Speakers

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Our Speakers

Rabbi Mordechai Becher
Gateways Senior Lecturer

Originally from Australia, Rabbi Becher has lectured at Ohr Somayach College in Jerusalem for 15 years, served in the Israel Defense Forces and taught in training programs for rabbis and educators. Rabbi Becher received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He has co-authored two books on contemporary issues in Jewish law and has responded to thousands of legal, ethical and philosophical questions on the “Ask the Rabbi.org” website. His latest book, “Gateway to Judaism,” published by Artscroll-Mesorah Press, is now in its fifth printing.

Rabbi Gavriel Friedman

Originally from New York, Rabbi Friedman has spent the last 15 years studying and teaching throughout Jerusalem. He is currently teaching at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem, and is a featured speaker for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Program. He has lectured across the U.S. and the world, including South Africa, Europe, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico. Rabbi Friedman inspires men, women, and children across the Jewish spectrum, presenting Torah concepts in an intriguing yet entertaining fashion. Rabbi Friedman currently resides in Yerushalayim with his wife and children.

Rabbi Daniel Glatstein

Rabbi Glatstein is a rising star in the world of Torah education, with a global following and more than 2,000 shiurim on Torahanytime.com; these shiurim have garnered more than half a million hits and 100,000 downloads. The Rav of Kehilas Ahavas Yisroel in Cedarhurst, NY, Rabbi Glatstein received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens and has studied and trained with noted poskim. Rabbi Glatstein is a dynamic speaker with a great breadth of Torah insight.

Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky

For over three decades, Rabbi Kalatsky has mentored hundreds of successful industrialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their respective fields, teaching them to be deeply rooted, knowledgeable, and committed to authentic Jewish tradition. A graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Rabbi Kalatsky cherishes his close relationship with Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman zt”l, Rosh HaYeshiva of Ner Israel and one of the leading Torah sages of the previous generation. Rabbi Kalatsky’s Torah knowledge combined with his warmth and wisdom have made him a sought-after speaker and adviser the world over.

Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
Gateways Senior Lecturer

A descendant of the Sephardic leader the Ben Ish Chai and son of famous British actor Robert Rietti, Rabbi Rietti received semichah from Gateshead Yeshiva, after which he helped establish the Kollel in Gibraltar. Holding a master’s degree in education, he has been an educational consultant for 24 years. Rabbi Rietti currently works in Brooklyn under Machon Daas Esvuna training teachers using hands-on chinuch methods steeped in Chazal-based principles. Rabbi Rietti speaks worldwide on topics including inner growth, health, parenting and Jewish identity.

Rabbi Yonason Shippel
Gateways Senior Lecturer

A native of South Africa, Rabbi Shippel is and a graduate of Columbia University in New York and Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, and holds a master’s degree in Judaic studies. After receiving his rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem, he founded a vibrant congregation, learning center and day school in Cape Town. Rabbi Shippel has spoken in communities and on campuses throughout the world, sharing his unique life experiences and practical advice for successfully integrating ancient traditions with 21st-century living.

Rabbi Mordechai Suchard
Founder and Director of Gateways

Rabbi Suchard is the son of a Rav and Dayan on the prestigious Johannesburg Beis Din. He studied in Telshe, Cleveland and Ponevizh, Israel, and received semichah from the Chief Rabbi and Av Beth Din of Jerusalem, Rabbi Kulitz. For the past 20 years, Rabbi Suchard has devoted his time to building Gateways into a premier education powerhouse that engages collegiates, young adults, families, singles and Russian immigrants in the United States and abroad to nurture and sustain Jewish identity, strengthen their connection to Israel, and make informed decisions about their Jewish future.

Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz

A South African born physician, author and lecturer, Rabbi Tatz spent a number of years concurrently practicing medicine and engaging in Talmudic study in Israel. His books on Jewish thought and philosophy include: “Anatomy of a Search,” “Living Inspired,” “Worldmask,” “The Thinking Jewish Teenager’s Guide to Life,” “Letters to a Buddhist Jew” and “Will, Freedom & Destiny.” Rabbi Dr. Tatz’s Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum teaches and promotes knowledge of Jewish medical ethics internationally, and he has recently written a textbook in this field. He currently teaches at the Jewish Learning Exchange in London and internationally.