Our roshei yeshiva and teachers come from varied educational

and professional backgrounds, but are united by their concern for the ongoing development of each student. Roshei Yeshiva, Mashgichim, and teachers provide one-on-one guidance and a family-like community atmosphere at the yeshiva, answering questions, listening, and learning together. Our faculty hails from a broad array of the world’s best yeshivot, including Mir, Lakewood, Brisk, Yeshiva University, Kerem B’Yavneh, Har Etzion, and our very own, Shapell’s -- and together, they weave a tapestry of Jewish life that exposes students to differing perspectives on Avodat Hashem and Jewish life.

Meet the Roshei Yeshiva


Rabbi Yitzchak Hirshfeld

Originally from Chicago, Rabbi Hirshfeld is a graduate of the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois. In 1969, after completing a BA in Mathematics at Roosevelt University, he came to Israel and was privileged to learn at Mir Yeshiva from roshei yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz zt”l and Rabbi Nachum Pertzovich zt”l. Before co-founding Yeshivat Darche Noam in 1978, Rabbi Hirshfeld taught at the original Shapell College and at Aish HaTorah. Rabbi Hirshfeld teaches Gemara in daily shiurim and directs the Gemara learning program and all facets of the yeshiva’s educational program. Regarded by many students as the father figure of the yeshiva, Rabbi Hirshfeld can often be found meeting and learning one-on-one with students, and is continuing resource for alumni and their families in Israel and around the world.

Rabbi Shaya Karlinsky

Rabbi Karlinsky is co-founder and dean of both Shapell’s/Darche Noam and our sister seminary for women, Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya. His reputation as an expert educator is a reflection of both his academic training and his motivational personality. Through his direct approach of questioning students and forcing them to question themselves, he has succeeded in awakening inquiring minds for Torah study throughout the years. A Los Angeles native, Rabbi Karlinsky studied at UCLA before going to Israel in 1968, to study at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and the Mir Yeshiva. After receiving smicha from ITRI, he completed a Master’s degree in educational psychology at Philadelphia’s Temple University and returned to Israel in 1975. His “eye” for connecting with students on their individual levels and his ability to see straight to the core of issues can be partially attributed to skills gained from his work as a widely published photojournalist.

Meet the Mashgiach

Rabbi Fyvel Shuster

Rabbi Shuster’s many classes, open home, and regular presence in the yeshiva endear him to students as a combination of rebbe, guidance counselor, friend, and mentor. His multifaceted educational background makes him especially suited to serve the wide variety of students who learn at Shapell’s. Rabbi Shuster learned in Yeshivat Hakotel and Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and remains a regular and close student of the Tolner Rebbe shlit”a in Jerusalem. A Boston native, Rabbi Shuster is a graduate of Tufts University, and spent years combining his Torah study with a career in computers. In addition to teaching at Shapell’s, Midreshet Rachel, and other area seminaries, Rabbi Shuster has taught in Skokie Yeshiva and Machon Lev.

Rabbi Shuster’s “shmuze” – a masterful weave of divrei Torah, good advice, mussar, anecdotes, and humor – is among the highlights of the Shapell’s experience. Through one-on-one discussions, shiurim in mussar, chassidus, and hashkafa, and the weekly Shalosh Seudos that he hosts for students, he helps our students – and the many alumni who continue to consult with him – more deeply connect with the Torah.

Meet the Rebbeim




Rabbi Elie Silverberg

More than anything else, the Gemara teaching of Rabbi Silverberg gives Shapell’s/Darche Noam the reputation that it enjoys as the premier place to “learn how to learn”. Rabbi Silverberg helps students learn how to break down the Gemara into its component parts and pays careful individual attention to the development of each and every student in his popular class. Himself a Shapell’s alumnus, he came to Israel at 27, and, after six years of intensive yeshiva study, was the first alumnus to join the full-time faculty. Born and raised in Toronto, Rabbi Silverberg has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and worked for an electric corporation in Canada before arriving in Israel. His wit and humility endear him to his students, and his teaching – filled with lively debate and discussion – challenges students to develop the skills of a self-sufficient Gemara learner.

Rabbi Binyamin Wolff

Rabbi Binyamin Wolff is the new director of the Executive Learning Program. Rabbi Wolff comes to Shapell’s with a great deal of experience teaching Torah to well educated professionals. He teaches a very popular Daf Yomi class in the Rechavia neighborhood, where he has also spearheaded and directed community learning organizations for well over a decade. He has taught extensively at the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center, and continues to serve on the faculty of Yeshiva Aish HaTorah. He holds rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and is an alumnus of both Yeshivat Mir and Yeshivat Kerem b’Yavneh.

Meet the Administration


Rabbi Shmuel Jablon, Executive Director

Rabbi Shmuel Jablon joined Shapell’s/Darche Noam in the spring of 5775 (2015), having made aliyah with his family the previous summer. Prior to his aliyah, he served as a Jewish Day School administrator in the U.S. for 17 years. A musmach of Hebrew Theological College (Skokie Yeshiva), he also holds a Masters in Education and has significant experience in strategic planning and community relations. Rabbi Jablon resides in Efrat and loves being a part of the Darche Noam family.


Rabbi Nadel

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel, Director of Recruitment

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel is Shapell’s/Darche Noam’s first full-time Director of Recruitment. He is leading the recruitment efforts for all of our programs, working collaboratively with our entire recruitment team. He is excited to connect with potential students, their rabbis and teachers. A native of New Jersey, Rabbi Nadel made aliyah in 2009 and has been teaching at Machon Tal and the OU-Israel Center. Prior to making aliyah, he served as a synagogue rabbi, Hillel rabbi, and community educator. An accomplished author, his articles on Jewish Law have been published in a wide variety of Torah journals. Rabbi Nadel lives with his family in Har Nof, where he serves as Rav Kehilah of Kehilat Zichron Yosef.

If you or someone you know is interested in studying at Shapell’s, Midreshet Rachel, or any of our short term programs, please contact Rabbi Nadel at rsn@darchenoam.org.