Dr Rachel Levmore
Director, Agunah & Get-Refusal Prevention Project
Dr. Rachel Levmore studied Jewish Family Law in the training program for women Rabbinical Court Advocates under the auspices of Ohr Torah Institutions. She received her license to practice as a to’enet rabbanit from the Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel in the mid 1990’s. From that point on her specialty was resolving difficult cases within the halakha, which were presented to the Israeli Rabbinical Courts, including agunah cases.
Rachel is one of a team that developed a Prenuptial Agreement for the Prevention of Get-Refusal for use in Israel, while she developed it further for use internationally ─ Heskem l’Kavod Hadadi, “The Agreement for Mutual Respect”. As an expert on the agunah problem she is the author of “Min’ee Einayikh Me’Dimah” on prenuptial agreements, published in Hebrew. Rachel holds a Ph.D. degree in Talmud and Jewish Law from Bar Ilan University. Her dissertation focused on the change in rulings of the Israeli Rabbinic Courts in the most difficult cases of get-refusal.
For over a decade Rachel has been the Director of the Agunot and Get-Refusal Prevention Project, supported by the Jewish Agency. As an internationally recognized leader in resolving the agunah problem and in its prevention, Rachel lectures about halakha, women in halakha and divorce in Jewish Law, in Israel and Jewish communities around the world.
Daniel M. Meyer
Daniel brings over 15 years of experience of global Jewish organizational work to IYIM.
Born in Sydney Australia where he received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and was actively involved in the local Jewish community.
Daniel made Aliyah in 1992 and after stints at Yeshivat Hamivtar became Director of the Yavenh Olami – International Orthodox students’ organization, programs director at the World Mizrachi Movement, and programs director at the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel before assuming his current position.
Ceec and his wife Tema made aliyah 3 1/2 years ago from Elizabeth, New Jersey where they lived for 4 years prior to settling in Yerushalayim. Two of their daughters, their husbands and several grandchildren live in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Another daughter, son-in-law and family reside in Brooklyn.
Prior to making aliyah they lived in Patchogue, Long Island where Ceec served as the President of the Young Israel for many years. During that time he worked closely with National Council of Young Israel and was involved with many of their activities.
Bringing people together, sharing ideas, and striving to create efficient working teams are activities which every president deals with. Being involved with IYIM is an extension of those efforts which were begun many years ago. The time and the effort is great, but the results are extremely satisfying. It is an exciting challenge to be involved with so many wonderful people here in Israel. Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement.
Director of Programing
Aviva brings a rich background of knowledge and skill sets to IYIM. With experience in the for-profit sector as an executive administrator and public and investor relations officer, along with her work as an English teacher, writer and content editor, Aviva’s role as IYIM’s Director of Programming and Development provides a wealth of opportunity for both Aviva and the organization to develop ideas and bring them into fruition.
Originally from New York, Aviva made Aliyah in 2005. She additionally has a background in conventional and holistic medicine and uses both actively in her home life. She lives in Jerusalem with her daughter.
Rabbi Chanoch Yeres
Judaic Heritage Program for Deaf
Rabbi Chanoch Yeres a graduate and musmach from Yeshiva University made aliyah in the year 1991. Upon his Aliyah, Rabbi Yeres join the Jewish Heritage for the Deaf organization which todays services 16,000 Deaf and Hearing Impaired individuals in Israel.
In addition, Rabbi Yeres serves as Rabbi of Beit Knesset Beit Yisrael Kehilla in Yemin Moshe.Rabbi Yeres is a liscenced School Psychologist and Supervisior who serves and Chief Psychologist of the Binyamin Regional Municipilty. Rabbi Yeres resides with his wife, Esti, and five children in Jerusalem.