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Rabbi Dr. Shalom Z. Berger

Rabbi Dr. Shalom Z. Berger currently serves as the Senior Content Editor for the new Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli, and his daily essay on the Daf Yomi based on the Steinsaltz Hebrew Talmud appears at

He has extensive experience in both formal and informal educational settings, having taught and held administrative positions in day schools in the United States and post-high school programs in Israel, as well as educational director in American summer camps. His doctoral dissertation, which focused on gap-year Israel study, was published as part of Flipping Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the “Year in Israel."

Rabbi Berger has been visiting Jewish communities throughout Europe for many years and has extensive experience leading heritage travel tours to Central and Eastern Europe. He has served as the historian for the annual Yeshivat Har Etzion trip to Poland for over a decade.

Rabbi Berger has taught Talmud and Jewish studies in American Yeshiva high schools, in post-high school programs in Israel and in teacher training programs. Rabbi Berger has served as Director of E-Communities at the Lookstein Center, part of the School of Education in Bar-Ilan University. He initiated the Lookjed listserv that connects thousands of Jewish educators across the globe, and is Founding Editor of Jewish Educational Leadership, the Center's professional journal.

Rabbi Berger lives in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion in Israel with his wife, Rachel and their seven children.


Dr. Martina Mampieri

Dr. Martina Mampieri holds a double Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies at the University of Roma Tre and the University of Hamburg (2017). 


She is currently a Moritz Stern Fellow in Modern Jewish Studies at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-University of Göttingen and will join the Martin Buber Society of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in October 2020. In 2018-2019, she held other postdoctoral positions at Sapienza University of Rome, the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes in Paris, and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.


She is the author of Living under the Evil Pope: The Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV by Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche, 16th cent. (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2020) as well as several articles on Italian Jewry, early printed books, and Jewish-Christian relations in the early modern period.



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