Our Leadership

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Rabbi Binyomin Luban
Rosh HaYeshiva

Rabbi Yisroel Niman
Rosh HaYeshiva

Rabbi Mordechai Palgon
Rosh HaYeshiva

For a full listing of our extraordinary staff, see our Staff Bio page.

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Rabbi Binyomin Luban

Rosh HaYeshiva

Rabbi Binyomin Luban, joined Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes as one of its Roshei HaYeshiva in 2000. He received semicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim and previously served as a Rosh HaYeshiva in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim Yerushalayim for fourteen years before relocating to South Florida. He is the author of numerous well-respected sefarim, including his popular six-volume Chiddushei Halev on Tanach, seven-volume Biurim V’Iyunim on Shas and others.

As the Maggid Shiur in our most advanced Bais Medrash Shiur, Rabbi Luban has earned a reputation for being a talmid chacham with razor sharp clarity. His relocation to Miami was the catalyst for enormous growth in our Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra as talmidim are drawn to him from across the globe. He is respected for his vast Torah knowledge and the hadracha (guidance) he provides each of his talmidim, many of whom maintain their relationship long after they leave the walls of the Yeshiva Bais Medrash.

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Rabbi Yisroel Y. Niman

Rosh HaYeshiva

Rabbi Yisroel Y. Niman, one of our longest serving members of the hanhalah, moved to Miami Beach in 1987, to join Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes, after receiving semicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. Originally a member of the Yeshiva’s kollel for two years, Rabbi Niman quickly assumed the role of Rosh HaYeshiva with our founding Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Bentzion Chait and Rabbi Akiva Grunblatt and has been at our helm ever since.
Attuned to the needs of the community and each individual, Rabbi Niman wears a variety of crucial hats as Rosh HaYeshiva in both the financial and educational areas of the Yeshiva creating policies and ensuring financial sustainability. In addition, he enjoys being a Maggid Shiur in our Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra where he continuously challenges his talmidim to always strive for greatness.

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Rabbi Mordechai Palgon

Rosh HaYeshiva

Rabbi Mordechai Palgon has been an integral member of the Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes family since 1994, shortly after receiving semicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. Initially serving as High School Assistant Principal and Rebbe, Rabbi Palgon continued to assume additional responsibilities as he became Principal and ultimately one of the three Roshei HaYeshiva. Prior to joining YTCTE, he attended Queens College and Touro College and was a mesivta Rebbe in New York. Rabbi Palgon was a popular Head Counselor in Camp Mogen Avrohom for over three decades. As a hard-working and dedicated Head of School, Rabbi Palgon’s goal is to support our staff and students as they all aim for excellence. Whether teaching a high school class, mentoring new educators or guiding each division in the challenging field of education, he takes pleasure in watching talmidim flourish and the Yeshiva grow under his tutelage. Recognized as an expert in chinuch matters, Rabbi Palgon has served as a consultant for Yeshivos in Boca Raton, Queens, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and other cities across the country.

  • Rabbi Harayl Askotzky, CAO
  • Rabbi Moshe Bernstein, CFO
  • Rabbi Zev Roth, CAO
  • Rabbi Nosson Yeshaya Schwartz, Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Mrs. Miriam Chait, Director of Admission
  • Rabbi Harayl Askotzky, CAO
  • Rabbi Moshe Bernstein, CFO
  • Rabbi Zev Roth, CAO
  • Rabbi Nosson Yeshaya Schwartz, Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Mrs. Miriam Chait, Director of Admission

Educational Leaders, By Division

DACHS

  • Rabbi Yaakov Bergida, Mashgiach
  • Rabbi Yaakov Dreyfuss, Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Gur Berman, Director of General Studies
  • Mr. Yoni Schwartz, Assistant Principal Secular Studies

RMS

  • Rabbi Ephraim Palgon, Principal
  • Rabbi Zev Weiner, Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Staci Berry, Principal General Studies
  • Dr. Gur Berman, Director of General Studies

KES Boys

  • Rabbi Kalman Baumann, Principal
  • Rabbi Noam Grossman, Principal, Boys Division
  • Rabbi Gavriel Grossman, Assistant Principal, Boys Division
  • Rabbi Tzvi Fladen, Mashgiach
  • Dr. Gur Berman, Director of General Studies

KES Girls

  • Rabbi Kalman Baumann, Principal
  • Mrs. Miriam Deitsch, Assistant Principal, Girls Division
  • Rabbi Tzvi Fladen, Mashgiach
  • Dr. Gur Berman, Director of General Studies

ECE

  • Mrs. Talia Levine, Director
  • Rabbi Kalman Baumann, Principal
  • Dr. Gur Berman, Director of General Studies
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Rabbi Harayl Askotzky

CAO

Rabbi Harayl Askotzky, needs a bio.

