Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael Faculty and Staff

Judaic Studies

Rabbi Mayer Neuberger, Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Mayer Neuberger, a native of Baltimore, Md, studied in Mechina High School of NIRC, Yeshiva of Philadelphia, Yeshivas Mir (Jerusalem) and Beis Medrash Govoha (Lakewood), where he received semicha. Rabbi Neuberger came to Atlanta in 1997 to join the Atlanta Scholars Kollel and has served as Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Yisrael since the yeshiva’s founding in 2001. He is married to Rivka Neuberger (nee Hopfer) who currently works as an anesthetist at Grady Hospital. They have four children.

Rabbi Naftali Estreicher, Eleventh Grade rebbe

Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Estreicher is the eleventh grade Rebbe and twelfth grade placement advisor. After eight years of learning at the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia and five years in Jerusalem’s Mir Yeshiva he returned to his hometown of Atlanta GA. Rabbi Estreicher was a founding member of the Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael Kollel and has completed the Ohr Legola outreach training program. During the summer months Rabbi Estreicher serves as a rebbe at Camp Bonim. 

Rabbi Aryeh Adler,Rebbe

Rabbi Aryeh Adler grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan, and then Teaneck NJ. He studied at 
Yeshivas Kerem B’Yavneh, Yeshiva University where he graduated cum laude, and R’ Tzvi Kushelefsky in Eretz Yisrael. He received semicha from Rabbi Beryl Wein while he was sho’el u’meishiv in Yeshiva Shaarei Torah and studying under his uncle, Rabbi Yitzchak Adler, whose derech halimud he adopted. Rabbi Adler began his teaching career teaching an honor’s eighth grade class in Monsey, NY after which he taught in Moshe Aaron Yeshiva HS in Central NJ for 12 years. In addition, while in NJ, R Adler took his love of teaching and spreading devar Hashem to Rutgers University, teaching students on campus and in his home for several years. He gave weekly classes in the community and maintained ongoing relationships with his many students. Rabbi Adler came to Atlanta to join YOY in 2011 with aspirations to mold his talmidim into b’nei Torah and lamdanim.

General Studies

Dr. Mark Yates, Science Chair

Dr. Mark Yates received degrees in chemistry and biology from Atlanta Metropolitan College and Georgia State University, as well as a master’s degree in neurobiology.  He recently finished his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University, where he conducts research and works as an instructor of educators.   Dr. Yates has been with YOY since its inception, and has taught biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science.  He believes that laboratory activity is a key component of science education because the lab is where theory comes to life.

Mr. Bill Ellis, History & Government

Mr.William Ellis attended both the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. He holds a BS Ed. in Secondary Social Science Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision. He taught in the Gwinnet County school system for over 35 years; was department chair for eleven years; and served on the committee that developed the geography certification test used in the State of Georgia to certify teacher expertise in the subject of geography. At YOY, Mr. Ellis teaches the full range of social sciences including AP US History and AP US Government. 

Mr. Phil Silverman Math

Mr. Phil Silverman, a native of Long Island, NY, attended both Georgia Tech and Georgia State Universities, where he earned a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Actuarial Science, respectively. After 15 years in those fields, he decided that working with students is a lot more exciting than sitting in front of a computer all day. He returns for his third year at YOY after having taught algebra I in YOY's founding year and algebra II last year. He also taught pre-calculus at another private school, and is an ACT and SAT tutor.


Mrs. Beruriah Sawyer, Administrator, CFO

Mrs. Beruriah Sawyer is a native Atlantan. She attended Georgia Institute of Technology where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Developmental Psychology. Post graduation, in order to further her career, Mrs. Sawyer studied business systems management, labor law, and computer applications at Florida International University. After working for several years as a computer systems analyst designing programs for financial systems, Mrs. Sawyer decided to stay at home with her growing family. While at home, she worked as the office administrator of a self-owned manufacturer’s representative company and homeschooled until her children entered the day school system in Atlanta. She worked temporarily as bookkeeper for the Yeshiva in its second year, 2003, and was later hired as office manager in the Fall of 2004.