Senior Leadership

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Rabbi Dr. Itzhak Shapira

Shaliach Tzibur Global

Tzahi (Itzhak) Shapira was born and raised in a traditional Sephardic Jewish home in Israel.

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Rabbi Dr. Steven A. Bernstein

Head of Department of Theology & Vice President of Shuvu College

Rabbi Bernstein is the Rabbi at Aydat HaDerekh Messianic Synagogue in Fort Myers, FL.

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Pastor Matt McKeown

Pastoral Supervision & Shaliach Tzibur Africa

Pastor Matt McKeown is the Senior Pastor at the UBIC in Holly Hill, FL. 

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Dr. Douglas A. Wheeler

President of Shuvu College

Dr. Wheeler has an earned Ph.D. from California Graduate School of Theology and an earned Th.D. from Florida Theological Seminary.

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Eldad Keynan

Senior Instructor of Jewish History & Hebrew

Eldad Keynan was born in Israel and has a M.A. on Jewish History from Haifa University. 

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Heather Tsitsi Masiyiwa

President of Shuvu Africa

Tsitsi Masiyiwa is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur devoted to empowering young people in Africa.

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Rabbi Emmanuel Rodriguez-Perez

President of Shuvu French

Emmanuel serves as Rabbi of Messianic Synagogue El-Bethel in Paris, France.

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Moreh Shalom Hazan

President of Shuvu Russian

Shalom Hazan serves as the head of Kehilat Derec and Emet in Ashdod, Israel.

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Rabbi David Weiss

Senior Rabbi & Leadership Advisor

David serves as a Rabbi of Malchut Chayim Messianic Congregation in Chesapeake, VA.

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Morah Juanita Weiss

Shlichat Tzibur Africa

Pastor Juanita has an ordination as Morah Torah (Teacher of Torah) from Yeshivat Shuvu. 

Leaders by Country

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Moreh Daniel Rodrigo

Shuvu Sri Lanka

Daniel and his family have been instrumental in building the first Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Sri Lanka.

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Daniel S.

Shuvu Singapore & Malaysia

Daniel is a founder and pastor at Kehilat Etz Chayim. He has been a Talmid of Yeshivat Shuvu since 2015.

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Moreh Andre Widodo

Shuvu Indonesia

Andre has been studying in Yeshivat Shuvu since the yeshiva opened in 2015.

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Pastor Joseph John

Shuvu India

Pastor Joseph is the President of Kehilat Bethlechem in Hyderabad, India.

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Benyamin Obadyah

Shuvu Indonesia

Benyamin is the Pastor of Beit El & Shoresh Messianic Fellowship congregations in Jakarta.

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Ralf Matuzelski

Shuvu Australia

Ralf is the lead elder at Derech HaMashiach on the Gold Coast, Australia. 

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Giborah McDonald

Shuvu United Kingdom

Giborah McDonald with her husband Ian is a Founder and Leader of AlephOmega Ministries.

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Ruben van der Slik

Shuvu Nederlands

Ruben is the congregational leader of Ahavat Olam in the Netherlands. 

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Daniel Ben Moshe

Shuvu Spain

Daniel is the leader of the Congregation Beit Nissi in Alicante, Spain. 

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Pastor Oscar Salinas

Shuvu Dominican Republic

Oscar has more than 20 years of experience in ministry in different countries.

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Hans & Tamar Hartmann

Shuvu German

Hans and Tamar are founders and leaders of Har Tikkun in Switzerland. 

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Marco & Luana Rodrigues

Shuvu Portuguese

Marco, B'nei Anusim and Luana, a Portuguese descendant, moved to Portugal in 2018.

Staff

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Jaxon Edwards

Administrative Assistant & Publishing Manager

Jaxon works as an administrative assistant and manages the creation and publishing of resources.

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Carlos Mendoza

Web Infrastructure & Design

Carlos is a Web Designer with 10+ years of experience in app/web development.

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Jeff Blumenthal

Head of Software Development

Jeff is a Software Architect with 30+ years of experience in IT architecture and software development.

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Dylan White

Personal Assistant to Rabbi Shapira

Dylan has an advanced degree in Jewish Studies & Hebrew. He graduated in 2021 from Yeshivat Shuvu.

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Shani Hamel

Yeshiva Administration

Shani works as part of Yeshivat Shuvu Administration. She coordinates and helps in different areas.

Translators

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Michelle Kim

Korean Chief Translator

Michelle graduated from Yeshivat Shuvu in 2021 and has translated several publications to the Korean language. 

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Inge Vukic

German Chief Translator

Inge is a talmida at Yeshivat Shuvu and has translated several publications to the German language.