OUR PEOPLE

Rabbi Ezra Baldinger

Rabbi Baldinger is the co-founder and co-director of Reyus and is a much cherished Rebbe/Judaics teacher at the Torah School of Greater Washington. Rabbi Baldinger began his teaching career in Memphis before moving to the Washington Dc area. With his over 10 years experience as an expert mechanich/teacher, Rabbi Baldinger has developed an effective educational approach where the educator takes into account a child’s psychological mindset and home environment to better understand and respond to a student’s behavior. Rabbi Baldinger received rabbinic ordination from the Yeshiva Gedolah of Silver Spring and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from The George Washington University. Rabbi Baldinger is passionate about creating an environment of achdus/unity, where every individual feels they are an important part of the team.

RABBI YAAKOV BORUCH BEREN

Rabbi Beren is the co-founder and co-director of Reyus . Rabbi Beren began his career as a beloved rebbe at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. In addition to developing Reyus into a world class organization with Rabbi Baldinger, he also was Vice President of Strategic Growth at the Mount Washington Group where he sourced and led initial negotiations for the largest acquisition in the company’s history at that time, worth over $40 million dollars. At this time, Rabbi Beren is devoting himself full time to advancing Reyus . He received rabbinic ordination from the Yeshiva Gedolah of Silver Spring. He also holds both a Master’s degree in education and a joint degree in law and business from The George Washington University. Rabbi Beren is passionate about bringing out the value in all people including ourselves.

MRS. SORAH GOODMAN

Mrs. Sorah Goodman is the assistant director of Reyus. Mrs. Goodman has been in education for over 30 years. She received a Master’s Degree in education from Loyola University. She also holds an AMI certification from The Montessori Washington Institute. In addition, she is the director of The Mesorah Women’s Learning Institute. Mrs. Goodman devoted her teaching career to the understanding that each child is a world. She is passionate about making sure every child feels great about themselves.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rabbi Duvi Rubin

Rabbi Rubin is originally from Toronto. Since his hiring in April 2019, Rabbi Rubin has transformed Kehillas Ohr Yisrael from what was once a basement minyan into a thriving kehilla of over 100 families. Rabbi Rubin is a musmach of Yeshivas Ner Yisrael, a current member of its esteemed Kollel, and a 12th grade rebbi at the Mechina of Ner Yisrael. He has a Master’s in Education from John’s Hopkins University. Rabbi Rubin is a member of the Baltimore Vaad HaRabonnim and serves on the rabbinical advisory board of Chazkeinu, a support group for Jewish women coping with mental illness, and provides daily guidance to those women in need. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and children.

Mrs. Jen Goodhart

Jen Goodhart has worked in the financial services industry for 25 years, in various digital experience and marketing roles. She is now a Marketing Director at a large investment firm, with a focus on strategic planning for advertising. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a certificate in Project Management for New Media from Centennial College. After years of involvement in the community, Jen has recently been focused on applying her skills more formally to larger causes, including pioneering a Jewish Heritage Group at her current company. Jen is passionate about children and the importance of a warm and caring environment to build them up to develop resilience and inner strength to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Mrs. Lauren Nise

Lauren comes to our board with professional experience in various industries including software, telecommunications and higher education. In her 12 years at Sprint (now T-mobile) she served as a marketing liaison for Enterprise Accounts sales management team and served as an educational consultant delivering a variety of classes within Sprints MPE (Management Professional Education) curriculum. At the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Lauren worked with graduating students and alumni as a Career Consultant providing them with the tools they need to conduct job search in an ever changing competitive market place. She has a Bachelors of Business administration in accounting from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Masters of Science in Computer education and Cognitive Systems from The University of North Texas.

Mr. Yitzi Bortz

Yitzi Bortz is a native of Baltimore. He is the contractor manager for a leading federal contractor in the Physical Security Industry. Yitzi is listed as one of the key personnel on BPA contracts. Mr, Bortz graduated summa cum laude with an MBA from Touro. He volunteered for Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha and has been involved with their events in New York, Israel and Baltimore. Yitzi lives with his wife and children in Baltimore. He is passionate about ending bullying in our frum community. He recognizes that children are destroyed by bullying and is excited to be a part of Buildup.