Meet us


Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer received advanced rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Avrohom Pam, Zt”l, of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and holds a degree in biology. He is a dynamic and sought after educator and lecturer.

As Rabbi at Aish HaTorah in New York City, he impacted and inspired many. He’s spoken at Columbia University, appeared on television and radio, was adjunct professor at Lander College in Manhattan, and served as a scholar in residence and senior lecturer for America’s most prominent institutions, organizations, and synagogues.

Rabbi Fingerer is director of BJX an organization dedicated to featuring exciting and innovative programming to educate and inspire Jews.

Moshe Fingerer

Rabbi Moshe is the co-founder and executive director of BJX. He received advanced ordination from Rabbi Avrohom Pam, Zt”l, of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. His responsibilities include all administrative, financial and programming functions. He creates, coordinates, and implements holiday, social and inspirational events. He has pioneered numerous creative programs for young professionals, college students and community members that combine intellectual challenge and social engagement. He is also responsible for all media and public relations. Utilizing his extensive background in business, Rabbi Moshe is adept at properly managing the entire BJX organization and all its branches and affiliates. He has no greater pleasure than sharing with others the beauty of a meaningfully lived life. Although he was accepted into medical school, performed research in pathology and worked for Kaplan Educational, Jewish education has always been his passion. He is also the associate rabbi and delivers meaningful and inspiring classes and builds lifelong relationships with students. Rabbi Moshe taught for both Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem and Yeshivat Hamvitar in Efrat and later taught Jewish history and philosophy to high school students based on a curriculum he developed.

Yosef Ben Chaviv

Rabbi Ben Chaviv is our dynamic, funny and brilliant scholar in Residence. He taught for many years at JEP Queens and has a degree in computer science. During the day he monitors computer systems and in the evenings he electrifies crowds with his brilliance. His enthusiasm and dynamism for learning is contagious. Students love Rabbi Ben Chaviv.

Avishi Weiss

Rabbi Weiss is our college campus rabbi.  He facilitates our active leadership program at our Kings Highway Center and meets with students on campus. He is often found engaged in a philosophical discussion over a cup of coffee at Starbucks or having lunch with some of the students. His presence on campus and his affable style endears him to the students from Brooklyn, Baruch and Kingsborough colleges. 

Avroham Orlofsky

Rabbi Orlofsky is our awesome and talented Talmud instructor. Prior to moving to Brooklyn, he lived in Miami Beach with his wife and children. He initiated an adult education program where individuals for the first time, under his tutelage mastered an entire tractate of the Talmud. When he isn’t teaching he is busy managing work sites and supervising construction. He teaches Talmud for Beginners with wisdom and humor. 

David Berk

Rabbi David assists with development and is a faculty member of the Hebrew department at BJX. With a doctorate in law and a masters degree in education and special education, David is a sought after teacher and mentor to students. He enjoys establishing relationships with community members to enable them to become partners in the amazing work of BJX.

Ari Siegel 

Ari Siegel chairs our social action programs. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School Of Business and a Master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He began his Jewish journey ten years ago and Judaism has since been the central focus of his life. Ari’s hobbies include playing music and world travel.

Aviva (Whiteman) Kohn

Aviva does all of our graphic design. She graduated in Liberal Arts with a focus on graphic design and has been a graphic designer for close to ten years. She worked as a graphic designer for various publishing companies, educational institutions and recently a newspaper. Originally from Brooklyn, she currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and two children.

Hudi Kowalsky

Hudi is a beloved Madrich at our Kings Highway Center. He is a graduate of NYU. While he pursues his Masters in Mental Health Counseling he finds time to manage his impressive band, perform, and teach others how to play guitar as skillfully as he does.