Rabbi and Interns
Our Rabbi and Interns
Kesher is proud to have Rabbi Avidan Milevsky as our interim rabbi, David Nagarpowers as our rabbinic intern, and Zissy Turner as our congregational intern in 2016-2017.
Rabbi Dr. Avidan Milevsky
Rabbi Dr. Avidan Milevsky was appointed part-time interim rabbi on July 23, 2015. Rabbi Milevsky brings to this position a background in both the rabbinate and mental health. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling in Baltimore. He is the former interim Rabbi of Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Congregation in Baltimore and was a visiting professor at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His research on families, well-being, and spirituality in psychotherapy has produced an impressive body of work including 5 books. He studied at yeshivot in Israel, at Telz Yeshiva in Chicago, and at Yeshiva Ve'kollel Ramach in Miami where he received rabbinic ordination from the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Yochanan Zweig. This unique combination of rabbinical and psychological work will serve our community well as we move forward.
Rabbi Milevsky's wife, Ilana, has a Masters degree in clinical psychology and is an adjunct professor of psychology at the Community College of Baltimore County. She has worked as a school counselor, a teacher in elementary, middle and high school and in private practice working with children and adolescents on various family problems.
The Milevsky's have five children: Liora (15), Tamar (13), Uzi (9), Mati (7), and Moriah (1).
Congregational Intern, Zissy Turner
Zissy Turner is serving as Kesher Israel's inaugural Congregational Intern, 2016-2017. ZIssy is a student in Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmud Study. She was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and occasionally visits the other three boroughs. An alumna of Queens College, Zissy graduated with a BA in neuroscience. During her time on QC campus, she interned for the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. As intern, she helped facilitate programs and initiatives to engage, teach, and help build a vibrant Orthodox community on campus. As far as future plans go, Zissy hopes to be involved in the Jewish communal world, focusing on education and textual learning.
Rabbinic Intern, David Nagarpowers
David Nagarpowers is serving as Kesher Israel's Wolf and Sarah Lebenberg Rabbinic Intern for 2016-2017.
David grew up in Midtown Manhattan, a block away from the United Nations. He learned at Yeshivat Har Eztion for a year in Israel and then attended Yeshiva University, graduating with a BA in Philosophy and Mathematics with a Computer Science focus. David is currently in his third year of semicha at RIETS and second year in the Katz Kollel under Rav Schachter. He lives with his wife Leah in Far Rockaway.