Our Rabbis

Rabbi Aaron Bengio

Rabbi Aaron Bengio was born in Ceuta, Spain but grew up in Gibraltar, where his family moved in order for him to attend Jewish schools. After high school, he studied in Gateshead Yeshiva Gedolah, followed by Hechal Hatorah in Yerushalayim and Kollel Aish Hachaim.

Currently he is studying in the Center for Kehilla Development, founded by Rabbi Leib Kelemen, a five year Kollel program designed to give young Torah scholars the tools to be effective in inspiring and helping communities around the globe. There he studies halacha in depth under the tutelage of many experienced Rabbis, including Rav Osher Weiss. He has semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and is a certified Sofer and Shochet.

Rabbi Avrohom Nadler

Rabbi Nadler is a native of New York City and a graduate of Yeshiva Gedolah Beis Yisrael (Brooklyn) and Yeshiva Beis HaKerem (Jerusalem). He was close to Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt”l and Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt”l during his Yeshiva years.

He received smicha from the late Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Yitzchok Kolitz zt’l, from Rav Nosson Kopshitz shlita and Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg shlita. He maintained close contact for years with Rav Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv zt’l and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt’l, their family members and talmidim. He served for nineteen years as a Dayan on Beis Din Beit Shlomo, Har Nof.

Rabbi Nadler taught halacha for five years in EYAHT, Aish HaTorah’s former women’s division. He directs a Kollel for Shulchan Aruch, has written for Torah journals and gives halacha and hashkofa shiurim to men and women. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, a kindergarten teacher, and family.

Rabbi Elchonon Greenblatt

Rabbi Elchonon Greenblatt, age 49, is a native of Queens, NY, and has been living in Eretz Yisroel for the past 27 years. He is a musmach of well-known Rabbonim including HaRav HaGaon R’ Alter Eliyahu Rubinshtein ztz”l, Av Beis Din of Antwerp and HaRav HaGaon R’ Dov Vein shlit’a. Past Kollelim include those of HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Kaufman shlit’a and HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Kushelevsky shlit’a.
Aside from running a Kollel Erev for learning Halacha B’Iyun, he is a Moreh Tzeddek in his neighborhood Ramat Shlomo, receiving dozens of shailos weekly.
He is also a known expert in Kashrus. He is currently one of the leading expert Mashgichim in Asia for Oil, Fermentation, and other Food Ingredients for the OU, taking an active part in training the junior Mashgichim in the field.
He has published the highly-acclaimed Sefer Minchas Elchonon on Hilchos Treifos, and authored several other seforim on a variety of Halachic topics such as Shchita, Isser v’Heter, other Kashrus topics, Niddah, Avodah Zarah & Chukos Akum, and various topics in Orach Chaim, etc all awaiting publication. He also speaks on Kashrus and other topics, and offers a training course for Mashgichim.

Rabbi Michael Roshan

Rabbi Roshan has studied in Yeshivat Be'er Yehuda for six years where he acquired a unique Talmudical analysis given over from Chacham Ezra Attia to his disciple Chacham Bentzion Abba Shaul. Afterwards, he continued learning in a high caliber Kollel for ten years. During that period of time, he received many semichot from Rabbis in Israel and America and has learned many areas of Torah in depth, including Shabbat, Issur Veheter, Niddah and Tevilah. He is a certified Sofer, Shochet, Bodek mar'ot and Shaatnez and derives much satisfaction from helping each individual and the nation at large.

Rabbi Michael Segankohanim

Rabbi Michael Segankohanim was born in Iran and moved to US at age 16. He graduated high school and spent a Beit Midrash year learning in Yeshiva Beth Moshe of Scranton PA. He continued his studies in Chevron Geula Yeshiva of Yerushaliym eventually moving back to US and perusing his Torah study in the Ner Yisrael Yeshiva of Baltimore Maryland. He continued his studies after marriage, in the Kollel Avodas Levi of Baltimore. Upon the urging of Roshei HaYeshivot of Ner Yisrael he joined Yachad Kollel and outreach center in Los Angeles to further Torah education in the Pico- Robertson area of LA specially in the Sefaradic community.

Rabbi Segankohanim functions as Rabbi of Ahavat Shalom Congregation in LA since 2003 and he’s a Rosh Chabura at Torah Institute of LA. He is sought after for his popular Shiurim and delivers lectures in his synagogue, shabbatons, special occasions and different venues.

Rabbi Mordechai Cohen

Originally from Queens, New York , Rabbi Mordechai Cohen presently lives in Har Nof, Jerusalem. He has studied at the Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Kollel Toldos Tzvi and Kollel Aram Soba. He received his Yoreh Yoreh smicha from Rav Reuven Feinstein Shlita and smicha in Shchita from Rav Zion Chokiama Zt”l. He also taught at various Yeshivot and Seminaries including Yeshivat Sha’are Torah – Jerusalem, Yeshivat Lev Aharon, Yeshivat Ba’alei Da’at, Shearim, Rinat Tziporah, Midreshet Tehillah and Neve Yerushalayim.

