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Rabbeim

Rabbi Abramchik

Rabbi Noam Abramchik

Rabbi Noam Abramchik has been a rosh yeshiva at PTI since its inception in 2003.He is a graduate of Touro College (New York) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and received his Smicha Yoreh-Yoreh/Yadin- Yadin (Advanced Rabbinic Ordination) from the Rabbinical Seminary of America. Rabbi Abramchik studied at Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim for 17 years. He was active in outreach and youth programming, including directing a large NCSY chapter in Queens, New York. In 2002 Rabbi Abramchik, who is known for his warmth, patience and passion, founded the Pacific Torah Institute and has been serving as one of the Roshei Yeshiva ever since. Rabbi Abramchik’s wife, Rivka, is a professional educator and administrator, currently serving as the Head of School of Vancouver’s very own Shalhevet Girl’s High School. The Abramchiks have two children, Yehudah Melech and Michal.

 

Rabbi Kamin

Rabbi Aaron Kamin

Rabbi Kamin joined PTI as Rosh Yeshiva in 2006. He received his Smicha Yoreh-Yoreh/Yadin-Yadin (Advanced Rabbinic Ordination) from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. This was the culmination of 16 years of intensive study, including two years on the Jerusalem campus. Rabbi Kamin’s leadership qualities and expertise in Talmudic study brought him to the position of Rosh Yeshiva of Mesivta of Roslyn, Josef Grunberg Torah Academy. While teaching high school and Beis Medrash classes, he became known for his enthusiasm, concern for each student and love of sharing Torah values. Rabbi Kamin’s broad experience includes developing outreach programs for public school children, teaching Gemara in Mesivta of Forest Hills, and serving as a guest lecturer in several Synagogues in Queens and Long Island, NY. Rabbi Kamin brings a high level of commitment to education and love of working with students to PTI. Rabbi Kamin’s wife, Rochel, is an Occupational therapist, and is the director of Vancouver Occupational Therapy For Kids.

 

Rabbi Mandel

Rabbi Avi Mandel

Rabbi Mandel joined PTI in 2015 as Rosh Yeshiva. Rabbi Mandel studied for 12 years at the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. During those years, he also spent time mentoring younger students in many of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim’s affiliates around the globe, including PTI. In his last two years, he led a Chabura (fellowship) of Talmudic graduate students. In 2013, Rabbi Mandel joined the staff at Chofetz Chaim’s Jerusalem branch where he delivered Gemara Shiurim and ethical discourses to post-high school students. There he earned a reputation of developing close and meaningful relationships with his students, and catering to the individual needs of each one of them. Rabbi Mandel holds certificates of completion in: Counseling for Mechanchim from the Neve Family Institute, FIELD Training (Foundations in Executive Leadership Development) from RSA, and Chinuch Intensive Teacher’s Training from Rabbi Elimelech Gottlieb.

Mrs. Etty Mandel enjoys teaching children, and has taught in schools in Florida and New York. She holds a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology. They, and their four lively children, are excited to span half the globe to join the PTI staff in bringing Torah to the Vancouver community.

 

Rabbi Meltzer

Rabbi Shalom Meltzer

Rabbi Meltzer, joined PTI in 2004. He received his Smicha Yoreh/Yadin- Yadin (Advanced Rabbinic Ordination) from Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. This was the culmination of 16 years of intense study, including a year on the Milwaukee campus. Concurrently, Rabbi Meltzer earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Touro College, and sat for the CPA exam. Rabbi Meltzer’s dynamic teaching skills were honed by his 5 years as an advisor for the Bronx Chapter of NCSY, where he was noted for the care and concern he showed for each and every one of his students.

In 2000, Rabbi Meltzer was appointed coordinator of Torah U’mesora’s Hemshech Program in Queens, NY. He currently teaches the grade 8 shiur and utilizes his accounting background as controller of PTI. In the afternoons, Rabbi Meltzer teaches at Shalhevet High School for Girls. Rabbi Meltzer’s wife, Shira, is a Speech Language Pathologist, and presently runs her own private practice. The Meltzers and their five children are excited to be able to continue on their path of spreading Torah in Vancouver.

 

Rabbi Spector

Rabbi Doniel Spector

Rabbi Spector joined PTI in 2014. He received his Ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. Originally from Chicago Illinois, Rabbi Spector attended high school at The Wisconsin Institute for Torah Studies, continuing his studies post high school in Queens NY. Rabbi Spector spent the year after receiving ordination as assistant in the Rosh Hayeshiva’s Shiur in Chofetz Chaim, where he used his warmth and excitement to guide and direct the talmidim. Additionally, he gave an early morning Talmud class to community members.

Rabbi Spector and his wife Bracha (nee Haskell) are excited to join the vibrant Vancouver community, and be a part of the enrichment of Torah in Vancouver. Bracha currently serves as Dean of Students at Shalhevet Girl’s High School.

