The Gush Dinner

HONORING

Simcha & Barbara Hochman
Parents of the Year

Hochman

Barbara and Simcha Hochman are recipients of the Parents of the Year Award. Their daughter Ayelet attended the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz, and their son Ariel spent two years at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush).

Simcha is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, an international law firm, in its New York City office.  He is currently president of Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck, NJ, and has served on its executive board for many years.  He has also served on the board of Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) and other communal organizations.  

Barbara has served on the Etzion Foundation board for the past two years, and has hosted numerous Migdal Oz tisches and other events.  She has served as co-Chair of the Rinat Aveilut Committee for 12 years and been involved in a leadership capacity in many other shul and communal activities, including the TABC Education Committee. Barbara previously worked for Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs.


Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin '92 & Michelle Greenberg Kobrin
Alumnus of the Year

Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1992-1994. Rabbi Kobrin is currently the Rosh HaYeshiva / Head of School of the North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck, New York, where he previously served as Middle School Principal. He was the Headmaster of the Ramaz Middle School and worked as an administrator, a college adviser, and a teacher of Tanakh, Halakha, and English at the Ramaz Upper School. Rabbi Kobrin has semikha from Rabbi Zalman Nehemia Goldberg and from RIETS. He holds a BA and MA in English literature from Columbia University, where he is currently completing his doctorate in the Teaching of English, writing on the use of literature to teach moral and ethical values. A popular scholar-in-residence and lecturer, Rabbi Kobrin teaches at Camp Moshava in the summer and sits on the Board of Columbia/Barnard Hillel.

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is a Clinical Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and the Founding Director of the Program on Leadership at the Heyman Center for Corporate Governance. She is also the Special Advisor and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she previously served as the Dean of Students. Michelle teaches in the areas of transactional law, intellectual property, negotiation, and leadership, and previously practiced corporate law at Arnold & Porter LLP. She received both her BA and her JD from Columbia University. She was a Bruria Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum and a Torat Miriam Fellow. Michelle has written and lectured extensively on a range of issues, including those related to agunot, sexual assault on campus, negotiation and conflict resolution, and women and Judaism. She serves on a number of not-for-profit boards.

The Kobrins live in Riverdale, New York with their four children. Their daughter Yaira is currently a student at Migdal Oz.


Rabbi Danny Rhein & Racheli Schmell (Rhein) '07
Dor l'Dor Award

Rhein Schmell

Rabbi Danny Rhein has been involved in chinuch most of his life. He was a rebbe, director of guidance, assistant principal, and principal at several Yeshiva high schools in the United States from 1974-1990 when the family made aliya. He was first a rebbe and mashgiach ruchani at Beit Midrash l’Torah and since 2001 he has been the mashgiach ruchani at Yeshivat Har Etzion.

His love of Torah and of teaching goes back to his high school days when he was a still remembered oneg leader and camp counselor. In college and graduate school he became involved with NCSY and Yeshiva University Seminars and the Counterpoint program in Australia. He was on the chinuch staff at Camp Mesorah and the director of the educational staff at Camp Morasha.

He and his wife, Tova, are the parents of five and the grandparents of nineteen and feel blessed every day with wonderful nachat.

Racheli Schmell (nee Rhein) began her Migdal Oz life in 2007 as a Shana Aleph student in the Israeli program after two years of Sherut Leumi. The following year, she began studying for her BA in social work at Bar Ilan University, married David, and became a full-time Madricha for the chutz la'aretz students. In 2011 the Madricha position evolved into that of Overseas Director and the BA was followed by an MA in educational guidance. The Schmell family now numbers four beautiful children - Ori, Hallel, Adi, and Shachar. Their home is their small apartment on campus but, really, it's the Beit Midrash that will always be home.

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