Rabbi Cohen founded of Kollel Yoreh Binah and Ohel Mordechai VeAvraham, a Sephardic Kollel for English speaking students located in the Yechave Da’at Beit Midrash in Jerusalem and served as its Rosh Kollel for three years. He was also instrumental in the founding of InstaRabbi and serves as its manager and supervising Rabbi. He currently studies at Kollel Aram Soba in the Yechave Da'at Bet Midrash.

Rabbi Moshe Greenspun

A native of Brooklyn New York, Rabbi Greenspun has been living in Eretz Yisroel with his family for over 20 years. He studied in the Mir Yeshiva for close to seven years and attended the shiurim of Hagoan Rav Eliyahu Baruch Finkel zt”l. When returning to the United States as a student, he had the privilege to study at the Yeshiva Gedolah Beis Yisroel of Brooklyn and attend the private vaadim of the renowned Mashgiach Hagoan Rav Avigdor Miller zt”l.

After marriage, he studied in the Toldos Tzvi Kollel in Jerusalem where he received smicha from Hagoan Rav Reuven Feinstein shlita and continued his studies there for over 10 years. In 2012 Rabbi Greenspun accepted a position as maggid shiur in the Baalei Daat Yeshiva in Har Nof, located in the Yechaveh Daat Beit Medrash under the auspices of Hagoan Rav David Yosef Shlita. He is currently continuing his studies in Kollel Toldos Tzvi.

Rabbi Moshe Tepfer

Rabbi Moshe Tepfer was raised in Brooklyn, NY. He learned in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim for 9 years, in Brooklyn, Milwaukee, and in Queens. In 2007 he and his family moved to Israel. Upon the move, he studied in Kollel Toldos Tzvi for 10 years, receiving semicha in Yoreh Yoreh from R. Reuvain Feinstein, and semicha for Shechitah from Rav Zion Chokiama Zt”l. He received kabbalah for Safrus from Machon Lishkat Hakodesh, and is a practicing Sofer STAM. He and his family lived in Jerusalem for 14 years, and currently reside in Afulah, in northern Israel.

Rabbi Shai Cabessa

Rabbi Shai Cabessa was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. After graduating Yeshiva Darchei Torah in 2007, he continued his studies in Yeshivat Porat Yosef in the Old City of Yerushalayim, where he learned under some of the greatest Torah Rabbis of this generation, including Maran Chacham Shalom Cohen zt"l. After getting married, he joined Kollel Neve David where he learned "Dayanut" under Harav Baruch Shragah shlit”a (Rosh Avot Bateh Ha'din of Yerushalyim) for more than 10 years, and after completing the Dayanut tests of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Cabessa received his Dayanut certification, signed by Maran Chacham Shalom Cohen, Rishon Le'tzion Harav Yitzchak Yossef, and Hagaon Harav Baruch Shragah.

Rabbi Cabessa is the author of: “Bikureh Shai” - explanations on many subjects in Talmud and Halacha; "A Legacy of Torah" – Insights on the Weekly Parashah by Sephardic Hachamim"; and "Darke Abotenou: Avelut" - the halachot and customs of mourning. Rabbi Cabessa also edited numerous halachic works which also contain his additions and insights, including: "Baruch Omer" and "Ve'haya Ha'olam" (seven volumes) of Harav Baruch Shragah.

Currently, Rabbi Cabessa serves as Rosh Kollel "Noam HaTorah", an English-speaking kollel in Yerushalayim which focuses on learning Halacha in-depth.

Rabbi Shlomo Lalezarian

Rabbi Shlomo Lalezarian grew up in the Sephardic/Persian community of Los Angeles. After graduating from the Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, he went to study Torah in the famed Sephardic Yeshiva Porat Yosef in the old city of Jerusalem. From there he continued his pursuit of Torah study in the Ner Yisrael Yeshiva of Baltimore Maryland. He continued his studies after marriage, in the Kollel Avodas Levi and Kollel Or Nissan of Baltimore. After being Rabbinical ordained in 2006, the Rabbi and his family was part of a select group of young families that were sent by the Roshei HaYeshivot of Ner Yisrael to the west valley area of Los Angeles to spread Torah.

Aside from the thousands of different shiurim he has delivered to the community at large, he was tapped by the Rabbanim of Los Angeles 2011 to design and build the West Valley Eruv, a project that had been stuck, after many unsuccessful attempts for the previous 20 years. In December of 2016 with the approval of HaRav Moshe Heinemann the 25 year old project was completed. In addition to the West Valley Eruv, Rabbi Lalezarian serves the Los Angeles Community Eruv, Valley Eruv and a new project of the soon to be built (IY”H) Santa Monica Eruv. He is also an Rabbinical Coordinator for the KSA and the Rav HaMachshir for OU food services, West Coast. He has previously taught at Valley Torah High School in Valley Village, CA, and Or Hachayim in North Hollywood, CA.

