Meet Our Mentors

These Rise! Series graduates are here to support you in your journey.
Rena Hagbi
Rena Hagbi has been passionate about mentoring for most of her life. In her earlier years, she mentored teenagers as an NCSY advisor. Later on, she took the position of Program Director of a mentoring program for elementary school girls. From there, she teamed up with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of NYC and Fordham University to receive professional training and become a NYS certified mentor and supervisor. Rena has a Master’s degree in Education and was also a student of Rivka Malka Perlmans’s coaching school where she developed foundational coaching skills. Her years of learning and mentoring have helped her in both her personal growth as well as her ability to support others. Rena Hagbi is excited, honoured and humbled to be a mentor to other women who are beginning their journey at The Nexus school.
Ahuva Litke
Ahuva is married and lives in Monsey, NY. Until a few years ago she ran a private psychotherapy practice. Ahuva is trained as an LCSW. She most enjoy being a mother and grandmother, and that occupies much of her time. Ahuva also teaches high school music and college level psychology at a local Bais Yaakov.
Rivka Levron
Rivka Levron, MD, PhD, made aliya from America and lives with her husband Nissan Levron and children in Betar Illit, Israel. Trained in medicine and neuroscience, Rivka currently writes patents for Israeli medical device companies. In addition, she teaches college-level biology courses at Michlalah Yerushalayim and Touro College Israel. Rivka has experience as a physician in neurosurgery and as a mentor for post-college students in the lab and writes articles on her experiences in US and Israeli society. Having transitioned from scientific studies to Judaic studies, Rivka is fascinated to learn the parallels between the physical world and the spiritual world as taught by Chazal.
Esther Rosen
Esther enjoys encouraging other women to rise into their potential. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children and prioritizes sharing her enthusiasm and inspiration with her family. Esther is inspired by the teachings of Chassidus and uses painting, writing and other creative endeavours as a way to spread light outside of her home.
Dina Bier
Dina was a teacher for many years and is currently a writer for magazines. She has done extensive inner healing and has take a transformational course by Rabbi Avichai Cohen — all about listening to, respecting and healing the heart and the feminine. Dina is excited to share her familiarity with the subconscious terrain.
Sara Esther Malka Hollingsworth
Sara Esther Malka is a wife and proud mother of four beautiful boys. She has been following the teachings of Rebbetzin Taback for a number of years and has completed the Chava, Sarah and Rivka courses. These courses have helped Sara to make significant positive changes in her life and in her personal development. Sara is inspired to support this transformative work in others and to walk alongside her “soul-sisters” as both a giver and receiver.
Esther (Estee) Brodt
Estee is a social worker in a private practice in Brooklyn, New York. She strives to run her lively household with joy and inspiration and has been on a journey of growth for many years. Estee has a decade and a half of experience providing counseling at community schools and consultation on social-emotional development to local Head Start programs. She has also conducted parent-training programs and taught coursework for the Sara Schenirer Bachelors of Social Work Program. Estee is always seeking out opportunities for learning and self-development and she feels she has found the key to unlock an explosion of insight and self-actualization through the Nexus School of Transformational Torah for Women with Rebbetzin Tamar Taback. She has a passion to share this treasure with women around the world at this pivotal time.
Shaindel Leanse
Shaindel is a college graduate who grew up with sparse traditional Judaism. At 28 she married and started her family as well as starting an extraordinary journey of revealing her true essence as a Jewish Woman. As she continued to build her family, she dived deep into Chassidut and healing. She has worked with Miriam Millhauser, Aryeh Nivin, Chana Rachel Shusterman, Rabbi Reuvain Wolf, and Brocha Lipshitz. Revealing her inner light through the teachings of our Torah is her greatest pleasure. Shaindel loves to share this with all Jewish women. Shaindel continues rising into her crown, learning the language of Geula and revealing the King’s beautiful garden in this world.
Esther Yenty Noe

Esther Yenty’s goal is to help every woman feel empowered, fulfilled, safe, cherished and loved in both marriage and life. In her professional life and through her own journey as a wife, mother and grandmother, she has gathered (and continues to gather) wisdom, skills and techniques from a wide variety of sources. With this reservoir of knowledge and experience, she has coached women as individuals and in groups for years and has a certification from Dina Friedman.  One of her specialties is marriage and intimacy counseling — rekindling the connection between wives and their husbands even after years of neglect, frustration and resentment. Esther Yenty has seen many wilted marriages blossom through the use of simple but powerful tools. She is passionate about helping women discover the freedom to be themselves.

