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Dr David Pelcovitz

Dr David Pelcovitz

The world authority on marriage, parenting, and child and adolescent behaviour is back. Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University, Dr David Pelcovitz, intertwines his psychological expertise with Torah values and insights.

The world authority on marriage, parenting, and child and adolescent behaviour is back. Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University, Dr David Pelcovitz, intertwines his psychological expertise with Torah values and insights. For over two decades, he has held many prestigious positions including Director of Psychology at the North Shore University Hospital and at NYU School of Medicine where he was Clinical Professor of Psychology. He has also published several books, including Balanced Parenting: Love and Limits in Raising Children (which he co-authored with his father) and Breaking the Silence, dealing with child abuse in the Jewish community. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and specialises in family violence and child mental health. He has consulted extensively with families in the US, Europe and Israel on a wide range of issues facing children and adults.


Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi

Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi

Recently voted one of Israel’s most influential women, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi is gracing our stage once again to speak straight to the heart of women in a way only she knows how.

Recently voted one of Israel’s most influential women, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi is gracing our stage once again to speak straight to the heart of women in a way only she knows how. Known for her phenomenal energy and wisdom, Rabbanit Mizrachi draws hundreds of people to her talks every week, representing the full gamut of Israeli society. A mother, a qualified lawyer and the granddaughter of the former Chief Rabbi of Morocco, Rabbanit Mizrachi is a brilliant and creative Torah scholar in her own right.


Rabbi David Aaron

A leading educator of Jewish spirituality and Kabbalah for over 35 years, Rabbi David Aaron returns to the Sinai stage to challenge his audience to look at their deepest fears and assumptions about their beliefs, and ultimately discover that a new view of G-d and themselves will grant them access to a power they have never experienced before.
A leading educator of Jewish spirituality and Kabbalah for over 35 years, Rabbi David Aaron returns to the Sinai stage to challenge his audience to look at their deepest fears and assumptions about their beliefs, and ultimately discover that a new view of G-d and themselves will grant them access to a power they have never experienced before. Rabbi Aaron is a best-selling author and a compelling speaker. He has written 8 books, including The Secret Life of G-d, Inviting G-d In and Love is my Religion have attracted substantial media attention, from Larry King Live to E! Entertainment. Using gentle humour and deep insights, Rabbi Aaron urges us to change the way in which we look at G-d, ourselves and our purpose in the world.

Major General Yaakov Amidror

Major General Yaakov Amidror, the former national security advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, returns to our Sinai stage as a master on all matters of Israel’s national security.
Major General Yaakov Amidror, the former national security advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, returns to our Sinai stage as a master on all matters of Israel’s national security. This is an opportunity to listen to the man who was the head of the Research Department of Israeli military intelligence, played a central role in high-level talks with US officials over the Iranian nuclear programme, led efforts to restore relations with Turkey following the Gaza flotilla incident, and presided over Operation Pillar of Defence – an IDF operation aimed at halting rocket attacks from Gaza. Today, he is the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, a leading security think tank. Amidror offers a no-holds-barred look into Israel’s military, security and strategic affairs.

David Sacks

Known as one of the funniest and deepest speakers at Sinai Indaba to date - David Sacks is back. Beginning his comedy writing career as editor of Harvard’s satirical magazine, The Harvard Lampoon, Sacks went on to become a writer and producer on The Simpsons, one of the most acclaimed, well-loved and enduring television series of all time.

Known as one of the funniest and deepest speakers at Sinai Indaba to date, David Sacks is back. Beginning his comedy writing career as editor of Harvard’s satirical magazine, The Harvard Lampoon, Sacks went on to become a writer and producer on The Simpsons, one of the most acclaimed, well-loved and enduring television series of all time. After winning an Emmy Award for his work on the sitcom’s landmark fifth and sixth seasons, he began writing and producing for another TV cult classic, 3rd Rock from the Sun, for which he received a Golden Globe award. His other noteworthy credits include Malcolm in the Middle, The Tick, Regular Show on Cartoon Network, and Murphy Brown. Currently, he is executive producing Final Space, an animated space opera available on Netflix. An expert on new age spiritualism, combined with deep Kabbalistic/Chassidic ideas, Sacks produces a weekly podcast, Spiritual Tools for an Outrageous World, available on iTunes and Stitcher. He is co-founder of and senior lecturer at The Happy Minyan of Los Angeles.


Slovie Jungreis-Wolff

She’s powerful and compassionate, she’s soulful and worldly, she’s insistent and understanding, and she’s back. Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is an acclaimed relationships and parenting instructor.
She’s powerful and compassionate, she’s soulful and worldly, she’s insistent and understanding, and she’s back. Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is an acclaimed relationships and parenting instructor. Her ground-breaking book, Raising a Child with Soul, has been a source of guidance and support to countless parents around the world, providing them with the keys to raising children with gratitude, respect, compassion and healthy priorities. For over 20 years, Jungreis-Wolff has taught young couples and parents at Hineni International, the pioneering Jewish outreach organisation founded by her mother, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis. She also writes prolifically on marriage, parenting, spiritual growth and psychological well-being.

