Mesivta Ateres Yaakov is proud to welcome Rabbi Yossi Bennett as its new assistant menahel/assistant principal. Rabbi Bennett previously served as a 12th-grade rebbe in the mesivta and Israel yeshiva guidance co-director. Additionally, Rabbi Bennett served as the college advisor and athletic director, positions that he will fill concurrently with his new role. Rabbi Bennett proved himself to be an invaluable asset to the mesivta as he was instrumental in the implementation and organization of a variety of programming, both academic and extracurricular, throughout his six years with Ateres Yaakov.
Rabbi Bennett learned in a variety of yeshivos in Eretz Yisrael, amongst them Ner Yaakov, Toras Moshe, and Mir Yerushalayim. While in Eretz Yisrael, Rabbi Bennett received his certification from Torah U’Mesorah’s Torah Educator’s Institute, under the direction of Rabbi Hillel Mandel.
Beginning in 2001, Rabbi Bennett spent seven years learning locally in Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, where he received his master’s of Talmudic law and his semichah under the tutelage of Rabbi Eliyahu Schneider, shlita, and HaRav Naftali Jaeger, shlita. During those years, Rabbi Bennett was involved in a variety of educational and outreach programs including the DRS and HAFTR chaburah programs, the Torah Institute (Moodus) Summer Program, and the Ner Yaeer Learning Program in Queens, which he founded and directed.
Rabbi Bennett was nominated to participate in the 2009 Ohel Bais Ezra teacher training program for school-based mental health services and received certification in conflict mediation and at-risk youth detection.
In addition to his role at MAY, Rabbi Bennett also serves as the executive director of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists and is currently completing his master’s in Jewish education and administration at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli School of Jewish Education. He is a co-author of the popular book The Kosher Kitchen Handbook.
Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, menahel of the mesivta, commented, “We are extremely excited to have Rabbi Bennett transition into his new administrative position. He will provide a consistent level of oversight and coordination throughout the day for both our limudei kodesh and limudei chol programs, something that, I believe, will greatly benefit our mesivta.”
Taking over the 12th-grade rebbe position will be Rabbi Yehuda Orlansky. Rabbi Orlansky was a senior maggid shiur in Yeshivas Aderes HaTorah in Eretz Yisrael for three years and, most recently, served as one of the rebbeim in Ateres Yaakov’s Yeshiva Gedolah. A seasoned mechanech, Rabbi Orlansky brings passion, charm, and charisma, not to mention a bekiyus and scholarship in learning. He already made a significant impact on the talmidim in the mesivta last year teaching bekiyus to one of the 12th-grade shiurim, proving unequivocally his capability in the classroom. In addition to teaching the senior shiur, he will join Rabbi Elysha Sandler in the Israel yeshiva guidance department.
Rabbi Orlansky, a veteran talmid of both Yeshiva Bais Moshe of Scranton and Yeshiva of Philadelphia, spent a number of years learning in Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim where he gained a close relationship with Rav Elya Baruch Finkel, zt’l. After his stint in Eretz Yisrael, Rabbi Orlansky learned in Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood under Rav Yisroel Neuman, shlita.
While in Eretz Yisrael, Rabbi Orlansky received certification from the Va’ad Chizuk, under the direction of Rav Eli Wolbe, focusing on kiruv krovim. He also participated in a two-year course from Rav Eber, mashgiach of Yeshivas Ohr Yisroel in Petach Tikvah, focusing on developing self-esteem in adolescents.
Rabbi Bennett remarked, “I am excited and eager to begin my new position at the mesivta. I am planning on bringing a level of professionalism, organization, and structure to the day-to-day activities of the mesivta, while still maintaining my focus on strong, lifelong relationships with our talmidim.