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PUAH is proud to introduce "The PUAHLINE" - our hotline for all taharat hamishpacha (family purity) questions.

Since the laws of taharat hamishpacha are often complicated and time sensitive, our PUAHLINE will serve as a critical resource for anyone who is unable to access their local rabbi. Your call will be answered by expert rabbis in the most confidential and professional manner.

PuahLine Rabbis

Rabbi Chaim Jachter
Rav of Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck and Dayan on the Beth Din of Elizabeth.
Rabbi Haim Jachter has been affiliated with the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck since 2000. In addition to his work with our congregation, Rabbi Jachter serves as a Dayan on the Beth Din of Elizabeth, since 1993, and has acquired an international reputation of excellence in the area of Get administration. He is also a gifted and popular teacher at Torah Academy of Bergen County since 1995 where he teaches Torah studies and Religious Zionism.

Rabbi Jachter's Yadin Yadin ordination is from Yeshiva University where he also earned his Master's degree in Jewish Philosophy. Rabbi Jachter's authorization to administer Gittin is from Hacham Ovadia Yosef. Rabbi Jachter is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America's Halacha Committee and chairman of its Igun resolution committee. He is frequently sought out to assist communities in establishing and managing their Eruvin. Rabbi Jachter is a popular "Scholar in Residence" throughout North America providing lectures on subjects of vital concern to the Jewish community.

At the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, Rabbi Jachter brings a sense of warmth, friendship, and high level & enjoyable Torah study to our Kehilla. His Shiurim focus on practical Halacha (with an emphasis, of course, on Sephardic Rabbis and customs), Tanach, and stories from the Gemara. Among Rabbi Jachter's favorite rabbinic figures are Rav Ovadia Yosef, Rav Shalom Messas and Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik.

Rabbi Jachter has authored four volumes of Gray Matter which discuss contemporary Halachic issues of major importance. He has also authored dozens of scholarly articles that have appeared in prestigious Torah journals both in Israel and the United States. His weekly columns on Halacha and Tanach, available at www.koltorah.org, and www.yutorah.org are read by thousands worldwide.

Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz
Rav of Bais Haknesses of North Woodmere
Rabbi Lebowitz studied at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and received his semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemya Goldberg. He currently serves as the Mara D'Asra of Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere, a position he has held since its founding in 2004. He is a Rebbe Lander College for Men as well as the Davis Renov Stahler (DRS) Yeshiva High School in Woodmere.

Rabbi Lebowitz is an alumnus of Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh and the Sy Syms School of Business. He has published numerous articles on practical Halacha in various journals, including the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society. His thousands of recorded shiurim on Halacha, Gemara and Derush have gained widespread popularity. Prior to establishing the Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere, Rabbi Lebowitz served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shaaray Tefilah in Lawrence for three years, where he headed the morning Kollel.

Rabbi Avi Lebowitz
Rosh Kollel of the Jewish Study Network in Palo Alto, California.
Rabbi Avi Lebowitz was raised in Lawrence, New York. He attended Ateres Yakov (South Shore) and from there went on to spend two years learning at Yeshiva Kerem B'yavneh He received smicha over the course of the 9 years he spent studying at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore. During that time he also received a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Rabbi Lebowitz was the Rabbi of Ahavas Torah, a small shul in San Jose, California for three years. He is currently the Rosh Kollel of the Jewish Study Network in Palo Alto, California. He serves as the educational director of the organization. Rabbi Lebowitz delivers a daf yomi shiur 5:30 am daily in the shul in Palo Alto. Twice a week he visits a neighboring sefardic community where he delivers gemara shiurim. In addition he offers a weekly in-depth gemara shiur to local professionals with a strong background in gemara. Periodically he teaches halacha shiurim on many topics including Hilchos Shabbos, Taharas Hamishpacha, Chinuch and Yom Tovim. Aside from the classes, Rabbi Lebowitz is consulted on issues of halacha that arise in the community ranging from things as basic as shabbos, kashrut, and Taharas Hamishpacha to infertility problems and other health related issues. He recently lectured together with his grandfather in-law, R' Moshe Tendler at a medical ethics seminar in Stanford University Medical School, and has delivered such lectures on a variety of medical ethics topics over the years. Presently R' Lebowitz writes and assists R' Nota Greenblatt (Memphis, TE) in officiating Gittin in the local area. He is also a member of the va'ad hakashrut, as well as giving a hashgacha on a local mikva and involved with the local eiruv. He has published a comprehensive commentary on Masechet Mikvaot called "Mayim Rabim", and has recently published a work on Klalei HaMitzvos, based on the Chayei Adam called "Nasicah B'chukecha" where he discusses many familiar rules of mitzvah principles.