Alex Clare

Our bona fide British rock star Alex Clare brings back both his evolving story and his guitar to inspire, uplift and ignite. In the mid-2000s, Clare decided to change his life and became religious, and lost a record deal due to his observance.
Our bona fide British rock star Alex Clare brings back both his evolving story and his guitar to inspire, uplift and ignite. In the mid-2000s, Clare decided to change his life and became religious, and lost a record deal due to his observance. However, nothing could stop him from becoming the superstar he was born to be. He’s hit number four on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. He has been nominated for five World Music Awards and counts Beyonce? and Adele among his fans. Clare is one of the few people in the world who successfully juggles a religious lifestyle while maintaining a truly booming music career.

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

New to Sinai and best known for his best-selling book, Toward a Meaningful Life, his Meaningful Life Center has been described as the spiritual starbucks by the New York Times, Rabbi Rabbi Simon Jacobson is easily considered one of the most outstanding speakers in the Jewish world today.
New to Sinai and best known for his best-selling book, Toward a Meaningful Life, his Meaningful Life Center has been described as the spiritual starbucks by the New York Times, Rabbi Rabbi Simon Jacobson is easily considered one of the most outstanding speakers in the Jewish world today. His books have sold over 300 000 copies and have been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Polish, Czech and Georgian. Clearly no stranger to the media, Rabbi Jacobson has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including CNN with Larry King and the Charlie Rose Show. His sought-after talks have captured the hearts of thousands of participants on six continents and in 40 states, with a strong, spiritual message and unique insight into the human condition. Rabbi Jacobson is truly a master in applying Jewish thought to contemporary life and possesses the unique ability to express the timeless teachings of the Torah in a modern and relevant way.

Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz

You know him, you love him, and now he’s back with more of his magic. Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz, a graduate of Wits Medical School, was born and raised in Johannesburg. An acclaimed brilliant author and lecturer on Jewish thought, philosophy and medical ethics, he teaches internationally and at the Jewish Learning Exchange, in London, where thousands flock to hear his words of wisdom.
You know him, you love him, and now he’s back with more of his magic. Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz, a graduate of Wits Medical School, was born and raised in Johannesburg. An acclaimed brilliant author and lecturer on Jewish thought, philosophy and medical ethics, he teaches internationally and at the Jewish Learning Exchange, in London, where thousands flock to hear his words of wisdom. Recordings of his lectures are widely loved and distributed. Rabbi Tatz is the founder and director of the Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum, which teaches and promotes knowledge of Jewish medical ethics around the world. He has written several books, and has truly mastered the art of engaging and inspiring his audience wherever he goes.

Yonatan Razel

Stamp your feet and clap your hands, because Yonatan Razel is lighting up our Sinai Stage again. Razel is one of the most talented and exciting musicians in Israel today. His album All in All earned him Ynet awards for ‘Singer of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’.
Stamp your feet and clap your hands, because Yonatan Razel is lighting up our Sinai Stage again. Razel is one of the most talented and exciting musicians in Israel today. His album All in All earned him Ynet awards for ‘Singer of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’. He also composed the music of Vehi she’amda, sung as a duet with Yaakov Shwekey and which was given the award ‘Song of the Decade’ by Kol Chai radio station. Razel served as the musical director of the Ra’anana Sympohonette and composed and conducted classical works for the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He has directed concerts in Lincoln Park, New York and with the Russian Philharmonic in Moscow, and has worked with various popular Israeli artists. Razel has bridged deep divides within society with his incredibly moving and meaningful music.

Nili Couzens

She has enriched the lives of thousands of women from every corner of the Jewish world through the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP). And now, Nili Couzens returns, armed with her practical Torah wisdom, sense of humour and relatable, down- to-earth ways.
She has enriched the lives of thousands of women from every corner of the Jewish world through the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP). And now, Nili Couzens returns, armed with her practical Torah wisdom, sense of humour and relatable, down- to-earth ways. A true representation of women in leadership and sisterhood, this wife and mother uses her remarkable twit, pragmatic manner and deep understanding of life and its potential to reach out, connect and inspire women across the globe, at every stage of their Jewish journey.

Alexandre Elicha

Sinai’s most stylish speaker is back. If you look up the word cool in the dictionary, there – dressed all in black – sits a picture of Alexandre Elicha.
Sinai’s most stylish speaker is back. If you look up the word cool in the dictionary, there – dressed all in black – sits a picture of Alexandre Elicha. Along with his brothers, Elicha is the founder and creative force behind one of Europe’s most iconic fashion labels – The Kooples – a brand that effortlessly fuses Parisian chic with London rock ‘n roll. With his black tzitzis and leather pants, Elicha is as comfortable in the front row of Fashion Weeks worldwide as he is at his local beis medrash.

Gary Torgow

An inspiring business leader, new Sinai speaker Gary Torgow is the chairman of Chemical Financial Corporation, the holding company for Chemical Bank (the largest bank headquartered in Michigan).

An inspiring business leader, new Sinai speaker Gary Torgow is the chairman of Chemical Financial Corporation, the holding company for Chemical Bank (the largest bank headquartered in Michigan). Torgow is also the founder and chairman of the Sterling Group, a Michigan-based real estate, development and investment company. He currently serves on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and is an executive board member of Business Leaders of Michigan. He is on the Foundation Boards of Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital, and is a member of the Beaumont Health Trustees. Torgow serves as a trustee on the Board of Touro College, is on the executive board of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, he’s a senior VP of the Orthodox Union and is the board president of Detroit’s largest Jewish day school, the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah. He is a board member of the Mesorah Heritage Foundation and has served as a volunteer on numerous civic and communal boards, including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, both of which he served as chairman.