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.

Rabbi Yitzchok Tendler, Rebbe

Rabbi Yitzchok Tendler previously served as a Rebbe and administrator in the Intermediate Beis Medrash Program of Aish HaTorah. He received semicha from Rabbi Hillel Weinberg of Aish HaTorah, and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Chief Justice of the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem. Rabbi Tendler currently serves as Executive Director of a national grassroots pro-Israel organization, and often travels to Israel with Jewish college students on advocacy training and Jewish literacy trips. Rabbi Tendler also teaches for the Maimonides Leaders Fellowship at University of Georgia, and has lectured in a wide variety of settings in the US and Israel on many topics, including Jewish History, Halacha, and Gemara. Rabbi Tendler began teaching at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael in 2012. He resides in Toco Hills with his wife and two daughters.

General Studies

Rabbi Shimon Wiggins, Principal of General Studies

Rabbi Shimon Wiggins grew up in New Jersey and came to Yeshiva Chaim Berlin in twelfth grade. He soon developed a close and deep relationship with the Yeshiva, including the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Ahron Shechter, which continues until this day. After thirteen rewarding years in both Beis Midrash and Kollel, Rabbi Wiggins received semicha and began teaching seventh and eighth graders at a day school in Long Island, NY. In 1994, he moved to Atlanta to teach at the high school level. In 2000, he received a Masters in Education from Mercer University and in 2003 he was recognized as a Star Teacher by the Georgia Department of Education. Rabbi Wiggins joined Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael to teach the eleventh grade shiur in 2004. Through his love and enthusiasm for Torah, he strives to infuse his talmidim with excitement, depth, and vibrancy of Torah study. In 2006, Rabbi Wiggins became the General Studies Principal. Through his leadership general studies has developed into a quality and challenging program that meets the needs of each student. 

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. Brent Eickhoff, English

Mr. Brent Eickhoff attended both Appalachian State University and Georgia State University. He holds a BS Ed. in Secondary English Education and Masters and Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership and Supervision. He has taught in Rockdale County and Decatur City for the last eleven years. At YOY, Mr. Eickhoff teaches 11th and 12th grade English classes.

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.