Sarah Young is an educator, artist, and activist who grew up outside Boston. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied sculpture and gender studies. She earned her MFA in visual art from Hunter College while completing a post-baccalaureate in Psychology. Sarah completed the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Sarah has created experiential artist’s projects for and has been an artist in residence at numerous Jewish institutions. Sarah has always cared about the world around her. While living in New York City she did outreach to chronically homeless individuals and was a case manager helping them move towards permanent housing. She was a Global Justice Fellow for American Jewish World Service (AJWS). Sarah moved to Israel to pursue a Dorot Fellowship. While living in Jerusalem she developed a passion for co-existence and dialogue work and became involved in the women’s group of the Abu Tor Good Neighbors Project as well as serving as a fellow for Encounter. Sarah loves yoga, has her teaching certification and is working on becoming a certified yoga therapist. She is excited to be moving back to Boston and to show her husband and son, Akiva her home city.
Yehuda Rachamim Witt was born into Jewish outreach in a large family in Jerusalem. Yehuda began serious Torah study from a young age and he grew up with Reb Shlomo as a regular presence in his life. He studied at premier haredi learning institutions associated with the Amshinov Hassidic dynasty (Yeshivat Shem Olam and Yeshivat Chayei Moshe) where he developed a love of traditional text study and discovered he had a particular knack for the logic of Gemara. He continued his studies at Yeshivat Heichal HaTora, in Tekoa with Rav Froman as well as being in the founding cohort of students at Meor Modiin. He studied education at David Yellin College in Jerusalem. Yehuda was part of the faculty at the Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo smicha program. Simultaneously he pursued his own semicha under Rav Riskin as well as participating in the Straus-Amiel Practical Rabbinics Program and the George Weinstein Institute for Semicha and Pedagogy. Yehuda has been an educator for The Maccabiah and is a sought after private Gemara instructor. Yehuda also spent time working as a chef for many years where he developed a love of food and cooking. Because of his hands-on restaurant experience and Torah knowledge he has worked as a kashrut consultant and as a mashgiach for the Rabbinical Council of New England (KVH). Yehuda is passionate about sharing Judaism, both the traditional canon as well the richness of its cultural traditions such as Jewish food, storytelling and music/ niggunim. He looks forward to teaching in Boston and meeting as many students as possible.