cincinnati Jewish day school families.
Rabbi Raphael “Rafi” Weinschneider
Rabbi Rafi Weinschneider served the Kollel in a variety of capacities from 2002 to 2015, most notably reaching out to students at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has embarked on a career in nursing home administration, but he continues to volunteer as an unofficial gabbai at our weekday minyan.
Rabbi Isaac Kahn
Rabbi Isaac Kahn served as a Staff Scholar from 2011 to 2015. He founded and oversaw “the Israeli Kehila,” a program for Israelis and Sephardim. He holds a Masters in Educational Administration. While still working at the Kollel, he became the Judaic & Talmud instructor to the eighth grade at Cincinnati Hebrew Day School, and he recently took charge of school’s Middle School Boys’ Division.