Rabbi Ysoscher Katz is the Chair of the Department of Talmud at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer. Rabbi Katz studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beis Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha’ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma’ayanot High School for Girls and SAR High School. Rabbi Katz was recently appointed as Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, NY and currently holds several positions including Director of the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies and Educational Director of Judaic Studies at Luria Academy in Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Sharon Flatto is an Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College and Director of its Graduate Program. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish history from Yale University, her B.A. from Barnard College, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. Specializing in early modern Jewish history and Kabbalah, Professor Flatto has taught at a broad range of educational institutions, including Yale, Queens College and Brown, and at numerous adult education programs. She has received multiple awards and grants, and is the author of The Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-Century Prague: Ezekiel Landau (the ‘Noda Biyehudah’) and his Contemporaries (Littman Press, 2010) and various scholarly articles.
Yehoshua Redfern’s special ruach reaches out and embraces enthusiastic audiences up and down the Eastern seaboard. A musical scholar in residence, composer and concert artist, Cantor Redfern’s innovative approach to Jewish music is perfected in his diverse repertoire of Cantorial, Yiddish, Chassidic, Operatic, Neo-Chassidic and Israeli melodies. Cantor Redfern received his cantorial certificate from the Belz School of Jewish Music, Yeshiva University. In July 2011 Cantor Redfern was awarded by the Cantorial Council of America with the Dr. Karl Adler Memorial Award for the Preservation and Enhancement of Jewish Musical Education at the CCA’s 51st Annual Convention. Cantor Redfern recently performed a full live sold out concert at The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at University of Maryland, College Park. Cantor Redfern studies voice and chazzanut with Cantor Daniel Gildar of Philadelphia.
Laura Leventhal is an independent, professional Event Coordinator, owning her own business, “Consider It Done By Laura.” Planning the Pesach at Pearlstone program is one of her favorite annual commitments. Among her 28 years of event planning for companies, synagogues, non-profits and friends, Laura has coordinated many retreats at Pearlstone since 2007. This is the fifth Pesach Program she has been an integral part of – as Children’s Programming Coordinator in 2009 and 2010, and as the Pesach Program Coordinator since 2013. One of her mottos in planning multigenerational retreats is “happy children, happy parents,” and she strives to insure everyone has a good time!