Born in New York City, Rabbi Yehuda Appel has spent a third of his life in New York, a third, in Jerusalem, and a third in Cleveland. He is married to noted speaker Hannah Appel and they have eight children. Rabbi Appel received his ordination from the ITRI yeshiva in Jerusalem after studying at Aish HaTorah and before that in the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was the director for many years of Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Program in Jerusalem before founding the organization’s branch in Cleveland. His particular focus recently has been on setting up Aish programs on college campuses throughout the Midwest in addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities in Cleveland. In addition to his wonderful family, he feels particularly blessed for having studied with Rabbi Noah Weinberg of blessed memory, Rav Yussel Tzenvert, Rav Lazer Nannes obm, and Rabbi Solomon Sassoon obm, and for having had as his work partner for many years, Rabbi Chaim Feld.
Rabbi Chaim Feld
Rabbi Chaim Feld grew up in Springfield, New Jersey (Exit 142 on the Parkway). After graduating with a business degree from Emory University he backpacked through Europe. While running with the bulls in Pamplona he realized there must be much more to life, and began a journey that ultimately led him to Israel to learn more about his Judaism. After years of study, he received Rabbinic ordination and then returned to the United States to work for Aish. Passionate about teaching the power of our words both positive and negative, Rabbi Feld launched a national anti-loshon (gossip) campaign. He is the co-founder of WordsCanHeal.org and co-author of the Words Can Heal Handbook. For the past 20 years he has been Co-Director of Aish Cleveland. He lives in University Heights with his wife Barrie and a portion of their brood.
Rebbitzen Barrie Feld
Rebbetzin Barrie Feld grew up in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago. She has a fine arts degree from the University of Madison Wisconsin. Barrie has been teaching art for almost twenty-five years utilizing the setting to help build children's self esteem.
Now that her kids are older, Barrie has focused her passion on starting a woman's movement in Cleveland. She has brought numerous women to Israel on JWRP (birthright for moms) trips.
Through her sincerity, passion, and true caring for people, Barrie has created a group of highly motivated women who want to make a difference. She started Aish's Chayil, the women's division of Aish, which is dedicated to bringing women from all backgrounds together through learning, acts of kindness and social events. When Barrie is not taking missions to Israel she lives in University Heights with her husband, Rabbi Chaim Feld and their younger kids still living at home.
Rebbitzen Channah Appel
Rabbi Seth Cook
Originally from Ohio, Seth left his hippy days behind after graduating from Indiana University and headed to Jerusalem to study Torah and tp get some of life's big questions answeree. Seven years later and armed with his rabbinical ordination, Seth retured to Indiana (this time with his wife and family in tow) to set up the Aish branch on campus in Bloomington. With Aish IU becoming one of the most popular and successful branches in North America. Rabbi Seth quickly established his reputation as one of the most dynamic and sought-after speakers in the field today.
A master of Jewish philosophy, foundations and law, seth is also consistently rated as one of the most popular trip leaders for Taglit Birthright Israel. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2014, Rabbi Seth has amassed hundreds of hours meeting and learning with undergraduate and graduate studets and young professionals and gained a popular following across Pittsburght's college campuses.
Rebbitzen Lisa Cook
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Lisa is a graduate of RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. In 2004 she travelled to Israel to study Judaism in depth for 3 months. Six years later, she was finally ready to leave!
For 4 years in Bloomington, Indiana and now as co-Director of Aish Pittsburgh, Lisa is immersed in all aspects of Aish programming including student engagement, 1-on-1 learning, teaching and mentoring. Lisa's challah-baking and gourmet cooking workshops are always in high demand.
With over a decade of involvement in Jewish outreach and education, Lisa has a astute understanding of the problems facing Jewish young adults, and aims in particuar to empower young Jewish women to tap their inner potential and soar to heights of greatness.
Rabbi Yaakov Hoffman and Rebbitzen Channa Hoffman
Aish Bloomington is the newest Jewish resource on campus offering a home away from home. We aim to inspire Jewish students to experience Judaism in fun meaningful ways, develop a stronger sense of who they are, and connect to the deep wisdom of their heritage.
Located right across from the Forest dorms we provide weekly Shabbat meals, study space during the week, exciting weekly discussions on relevant Jewish topics, and Israel trips!
Rabbi Yaakov and Chana Hoffman are straight from having spent their last 6 years in Jerusalem, Israel and are excited to be on their 2nd college campus and their first as a campus team.
Rabbi Yaakov grew up in San Francisco, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Music, emphasis in French Horn performance from UC Santa Barbara. After graduating he decided to check out this Jewish stuff in a deeper way and spent 6 years at Aish HaTorah in the Old City of Jerusalem studying Jewish philosophy with some Jewish legal stuff thrown in along the way and received his ordination in 2014. He is a dynamic teacher who loves sitting down with students one-on-one and asking the hard questions of life.
Chana Hoffman grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco, about an hour south. After receiving her degree in Environmental Science at UC Santa Barbara she also went on a spiritual search and attended seminary at Neve Yerushalayim in Har Nof Jerusalem. In her copious amounts of spare time she is an Advance certified reflexologist. And for the story of how Rabbi Yaakov and Chana met…that has to be told in person!
Mrs. Miriam Chamberg
Mrs. Chamberg has been with the Aish Cleveland office since January 2007. She is the organization’s administrator as well as its program coordinator, organizing and advertising Aish events.
Prior to joining the Aish family as a member of the staff, Mrs. Chamberg began learning about Judaism with Aish in 1998. She loved what she learned, went to Israel on a trip with Rabbi and Rebbitzen Appel and became observant with the help of all the Aish Rabbis, learning the laws of Shabbos, Chumash and many other topics related to Judaism. Today Mrs. Chamberg attends classes three times weekly to maintain her learning.
Mrs. Chamberg graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Business Management Major from Notre Dame College in Cleveland.
Previous responsibilities included working for 23 years at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant as a Communications Specialist.
She is married to Simcha, a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer. They have three children and seven grandchildren. A favorite activity is to visit them every year in Seattle and Atlanta.
Mrs. Chamberg was born in Cuba and left the country in 1961 as a teenager. She also works as a volunteer for the Chevra Kadisha and the Mikve and teaches Judaism to neophytes in Spanish.