Dr. Adolfo Roitman
Dr. Adolfo Roitman is Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. MA in Anthropology (cum laude, University of Buenos Aires, 1980); MA in Comparative Religions (cum laude, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1985); and PhD in Ancient Jewish Thought and Literature (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1993). He is the author of numerous books about the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Judaism, including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes (Barcelona: Ediciones Martínez Roca, 2000, in Spanish)|; A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1997); Envisioning the Temple. Scrolls, Stones and Symbols (The Israel Museum: Jerusalem, 2003). He lectures widely on early Jewish literature, the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and biblical interpretation, and has served as a visiting scholar at universities across the United States, Central and South America. Dr. Roitman is the Moriah Center´s academic advisor.
Archaeologist Eli Shukron
M.A. in Archaeology from The Hebrew University. Worked at the Israel Antiquities Authority as Research Archaeologist from 1988 until 2013. Began his work in the city of Jerusalem over 25 years ago in numerous excavations in the city and from the year 1995 he worked at the City of David as the director of the excavations carried at the site. From 1995 until 2012 excavated the Gihon Spring House changing the understanding of Ancient Jerusalem by excavating the Wall Fortifications dated MB II, the Rock-cut pool and the ritual enclosure where a broken bulla bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem was found. In 2004 Found and excavated the Second Temple period Pool of Siloam. In 2006 – 2009 uncovered and excavated the ancient Jerusalem Pilgrim road that led from Siloam Pool to the Second Temple Mount. In 2007 – 2012 excavated an ancient Jerusalem water channel that drained Jerusalem. Items discovered in the tunnel appear to confirm Josephus‘s account of Jews using the sewer as a refuge and escape from the burning city. Among the finds was a rare half-shekel coin, used to pay the Second Temple tax; only seven other such coins have been found in archeological digs. 2011-2013 excavated the foundation of the Western wall and the tunnel beside the wall under Davidson Center (Part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park), where the golden bell from the High Priest was found. Expert in History and Archaeology of Jerusalem during the First and Second Temple , Published dozen of articles about Archaeology in Jerusalem. Consultant to media broadcasting projects about Jerusalem.
Dr. Eyal Meron
Ph.D. studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.A. studies in the Departments of Jewish Thought and General Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Lecturer at Bar Illan University and at the Israeli schools of tourism. Served as Coordinator of scientific projects for the Institute for the Study of Eretz Israel, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem. He also coordinated an International conference on the Temple Mount/al Haram a-Sharif, involving The Hebrew University, the Al-Quds University and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française. He serves as a historical consultant for a number of institutions: The Israel National parks authority; The History Channel (UK and US); Educational Television (Israel); Channel 2 (Israel); the East Jerusalem Development Company and the Jewish Quarter Development Company. Historical consultant for a number of projects dealing specifically with the history and archaeology of the Holy land: The Byzanine Mosaic project in the Jerusalem’s Cardo; “The Time Elevator” project, starring Haim Topol; the Center for First Temple Jerusalem History at Yad Ben-Zvi; the three-dimensional digital installation at the visitors’ center of the City of David; The Tel Shiloh Museum, The Second Temple Byar Aqueduct; The Kastel visitors’ center and more. Specialized in the history of the Land of Israel and serves as a Member of the academic committee of the archaeological conference: Studies of Ancient Jerusalem, alongside professor Gabriel Barkai, professor Ronny Reich, Dr. Joe Uziel & dr. Doron ben Ami. He has done the academic editing and/or writing of a number of books and received several academic prizes.
Archaeologist Rodrigo Pereira da Silva
Graduated in Theology from the Northeast Ensino Adventist Institute in 1992, graduated in Philosophy from the Asuncion University Centre in 1999, has a Master’s Degree in Historical Theology from the Society of Jesus Higher Studies Center (1996) and a PhD in Biblical Theology from the Asuncion University Centre (2001). Obtained a Post-doctorate in Biblical at Andrews University, USA, in 2008. Finally, got a PhD in Classical Archaeology at the Sao Paulo University. Lecturer at the Sao Paulo Adventist University Centre and is a Curator at the BAM – UNASP Biblical Archaeology Museum, Host of the TV show“Evidências” on Novo Tempo channel.
