The Emet Leaders Fellowship is a twelve-week study program featuring small-group learning with a dedicated mentor. Hosted by a number of NYS universities, including Stony Brook, the inspiration and motto of Emet is that if a student wants to represent the Jewish people, they must know what the Jewish people represent. The Fellowship program is designed to introduce Torah concepts in an accessible, often text-based, and stimulating format. Students meet weekly and enjoy varied dinners while exploring new topics together. Guest speakers from all over the NYC area enhance our weekly learning sessions. Emet Fellows also attend regular Shabbatons, or all-inclusive Shabbat experiences hosted by different Jewish communities. Shabbatons provide an extraordinary blend of intellectual stimulation and emotional inspiration. Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, students have the opportunity to participate in Emet’s Israel experiences during the summer and college mid-winter breaks. The Stony Brook Emet program also offers the opportunity to interact closely and learn in one-on-one settings with qualified Torah scholars about any topics in Judaism that interest them. Rabbi David Delman heads the Emet Fellowship team at Stony Brook University, with Rabbi Mordechai Kraft and Dr. Peryl Agishtein rounding out our team of accessible and inspiring Torah teachers.
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The Stony Brook EMET Team
Rabbi David Delman: Rabbi Dave as he is affectionately known by his students, grew up in Silver Spring, MD. After graduating from Yeshiva High School in 2000, Dave spent the next 5 years studying at various Torah institutions in Israel which culminated in receiving his Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach. In 2003 Dave married Tova Kober, and together they began a lifelong passion for Jewish outreach. Out of their home in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Tova and Dave undertook a program for at risk teenagers. The program was an instant success and many people today lead productive and fulfilling lives due to their efforts. In 2006 Tova and Dave moved to Austin, Texas to continue their outreach work at the University of Texas. After just one year, Rabbi Dave and Tova accepted a position entailing greater responsibility with R.O.O.T.S at Stony Brook University. Simultaneously, Dave completed graduate school at the Yeshiva University Wurzweiler program and now practices Social Work part time, and all while devoting himself to the Jewish students at S.B.U. Now residing adjacent to Emet headquarters in Kew Gardens Hills, Rabbi Dave and his wife continue to open their home and their hearts to hundreds of college students every year! Dave and Tova have 5 beautiful children, Pinchas, Sara Bracha, Tzivia Ahuva, Yocheved Gittel and Kayla.
Dr. Peryl Agishtein: As a child living in New York City, Peryl Agishtein dreamed of becoming a National Geographic photojournalist, a ballerina, or a librarian (preferably for the library from Beauty and the Beast; and preferably all three at once). She was ultimately inspired to become a scientist and a psychologist by her parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Jacob Grossman, who imbued her with two key values of intellectual curiosity and a passion to help others. Her interest in biology and in the puzzle of assessment led her to pursue a specialization in neuropsychology, while her interests in interpersonal dynamics attracted her to attachment research. Her doctoral dissertation investigated how attachment to G-d interacts with everyday stress and anxiety; she was inspired to examine this idea by her Jewish faith and her deep belief in G-d, as well as years of philosophical discussions with her father. Peryl is currently the head of the Assessment Department in a local community clinic that primarily services the Jewish community. Peryl spends her free time with her husband and three children, and loves to hike, travel, photograph, and play piano (slightly better than her husband’s) whenever she has the opportunity. She tries not to psychoanalyze her children too much.
Rabbi Mordechai Kraft: Rabbi Kraft was born in Briarcliff Manor, NY and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. He studied in Israel for four years and then continued his studies for over a decade at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, The Rabbinical Seminary of America in Forest Hills, NY. Rabbi Kraft then received their prestigious “Yoreh Yoreh, Yadin Yadin” rabbinic ordination in 1999. Rabbi Kraft is fortunate to have studied under some of the foremost teachers of Torah of our generation, Rabbi Yaakov Rosenberg, Rabbi Moshe Chait, and Rabbi Henach Leibowitz, and to be inspired by their vision of love for every Jew. In 2004, Rabbi Kraft founded and has since directed Emet College Outreach, together with Rabbi Akiva Rutenberg. Rabbi Kraft’s love for teaching Torah and inspiring ethical growth in his students is only matched by their receptivity to his words. Rabbi Kraft has a passion to convey the inherent greatness of every human being. His lectures are both highly articulate and poignantly expressive. Rabbi Kraft has served as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Havurat Yisrael in Forest Hills, NY for 15 years and is a popular teacher at Ateret Seminary, on campus at Queens College. He is an aspiring blues guitarist and an avid tennis enthusiast. Rabbi Kraft, his wife, Monica, and their six children live in Kew Gardens, NY where they host many guests each Shabbos.