Meira Katz

Meira Katz is a Bais Yaakov educated wife, mother, and grandmother. She has worked outside her home as a limudei kodesh upper elementary school Morah and tutor,  coordinator of a limudei kodesh learning center for students with special learning needs, a k’riah (Hebrew reading) specialist, specifically for students with dyslexia, a seamstress, a lifeguard, and water safety instructor at swimming pools and camp lakes.  She currently volunteers as a bodekes and an EMT Hatzolah dispatcher and runs a weekly personal growth vaad, based on Igeres HaRamban, out of her home in Passaic, NJ, and via phone and zoom through Neve-Yerushalayim’s branch in Passaic, Neve-PTI. Combining all of her training and life experience, Meira has recently begun working as a water/mikveh anxiety coach. 

Most recently she has begun water phobia coaching, specifically for mikveh anxiety, combining her life-experience as a swimming instructor, special education & hashkafa teacher, and bodekes. Meira incorporates various tools from the aforementioned sources plus EFT which she learned from Sarah Chana Radcliffe

Devorah Talia Gordon

Devorah Talia is a wife and mother, who lives in Los Angeles but who’s heart is in Eretz Yisroel. She is a writer, editor, and creative writing teacher. Her passion is writing fiction and particularly writing about women’s spiritual and emotional journeys. She teaches creative writing workshops for Jewish women, young adults and preteens, encouraging them to tell their stories, or make up great ones.
While she likes to learn text and was primarily educated by Litvish teachers, learning halacha, mussar and machshava, she is thrilled to be learning at the Nexus School and rediscovering the deep Torah concepts that first inspired her to become religious over twenty-five years ago in Yerushalayim. Now freshly reawakened, she’s so excited to be a part of this Transformational Torah as she continues to learn and integrate the ideas.
She practices yoga regularly, enjoys hiking, baking challah and blending smoothies. Oh, and soup. She makes a lot of soup for her mishpacha!
She looks forward to connecting in her role as a mentor

Chaya Z.

Chaya is an eternal seeker of truth, and an ongoing student of Torah teaching. While her life journey has been filled with challenges, she never stops looking for ways to grow and reach her deepest potential.  With her deep compassion and genuine care for every human being, she is a source of light and strength for the many women of every age and stage who turn to her for guidance and support. With her endless empathy and ability to relate to every struggle – Chaya’s expansive heart is a sacred oasis which allows so many women to feel accepted and seen when they interact with her. Chaya’s commitment to her own growth is infectious and she is excited to reach out to women in the Nexus community, spreading love, knowledge and warmth with others on their own journey.  

Sarah Prijs
Sarah is a connected, holistic hearted, deep feeler, non-judgmental soul who loves helping people access their own inner light, delight and transformation in and through Torah. She holds a degree in psychology and has experience working in mental health clinics during her studies. Sarah has been through her own journey, coming from a Torah world connected to emes in a strong way, then searching to find the inner healing in Torah. This ledlead her to discover her deep love for the early works of chassidus, and her inner home in the Torah of Rebbe Nachman and Rav Kook. She currently lives in Yerushalayim and teaches in Shiviti, Bat Ayin and some other midrashot. Sarah enjoys creating spaces for women to come together, share, sing and be themselves. She also teaches Jewish meditation involving practical meditation work. Her current work in healing is integrated with her teaching where she helps her friends and students to process blocks and shifts through the techniques brought down in Chassidut.
Zc Gruen
Zc is a Transformational and Relationship Coach/Mentor. She is a Certified Demartini Values and Trained Demartini Method Facilitator and professional Co-active Trained Life Coach. Zc trained and studied extensively on healing from codependency, attachment traumas, enmeshment, nervous system regulation, somatic body work, poly vagal theory and child/adult play therapy. For many years, she has studied Torah, Chasidic and Kabbalistic teachings which support and influence her work to integrate and embody the healing through science and Torah. Zc combines all her knowledge and skills to guide her clients toward authentic healing. Zc now specializes in educating and coaching professionals and moms through their relationship conflicts and transition challenges. She is inspired and passionate about helping women strive toward and achieve a balanced, healthy, purposeful, fulfilling, and inspired life, grounded in the naturally creative, resourceful, and whole individuals they authentically are. Zc is married for over 3 decades, and takes pride in her role as a wife, mother and grandmother to her husband, beautiful children and grandchildren. Based in Brooklyn, she has clients both locally and internationally. Zc works closely with her clients to create a dynamic relationship that supports a powerful journey and outcome. Zc believes that everyone can live the life they dream, and helps her clients create that.
Reina Weiss
Reina lives in Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY and is the mother of 6 young children. For 8 years she was a teacher to 4-year olds. She went on to create a Social-Emotional Middos Program for preschools. Currently, she works with principals and mentors teachers on implementing these concepts and skills in their schools’ and classrooms’. Reina’s journey in understanding the feminine value and role started with deep emotion, pain and questions. She researched and listened to everything on this topic that she has access to. With a longing for answers, lots of prayer, and hashgacha, she reached Rebbetzin Devorah Fastag, author of “The Moon’s Lost Light.” From there read Miriam Kosman’s “Circle, Arrow, Spiral” and attained a definition of what the feminine “is” vs. what it “isn’t”. Reina has continued to grow with the Nexus community to a deeper and more practical understanding of the past, present and future of the Feminine Soul. She is appreciative of having Rebbetzin Tamar Taback as a leader in her learning and her deepest desire is to be zoche to Hashem with emes and simcha, in every facet of her life.

