Tikshoret Teacher Bios


Rabbi Uzi Weingarten received his rabbinic ordination and Masters degree in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University. He has taught in both the United States and Israel. In addition, Rabbi Uzi has studied communication skills with internationally-acclaimed teachers, and created the acclaimed “Communicating With Compassion” course. Rabbi Weingarten is a gifted scholar and warm communicator who draws on the deep wellsprings of the Jewish Tradition to create contemporary meaning. He creatively uncovers modern principles of ethics, spirituality and personal growth in ancient texts, making them immediate and relevant. He teaches with love, passion, openness and joy. 


Rabbi Debra Smith received smicha through the ALEPH Ordination Program (2016) and is founding rabbi of Congregation Or Ha Lev in NJ.  Reb Deb is a long time and very enthusiastic student and practitioner of Mussar and has taught Mussar in various venues.  Reb Deb, a clinical social worker and family therapist, also received her Master’s in Jewish Studies from Gratz College in Philadelphia. She serves as Rabbi in Residence at Drew University Methodist Theological School in NJ, co-chairs a chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom and teaches a course on Ethical Issues in Spiritual Leadership for students in the AOP. She is a member of the OHALAH Ethics Committee.