Rabbi Eliyahu Davidowitz
Director of Outreach and Development / Rosh Kollel
Rabbi Davidowitz is originally from Rochester, NY, where he began his rabbinical studies in TIUNY. He continued his studies in RSA and received his rabbinical ordination in 2008 from Rabbi Moshe Heinemann of Star-K Kosher. His love for education began with teaching Sunday school in Rochester and grew while on staff at the theshmuz.com. Together with his wife Naomi and family, Rabbi Davidowitz moved to Las Vegas in 2008 to found the Kollel. In addition to his role of teaching and development, Rabbi Davidowitz has a passion for making Jewish living fun and engaging through unique Jewish social events.
Executive Director / Rosh Kollel
Rabbi Meth was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He studied at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim and its affiliates for 13 years, culminating in his rabbinic ordination in 2011. While living in Queens, NY, Rabbi Meth received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Touro University, and his master’s degree in education from The Azrieli School of Jewish Education. When he is not delivering an exciting class or running an engaging program, Rabbi Meth can often be found cycling or studying American history. Rabbi Meth brings his energy and passion to Las Vegas together with his wife Penina, originally from Miami Beach, FL, and their three adorable boys: Akiva, Isaac, and Benny.
Rabbi Dovid Y.
Rabbi, Summerlin Shul
Rabbi Kitainik, originally from Kew Gardens Hills, NY, received his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary of America in 2005. Prior to joining Kollel, Rabbi Kitainik spent three years as a Talmud, Bible, and Jewish Law instructor at Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel in Brooklyn, NY. In 2008 Rabbi Kitainik joined Kollel as part of the original team of rabbis. In 2013 Rabbi Kitainik began focusing his efforts toward creating the Summerlin Shul. The Shul community began in the Kitainik Family’s living room and with the dedication, vision, and hard work of Rabbi and Rebbitzen Leah Kitainik the Summerlin Shul has become a vibrant Torah community.
Rabbi Goldman joined Kollel in 2016 after serving on the faculty of the Rabbinical Seminary of America, where Rabbi Goldman was responsible for educating and mentoring rabbinical students as they prepared for their careers in rabbinic leadership, education, and outreach. Since assuming his outreach role in Las Vegas, Rabbi Goldman has become a sought after source for Torah study and life direction. In addition to attending one of his classes his classes, you can learn more about Rabbi Goldman’s approach to understanding yourself and relationships by reading his book: click here to learn more. His leadership raises the bar of Torah scholarship in Kollel and throughout the community; he is a rabbi's rabbi. Rabbi Goldman, his wife Michal, and their family are an invaluable asset to Jewish Las Vegas.
Rabbi Rubenstein hails from Los Angeles and joined Kollel in 2014 after studying in Jerusalem, Miami, London, and Queens, NY. He is both a Rabbi and a certified Mohel, receiving his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Moshe Heinemann of Baltimore Star K Kosher and Milah (ritual circumcision) certification from the London School of Circumcision. Additionally, Rabbi Rubenstein received his Master’s in Education from Touro University International. Together with his wife Elisheva, Rabbi Rubenstien is known to bring a down to earth, compelling, relevant and fun twist to many Kollel programs and learning opportunities.
Kollel is extremely grateful for the service and contributions of our past staff members
Rabbi Locker was one of the founding members of Kollel and, until 2018, served as director of youth programing. Through Rabbi Locker’s hard work and vision, Kollel established Camp Nageela West in the summer of 2009 with Rabbi Locker as its director. In 2015, Kollel created a partnership with Nageela National to form Nageela West Coast Jewish Experiences which now runs as an independent organization. In addition to Camp Nageela West, Rabbi Locker is now on staff with West Coast NCSY.
Rabbi Moscovitz joined Kollel in 2015 and severed as Kollel’s director of events for two years. In 2017, Rabbi Moscovitz left Kollel to help build the Mesivta of Las Vegas as a teacher and executive director.
Raised in Los Angeles and then New York, Rabbi Cutler is a graduate of the Rabbinical Seminary of America and holds the unique distinction of being both an ordained rabbi and practicing attorney—graduating from St. John’s University School of Law. Rabbi Cutler partnered with Kollel in 2012 to create Las Vegas Jewish Experience, an outreach organization serving college students at UNLV, CSN, Roseman University, UNR in Reno, as well as young professionals around the valley. In 2016 LVJE blossomed into an independent organization that works closely with Kollel on many outreach initiatives.
Rabbi Yehoshua Fromowitz served Kollel for five years as founding Co-Rosh Kollel and Director of Operations. In 2011, Kollel founded Ahavas Torah Center in Green Valley and rabbi Fromowitz assumed the role of the congregational rabbi. In the summer of 2020, Rabbi Fromowitz joined the faculty of Foxman Torah Institute in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
In 2015, Rabbi Shimi Gewirtz joined Kollel as an outreach rabbi focusing on the Israeli and Hebrew speaking community. In 2017, Rabbi Gewirtz left Kollel to pursue a career in skilled nursing.
Kalter, of blessed memory
Rabbi Yosef Kalter served Kollel as Director of Kashrut Supervision at the Adelson Educational Campus. In the short time he was with us, Rabbi Kalter was instrumental in raising Kashrut standards in the school and the community. His passion and enthusiasm left an indelible impact on the Summerlin community. Tragically, Rabbi Kalter sucumbed to cancer in December of 2013. Our Kollel continually strives to live up to the ideals that Rabbi Kalter lived by. He is memorialized in our community by the Rabbi Yosef Kalter Bais Medrash at Kollel, dedicated in his eternal memory. May his memory be a source of blessing.