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Rabbi David Wolkenfeld

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld grew up in Manhattan where he attended Stuyvesant High School. He has a B.A. in History from Harvard University and has completed graduate coursework in Medieval Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Wolkenfeld studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat and also at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut. He has semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg, and Rabbi She’ar Yashuv Kohen in Israel, and from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a served one term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He currently serves as a vice-president of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He serves, ex-officio, as a member of the Rabbinic Advisory Group of Chicago Jewish Day School, and the Board of Directors of Akiba Schechter Day School.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld came to ASBI after spending five years at Princeton University, where, together with his wife Sara, he directed the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. Rabbi and Sara have five children, Noam, Akiva, Hillel, Sophie, and Yonatan. The entire Wolkenfeld family is excited to be part of the ASBI community, with its proud history, uniquely warm environment, and tremendous potential for the future.


David Schwartz

Director of Family Education and Programming

David Schwartz comes to ASBI from the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School where he taught in the middle school, and from Anshe Emet Synagogue where he led youth services, taught Hebrew School, and tutored B'nai Mitzvah students. He also spent 12 years working at Camp Ramah Darom where he did Jewish education programming for youth, was a mashgiach in the kitchen, and coordinated the B'nai Mitzvah tutoring. Having grown up in Chattanooga, TN, David attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate degree and Masters in Teaching, and he is pursuing a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies at the Spertus Institute. David is married to Miriam Aronin and has a daughter, Shira; in his rare spare time he enjoys reading and playing board games. David is excited to get to know the families of ASBI and bring his passion for Jewish education to the community!



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  • President - Jeremy Treister
  • Immediate Past President - Rabbi Paul Saiger
  • VP - Ways and Means - Ross Weisman
  • VP - House - Margalit Segal
  • VP - Membership - Danielle Gershon
  • VP - Ritual - Dr. Ira Halper
  • VP - Education - Anna Pomson
  • VP - Financial - Asher Zarkowsky
  • Recording Secretary - Ruth Lipman


  • Stuart Sprague- Chairman
  • Julia Aaronson
  • Beverly Agdern
  • Jayme Besser
  • Daniel Chiat
  • Linda Cohen
  • Oren Dekalo
  • Herbert Eiseman
  • Aaron Feigelson
  • Steve Feiger
  • Eytan Fox
  • Richard Goldberg
  • Joseph Goodman
  • Seth Greenberg
  • David Harris
  • Ira King
  • Michael Leib
  • Jennifer Loeb
  • Ava Madoff
  • Scott Moses
  • Michael Newberger
  • Scott Newberger
  • Erica Phillips
  • Jacques Aaron Preis
  • Jennifer Saba
  • Linda Saiger
  • Adam Smoler
  • Naomi Sugar
  • Andrew Weprin


  • Gabbai - Dr. Josh Ehrlich
  • Gabbayit - Karli Salinger



Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Intern Daniel Atwood

Originally from Teaneck, NJ, Daniel Atwood is a 3rd year student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, living in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Daniel graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program at Yeshiva University with BAs in Psychology and Medieval Jewish Studies. Daniel's Honors Thesis on the cognitive and behavioral effects of social power won him the prestigious Henry Kressel Research Fellowship, as well as Yeshiva College's Psychology Award and Award for Best Thesis in Humanities & Social Sciences.

At YU, Daniel was proud to serve as the Senior Opinions Editor and Managing Editor of The Commentator, the official undergraduate newspaper. Daniel has worked as a 6th grade teacher at the Jewish Community Project in Manhattan and as a contemporary Jewish thought research assistant to Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Since starting Rabbinical school, Daniel completed an internship in hospital chaplaincy (CPE) at New York Presbyterian - Columbia University Medical Center and has taught Torah in communities from New Orleans, to Harvard University, to his home in Washington Heights. Daniel is very excited to learn, teach, and grow with the Anshe Sholom community!










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