Midrasha: Jewish Learning for Teens

Midrasha Faculty

Susie Chalom, Director of Midrasha

Susie Chalom has been teaching in the Twin Cities community since 1970, when she taught Hebrew language and Torah at Talmud Torah of Minneapolis. She trained in Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition and Literature at Tel Aviv University and since then has studied many other subjects always in search of deepening and expanding her knowledge of all Jewish topics. She has trained at Melton Bible Training, Gratz College, the Wizen Institute at American Jewish U, the Shalom Hartman Institute and Pardes in Jerusalem and is a fellow at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

After serving Adath Jeshurun for 27 years as Education Director, Susie was appointed Executive Director of the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis. She served in that position for ten years until retirement in 2016.

Susie strongly believes that an excellent Jewish education in one’s teen years is one of the most important factors in one making Jewish decisions in adult life. Quality high school Jewish education also strengthens a Jewish community by providing enlightened leadership and educators in the future.

She is very excited to join Talmud Torah St Paul as the new Director of the Afternoon school and the Midrasha and is looking forward to applying her dedication, creativity and commitment to excellence to the Afternoon School and to the Midrasha.

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Rabbi Yosi Gordon, Midrasha Hebrew, Torah, & Elective Instructor

Rabbi Yosi Gordon has been teaching since 1957 and working at Talmud Torah of St. Paul since 1978. He attended Camp Ramah for fourteen summers and earned degrees at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was ordained as a Rabbi in 1972. He also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for three years. Rabbi Gordon worked as Associate and Acting Principal of the Los Angeles Hebrew High School and came to Talmud Torah to serve as Executive Director for 12 years. During those years the Talmud Torah opened the day school, moved to its current location, and expanded in many educational areas. In 1990, Yosi returned to full-time teaching.

Over the many years, Yosi has taught courses in Jewish studies and literature at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, and Hamline University. He has also published textbooks and articles in Hebrew language and Jewish studies and was a winner of the 1990 Covenant Award in Jewish education. Yosi served for 20 years as Rabbi at Temple Sholom in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he was known as the Chief Rabbi of the Chippewa Valley. He is now teaching at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul Afternoon School and Midrasha.

At Talmud Torah, Yosi teaches Torah, Rabbinic literature, Hebrew language, contemporary Jewish issues, and Jewish thought. He is also a frequent teacher for Hineni, TTSP’s adult education program. In addition to teaching, Yosi founded and participates in a Jewish-Christian-Muslim text study group, and is a regular participant in the Rabbinic Torah Study program of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

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Dr. Oren Eubanks-Segal, Midrasha Elective Instructor

Dr. Oren Eubanks-Segal hails from Tel-Aviv and is an enthusiastic educator with a profound love for Israel and its rich culture. He is a skilled teacher, boasting advanced degrees in Hebrew and Comparative Literature from Tel-Aviv University and Middle East Studies from the University of Michigan. Oren has a wealth of knowledge and a true passion for sharing the beauty of Israeli culture, which he imparts in his teaching. Currently based in Michigan, he continues to inspire students by teaching Hebrew and sharing his expertise.

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Steve Kerbel, Midrasha Elective Instructor

Steve Kerbel is an independent education consultant in the Greater Washington DC area, and has been involved in Jewish education, formal and informal, youth group, camp, day school and congregational school for the last 30 years. Steve has served as a consultant and project director for the Haberman Institute of Jewish Studies in Washington, DC and the Center for Israel Education in Atlanta. Recently Steve taught high school Hebrew in a day school for students with learning differences and is directing the Hebrew language program for a large synagogue school. Prior to this, he served as Director of Education for Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland and Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase. Steve has also been a camp retreat director and a full-time faculty member at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville and an educational consultant to the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and USY. Steve is the part time spiritual leader of Congregation Emanuel in Statesville, NC and is a past National President of the Jewish Educators Assembly.

Steve earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore and was in the private practice of law for eight years. Steve is an alum of University of Maryland, College Park, and in 2023 was awarded a Doctorate of Pedagogy, Honorus Causa, by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.