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Rabbi Kalman Baumann

Principal, KES

Rabbi Kalman Baumann has been the principal of the Klurman Elementary School and Early Childhood almost from day one, moving to Miami Beach from California in 1986. He received his semicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and holds a principal’s license from Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA). Before coming to YTCTE, Rabbi Baumann was principal of Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles, and he is currently the Rabbinic Director of the Chevra Kadisha and on the Rabbinic Board of Miami Hatzalah.

As the overarching Principal for the boys and girls divisions of KES as well as ECE, Rabbi Baumann is responsible for overseeing the largest divisions in YTCTE. An educator with decades of experience, Rabbi Baumann creates an environment that motivates both teachers and students alike. His capable and efficient running of the Yeshiva has enabled KES and ECE to grow from a small school into a world-class educational institution. Rabbi Baumann also shares his experience and knowledge as a mentor to principals across the country.

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Rabbi Yehuda Bergida

Mashgiach, DACHS

Rabbi Yehuda Bergida has been a key member of the Dr. Abe Chames High School administration since his move to South Florida in 2008. Originally serving first as Assistant Principal and popular Rebbe, then as Principal, and now as the DACHS Mashgiach, Rabbi Bergida helped the high school grow and expand into a respected Yeshiva that attracts talmidim both locally and nationally. Rabbi Bergida received semicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim and previously taught in Mesivta Chofetz Chaim of Queens.

Rabbi Bergida devotes his life to helping his talmidim develop in their avodas Hashem during their formative and often challenging high school years. As Mashgiach and a Rebbe, he guides each talmid and encourages them to push themselves to be their best without getting discouraged. Often the relationships he develops last long after his students graduate as they continue to seek out his guidance and encouragement throughout their various life stages.

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Dr. Gur Berman

Director of General Studies, YTCTE

Dr. Gur Berman assumed the position as Director of General Studies of Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes in 2020. Dr. Berman earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell and Columbia respectively and then a Doctorate of Education in Instructional and Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Berman also has semicha from the Rabbi Yitzchak Elchonon Theological Seminary (Yeshiva University). He previously served as an Assistant Principal and Principal of Ben Gamla charter schools for seven years and taught and administered in a number of local Yeshiva Day Schools.

Dr. Berman is an experienced principal, teacher and curricular expert. His goal is to continuously upgrade YTCTE’s robust and cutting edge General Studies program. Dr. Berman’s initial focus is to support and supervise KES’s General Studies Faculty overseeing the day-to-day educational experience of the students as well as overseeing the General Studies department in DACHS. Dr. Berman's reach will extend to ECE and RMS as well, focusing more on these divisions in the years ahead.

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Dr. Moshe Bernstein

CFO

Rabbi Moshe Bernstein needs a bio

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Rabbi Yosef Deitsch

Dorm Mashgiach, DACHS

Rabbi Yosef Deitsch has been the Dormitory Mashgiach of Dr. Abe Chames High School since 2012. Rabbi Deitsch is an alumnus of our Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra and studied in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim before rejoining YTCTE as a member of its staff. Rabbi Deitsch was also a popular Division Head for many years in Camp Mogen Avrohom.

Rabbi Deitsch spends his days and nights taking care of the needs of the dormitory students. His job is to create a safe and comfortable home environment for the talmidim. He takes great care in providing them with proper entertainment and in making sure that all their physical needs are met so they can succeed both in the classroom and outside of school. His attentiveness and constant care ensures happy talmidim who thrive in their home away from home.

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Rabbi Yaakov Dreyfuss

Assistant Principal, DACHS

Rabbi Yaakov Dreyfuss became a Rebbe in the Dr. Abe Chames High School in 2005. He received his semicha from the Rabbinical Seminary of America where he learned for fourteen years and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Touro College. Rabbi Dreyfuss is currently the Assistant Principal of DACHS and a respected Rebbe in the honors track. Rabbi Dreyfuss has also served as the Rosh Kollel of the Summer Mechanchim Kollel for five years and the Director of Camp Masmid Miami for seven years.

Well known for his organizational skills and work ethic, Rabbi Dreyfuss is the natural choice for Assistant Principal of DACHS. He is responsible for creating and overseeing its programming and complex class scheduling, ensuring its smooth daily running. Rabbi Dreyfuss also devotes much of his time outside of class making sure the needs of each talmid are being met.

