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Meet The Team

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Rabbi Akiva Weingarten is the founder of "Besht Dresden". He grew up in the ulraorthodox "Satmar" Community  New York.  With end of his twenties he left the ultraorthodox world and found a new home in Germany. Today he is Rabbi in Dresden and Basel. 

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Rosa Schmitthenner - Board Member

Rosa Schmitthenner is Co-Founder and Project Coordinator of Besht Yeshiva.  Beside this she is a qualified MBS Feldenkrais teacher.

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Israel Greenhouse - Personal Development Director

Israel Greenhouse takes care of all the social and psychological issues of our students. He graduated from Jerusalem College, has a Bachelor in Education and Special Education and has many years of experience in education and training.

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Israel Greenhouse - Personal Development Director

Israel Greenhouse takes care of all the social and psychological issues of our students. He graduated from Jerusalem College, has a Bachelor in Education and Special Education and has many years of experience in education and training. Kristin is currently on parental leave.

Heike Rückert -
Volunteer: Social Support

Friendship - it's like homeland.

(Kurt Tucholsky)

Heike Rückert integrates this way of thinking to her work with Besht. She helps the students to find a home in Dresden and in the hearts of the people. As a Christian, she feels very connected to the Jewish faith and culture.

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