Faculty

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Rabbi Eliezer Popper serves as head of the advanced Jewish Studies Institute at the Center, where post graduate students engage in intensive study as they prepare to become rabbis and rabbinic court judges.

In an educational career spanning more than 30 years, Rabbi Popper, a  certified educator, had also led Jewish studies classes for teachers  and principals, high school students, and for the community-at-large, in  such cities as Yavneh, Petach Tikva, and his native Rehovot.

Rabbi Popper studied at the Netiv Meir and Kerem B’Yavneh institutions prior to serving in the Armored Corps of the Israel Defense Forces.

He received his rabbinic ordination from the renowned Rabbi Shlomo Goren, founder and first head of the Military Rabbinate of the Israel Defense Forces and subsequently as the third Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Rabbi Popper and his wife are the parents of 12 children.

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Rabbi Aaron Beck, a graduate of Yeshivat Netiv Meir in Jerusalem, studied at the the Ohr Etzion Yeshiva at Mercaz Shapira.

He served in the Israel Defense Forces in the Armored Corps.

Rabbi Beck has been a key force behind the Rishon Lezion Educational Center’s Publishing arm. He edited “Being Close: A Collection of Articles for the High Holy Days;” and the introduction to the book, “A Candle of Light” in memory of Rabbi Moshe Zvi Neriah; and the book of Responsa, “Maane Eliayhu.”

Rabbi Beck has taught and lived in the city of Kiryat Malachi. He had led programs in the study of the Bible and Prophets.

A resident of Rishon Lezion, where he lives with his wife and four children, Rabbi Beck also delivers classes for the community-at-large.

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Rabbi Yigal Abutbul, a graduate of Yeshivat Neve Herzog of Bnei Akiva, attended the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he was ordained. He also studied at the Kollel Ziv in Jerusalem.

During his tenure service in the Israel Defense Forces, Rabbi Abutbul served in the Artillery Corps.

Rabbi Abutbul has taught at the Nehorah Yeshiva High School in the moshav of Mavo Choron, where he, his wife and five children reside. He also delivers classes in that community for adults on the subjects of Jewish law and faith.