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Rabbi Tzvi Fladen

Mashgiach, KES

Rabbi Tzvi Fladen became the first Mashgiach of the Klurman Elementary School in 2020. Rabbi Fladen learned by Rav Tzvi Kaplan in Eretz Yisroel for four years before moving to Lakewood where he eventually became one of the founding members of Rav Gershon Ribner’s Kollel. He then moved to North Miami Beach to join Kollel Zichron Michel, giving numerous shiurim over his five years there. Before joining YTCTE, Rabbi Fladen was a Shoel U’meshiv for a year in Yeshiva Tiferes Torah of Boca Raton.

Rabbi Fladen brings a passion and commitment that enables him to elevate the entire ruach of the Yeshiva. He constantly stresses the significance of our Yeshiva being a Mikdash Me’at and the inherent responsibilities and tremendous benefits of learning in Yeshiva. Whether it is organizing a schoolwide event, visiting classrooms for special occasions, or meeting with Rebbeim and Moros, Rabbi Fladen focuses his efforts on highlighting the true simcha that comes with a life of Torah and mitzvos.

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Rabbi Noam Grossman

Principal, KES Boys Division

Rabbi Noam Grossman a graduate of Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes, returned to his roots when he joined Klurman Elementary School in 2008, first as a Rebbe and Assistant Principal, ultimately becoming the Boys Division Principal. Rabbi Grossman studied in the Rabbinical Seminary of America for eleven years where he received semicha. He attended the Marcaz Teacher Training Program as well as the Principal’s Training Initiative. Before moving back to South Florida, Rabbi Grossman taught high school Hebrew language and was a Branch Leader for many years for JEP (Jewish Education Program) in New York.

Rabbi Grossman excels at training Rabbeim and faculty and creating a culture that fosters success. His warm and engaging personality makes him well-liked and respected by both adults and children who all feel comfortable seeking his advice and guidance. Under his leadership, the KES Boys Division continues to grow both in quantity and in quality.

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Rabbi Gavriel Grossman

Assistant Principal, KES Boys Division

Rabbi Gavriel Grossman moved with his family to Hollywood in 2011, to become a Rebbe in the Klurman Elementary School ultimately transitioning into the Assistant Principal of the Boys Division. Rabbi Grossman learned in the Talmudic Institute of Upstate New York earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Talmudic Law. He learned in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Queens where he received his semicha. He is a CAJE licensed teacher and certified by CAJE to mentor teachers. Rabbi Grossman is also the popular Youth Rabbi at the Young Israel of Hollywood.

Rabbi Grossman’s ever-present smile reflects the enthusiasm he exudes on a daily basis. His mission is to make young children enjoy their school experience, and he is constantly implementing new and creative programs to accomplish this goal. Whether it is greeting a child in the hallway, dressing up as the beloved “Middos Moish” or even disciplining a student, he brings a smile to the face of each boy at KES.

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Rabbi Yaakov Kier

R"M, BMZE

Rabbi Yaakov Kier moved to Miami in 2014 to join Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra and work alongside his Rabbeim who were so influential to his own growth years before. Rabbi Kier learned in the Rabbinical Seminary of America for fourteen years, where he received his semicha, before becoming the R”M of the Bais Medrash of Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel in Brooklyn for five years. In addition, Rabbi Kier taught a popular advanced shiur in Mesivta Chofetz Chaim of Queens.

In his role as R”M of Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra, Rabbi Kier helps create an atmosphere of growth and hasmada in the Bais Medrash. He oversees the 12th grade Bais Medrash program, encouraging a seamless transition for the talmidim from a high school student to a Bais Medrash bachur. Recognized for his depth of learning as well as his ability to relate to each talmid, he guides his talmidim on their own path to becoming a true Ben Torah. Rabbi Kier is also well-known for his popular Sunday morning community halacha shiur, Rise and Learn, in memory of Rabbi Sharfman zt”l.

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Rabbi Ephraim Palgon

Principal, RMS

Rabbi Ephraim Palgon, is the founding principal of the Rohr Middle School as well as the Head of School of the YTCTE South Campus. His extensive experience in chinuch began well before he moved to Miami in 1996, and includes being a Rebbe in the Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York, a sixth grade Rebbe at YTCTE, the principal of Torah Academy of Boca Raton (?) as well as Head Counselor of Camp Mogen Avraham. Rabbi Palgon Learned in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim and earned his semicha from HaRav Ephraim Greenblatt zt”l. He attended Adelphi University Graduate School for Special Education and is licensed by CAJE. In addition, he is a trained consultant for the Association of Independent Schools of Florida and a coach for the Franklin Covey Leader in Me schools.

