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 helps Atidenu with carpools and is available to teach Judaism in Spanish..