For a long time, Rabbi Dovid Kestenbaum has had a vision of providing students across the world the
tools to be the best learners they can be.
Throughout over 30 years of being a rebbe and a principal, this approach has driven him in his teaching
methodology and his interactions with his thousands of students along the way.
Rabbi Kestenbaum founded Lomdei with the intention of providing this style of learning to as many
students as possible.
He has taken his vision and created a platform that has reached thousands of students across the United
States, Canada and Europe.
He leads Lomdei as its Educational Director towards its ultimate goal - להגדיל תורה ולהאדירה
Rabbi Hartstein serves as Lomdei’s Director of Teacher Development. Joining the Lomdei team over a year
ago, he has been building and cultivating relationships with teachers all over the world who are using
Lomdei to enrich their classrooms each day. He manages teacher training and development and meets with
teachers and administrators regularly throughout the school year. He also heads Lomdei's Teacher
Community, facilitating best practices teacher building workshops, connecting Lomdei teachers around the
world. His other responsibilities include tech-support and working with our development team to
constantly improve the Lomdei experience.
Rabbi Peretz Hochbaum is a master educator, inspiring visionary leader and an effective team builder. He
is experienced on all levels, K-12, and has served in leadership roles at prominent institutions
including Rambam Mesivta, HANC, Mesivta Tiferes Yisroel and Camp Kaylie. He is also the Founder and
Director of BPE Educational Services, an Educational Consulting firm.
For more than 30 years, Rabbi Hochbaum has supervised and led all aspects of school including both
Religious and General Studies programs, curriculum development and student services. He has implemented
staff In-Service Training & evaluation, and has presented extensively on a wide range of educational
topics including methodology & didactics, class management, differentiation, cooperative learning and
In coming on board at Lomdei Rabbi Hochbaum summed up his feelings as follows: “I am so fortunate to
have a successful career in chinuch, and I am humbled to, with Hashem’s help, have made an impact on my
students, faculty, and community through my efforts. I am truly excited to be joining Lomdei’s wonderful
team of educational thinkers and leaders who are working diligently to challenge the status quo and
change the future landscape of Jewish education.”
Chani Richmond is a Judaic Studies Education Leader and Curriculum Developer, with over 20 years of
education and special education experience. Chani has left her mark of excellence in Jewish education
and leadership on schools in both New York and Florida amongst them HAFTR Middle School, Scheck Hillel
Day School, RASG Hebrew Academy of Miami Beach, and Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton. She currently
holds the position of Hybrid Learning Coordinator at Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes, Klurman Elementary
School in North Miami Beach, Florida. She is a past member of the JTS Tanakh Standards and Benchmarks
Project, and the "JBlend Miami" Blended & Personalized Learning Initiative. She brings years of
experience in curriculum development and the know-how of personalization in the creation of a blended
learning environment in the Judaic Studies classroom. Her additional roles as a former "Sefaria" Partner
Educator, "Torah Live" Ambassador, and Prizmah/JEIC Edtech Facilitator & Coach, and her current
participation in the Touro College Educational Technology Coach Certificate Program allows her to apply
cutting-edge 21st Century Educational Technology skills to her Judaic Studies classes while coaching
other teachers to do the same. As the owner and founder of CR Education Advisors, LLC, an
educational consulting company, Chani is looking forward to partnering with Lomdei in their PD division
as the Director of Curriculum Development and Teacher Training & Mentoring. Chani enjoys living in South
Florida with her husband and four children.
Lauren Adler is an educational consultant at the Moriah School in Englewood, NJ. She works closely with
educators and administrators to further the school's mission of personalizing learning for each student.
Lauren meets regularly with teachers to assist them in examining their student achievement data which
informs their curricular decisions. Lauren has previously assumed the role of being a technology
integration coach who modeled and supported integration of technology tools in classrooms throughout the
Before aliya, Rabbi Simcha Schaum taught limudei Kodesh for 15 years, mainly at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ.
He taught a range of Torah subjects to grades 4, 6, 7, and 8, and utilized Project-Based Learning and
Blended and Personalized Learning
in order to facilitate his students' success.
Rabbi Schaum lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh with his family.