Sarah Cooper is the principal of the Orot Etzion Girls elementary school in Efrat, Israel. Originally from Margate, New Jersey, Sarah is a certified social worker and has completed a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.
Sarah is an active volunteer in her hometown of Zur Hadassa – a mixed religious and secular neighborhood outside Jerusalem. Together with other community members, Sarah founded Lavi – the local religious elementary school. She served as the school’s first principal. Sarah established the local branch of Bnei Akiva, and continues to oversee its operation and development. She serves as the head of the local mikve, where besides being responsible for its daily activity, she conducts courses and training for women who then join the volunteer staff.
Outside Zur Hadassa, Sarah volunteers for Tzohar, teaching religious and non-religious brides in preparation for marriage. Sarah is married with six children.
Levi Cooper, originally from Melbourne, Australia, currently lives in Zur Hadassa, Israel with his wife and their six children, where he volunteers as the community rabbi. He completed his doctorate in the Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, and has held postdoctoral positions in Tel-Aviv University, University of Oxford, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Levi teaches at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. His research focuses on legal history in the late modern period and the interplays between Jewish legal writing and broader legal, intellectual, and cultural contexts. He has a particular interest in the interface between Hasidism and Halakha. Levi’s book, Relics for the Present (2 vols.), offers a contemporary commentary on the Talmud, Tractate Berakhot. Besides his academic pursuits, Levi is an education advisor to the Jewish community of Istanbul.
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