The foundation of our educational success rests

with our talented faculty members who teach under the guidance of Midreshet Rachel’s Rosh Midrasha, Rabbi Yitzchak Shurin, and Director of Education, Mrs Yaffa Moskowitz. The faculty, educated at the top yeshivot and women’s seminaries, spans the spectrum of halachic and ideological streams in the Torah-observant world. Each is a valuable intellectual resource, as well as an accessible, insightful role model and guide.


Rabbi Dovid Schoonmaker

Rabbi Schoonmaker came to Shapell’s in Elul, 5777 after 15 successful years at Yeshiva Aish HaTorah. He has already made a tremendous impact on the Yeshiva and our students, bringing his warmth, energy and excitement to our Beit Midrash. He also teaches weekly at Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya. While at Aish HaTorah, he served for six years as Rosh Beit Midrash and gave a daily, methodology based Gemara class to their advanced level students. During his years at Aish, he developed curricula and programs for the Yeshiva, created their current semicha program, mentored faculty and has guided the academic and spiritual growth of hundreds of students. He also served as Mashgiach of the Yeshiva, was Director of Aish’s outreach division and led a team that revamped their famous Discovery seminar. Rabbi Schoonmaker is the author of טעמי ספר החינוך which is a “user friendly” version of the classic Sefer haChinuch, קונטרס פתחי שמחת יום טוב which is a work about joy on Yom Tov and in Mitzvot, and Avodah Thoughts – monthly essays on mussar ideas. An alumus of NCSY (and later a faculty member of their acclaimed Summer Kollel), he learned at Kerem B’Yavneh, Heichal HaTorah, Yeshivas Mir and Birchas Mordechai, and has smicha from HaRav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, שליט”א.

Rabbi Jeremy Block, Director of Recruitment

If you or someone you know is interested in studying at Shapell’s, Midreshet Rachel, or any of our short term programs, please contact Rabbi Jeremy Block.