Rabbi Palgon is known for focusing on each student and their individual strengths and needs. He uses his creativity and expert insight to “ignite the greatness” in each talmid, encouraging them to acquire the skills to succeed while simultaneously building confidence along the way. Rabbi Palgon ably supervises the Rabbeim and faculty assisting them in classroom management strategies and supporting them in their quest to prepare their students for a successful future.

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Rabbi Zev Roth

COO

Rabbi Zev Roth needs a bio

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Rabbi Nosson Yeshaya Schwartz

Director of Institutional Advancement

Rabbi Schwartz needs a bio

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Mr. Yoni Schwartz

Assistant Principal Secular Studies, DACHS

Mr. Yoni Schwartz began teaching in the Dr. Abe Chames High School in 2012. In addition to regular secular subjects, Mr. Schwartz specialized in teaching the remedial classes and helping these students succeed. In 2020, he was promoted to Assistant Principal for Secular Studies. Mr. Schwartz holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Touro College and taught for a number of years at Kesher as well. Mr. Schwartz is also one of the talented partners of Tekiyah Orchestra.

Mr. Schwartz is both a dedicated and compassionate educator whose extensive classroom experience enabled him to smoothly transition into his administrative role. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the secular studies department in DACHS making sure it maintains its high level of education. Parents, teachers and students know they have an open door and listening ear with Mr. Schwartz, and he will do whatever he can to empower them to succeed.

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Rabbi Zev Weiner

Assistant Principal, RMS

Rabbi Zev Weiner moved with his family from Dallas, Texas in 2013, to become a Rebbe in the Rohr Middle School and has since become the RMS Assistant Principal. He is well-trained as a coach for Cooperative Learning. Rabbi Weiner received semicha from Ner Yisroel Rabbinical College before joining the Cincinnati Community Kollel. Subsequently, he taught at the Torah Day School of Dallas for nine years. Rabbi Weiner was also a popular Division Head in Camp Mogen Avrohom. Rabbi Weiner is known for his sense of responsibility and dedication to the Yeshiva and is often the first to arrive and last one to leave RMS. As Assistant Principal, he is in charge of structuring each day and supporting both students and staff by creating an organized environment that encourages success. Rabbi Weiner utilizes his many talents, creativity and enthusiasm to motivate his students and foster an atmosphere of growth and positivity.

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Rabbi Aryeh Winter

Mashigiach, BMZE

Rabbi Aryeh Winter, needs a bio.

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Mrs. Staci Berry

General Studies Principal, RMS

Mrs. Staci Berry has been with the Yeshiva since 2014. Mrs. Berry holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Brain Based Teaching and Learning from Nova South Eastern University. She is also a State of Florida certified teacher with decades of experience in the field of education. Throughout her expansive career, Mrs. Berry has been a General Studies Principal in Lubavitch Educational Center, the Director of Admission for two Jewish Day Schools and a highly successful English Language Arts teacher for twenty-five years.

Mrs. Berry’s determination and passion for learning motivates her to constantly research the best ways to engage and inspire students and faculty. She is a natural at building and maintaining relationships and connecting with each individual at their level. Mrs. Berry oversees the General Studies curriculum, professional development and special programming designed to constantly raise the level of learning and provide the middle school boys with the skills they need for high school and beyond.

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Mrs. Miriam Chait

Director of Admission

Mrs. Miriam Chait bio coming soon

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Mrs. Miriam Deitsch

Assistant Principal, KES Girls Division

Mrs. Miriam Deitsch bio coming soon

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Mrs. Talia Levine

Director, ECE

Mrs. Talia Levine is the Director of Early Childhood at Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes. After teaching in various special education settings, she began working for YTCTE in 2012 as a resource room, and then classroom, elementary school teacher before becoming the Assistant Director of Early childhood. Mrs. Levine graduated with honors from New York University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in education, and has a Master’s Degree from the Teachers College of Columbia University. She is certified by the State of Florida to teach both general education and special education and is a licensed childcare and education director.

Under Mrs. Levine’s leadership, the Early Childhood has earned the reputation of being a cutting edge, yet warm, preschool. As its Director, Mrs. Levine is tasked with developing and overseeing its curriculum and programming, supporting teachers, parents and students, as well as its admission decisions. She is constantly exploring the latest methodology to provide her young students with the foundational skills to become lifelong learners. As the first administrator many parents meet, Mrs. Levine’s warm smile coupled with her professionalism and experience, put new families at ease, confident in their decision to send their young child to YTCTE.