 

General Studies

Mr. Jordan Ackermann

Science, Math

Mr. Ackermann graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree, (majoring in Chemistry and a minor in Political Science), and a Bachelor of Education degree. He is passionate about the role of science in modern society and draws inspiration and classroom lessons from the daily events around us.

Mr. Ackermann worked for over a year at Science World British Columbia, developing Science workshop curriculum and activities and facilitating scientific inquiry with thousands of adults and children. He has also volunteered as a science fair mentor and judge at a public school and with UBC’s extensive Let’s Talk Science public outreach program.

Mr. Ackerman hopes to inspire students to think critically about problem-solving and to examine events around them, looking for causes and solutions.

 

Mr. Wilbetson Chua

Math

Mr. Chua graduated from UBC with degrees in Mathematics and Education (where he worked with Mr. Wohl during his teaching practicum). He taught in China for a year where he also enjoyed travelling and learning about new cultures.

Upon returning to Vancouver from Asia, Mr. Chua worked as a Teacher-On-Call. In his leisure time, Mr. Chua enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and travelling. His goals at PTI include helping students understand the importance of mathematics in daily life, careers and business. He is passionate about mathematics and strives to make mathematics fun and interesting for students.

 

Mr. Ian Mills

Social Studies, Phyiscal Education, Athletic Director

Mr. Mills holds a degree in Social Studies and Geography from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education degree from UBC. He has lived in Vancouver since 2011, except for time spent in Melbourne, Australia where he traveled extensively and taught high school classes.

Originally from Southern Ontario, Mr. Mills is passionate about history, learning and working with high school students. He is committed to meeting the needs of students and to creating positive relationships with and between students.

Mr. Mills has been involved in coaching sports teams; something he hopes will prove invaluable as he guides our boys on the basketball court. Mr. Mills enjoys outdoor activities, including snowboarding, tenting and hiking on the North Shore. He also enjoys cooking. Mr. Mills enjoys meeting and learning new people and is very excited to be working with our high school students and staff.

 

Mr. Jim Shaw

English

Mr. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with majors in English and History, and a Bachelor of Education degree, from the University of British Columbia. His passions for both literature and history have fueled his world travels and influenced subsequent experiences which collectively inspire his classroom lessons.

While working in the English Department at the University of British Columbia, Mr. Shaw contributed to the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles. He has also volunteered with UBC Trek outreach program for several years, providing afterschool tutoring at various high schools in Vancouver.

Mr. Shaw also holds technical certification in Digital Design and Filmmaking from the Vancouver Film School. He has worked in the local film, web, and health care industries in both creative and administrative capacities. His gleaned knowledge has been put to practice in his own entrepreneurial endeavours.

Mr. Shaw is a born and raised Vancouverite who enjoys a myriad of hobbies and pursuits including skiing, cooking, and camping and scuba diving, some of which have influenced his travels. Mr. Shaw is very enthusiastic about teaching English Language Arts and is excited about imparting that ardour to our students.

 

Mr. Sandy Wohl, Principal of General Studies

Mr. Sandy Wohl works tirelessly to assist PTI in strengthening its General Studies Program. With PTI’s complete secondary school program encompassing Grades 8 through 12, Mr. Wohl monitors classroom instruction and ensures that the academic program complies with the requirements of British Columbia’s High School Graduation Program. Under Mr. Wohl’s guidance, our General Studies Program has shown growth and success. Pacific Torah Institute is annually recertified by the Teacher Regulation Branch, Province of British Columbia, until June, 2014.

Mr. Wohl has had a distinguished educational career of forty years in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and British Columbia. He is the recipient of several national and international awards including a Prime Minister’s Award, NSTA/Ohaus Middle Level Teaching Award (presented in St. Louis, Mo.), a Reader’s Digest National Leadership in Education Award and the 2000 Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators Award (presented in London, England).

Mr. Wohl is a published author and consultant for science textbooks used across Canada and in the United States. He has conducted professional development workshops for thousands of public and independent school teachers.

Mr. Wohl retired from the B.C. Public School system in June, 2006 and currently also teaches in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. He has served in several volunteer capacities within the Jewish Community, including the Board of Directors of Vancouver Talmud Torah School and the Executive Board for Vancouver Hillel. He is the chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver School Debates Program. He has served as Provincial Secretary for the B.C. Science Teachers’ Association since 1992 and has been recognized for his long-term service to that organization. Mr. Wohl has held numerous positions in B.C.’s public school system including Vice-Principal, District Science Coordinator (K-12) and School Science Education Facilitator (ten years). His son, Barry, graduated with a BS degree in biomedical engineering from the School of Engineering And Applied Sciences, Columbia University. His son Barry completed his Master of Applied Science degree at Stanford University and his MBA at Harvard (2014).

 

Administrative Staff

Mrs. Louise Beaton Comptroller
Mrs. Jennifer Dury Office Manager
Mr. Peter Vernon Executive Chef