Prof. David Sedaca
Prof. David Sedaca began his theological studies at Biola University in Los Angeles, California, and continued his Master in Theology at the International Baptist Theological Seminary of Buenos Aires and at the Graduate School of the University of Belgrano’s School of Middle East Studies in Buenos Aires. He studied Judaism and Interfaith Relations in New York City. He received his degree in psychology from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. David Sedaca has been professor of theology related fields in academic institutions in United States, Canada, and Argentina, specializing in hermeneutics, biblical prophecy and Jewish Christian relationships. In Norfolk, Virginia, he was the Director of the Bible Training Center for Pastors. He is currently guest lecturer at the Charles Feinberg Seminary of Messianic Jewish Studies in Brooklyn, New York. Prof. David Sedaca is one of the leaders of the modern day messianic Jewish movement having served as Executive Secretary and CEO of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance for over 25 years.
Archaeologist Avner Goren
Armed with a degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in both Archaeology and Jewish History, Avner participated in archeological excavations including: Megiddo and Hazor (with Yigal Yadin), Arad (with Ruth Amiram), Jerusalem (Benjamin Mazar), Mamshit (Avraham Negev) and many more. For fifteen years Avner served as the Chief Archaeologist of the Sinai Peninsula. He created the Sinai Institute for Science and Arts which he headed during the 12 years of its existence. Avner was actively engaged in the peace negotiations with Egypt, transferring the archeological sites of Sinai to the Egyptian Antiquities Authorities. Avner has headed numerous seminars in Israel and abroad for the Open University, the Biblical Archeological Society and the Biblical Archeology Review (USA), the Israel Archaeological Society and others. Since 1999 Avner was the main protagonist and mentor in the three bestselling books; WALKING THE BIBLE, ABRAHAM and WHERE GOD WAS BORN, all of which ended up on the NY Times bestseller list. He served as a senior advisor of the TV documentary on the Ancient Nabatean Incense Route and appears in many interviews and TV documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic, History Channel and others. Avner has been lecturing at many institutions around the world, including, the Aspen Institute, many universities and institutes, communities, synagogues and churches. Since 1990, Avner has been a research fellow at the Albright Institute of the American School of Oriental Research. Since 2007 Avner has been a research fellow at the NCRD – Negev Center for Regional Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Avner lectured at the Open University of Israel on archeology, culture and history. Avner was one the founders and served as Israel’s national director of the “Abraham’s Path Initiative”, an organization based in the Global Negotiation Center at the Harvard University, USA.
Dr. Daniel Vainstub
He graduated in Archeology and History of the Jewish People in Biblical times and of the Second Temple at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He had an MA in Epigraphy and Hebrew and Semitic Western Paleography at Hebrew University. He got his PhD at Ben-Gurion University of Beer-Sheva. He is a professor and researcher for more than twenty years at the Ben-Gurion University regarding to all fields in biblical times. He teaches at the Israel Museum. He published a large number of articles. He regularly participates in national and international conferences
M.A. Yehuda Kaplan
Yehuda Kaplan holds a Bachelor Degree in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and a Masters in the History of the Jewish People, graduating summa cum laude, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He works at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and since 2001 he is the Director of the Education Department of the Museum, a position he holds and continues to develop to the present. As the head of the Education department Yehuda is responsible for the daily running of all educational programming, including school groups, students, family programs, adult courses and weekly lectures. He taught courses in biblical history at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem and in the Rothberg International School for overseas students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Yehuda is an experienced Licensed Tour Guide specializing in biblical archaeology, and history of the Land of Israel and the Ancient Near East.
Archaeologist Danny Herman
B.A. & M.A. of the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Major in Biblical-Classical Archaeology. Secondary studies in Christianity and Art History. Conductor of the Biblical Archaeology Society. Lecturer at Overseas School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Lecturer on History and Israeli Archaeology at a special program for Diplomats, at IDC, Herzelia. Lecturer and guide at the Tour Guide Course of the Israel School of Tourism. Guide for IMPH program; Beth –Shemesh excavations Guide for Israel Antiquities Authority; Shrine of the Book; Bible Lands Museum. Assistant Researcher to the numismatic collection of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University. Consultant for many overseas TV productions and books for subjects related to Israeli Archaeology, Copper Scroll and the Qumran Caves.
Ofir Jacobson, Ph.D
Tourist guide & lecturer. Researcher of ancient cultures, religions and myths, Lecturer and Tourist Guide. Combines intimate knowledge of the land with academic studies: doctorate in Comparative Religions, master’s degree in the studies of the land of Israel, and a bachlor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Investigates the relationship between the physical conditions of the environment and the development of society, culture and religion. He participated in archaeological excavations in Hatzor. In addition to giving lectures on various subjects related to his studies and to guiding in Israel, Ofir also guides in several destinations around the world, and is a professor in the official course of Israeli guides.
