Rabbi Chaim Mintz Founder, Director, Spiritual Leader and Advisor - With nearly 50 years of experience in education, Rabbi Chaim Mintz is the Founder of Oorah. A native of Scranton, PA, Rabbi Chaim Mintz underwent over a decade of Rabbinical training at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, MD. Following his ordination, he was sent to establish the school's branch in Toronto, Canada. Over 40 years ago, Rabbi Mintz was appointed "Mashgiach," Dean of Men, at the prestigious Yeshiva of Staten Island, a position he continues to maintain.
His journey into outreach began when he came to the conclusion that he had a responsibility to share the treasure of Judaism with Jews who may never have had the chance to discover its beauty and richness. Rabbi Mintz has taught, nurtured, and guided many thousands of families and individuals over the years.
Eliyohu Mintz, son of our founder, Rabbi Chaim Mintz, has been involved in helping his father's outreach efforts ever since he was a young boy, joining as his father visited homes to encourage families to send children to yeshivos and developing novel fundraising programs to help fund the tuitions for those children.
As he matured, Eliyohu recognized that his father's outreach efforts could be expanded and more effectively funded by formally organizing both these efforts, and so, Oorah was born.
His vision was to create entities that would fund Oorah’s work and, as funds allowed, to expand that work. Cucumber Communications was the first such undertaking. Oorah’s unique, breakthrough Chinese Auction and marketing campaigns were his brainchild as well.
Eliyohu’s innate organizational and management skills, creative genius, and dynamic leadership has developed Oorah from an organization subsidizing school and camp tuitions for several dozen children to a multifaceted Kiruv and social organization reaching thousands – under the watchful eye and ongoing guidance of his father.
Rabbi Biderman has been involved in Oorah for decades and has served as an independent Director of Oorah since 2007. Professionally, he serves as Managing Editor of Mesorah Publication, the world leading publisher of English-language works of Judaic interest.
He is a published author and noted lecturer. Additionally, Rabbi Biderman is involved, in a voluntary capacity, in nearly a score of local, national and international social, educational and philanthropic groups, formally serving as an Officer or Director of six of them. Rabbi Biderman has previously served as a member and officer of a New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board. He earned his Masters in Talmudic Jurisprudence and his Rabbinic Ordination from Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem in New York City.
Mrs. Keller has been with the organization for 12 years, since July 2002, serving in many different capacities, growing with its needs, as they changed. She has covered responsibilities in a variety of different roles in both the financial and administrative sectors. She continuously seeks to increase and develop productivity and efficiency in these areas, by close monitoring and management of the bookkeeping and accounting departments. Her background and personal experience in real estate investment and property management makes her a valuable contributor to all business and internal policy, decisions.
Ben serves as our General Counsel. In this capacity he is responsible for managing our legal affairs. Prior to joining our team, Ben served in a number of business and legal roles including as Chief Operating Officer of Maiden Holdings, Ltd., a publicly trade property and casualty reinsurance company, and as General Counsel of Gateway Energy Services Corporation, a retail marketer of natural gas and electricity. Before moving “in-house,” Ben was engaged in the private practice of law with Windels, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf LLP and Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP in New York City, and with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston. Ben received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2000.
Mrs. Abrahamson has only been at Oorah for a little over a year, but it feels like she’s been here always. Her ability to organize, simplify and stay calm under insane pressure has made her a staple in her department, and the way she arranges the camp programs, concerts makes it look easy. She also has an envious relationship with the company printers, whose language she speaks fluently. In her free time, Mrs. Abrahamson enjoys baking with her three children.
Though he’s only joined Oorah this past year, Rabbi Krawiec has already gained a sincere appreciation of what it is that we accomplish here. He thoroughly enjoys the atmosphere of shared camaraderie that permeates every corner of Oorah, and that everyone is infused with the same sense of purpose: to bring Jewish kids and their families closer to their heritage. In his spare time, Rabbi Krawiec finds solace in gardening on his small patch of grass.
Whether he’s assisting families with school placement or overseeing the Torah Mates program, Rabbi Yoffe has seen plenty of warm, inspiring stories happen right before his eyes. As someone who has been with Oorah for nine years, Rabbi Yoffe finds his job in the Kiruv Department richly rewarding.
For over five years, Rabbi Weinstein has researched and overseen all new outreach programs for Oorah.
Many new programs were brought to fruition with his vision and drive, and indeed, most people only get to see him as a moving blur in constant motion in and around the corporate office. We’re proud to have Rabbi Weinstein aboard as a member of the Kiruv Department.