Rabbi Doniel Neustadt
Rav of Pine River Village, Lakewood, NJ.
Rabbi Neustadt presently serves as the Rav of Pine River Village in Lakewood, NJ, as well as the head of the Vaad Harabbonim of Detroit. He is the author of many popular seforim such as The Weekly Halacha Discussion, The Daily Halacha Discussion, and The Monthly Halacha Discussion. Rabbi Neustadt is a grandson of the great Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt"l, and is currently the editor of Rav Yaakov's works, including Emes L'Yaakov.

Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum
Rav of Khal Nachlas Yitzchok
Rabbi Oelbaum has been a leading force in Queens, NY, for the past thirty-three years, as Mora D'Asra of Khal Nachlas Yitzchok. Rabbi Oelbaum has influenced an entire generation by his deep Avodas Hashem, his unbounded warmth and his calm reassuring personality. Rabbi Oelbaum is the renowned author of many seforim on Sugyos of Shas, Shailos U'teshuvos Minchas Chein, Hilchos Niddah, The laws of fertility treatments in Halacha, Perushim on the Rambam, Hagadah and more. Rabbi Oelbaum reaches out to everyone in the United States as a Maggid Shiur on Dial-A-Daf and Dial-A-Shiur. Yet, with this normally exhausting schedule, he still finds time to help and lead his Kehillah with unbounded energy.

Rabbi Elan Segelman
Rabbinic Advisor for PUAH in America and Rav of Kehilas Torah Temima.
Rabbi Segelman is the rabbinic advisor for PUAH in America.

After studying in Israel for two years at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, Rabbi Segelman attained a B.A. in Psychology from Touro College's Lander College for Men, as well as an M.A. from Touro College's Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Shortly after completing his Semicha, he was appointed as a Shoel U'Maishiv and Rebbe in the Lander College Judaic Studies Program. Rabbi Segelman currently serves as the Rabbinic Educator at New York Medical College & Touro College of Dental Medicine in Valhalla, NY.

Rabbi Segelman resides in Queens, NY, where he serves as the rabbi of Kehilas Torah Temima. He is the founder and Rosh Kollel of the Queens Kollel Boker, as well as the Rabbinic Director of Special Projects for the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman
PUAH Senior Advisor and Rav of Kehilat Merkaz Modiin
Rabbi Gideon Weitzman heads PUAH's English speaking section in Israel. Born in Britain, Rabbi Weitzman earned his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rabbi Weitzman was a visiting associate principal in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and is a regular contributor to the annual halachic compendium Techumin. His scholarly articles on IVF, sperm extraction, and genetic counseling have been published in The Journal of Genetic Counseling and The Journal of Early Human Development.

Rabbi Weitzman is well known for his brilliant and thought provoking presentations. He has lectured at major organizations such as National Council of Young Israel, the Rabbinical Council of California, Agudas Yisroel of America, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Columbia Medical Center, and Cornell Medical Center and more! Rabbi Weitzman teaches in at Midrasha College for Women, as well as other educational institutions in Jerusalem. He currently resides in Modiin where he serves as the rabbi of the Merkaz Modiin Synagogue.

Rabbi Mordechai Willig
Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel of RIETS, Sgan Av Beis Din of Beth Din of America, and Rav of Young Israel of Riverdale.
Rabbi Willig, is the Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Professor of Talmud and Contemporary Halachah at YU's RIETS program. He has been a Rosh Yeshiva at the Mazer School of Talmudic Studies since 1973 and a Rosh Kollel at RIETS. Rabbi Willig received a B.A. in mathematics from Yeshiva College in 1968 and an M.S. in Jewish History in 1971 from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He received semicha that same year. He has served as spiritual leader of Young Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, NY, since 1974, and has written a sefer, Am Mordechai, and many articles in Torah scholarship journals.

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