Archaeologist Manuel Cimadevilla
B.A. in Semitic Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Currently, studying in order to get a PhD at this university. B.A in Biblical and Classical Archaeology by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 1992, has been a member of the excavation team at Tel Hazor and has been working on the publication of the results concerning to this excavation. Has worked in the excavations of Kiriyat Yearim and collaborated with the publication of the Tel Yoqneam excavations.
Archeologist Pablo Betzer
Born in Cordoba, Argentina. Pablo has studies in History of the Jewish People and Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Participated and directed in several archaeological excavations, specifically in Jerusalem, Horkania, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Beit Loya, and Kfar Uria. Nowadays, works as an Archaeologist of the Judea District for the Israel Antiquities Authority.
M.A. Ariel Horovitz
Founder and Director of the Moriah International Center. Educated in Sociology and History of the Jewish People by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Also has a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from the University of Bar Ilan, Israel. Specializes in the area of leadership in the Bible, as well as in different topics related to the history of the People of Israel from Biblical Times to the Modern State of Israel. Offers conferences and seminars in various academic institutions in Israel, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Angola, among others.
Dr. Yehuda (Edmundo) Hochmann
Messianic Rabbi, ordained by Rabbi Joseph Shulam at the Netivyah Biblical Institute. B.A in journalism at the UFRJ. EMBA Bar Ilan (Project Marlborough). PhD. Biblical Studies at both Trinity College San Antonio and Columbia University, in New York. Currently, offers seminars in Brazil, Israel and the United States.
M.A. Dalia Himelfarb Sztulman
Educated in History and Pedagogy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. With studies in Plastic Arts and Art History in the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Has 25 years of experience as a lecturer, teaching both in the Application College at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Museum of Israel, specifically in the areas of Plastic Arts, Art History and Archaeology. In recent years, works as a tourist guide, specializing in Christian pilgrimage and in Christian and Jewish artistic expressions in Terra Santa. Performs Workshops and develops programs in the area of tourism in Israel. In addition, to a formal position in the Ministry of Tourism of Israel.
Dr. Pinhas Bibelnik
Teacher at the Rothberg Institute for students from abroad, Lecturer at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Seminar Hakibutzim for Teachers Preparation. B.A, M.A and PhD (Summa cum laude) in History of the Jewish People and B.A in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Author and Editor of works related to Jewish History, Anti-Semitism, Spanish Judaism, Inquisition and Crypto-Jews in Colonial America.
Dr. Udi Manor
Doctor in Modern Jewish History from the University of Haifa. Full time Professor at Oranim College, Israel. Expert in the areas of political history of the Jewish people in modern times, as well as in Zionism. Recognized author of 6 books and a vast numerous articles in professional and academic journals. Invited annually to speak at international congresses.
Dr. Aliza Moreno-Goldschmidt
Born in Colombia and has been living in Israel since 1994. Has a B.A in Universal History, Jewish History and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a M.A in Jewish History and a Teaching Certification from Ben Gurion University. Completed his Doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In these days, works at the Melton Center (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), at the Levinsky College of Education and is studying in order to get a Post-Doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Gadi Lipiner
Entrepreneur born in Brazil, with more than 30 years of managerial and professional experience in high-level executive positions for multinational companies, such as: Sigma-Aldrich-Fluka, Bromine Compounds Ltd. (ICL Group), Inventech-Venture Capital. Dr. Lipiner played a pivotal role in the business development and helped the growth of these companies through the implementation of innovative and progressive ideas and processes. Collaborated in business development, through long-term strategies, and implemented a wide network of connections in Europe, North America and Latin America. Dr.Lipiner also founded four companies in the area of Biotechnology and Medical Devices. Dr. Lipiner got his PhD in Organic Chemistry as well as his MBA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nowadays, teaches at different universities in Israel, such as Ben Gurion University and Emek Yizrael College.
M.A. Raquel Orensztajn
Studied Contemporary General History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Has a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Contemporary Judaism and a B.A in Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language. Works as a lecturer, teacher, workshop guide and program developer on several topics related to Contemporary Jewish History, History of the Holocaust, History of Israel and Israeli Society, the Hebrew Language and its origins.
M.A. Ethel Katz de Barylka
Professional in the area of Jewish Education, with a degree in both Hebrew Literature and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where obtained her Master’s Degree, too. Graduated from the course of Rabbinical Advocacy in Jerusalem, teaches and coordinates workshops on several topics related to women and Judaism. Currently, works as a Director of the “Woman and Judaism” project.