Teachers & Speakers

Mrs. Esther Badian is a long standing and dedicated member of our faculty. Her unique ability to teach classes in both Hebrew and English provides WIT with the opportunity to offer a wide array of course offerings to the women of our community. Each week, Esther enriches the lives of all of her students through her thought provoking insights and analysis of the text she is teaching. A few years ago, WIT was fortunate enough to have Esther join our “Women Cherish the Land” mission to Israel as our Educator. Her vast knowledge and deep love for Eretz Yisroel was an integral part of the trip and allowed the women who participated to have a phenomenal experience.

Mrs. Shlomis Eisenberg is a faculty member of WIT as well as Bais Yaakov of Baltimore.

Rabbi Menachem Goldberger is the founding rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Tiferes Yisroel in Baltimore, MD. Born in Denver, CO, he is a sixth generation rabbi and a disciple of Rabbi Shloime Twersky. A popular lecturer and teacher in the Baltimore community, Goldberger is a member of the faculty of the Maalot Seminary and the Women’s Institute of Torah, as well as serving on many boards of communal organizations. He released a musical CD of original Chassidic melodies entitled “L’cha Dodi,” and his L’cha Dodi melody is sung throughout the world.

Rebbetzin Bracha Goldberger is the rebbetzin of Congregation Tiferes Yisroel over 25 years, involved in teaching, counseling and hosting many Shabbos and yom tov guests. She has been a kallah teacher, women’s educator, and lecturer since 1981, and working since 1994 as a court reporter in the Baltimore/Washington region. She enjoys the warm relationships she shares with the many special people in her life, including precious children, grandchildren and friends.


Rabbi Zechariah Grauer is a graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, where he received his semicha, as well as both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Talmudic Law. In addition, he completed his Masters in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and earned a post-graduate certificate from the National Council of Young Israel. Most recently, he served as the Rabbinic Associate at The Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst in New York. During that time, he also completed an internship at the OHEL Regional Family Center in Far Rockaway, where he provided individual and family therapy. He has lectured for the Ohel Sarah Amen group in Lawrence, N.Y. Rabbi Grauer, his wife, Dena, and their two children currently reside here in Baltimore.

Rabbi Moshe Hauer is the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion, one of the leading Orthodox congregations in Baltimore, Maryland. Rabbi Hauer is active in local communal leadership in many areas, with an emphasis on education and on social service organizations serving the Jewish community, including charitable services, hospice and domestic and child sexual abuse prevention. Rabbi Hauer visits Israel frequently and is very involved in Israel-related activities. He is a founding Editor of the online journal "Klal Perspectives" and leads a leadership training program for rabbis and communal leaders. He lectures on a wide variety of topics in Jewish law and thought, including support groups for families and individuals facing traumatic illness, infertility and special needs.

Rebbetzin Mindi Hauer is a faculty member of WIT as well as Maalot Baltimore.  She serves as the rebbetzin of Congregation Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion.  

Rabbi Dovid Heber is respected as a foremost expert in the field of kosher pharmaceuticals, nutriceuticals, and medications. As the Director of the STAR-K computer department, he oversees the kashrus database, automation, and security. His responsibilities also include the production and editing of the annual STAR-K Passover Directory. In addition, Rabbi Heber is the Rav of Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzedek, in Baltimore and on the faculty of Maalot Baltimore.

Mrs. Chaya Kruk trained under Rebbetzin Yehudis Samet while living in Israel.  She has been giving coures based on the Rebbetzin's teaching since she moved to Baltiore 26 years ago.


Rabbi Boruch Leff received his smicha from Rav Yaakov Weinberg, ztl, Rosh HaYeshiva of Ner Yisroel Baltimore. Rabbi Leff has authored four books including 'Forever His Students,' essays based on Rav Yaakov Weinberg's insights. He writes weekly for Yated Ne'eman and is regularly featured on Aish.com. He is an assistant principal at Torah Institute. He resides in Baltimore with his family.

Mrs. Ettie Rosenbaum is the Founding Director of the Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah (WIT) and is currently Menaheles at Maalot Seminary. Mrs. Rosenbaum has been giving a class in Navi for WIT for the past several years, which draws over eighty women each week.

Rabbi Shmuel Silber is the Rav of Baltimore’s Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim and a member of the faculty of the Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah. Prior to coming to Baltimore, Rabbi Silber was the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah, in Fair Lawn, NJ. While at Shomrei Torah, he was also Director of Education for KOF-K Kosher Supervision, an international Kashrus agency based in Teaneck, NJ. Rabbi Silber received Semicha from Yeshiva University and in addition he has received a Masters degree in Secondary Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School.

Mrs. Elana Vogel brings her expertise in Hebrew languauge to WIT as WIT's Ulpan teacher.  She is a facutly member of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School where she serves as the Middle School Hebrew Language Coordinator. 


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