October 15, 2015

Kollel Staff

Rabbi Boruch Danziger
Rabbi Boruch Danziger
Rosh Kollel/Dean
Joined August 2014
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Rabbi Danziger attended Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, after which he studied under HaRav Yaakov Friedman in Eretz Yisroel for thirteen years. Rabbi Danziger moved to Norfolk with his wife Shana (nee Rosenberg) to restart the Kollel’s Torah Learning division. Rabbi Danziger’s enthusiasm for Judaism is contagious, and a true asset to the community.
Rabbi Gershon Litt
Rabbi Gershon Litt
Executive Director
Joined August 2005
Rabbi Litt grew up in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 where he received his BS in Speech Communication. Rabbi Litt then attended yeshivahs in Israel and New York until he was ordained in 2001. Rabbi Litt offers classes and programs to various Jewish institutions across the state in his capacity as Executive Director of the Norfolk Kollel and also works with the Department of Defense as a civilian contractor offering Jewish chaplaincy services to Jewish service personnel. Rabbi Litt does extensive work at various college campuses. He has led 27 Birthright trips over the past few years and does educational programming at most of the colleges and universities throughout eastern Virginia. Rabbi Litt is the Director of the Hillel at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and the Hillel director at Christopher Newport University. He is also the rabbi of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in Newport News, VA. Rabbi Litt says his most important job is being husband to a wonderful wife, Sara, and father to five boys, Yitzi, Aryeh, Yosef, Yehudah, and Dovid.
Rabbi Moshe Rubinovich
Rabbi Moshe Rubinovich
Joined November 2014
Rabbi Rubinovich grew up in Yerushalayim and Far Rockaway, NY. He began his studies in Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island and the Zilberman Yeshiva in the old city of Jerusalem, continuing on to HaRav Yaakov Friedman’s yeshiva in Beitar Illit, Israel. He moved to Norfolk together with his wife Malks (nee Ackerman), to join the Kollel. Rabbi Rubinovich generously shares his breadth of Torah knowledge through his deep classes, and his many one-on-one study sessions.
Rabbi Velvel Cook
Rabbi Velvel Cook
Joined May 2015
Rabbi Cook was raised on the campus of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, where he studied until going to study under Rav Asher Arielli in the famed Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalyim. He and his wife Raizy (nee Shuman) bring their youthful energy and engaging style to the Kollel family.
Rabbi Shmuel Katz
Rabbi Shmuel Katz
Joined August 2015
A native of Elizabeth, NJ, Rabbi Katz began his studies in Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, NY. He later spent 9 years in Yeshivas Toras Moshe in Yerushalayim. While in Israel, he received his rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and completed the Ner Le’Elef leadership training program. He and his wife, Rivki (nee Kahan) are the latest additions to the Kollel. Their drive to share the beauty of the Torah’s teachings make them a perfect fit for the Kollel.
Rabbi Gavriel Rudin
Rabbi Gavriel Rudin
Outreach Coordinator
Joined July 2016
Rabbi Gavriel Rudin hails from Passaic, N.J. He spent many years studying in depth in Talmud and Halacha (Jewish Law), both in Israel and America. He then received his Masters in Talmudic Law and Rabbinic Ordination, from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, of Baltimore, MD. After leaving Baltimore, Rabbi Rudin and his family spent two years teaching and inspiring Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area, as an Educator and the Program Director at the Jewish Study Network of Palo Alto, CA. The Rudins are currently living in Norfolk, VA, where Rabbi Rudin has brought his energy and talents to Tidewater, as a Rabbi and Outreach Coordinator, with The Norfolk Kollel.