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Executive Leadership

Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits

Rosh Yeshiva

Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, Aish Rosh Yeshiva, also serves as the head of the Jerusalem Kollel and is a renowned halachic authority. Rav Berkovits is also the community Rabbi in Sanhedria Murchevet, author of numerous books on a broad range of topics and has been involved in countless other projects for the benefit of the Jewish people.

An intrinsic part of Aish’s leadership for many years, he has built a reputation as a lucid orator on halachic and philosophical topics, as a caring mentor for hundreds of newly religious Jews, and as a leader, guide and advisor for outreach professionals around the globe. Since returning to Aish in 2019, he has infused Aish with new vision and leadership, including the development and unveiling of AishVision2030, our new 10-year plan for impacting world Jewry. 

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Rabbi Steven Burg

Chief Executive Officer

Rabbi Steven Burg, Aish’s CEO, also serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency, as an Executive Board Member of the Rabbinical Council of America, and a Board Member of Yeshiva University High Schools and Naaleh High School.

Prior to Aish, Rabbi Burg was the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center where he oversaw the Museum of Tolerance in New York City and contributed to the Center’s fight against antisemitism. He served as Managing Director of the Orthodox Union (OU) and as International Director of NCSY, a large international Jewish youth movement, where he founded two outreach programs for unaffiliated Jewish teens – Jewish Student Union (JSU), a network of hundreds of public high school clubs in North America and the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ), an Israel summer experience. 


A respected and highly popular thought leader, Rabbi Burg is an oft-requested speaker around the world, monthly columnist for the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) whose opinion pieces have appeared in many news outlets, and a frequent guest commentator on news channels as diverse as Al Jazeera, Foxnews, Newsmax and PBS.

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Elliot Mathias

Chief Operating Officer

Elliot Mathias, Chief Operating Officer, is the former Aish New York Executive Director and founder and CEO of Hasbara Fellowships. A program he created while studying at Aish in Jerusalem, Hasbara Fellowships grew under his leadership to become one of the premier campus Israel advocacy organizations in North America, training and supporting thousands of students to stand up for Israel.

While in that role, Rabbi Mathias also helped launch and expand Aish’s presence on University campuses across North America, hiring and placing young and inspiring Jewish educators on various campuses.

Rabbi Mathias has also served as the Chair of the Community Relations Committee of the Metro-West Jewish Federation. Rabbi Mathias has taken on the COO role to bring AishVision2030 to life, mobilizing the cooperation and collaboration of our branches, affiliates, and partners all around the world.

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Ben Gonsher

Executive Director

Ben Gonsher lives to help visionaries transform the world through strategic philanthropy and has done so with heroes of the Jewish People for over 20 years. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Community Kollel, an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.

Rabbi Gonsher worked successfully with major public and private foundations to actualize their philanthropic priorities and created and implemented events that raised critical funds for community needs.

While Regional Director of Southern NCSY’s nine-state District, he built partnerships with dozens of Jewish Federations and local philanthropists to create the next generation of Jewish Leaders. During his tenure, Rabbi Gonsher launched Southern NCSY’s Advisory Board, grew the annual budget from $50k to over $3M, launched the first donor mission to Israel, and founded their first-ever endowment campaign.  As Executive Director of Aish, Rabbi Gonsher seeks to unite hundreds of Jewish philanthropists from across the Aish ecosystem to best service the needs of the Jewish Community in the modern era.

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Jamie Geller

Chief Media & Marketing Officer

As the first Chief Media & Marketing Officer of Aish, Jamie Geller brings years of experience in building her media empire that influences millions every day. An award-winning producer and marketing executive for HBO and CNN.

She went on to successfully build a portfolio of Jewish food and lifestyle digital media brands as the Founder and CEO of Kosher Network international (KNi), the #1 Global Kosher Food Media Company and World’s Most Watched Jewish Food Network with an audience of 5 million and 1 billion views.

A seven-time bestselling author who appears regularly on the daytime talk show circuit, Ms. Geller has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets. She has joined the Aish executive team to spearhead a digital media strategy featuring entertainment, edutainment, and educational experiences to make Jewish wisdom more accessible and engaging for people across the globe. 

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Our Staff

Jamie Feinmesser

Chief Financial Officer

Rabbi Dovid Rosman

Director, Yeshiva

Dan Hazony

Chief Information Officer

Shimmy Kaufman

Managing Director, Aish Israel

Nechemia Coopersmith