Rabbi Shmuel Aboud

Originally from Brooklyn, Rabbi Shmuel Aboud currently lives in Southfield, MI and serves as the Assistant Rabbi of Beit Knesset Ohr Hatorah under Rabbi Avi Cohen. He has previously studied in Yeshiva Mercaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor under Rabbi Levi Dicker, under Rav Menachem Eichenstein in Israel, in Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem under Rabbi Elimelech Resnik, in Kollel Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom and in Kollel Yeshivah Beis Yehuda Detroit MI. For the past six years he has been teaching 4th grade at Beis Yehudah Detroit.

Rabbi Solly Mizrahi

Rabbi Solly Mizrahi grew up in the Syrian community in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives with his wife and children in Har Nof. He studied in Israel for 6 years before joining Kollel Darchei David under the auspices of Rabbi Shmuel Pinhasi, where he received his Semicha, and is currently learning in the Mir Yeshiva. He has done years of shimush in matters relating to Taharat Hamishpacha by the major Sephardic Poskim of Yerushalayim.

Rabbi Yehoshua Elizar

Rabbi Yehoshua Elizar, originally from Chicago, IL, currently lives in Jerusalem. He has studied in several Yeshivot including Mikdash Melech in Yerushalayim and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. Has also studied for several years under R’ Yaakov Shiknazi in Jerusalem. Rabbi Elizar is currently studying in Kollel Zichron Shlomo in Yerushalyim.

Rabbi Yitzhak Sahalon

Originally from Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Yitzhak Sahalon grew up in the Egyptian and Syrian communities. Has studied in Yeshivat Mikdash Melech Brooklyn and Jerusalem Branch as well as Yeshivat Hayim Shaal under Rab Chaim Weintraub zt"l, Emek Hatorah under Rab Mordechai "Murray" Maslaton zt"l as well as in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. He is a Talmid of Harab Ezra Zafrani Shlit"a of Etz Hayim Lakewood, NJ where he has given classes in Halacha and Gemara. He currently resides in Har Noff Israel an is learning in Kollel Aram Soba for Dayanut in Har Nof, Yerushalayim under the leadership of Rabbi Max Sutton. He is also working on a book in English containing all the Sephardic laws and customs pertaining to women.

Rabbi Yonatan Nacson

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Rabbi Nacson now resides in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel. He has studied in various prestigious Yeshivot for the past fifteen years. While attending the Mir Yeshivah in Yerushalayim, he received semicha (rabbinical ordination) in Issur V’heter from Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz, and compiled his first book, “Mi’mizrach Umi’maarav,” which discusses the various differences in customs between Ashkenazim and Sephardim.

Afterwards, he received semicha in the laws of Niddah from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, and semicha in the Laws of Chuppah and Kiddushin from Rabbi David Yosef, Rabbi Shlomo Ben-Shimon, Rabbi Max Sutton and various other Rabbanim. He published his second book in 2017, “Laws of the Holidays,” a 700 page guide to the laws of every Jewish holiday according to the rulings of Chacham Ovadia Yosef. In 2018, he published his third book, “A Summary of the Laws of Niddah for Sepharadim” was published. In early 2022 he published “Halachah Berurah – Haggadah shel Pesach” – the halachot and derashot of Rabbi David Yosef, and he continues to head the project of publishing the entire “Halachah Berurah” series into English, which will be released in the near future. At the end of 2022, he released a two-volume book “The Laws of Shabbat” for Sephardim. He also is the official translator of the famous weekly shiur of the Rishon LeTzion, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. The shiur is printed and distributed worldwide.

Rabbi Nacson is currently pursuing an in-depth study of Shulchan Aruch in the Aram Soba Kollel of Dayanut, headed by Rabbi Max Sutton, in the Yechaveh Da’at Bet Hamidrash.

Rabbi Yosef Mevorach

Rabbi Yosef Mevorach was born and raised in Oakhurst, New Jersey. He studied in Mesivta Kesser Torah of Belmar, Yeshiva Gedolah of Passaic, Yeshiva Zichron Melech under Rav Chaim Epstien zt'l, and in Yeshiva Mikdash Melech in Eretz Yisrael. For many years, he has been learning in Kollel Aram Soba in Har Nof, Yerushalayim under the leadership of Rabbi Max Sutton. He also teaches in the evenings in Yeshivat Lev Aharon.

Rabbi Yosef Yafeh

Rabbi Yafeh grew up in the Syrian community in Brooklyn NY, where he attended Yeshivat Ateret Torah for Elementary school through High school. He was sent by his Rosh Yeshiva, Hacham Yosef Harari Raful to Great Neck, NY to strengthen the local Yeshiva and Persian Community. For two years Rabbi Yafeh involved himself in building the community, learning gemera with the younger boys, and giving Halacha classes for the older men. Afterwards, Rabbi Yafeh went abroad to study in Yeshivat Chevron in Isreal. He subsequently returned to the United States to get married and settle back in his community, where he currently learns in the Kollel of Ateret Torah pursuing his dream of mastering Halacha in depth.