Rabbi Shimon H. Alouf had his rabbinic training and studies in Jerusalem, Israel. He was most fortunate to get close to many Gedole Hatorah, especially the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Rishon Lezion, Hacham Obadia Yosef zt"l. Rabbi Alouf has been the rabbi of Ahaba ve Ahva Congregation in Brooklyn, New York since he came to America in 1985. In 1990, he became the Rosh Yeshivah of the Magen David Yeshivah Celia Esses High School, and then Rosh Yeshivah of the Sephardic Rabbinical College in 1998.
Mrs. Gitta J. Neufeld earned her BA and Masters from Queens College in communications, with a minor in education. She went on to earn her second Masters from Pace University in School Administration and Supervision. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program, researching factors affecting young women's post-secondary educational and career choices. Mrs. Neufeld has over 40 years of teaching experience in both yeshivot and public schools, including a position as the assistant to the high school superintendent of the New York Public School system. She was co-founder of the Soille High School & Teachers Seminary in Brooklyn, New York. She currently teaches regular adult classes for women in several locations in the New York area. She holds New York State teacher’s & principal’s licenses, as well as Israeli teacher certification. In May 2012, the Covenant Foundation announced that Mrs. Neufeld was a recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Education Award, which was presented at a national event in November 2012. Click here for more information.