Founder and Director
Naomi is the source of inspiration and directs the implementation of programming for The Eden Center. Her doctoral research, “An Examination of the Interface of Taharat Hamishpacha and Identity among Modern Orthodox Women and Men”, in which she interviewed husbands and wives in couples who observe niddah, is the catalyst upon which the Eden Center was founded. Her continued research connects Eden to the current needs and trends, and propels our vision and programming.
Director of Social Media Advocacy and Community Outreach
Jordana’s professional life has focused on raising awareness and creating educational programs around sensitive yet neglected issues in the Orthodox community. As the Director of The Orthodox Caucus and Special Projects for YU’s Center for the Jewish Future she partnered with leading organizations and educators to promote the prenuptial agreement, yoatzot halakha, women’s leadership positions and tuition relief programs. Jordana’s vision is helping to expand the reach of Eden’s programming to communities around Israel, as well as creating an online presence and virtual community to support women and mikveh professionals around the world.
Program Director and Head Facilitator, Mikveh Attendant Courses
Lizzie Rubin is an individual, couples and sex therapist with special training in abuse, postpartum depression, pre-weds and newlyweds. She directs Eden’s mikveh attendant courses programming in Israel and abroad, and has facilitated the group-work in many locations. Lizzie has been a kallah teacher for over 15 years, frequently lectures on topics related to sexuality in the religious and haredi community, and has vast experience leading groups.
Program Coordinator, Advanced Kallah Teacher Training Course
Judith Fogel is a certified Yoetzet Halakha and veteran kallah teacher, as well as a prized lecturer in Jewish Studies at various Jerusalem institutes of women’s Torah study, including Midreshet HaRova, Midreshet Eshel, and Tal Torah. Judith ran our community lecture series, and has been teaching refresher courses and other niddah related subjects in Eden for several years. Today she also runs and facilitates Eden’s Advanced Kallah Teacher training program.
Beit Shemesh Coordinator, Mikveh Attendant
Course and Continuing Education
Gloria Mosenkis is a family and couples therapist in Beit Shemesh, specializing in abuse. She has a private practice and runs groups on a wide range of topics. Gloria helped create the model for our continuing education program for balaniot.
Golan Coordinator, Mikveh Attendant Course and Continuing Education
Hagit Rodrigues Garcia has a Ph.D. from the Social Work Department at Ben Gurion University. Her dissertation “A Cross-Generational Exploration of the Observance of Taharat HaMishpacha Among Israeli National-Religious Women,” explored how Taharat Hamishpacha impacts women of different ages, especially balaniot. She is also an intimacy and sexual health counselor and enables The Eden Center’s work with women in Northern Israel.
Hatan Teacher Training Course Facilitator
Dr. Dan Jacobson is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Jerusalem and Gush Etzion. He earned his doctorate from Rutgers University and received Rabbinical ordination for RIETS (Yeshiva University). Dan guided the creation of the Hatan teacher training course, serves as its facilitator, and keeps ongoing contact with our graduates.
Coordinator of Intimacy and Halakha Courses
Jodi Wachspress is the Director of the Oasis Center and runs a private practice in Modiin. She is trained as an art therapist, is a marriage and family therapist, and is a certified couples and sex therapist. Jodi developed and leads the Intimacy and Halakha series that has run in Beit Shemesh, Raanana, Modiin, and Givat Shmuel, as well as having taught in and facilitated the Advanced Kallah teacher training course.
Community Programming and Administration
Yonina Rubinstein is a licensed educator, certified intimacy coach and skilled administrator. She made aliyah as a young girl and resides with her family in Mitzpe Yericho.
Dr. Anna Woloski-Wruble
Academic Advisor, Advanced Kallah Teacher Course
Anna runs the only nurse-based sexual health clinic in Israel and has accomplished groundbreaking community work with the religious, haredi, and chassidish populations in Israel in areas of sexual awareness and relationship enhancement. She is widely published, and a leader in her field of research in Israel. Anna played an integral role in the development of our Advanced Kallah teacher curriculum.
Rabbi Doniel Schreiber
Halakhic and Pedagogic Advisor, Hatan Teacher Training Course
Rabbi Schreiber is a Senior Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion and founding Dean of the Yeshivat Har Etzion Center for Torah Leadership. He is a prized lecturer in Jewish Law and sought-after hatan teacher who understood the need for a serious, multi-disciplinary hatan teacher course and helped Eden in our development of this course.
Halakhic and Pedagogic Advisor, Advanced Kallah Teacher Course and Hatan Teacher Training Course
Shani Taragin is a world-famous lecturer in Tanach and veteran kallah teacher. She is one of the first women to have been certified as a Yoetzet Halakha and has been training aspiring kallah teachers in Israel for years through various institutions of women’s Torah study. Her wisdom and pedagogical insights help guide our programming, as well as advising on other professional and communal education programs. Shani was one of the initial developers of the Advanced Kallah teacher and Hatan teacher courses and continues to work with Eden on its programming.
Professor Ilana Azulay Chertok
Professor at Ohio University, Researcher in women’s healf and board-certified lactation consultant
Ilana earned her doctorate in epidemiology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and post-doctorate at the University of Washington. She is a Professor at Ohio University, international board-certified lactation consultant, researcher in women’s and maternal-infant health, and volunteer in Israeli health professional forums. She engages in interdisciplinary research in the United States and in Israel, including lactation and women’s health issues pertaining to Jewish law. She has published and presented her work in national and international journals and conferences.