Our Faculty Rabbi David Samson Our program's dean, Rabbi David Samson, has vast experience in founding pioneering educational initiatives, whether it was the Lech Lecha mobile high school in Israel, the Yerushalayim Torah Academy for English speaking Olim Chadashim, or the Lone Star Language academy charter school in Texas. His veteran approach to education will help ensure the King Solomon Academy's success. Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Rabbi Leibtag is the founder of the Tanach Study Center www.tanach.org , is an internationally acclaimed bible scholar and pioneer of Jewish Education on the internet. His essays on Parshat ha’Shavua reflect his vibrant thematic-analytical approach, blending the methods of modern scholarship with traditional approaches. As a rebbe at Yeshivat Har Etzion, he is best known for his ability to teach students how to study Tanach. Rabbi Leibtag also teaches at Yeshivat Shaalavim, Midreshet Lindenbaum, Matan, and routinely lectures around the globe, primarily as a Scholar in Residence in communities in North America. Dr. Lisa Fredman Dr. Fredman has over 25 years of teaching and administrative experience working with English speaking youth. Her warm and approachable manner help her establish lasting connections with her students. Dr. Fredman received her B.A. from Stern College of Yeshiva University and her M.A. & Ph.D degrees in Bible from Bar-Ilan University. Rav Kalman (Keith) Flaks Rav Kalman Flaks brings a ton of energy, warmth and joy to the classroom. His educational mission is to bring the depth of Torah wisdom into the souls of his students. He also works as a life-coach helping students reach their potential and focusing bring more joy into their lives. Rav Kalman runs a community center called The Simcha Center, which brings the young American community together through joyous Shabbat meals and shiurim. He lives in Rechavia, although he can usually be found praying and singing at the kotel, or playing ultimate frisbee in the parks of Yerushalayim! Rabbi Moshe Kaplan Rabbi Moshe Kaplan is an authority on religious-Zionism. He has Studied in Merkaz HaRav Kook Yeshiva since 1976, including 6 years under the tutelage of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook, until his death in 1982. Rabbi Kaplan has been ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and is among the staff of Torah researchers at Machon Halacha Brura which publishes the Talmud with the Birur Halacha according to the vision set down by Rav Kook and of Machon Meir, where he has decades of teaching experience. Nachliel Selavan Nachliel Selavan is a licensed tour guide and experienced teacher who has developed his unique and engaging method of learning Torah through tour, travel and archaeology. Nachliel has engaged and taught thousands of students in both formal and non-formal settings (including Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art). Nachliel has taught Tanach, Jewish History, and Communications in several Jerusalem schools such as Rappaport Boys School, Dugma-Uziel, and Meled High School. Nachliel received his undergraduate degree in Tanach and Mass-Communications at Lifshitz Teachers College, and his MA through the Melton Blended Masters in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Tsipi Egert Tsipi Egert she received her B.A. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, her M.Ed. at Herzog College and is currently pursuing an MA in Tanach at Bar Ilan University. She has been teaching Nevi’im (The Prophets) at Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin since 1998, and also works for Efrata College in Jerusalem in a leadership program for Ethiopian women. Tsipi lives with her family in Efrat, Gush Etzion.