Gina Tonkonog

Gina is a yoga teacher, kallah teacher, and an RN. She has studied and taught Ayurveda. With this background, she is passionate about learning and teaching the Torah perspective about women’s role and mission. After studying in seminary, much independent/chevrusa Torah learning, as well as mainstream colleges, she has encountered many opinions and believes that there is much work to do in the current world of women and Torah. Through her learning with Rebetzin Tamar Taback, she has learned how to concentrate the right information, the right way, at the right time, and she is still learning just how expansive that right information is. Gina hopes to pass that information, ability and confidence in this aspect of Torah along as she grows herself, with everyone connected and growing together.
Chana Yawitz

Chana has experience as a professional life coach for general, health and financial issues and is certified in NLP. She was also a holistic psychotherapist (MA) and included many techniques in her therapy, including play, sand, music, art and photo therapies. Recently, she has learnt to specialize in trauma, PTSD, anxiety and crisis using various modalities, including SE, seefar CBT, IEMT, EMDR.  She is excited to be part of this mentorship program and believes that the work of Rebbetzin Tamar Taback is life-changing and even life-saving in the trying and challenging times that the world is going through. Chana has experienced the content as grounding and settling. She feels that when one goes through the proper ideas and stage of the avodas (service of) Hashem meant for her, the Jewish woman feels accomplished and at peace with herself.  Chana aims to develop comfort and trust between her and her mentees as this is a vital component of the therapeutic process.  Chana has named her practice “matzpen” which is a compass, a tool that shows a person where they are now but doesn’t tell them where or how to go in their next steps. That is up to the mentee, and she hopes, with Hashem’s help, to be a helpful guide.

Chaya Sarah Singer

Chaya Sarah is a Social Worker and Life Coach. She was a childhood competitive gymnast and is a balas teshuva who began her journey in 8th grade. She has been arranging growth-oriented events for women for the past 10 years. Blending the worlds of inner healing and the arts, she is a soulful dancer and artist. Chaya Sarah specializes in vessel work for women, connecting to their unique soul expression through coaching worksheets and exercises, body work, and most recently through leading transformation Jewish Women’s Meditations. Meditation and mindfulness slow down the mind to the present moment, where one can connect more deeply to Hashem. She is also a grateful wife, and loving mother to 3 beautiful souls. Sign up for free meditations for jewish women at

Course Breakdown
Rise Into Your Highest Femininity: The Complete Feminine Journey
Embark on a year-long journey where you’ll dive into the depths of your soul, and learn how to inject spirituality into the most mundane, challenging and overwhelming aspects of your life. This course is split up into 4 semesters over the year.
Rise Into Your Femininity: The Foundations
A Journey with Chava
A 9 part pre recorded series. (Included in Option 1)
Discover a cosmic blueprint to understand yourself, your relationships and your deepest potential.

This course is perfect for you if:
you sense that you have an incredible calling within you and you want to step into your feminine power through Torah.
Rise Into Your Marriage: Modern Marriage, Ancient Truths
A Journey with Sarah
A 7 part live series (recording will be available)
Your (current or future) marriage has the potential to be a vessel of unlimited G-dliness.  As you evolve, your relationships must too. Get the script here.

This course is perfect for you if:
You are seeking a practical and profound roadmap to relationship through the deepest of spiritual models.
Rise Into Prayer: The Master-key to Feminine Power
A Journey with Rivka
A 7 part live/ pre-recorded series (recording will be available)
Deepen your paradigms and widen your frames even more as the Imahot show us the way to our highest selves.  

This course is perfect for you if:
You want deepen your relationship models and learn the essential art of feminine prayer.
Rise Into YourSELF:
Finding Inner Harmony
A Journey with Rachel & Leah
A 7 part live series (recording will be available)
Within every woman lives two women. We feel them tugging in different directions, yet we come into a profound inner peace when we allow them to become friends.

This course is perfect for you if:
You want to discover two different parts of your essential feminine self and bring them into balance and harmony in your life.
Plus bonuses for each course!