Who We Are

Our Staff

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Naftuli Moster

Executive Director

He grew up in Borough Park and attended Hasidic Yeshivas (elementary and high schools). In 2012 he founded Yaffed after discovering the gaps in his and his friends’ elementary and high school education. Moster graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in psychology from the College of Staten Island and went on to receive a Master’s in social work from Hunter (CUNY). He is a Wexner Field Fellow.

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Hannah Miller

Director of Community Engagement and Organizing

Born in Seattle, she moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, where she received a BA in Russian Regional Studies. Her professional experiences with Family-to-Family, Inc., the JDC, and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany brought her to Ukraine, Israel, the Baltics, the United Kingdom, and, most frequently, to diverse communities across the five boroughs. She received her MA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2018. 

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Abe Silberstein

Strategic Communications Associate

is Yaffed’s Strategic Communications Associate, where he works on projects ranging from the organization’s media presence to fundraising. Abe was born in Brooklyn and attended Yeshivas through High School. He graduated from Hunter College in 2015 with a B.A. with honors in Political Science and is currently studying for his M.P.A. at New York University. An experienced opinion writer, Abe’s work has been published in the New York Times, The Forward, JTA, Ha’aretz, and The Jerusalem Post.

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Naftuli Moster

Executive Director

He grew up in Borough Park and attended Hasidic Yeshivas (elementary and high schools). In 2012 he founded Yaffed after discovering the gaps in his and his friends’ elementary and high school education. Moster graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in psychology from the College of Staten Island and went on to receive a Master’s in social work from Hunter (CUNY). He is a Wexner Field Fellow.

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Hannah Miller

Director of Community Engagement and Organizing

Born in Seattle, she moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, where she received a BA in Russian Regional Studies. Her professional experiences with Family-to-Family, Inc., the JDC, and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany brought her to Ukraine, Israel, the Baltics, the United Kingdom, and, most frequently, to diverse communities across the five boroughs. She received her MA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2018. 

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Abe Silberstein

Strategic Communications Associate

is Yaffed’s Strategic Communications Associate, where he works on projects ranging from the organization’s media presence to fundraising. Abe was born in Brooklyn and attended Yeshivas through High School. He graduated from Hunter College in 2015 with a B.A. with honors in Political Science and is currently studying for his M.P.A. at New York University. An experienced opinion writer, Abe’s work has been published in the New York Times, The Forward, JTA, Ha’aretz, and The Jerusalem Post.

Our Board

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Anita Altman

is an activist and a life-long New Yorker. She is a graduate of CCNY and the New School for Social Research. A recent retiree, Ms. Altman had an almost 50-year career in New York City government and the nonprofit sector. For almost 3 decades she held a prominent position as a Jewish communal professional on the staff of UJA-Federation of New York.

There she played an instrumental role in organizing a Jewish response to the AIDS epidemic, helped put family violence in the Jewish community and addressing the needs and fostering inclusion for people with disabilities on the communal agenda, as well as championed programming to help enable seniors to age in their own communities. For 25 years she was responsible for the Rose Biller scholarship program, which has provided financial assistance to hundreds of Footsteps members. Ms. Altman was a recipient of the 2008 Woman of Valor award from the New York Board of Rabbis and is the founder of the ReelAbilities film festival.

There she played an instrumental role in organizing a Jewish response to the AIDS epidemic, helped put family violence in the Jewish community and addressing the needs and fostering inclusion for people with disabilities on the communal agenda, as well as championed programming to help enable seniors to age in their own communities. For 25 years she was responsible for the Rose Biller scholarship program, which has provided financial assistance to hundreds of Footsteps members. Ms. Altman was a recipient of the 2008 Woman of Valor award from the New York Board of Rabbis and is the founder of the ReelAbilities film festival.

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Chana Silberstein

worked for the Board of Jewish Education for 26 years, where she rose to become the director of the Division of Informal and Family Education. Her accomplishments include: growing “Mishpacha,” a program of engagement for parents; pioneering “Shibbolim,” a leadership training program for Soviet emigres; and creating “Programs to Go” and “Ethnic Journeys,” programs that brought experiential Jewish education into schools. For Chana, as a passionate child advocate, Jewish education is not a job but a calling.

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Shlomo Noskow

is an emergency physician living in New York. He works for the Brooklyn Hospital Center and as a traveling physician for NES+ Health. Dr. Noskow attended Hasidic yeshivas growing up and consequently was not offered any secular education in high school. After overcoming major obstacles, he was able to pursue higher education and ended up obtaining his medical degree. He strongly believes that every child has the right to a robust and well-rounded education.

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Yitzchok Pinkesz

was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in a Hasidic family and attended Hasidic schools for elementary through high-school. When he left high-school he pursued a computer science degree at Yeshiva University. While at YU he was active in the Yeshiva University Medical Ethics Society and Computer Science Club. He joined YAFFED when it started in 2012. In the summer of 2017, he joined Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Starting with his time at YU, Yitzchok was actively involved in child education rights advocacy and organ donation advocacy.

Rabbinical Council

Yaffed Rabbinical Council (YRC) is an interdenominational body of rabbis united by their abiding commitment to Jewish learning and shared concern about the lack of adequate general studies (secular) education in Hasidic yeshivas. YRC members are committed to supporting Yaffed’s mission by offering ongoing counsel as well as support in name and deed to the organization, thereby offering Yaffed enhanced recognition in the eyes of the public at large- from policymakers to community leaders. The YRC’s diverse range of voices bring increased exposure and awareness about Yaffed, helping the organization ensure that yeshivas sufficiently prepare their students for economic self-sufficiency and meaningful societal participation.

Yaffed Rabbinic Advisors and Rabbinic Partners:

1. Agree with Yaffed that all children are entitled to and deserve an education that includes instruction in general studies (which includes but is not limited to English, math, and science).

2. Share Yaffed’s values that a Jewish education and instruction in general studies subjects do not contradict each other in any way. Judaic and general studies can and should coexist harmoniously in the curriculum of every Jewish school

3. Share Yaffed’s respect for the importance of Judaic studies and the specific cultural and religious values and customs of New York’s ultra-Orthodox communities

4. Share Yaffed’s belief that New York yeshivas must operate in full compliance with all New York State and City education laws

Yaffed Rabbinical Council:

  • Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach (Chairman)
  • Rabbi Marc Angel
  • Rabbi Andy Bachman
  • Rabbi David Gedzelman
  • Rabbi Andrue Kahn
  • Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky
  • Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
  • Rabbi Dianne Kohler-Esses
  • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
  • Rabbi Shira Milgrom
  • Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
  • Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein
  • Rabbi Benjamin Sharff
  • Rabbi Gordon Tucker
  • Rabbi Burton Vizotzky
  • Rabbi Simkha Weintraub
  • Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Advisory Council:

  • Anita Altman
  • Oscar Cohen
  • J. E.
  • Debra Fine
  • Chaim Fishman
  • Ellen Gibbs
  • Judith Ginsburg
  • Ronald Slusky
  • Eric Yoffie

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