As the director and spiritual leader of Oorah, Rabbi Chaim Mintz’s vision of a close-knit community has become a reality. While the organization was founded in Staten Island, it has since expanded with a vast range of programs throughout the country.
Rabbi Mintz’s fifty years of experience in both education and community outreach, when coupled with his dynamic personality, make him the ultimate scholar in residence. He leads a weekly Torah class each Tuesday night, followed by a session of Ask the Rabbi, and is involved in all aspects of Oorah’s programs nationwide.
Rabbi Avrohom Biderman’s relationship with Oorah dates back nearly forty years, even before TorahSpot began. He has a close relationship with Rabbi Chaim Mintz and is involved in running many of Oorah’s events and programs.
Rabbi Biderman is the Managing Editor of Artscroll/Mesorah Publications. He’s worked on hundreds of books and even authored his own, The Tabernacle, that has appeared in both Hebrew and English editions. Rabbi Biderman enjoys writing, meeting the wonderful people of the Staten Island community, and greeting TorahSpot participants. He moderates the Ask the Rabbi session each Tuesday night, and is also in charge of making the popcorn.
Mrs. Chaye Biderman is the other half of this indomitable couple. Having first been introduced to Oorah through her husband, she now assists with Oorah Shabbatons while also running workshops for women and programs for children.
Her patient and caring nature, as well as her creative side, give her the ability to develop friendships with people of all ages. She has been teaching Home Economics to high schoolers for over two decades, and currently teaches second grade. Mrs. Biderman can be counted on to make everyone feel comfortable and ensure the smooth running of every program.
As a Staten Island native, Aliza’s always had strong ties to the community. She’s been with Oorah since 2006 and has worked tirelessly to make TorahSpot the Jewish community hub that it is.
Aliza’s warmth and love of life, combined with her responsible and empathetic nature, make her the perfect director of Little Star Preschool.
The greater Oorah family offers many opportunities and programs!
By joining Oorah Staten Island, you’ll also join the larger Oorah family with all that is has to offer, from TheZone Camp to year round events and retreats.