Rabbi Gedaliah Druinwas born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, received his B.A. from The University of Oklahoma in psychology, sociology and philosophy. He was the science curator and supervisor of education at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. He received his M.A. from The University of Oklahoma...
Norma Robles Her education was well rounded between public schools, Hebrew day schools and yeshivahs depending on where they lived. She spent her formative years in Tucson, Arizona and then her family moved back to New York where she attended Queens College and graduated with an English degree. During college, she worked as a manager in various retail shops and met her husband while they both worked at The Gap. After they married, they moved to Boston and after a year, followed her parents down to Miami where they have been for 25 years. Norma spent 13 years working at LEC where her 4 children attended school. Upon leaving the school environment, she spent some time working in a synagogue, learning the operations before joining the team at Sofer on Site. As a fluent Hebrew speaking staff member, she is quite helpful with our overseas contacts and affiliates.
Riki Holtzman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in North Miami Beach, Florida. Her practical and organized nature manifests itself in that she is able to break down large tasks and work efficiently on any project. She is open minded, can think out of the box, and can even be unconventional if necessary. She is passionate about her Judaism, yet is accepting of others. She has a unique combination of being a self-motivated learner who is a very capable doer as well. She taught Hebrew School for 5 years and then furthered her education by learning in Israel for a year. Buoyed by the profound experience she went back for a second year as a faculty member to lead, mentor, nurture, inspire and run programs for new students. Teaching in a Montessori preschool in Philadelphia and running educational programs furthered her commitment to Jewish Education.After marriage, Riki and her husband lived in Israel for a year to start their life together in a holy uplifting way. They also traveled the world volunteering themselves to local communities: running a Pesach seder in India, assisting synagogues during the High Holidays, etc. Settling back in her hometown of North Miami Beach, she is committed to working with Sofer On Site and using her vast experience for the growth and Holy work of Sofer On Site.
Rabbi Pinchas Benhamuwas born in Morocco, North Africa, made Aliyah to Israel when he was 6. He lived for a while in Italy and now in the USA with his family. Rabbi Benhamu served in the Israeli air force as a technician. After the army he discovered the wonder of the Hebrew letters and especially the making of Tefillin and Mezuzot which awoke in him the desire to become a Sofer. He studied to become a scribe in Israel and in 1994 moved with his family to NY and later to Florida where he continued practising and training under Sofer On Site and receiving his degree as a scribe. His work of love and dedication to detail, have earned him much praise in this holy profession of Safrut.
Leah Yehudahwas born in Singapore and raised in Sydney Australia. She is worldly educated and after a short stay in Israel during the Yom Kippur war, she went back to the land down under - Australia. She is a loving mother of 3 wonderful children. As a Ba’alos Teshuva (a “returnee to observant Judaism”), she respects and appreciates Jews from all walks of life. She worked as a legal secretary for one of the largest law firms in Century City, California. After moving to Florida, she did challenging volunteer work with special needs individuals in various hospitals & settings. Leah is an incredibly sweet and good natured person and as a newly welcomed member of Sofer On Site, she serves as a networking assistant, reaching out to congregations internationally. She inspires our team with her warmth and pleasant disposition and has endeared herself to our staff and colleagues here.
Rabbi Yaakov Landauwas born in Israel in 1971 to a Chabad Chassidic family. His schooling included Talmud Torah in Bnei Brak and yeshivot in Lod and Safed. He also came to the US and studied at the Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights under the supervision of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. At the young age of seventeen, Yaakov was ordained as a Sofer from Mishmeret STa’M in Bnei Brak, Israel. After completing his studies, he served his mandatory term in the IDF’s Military Rabbinate Corps, caring the the spiritual welfare of his fellow soldiers. Since then, he has written two Torah scrolls and many tefillin and mezuzot. In 2013, Rabbi Landau, his wife and four children moved to South Florida and has been sharing his knowledge, skills and expertise with us here at Sofer on Site.
Rabbi Eliyahu Golan was born in Afula, Israel where he attended vocational school. At the age of 18 he joined the I.D.F where he served for 3 years and was released at the rank of sergeant. He continued his studies at the Bio Technological College in Tel Aviv where he earned a degree in Software Engineering. After coming to the United States in the year 2000, he was later married in Flatbush, New York. Subsequently he was a manager in the food industry and afterwards in investment banking. From this background, he joined Sofer On Site in 2010 and received his ordination in Sofrut to serve as a sofer with a specialty in restoration of old Torah scrolls that were rescued during the Holocaust.