Classes with Scholars and Spiritual Leaders for 2018

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Rabbi Binyamin Silver and his family will be celebrating Pesach with Nitzan Productions for the second year.  Rabbi Silver serves as the Assistant Rabbi at one of the largest shuls in the Greater Washington area where he has earned a wonderful reputation for his distinctive outlook and vibrant rabbinical leadership.  Rabbi Silver received Semicha from Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch, Executive Director of the Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem and Rabbi Nathan Greenblatt, Av Beis Din of Memphis, Tennessee.  In addition to his rabbinical duties, Rabbi Silver is a practicing attorney and also holds a Masters in Education, both valuable resources that he has applied to his own rabbinate and teachings.




Adam J. Szubin most recently served as the Acting Secretary of the Treasury after a long tenure as the Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Mr. Szubin led the policy, enforcement, regulatory, and intelligence functions of the Treasury Department aimed at identifying and disrupting the lines of financial support to international terrorist organizations, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, narcotics traffickers, and other actors posing a threat to our national security or foreign policy.  Prior to joining Treasury, Adam served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice and worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Division, serving as a member of the Terrorism Litigation Task Force.




Rabbi Binyamin Marwick is the Rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, a growing and thriving congregation of over 550 families in Baltimore, MD.  Rabbi Marwick’s engaging personality and scholarship has attracted many new members of diverse backgrounds and ages in recent years.  Under his leadership, the shul has grown into a vibrant center of Jewish life offering numerous styles of prayer services; a comprehensive adult education program that includes nightly learning; an exciting youth program; an active Sisterhood; an Israel Task Force; and numerous social events for seniors, young professionals, and the community at large.Rabbi Marwick came to Shomrei in 2009, after serving as the inaugural OU JLIC Rabbi at Johns Hopkins University for three years.He received his Rabbinic Ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and holds a Masters degree in Education and School Administration from Johns Hopkins University.



Rabbi Aharon Ciment has been the Rabbi of Congregation Arzei Darom since 2004. He and his family moved from Baltimore, Maryland, where Rabbi Ciment received Rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College. Rabbi Ciment holds a Masters degree in School Administration and Supervision as well as Mental Health and Counseling. Additionally, he has received accreditation from the prestigious Ackerman Institute in New York in Couple and Family Therapy.Rabbi Ciment was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, where he attended the Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami. He then went on to study in Israel at Yeshivas Ohr Yerushalayim followed by Yeshivas Bais Yisroel. He also studied in Yeshivas Ohr Chaim in Queens, New York. Currently, Rabbi Ciment is a Rebbe in the Stone Bais Midrash (SBMP) Program at Yeshiva University as well as a Mashgiach Ruchani . He is also part of the Guidance department at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA).



Shmuel Winiarz works in government relations and political advocacy. He studied at Mercaz Hatorah in Jerusalem and Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore. A graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the Tikvah Fellowships, he is a scholar of Jewish History with a focus on American Jewish & Torah History. A Toronto native, Shmuel currently resides in Riverdale, New York






Mrs. Chana Silver is an international speaker and popular teacher at several seminaries in Jerusalem,as well as a lecturer for Aish Hatorah's Discovery Programs and Ner L'elef Kiruv Training. She has over 30 years of expert experience in Jewish education and outreach. Mrs. Silver has lectured around the world to many different types of people on a wide array of eclectic yet relevant topics.  She is a crises intervention counselor as well as a dating coach, and a marriage adviser to couples. Mrs Silver has been leading educational trips to Poland and Europe for over 15 years.
Originally from Memphis,Tennessee, Mrs. Silver now lives in Jerusalem. With her warm Southern charm and positive outlook, she has a unique way of taking vital, pertinent issues and fusing them with classic Torah Hashkafa, contemporary ideas, and psychology, to produce a down to earth, focused, and realistic approach to the challenges that we face today.