The Committee

Hon. Rabbi Benjamin Kelsen, Esq., the Chair of this Committee, is a rabbi and a lawyer who has served as a rabbinical court judge and as a secular court judge in New Jersey as well. His ordination as a rabbi is at the highest level (Yadin Yadin). He has served as a pulpit rabbi in Teaneck, and is a widely sought guest rabbi and lecturer due to his oratorical abilities and his expertise in many areas of Jewish and secular law, as well as comparative law. He also teaches pre-law and comparative law courses at The College at IDT in Newark, New Jersey.

David Berger is Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History and Dean at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Brooklyn College, where he served for many years as Broeklundian Professor. He has been a Fellow of the Annenberg Research Institute, a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and a Visiting Professor at Yale University and Harvard University.  From 1998 to 2000, he was President of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Gil Student served as Managing Editor of the Orthodox Union’s OU Press and founded Yashar Books, a small publisher of English Judaica. He is a Yeshiva University graduate who has written for many Jewish publications and maintains the popular blog.

Bella Hass Weinberg is a Professor in the Division of Library and Information Science, St. John’s University, New York. She was the founding Editor of Judaica Librarianship, the journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. A specialist in the organization of information, with numerous publications on this topic, Dr. Weinberg is a Past President of the American Society of Indexers. She currently devotes her time to consulting on thesauri and to research on the history of Hebrew indexes and concordances.

Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq., is the Administrator of the Harry and Jane Fischel Foundation and of this Committee. He is a practicing lawyer in New York City, and is a former attorney editor at Prentice-Hall, where he co-authored the Information Services Division’s Style and Usage Manual. He is the author of The Maverick Rabbi (the authorized biography of Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein), and has written and edited other books and many articles for Jewish and secular legal periodicals. Earlier, he was the National President of Yavneh, and the first Chairman of the Student Committee of Orthodox Organization Presidents.