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Rabbi Friedman

Rabbi Ephraim Friedman was born in Queens, New York and learned in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in both Queens and Yerushalayim as well as in the Westside Kollel in Manhattan prior to coming to Chicago in 1988 to learn in the Chicago Community Kollel.  He received his smicha through Beis Medrash Govoha of Lakewood.

Rabbi Friedman joined Mikor in 2000 as the Morah Horaah of the Beis Medrash. At Mikor, he serves as a posek for the members and he delivers many weekly halacha shiurim as well as a nightly Daf Yomi shiur.

Rabbi Friedman also serves as a Dayan on the beis din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, is a member of the Chicago Choshen Mishpat Kollel, and teaches a halacha class at Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov.  Rabbi Friedman is a posek of national renown and his halachic guidance is sought out by many individuals and institutions across the country.

Rebbitzen Yitty (nee Niman) Friedman, is originally from Queens, NY, and has been a morah in local schools since the Friedman’s moved to Chicago nearly 30 years ago. In addition to the boundless chessed that she does for the community, the Rebbitzen hosts many guest from the kehillah and has a very close relationship with a lot of the women.

Rabbi and Rebbitzen Friedman have two married children, one who lives in Chicago and one that lives in Florida, each with families of their own.

     
 

Rabbi Schechter

Rabbi Moshe Schecter was born in Montreal, Canada and learned in South Fallsburg, New York, Brisk in Eretz Yisroel and Lakewood, where he received his smicha.

Rabbi Schecter moved to Chicago in 1998 to do outreach, and has been a Rebbi in the Skokie Yeshiva since 2000.

In 1999, along with 8 baalei batim, he founded Beis Medrash Mikor Hachaim as a night seder program for college students and young professionals. Since then, the Beis Medrash has grown to a full service makom torah with minyanim and shiurim throughout the day and over 100 member families. Much of this growth can be attributed to Rabbi Schecter’s efforts and his ability to bring an element of simcha, excitement and chassidic flavor in Avodas Hashem. Rabbi Schecter creates the warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes Mikor such an attractive location to come learn and daven.

At Mikor, Rabbi Schecter gives many shiurim on halacha, Tanach and Parsha. He also runs the annual Summer Program for over 100 high school and college age boys, a program that is one of the “crown jewels” of Mikor.

Rebbizten Rivkie (nee Finkelstein) Schecter is originally from Montreal, and is a Morah at Yeshivas Ohr Boruch/The Veitzener Cheder. From the beginning of Mikor she has been very involved in the growth of the shul with her warm personality, by giving shiurim, and by having countless married and single guests for Shabbos meals.

Rabbi and Rebbitzen Schecter have 4 children.

     
 

Rabbi Robinson

Rabbi Yaakov Robinson, a Chicago native, is a musmach of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore. After several years in Kollel in Baltimore, his family joined the Cincinnati Community Kollel in 2006 and was a member there for 5 years. In Cincinnati, Rabbi Robinson was also the assistant Rabbi of Congregation Zichron Eliezer for two years and an active member of the Chevra Kadisha.

Rabbi Robinson joined Mikor Hachaim as Co-Rav in 2011. Since then, he has used his unique personality and leadership skills to help the kehilla grow to where it is today. At Mikor, Rabbi Robinson learns one-on-one with many individuals and he gives several weekly shiurim, including shiurim on shalom bayis, chinuch, practical halacha and a popular shiur that gives an in depth analysis of topics in halacha. Rabbi Robinson also founded and runs the Zichron Avraham Gershon Kollel Boker, and he gives regular shiurim to the women of the kehilla.

When he moved to Chicago he was a Rebbi in Arie Crown Hebrew Day School for 3 years and he has been the Executive Director of the Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim since 2013. In addition, he is on the Orthodox Rabbinic Task Force for SHALVA, a posek for the Chicago Mikveh and a member of the Vaad Hachinuch for JDBY-YTT.  

Rabbi Robinson is a sought after speaker that has lectured in many shuls, schools, conventions and other events nationally. In addition, he is the author of many works on halacha. Rabbi Robinson is known for his warm and caring personality and is often looked to by individuals, couples, families and community institutions for his assistance, guidance and counsel. 

Rebbetzin Atara (nee' Tajerstein) Robinson is originally from Baltimore and is currently the Business Office manager for Arie Crown Hebrew Day School. She is very involved in the Women's Programming and the Youth Committee of the Beis Medrash, she hosts many guests on Shabbos and she is sought after by the women of the Kehilla for her friendship and guidance.

Rabbi and Rebbitzen Robinson have 5 children. 

 

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