General Studies

Meet Rabbi Yochanan Yankelewitz

General Studies Principal

Rabbi Yochanan Yankelewitz was raised in Kew Gardens, Queens, where he learned in Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah Grodno of Queens. He went on to learn in Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim and in Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood where he lived for many years. He received a comprehensive high school education in Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah where he graduated with a Regents Diploma with honors.

Rabbi Yankelewitz comes from a family of mechanchim, and has extensive experience of his own in chinuch, having been a Rebbi in Yeshiva of Brooklyn and in Yeshiva Bais Mikroh in Monsey for well over a decade. In Yeshiva Ohr Naftoli he taught American History before becoming General Studies Principal. His varied skills and leadership abilities give him the tools to בע”ה infuse the general studies department with much success.

Under the capable leadership of our General Studies principal, Yeshiva Ohr Naftoli, New Windsor provides a solid and effective curriculum that helps the students develop strong communication skills, increased literacy and math skills, and bolsters their critical thinking, thereby gaining a broader base of knowledge. 

Yeshiva Ohr Naftoli general studies instructors are all bnei Torah and highly experienced in their individual fields, using their expertise to provide lessons that are both interesting and engaging. The curriculum meets core requirements and includes the coursework necessary for the NYS Regents diploma. 


Rabbi Avraham Broges is the second seder beis medrash rebbe. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Rabbi Broges attended Tiferes Moshe and Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun.  He then moved on to Yeshiva of Telshe Alumni Riverdale followed by Rav Tzvi Kaplan’s Yeshiva. In addition to his experience at Ohr Naftoli, he also worked as a Shoel Umaishiv in Riverdale. Rabbi Broges displays tremendous warmth and ehrlichkeit in everything he does which allows him to connect with the talmidim in a very meaningful way. Rabbi Broges recognizes Ohr Naftoli’s success in the combination of a happy, positive atmosphere and the impetus that drives the talmidim to grow and reach new heights in avodas Hashem.


Growing up in Yerushalayim, Boston, and Baltimore gave Rabbi Betzalel Field a broad experience in Torah education. For over six years, Rabbi Field has been supervising bekius seder, which compliments the morning seder and gives the bochurim the opportunity to shine and shteig by working towards completing the mesechta. With tremendous competence, Rabbi Field maintains a structured learning environment while really connecting with the talmidim on a meaningful level. Rabbi Field sites the yeshiva’s personal attention to the talmidim as the source of their geshmak in learning.


For over a decade, Rabbi Dovid Halpern has been the limudei kodesh Rebbe for the yeshiva’s 10th grade. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Halpern began his education in Yeshiva Torah Temimah and then moved on to Yeshiva of Springfield, New Jersey, followed by Yeshivas Brisk Yerushalayim. He is an outstanding orator and much sought after speaker whose confidence and drive is transmitted to the talmidim, bringing his lessons to life. According to Rabbi Halpern, the secret recipe at Ohr Naftoli is a happy hanhala, happy parents, and most importantly, happy talmidim.


Rabbi Shamshon Levy brings his incredible energy to New Windsor as the 9th grade bekius rebbe. His enthusiasm is contagious and the bochurim respond in kind with an eagerness to learn. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Levy attended Yeshiva Mercaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor and Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic. Rabbi Levy has witnessed firsthand how New Windsor gives the bochurim the structure and geshmak necessary to nurture growth in all areas of learning and Avodas Hashem and how it instills pride in the bochurim to be part of a Makom Torah that is both realistic and real about what it means

Rabbi Nochum Z. Meyers

Rabbi Nochum Meyers, erudite halacha rebbe, is an asset to the entire yeshiva as all gain from his vast knowledge and experience. Born and raised on the Telshe Yeshiva campus in Wickliffe, Ohio, Rabbi Meyers attended Yeshiva Derech Hatorah and Telshe Yeshiva. He then continued on to Rav Tzvi Kaplan’s Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael, two years in our very own Kollel Ohr Naftoli, and Kollel Bais Medrash Elyon. For over half a decade, Rabbi Meyers has successfully educated New Windsor talmidim. His extensive knowledge of halacha and the skills he uses to impart the information make him a tremendous asset to New Windsor.


Rabbi Pick is a shoel umaishiv for first seder and night seder, as well as bekius seder for the 12th grade and beis medrash.  He grew up in Lakewood, New Jersey, attending Lakewood Cheder before moving on to Yeshiva of Staten Island as well as Rav Tzvi Kaplan’s Yeshiva. He currently resides in Monsey with his family. With his patience and proficiency, the bochurim benefit tremendously from his vast knowledge and guidance. He credits the yeshiva’s warm environment in providing the geshmak for the bochurim to learn and grow.


Rabbi Avrohom Boruch Pitter has been teaching at Ohr Naftoli for over eleven years as the 12th grade second seder gemara b’iyun rebbe. Originally from Long Beach, New York, Rabbi Pitter’s schooling began at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway. He then attended Mesivta of Long Beach throughout high school and for four years Beis Medrash before moving on to Rav Tzvi Kaplan’s Yeshiva for seven years. Aside from his role at Ohr Naftoli, Rabbi Pitter also serves as the Yomim Noraim chazzan at his alma mater, Mesivta of Long Beach. His refined and dignified manner sets a choice example for the bochurim on how to comport themselves. Rabbi Pitter sites a combination of the rebbeim serving as role models with their continued shteiging as well as their belief in each and every bochur as the special traits that Ohr Naftoli encapsulates.


Rabbi Boruch Roberts is the 12th grade second seder rebbe. He grew up in Monsey where he remains to this day to raise his own family. He learned in Bais Shraga, Rabbi Brodsky’s Yeshiva in Toronto, and in Yeshivas Brisk Yerushalayim. Rabbi Roberts’ youthful spirit brings energy and liveliness to the beis medrash, elevating the learning to even greater heights. He notes how Ohr Naftoli, New Windsor successfully creates an atmosphere in which the bochurim are united in their growth, and attests that there is no greater impetus for aliyah.  


Rabbi Shlome Zalmen Szydlo, 9th grade bekius rebbe, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. He attended Yeshiva Ketana Adas Yisroel in Melbourne before moving on to Yeshivas Shaarei Torah in Manchester, England for Beis Medrash. He also attended Yeshivas Mir and Yeshivas Brisk in Yerushalayim. Before joining New Windsor, he worked as a rebbe in Yeshiva Tiferes Shmuel in Monsey, New York and Yeshiva Meon Hatorah in Roosevelt, New Jersey. Rabbi Szydlo’s upbeat nature and charisma create a positive environment that elevates the bochurim and puts them in the right frame of mind to absorb the learning. Rabbi Szydlo credits the yeshiva for providing a structured environment with an atmosphere of growth and shteiging.


Rabbi Reuven Yoel Vershubsky is the 11th grade bekius rebbe. Growing up in Monsey, New York, he attended Yeshivas Beis Dovid followed by Bais Hatalmud, Yeshivas Brisk Yerushalayim, and Beth Medrash Govoha. In addition to teaching in New Windsor, Rabbi Vershubsky is also a rebbe at Yeshiva Romemus Hatorah in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Through his serious and determined approach to Talmud Torah, he develops a close and meaningful connection to the bochurim. According to Rabbi Vershubsky, Ohr Naftoli’s incredible atmosphere of positivity instills “romemus hanefesh” in the talmidim and a belief in their own strengths and capabilities.


Rabbi Rosengarten, the 12th grade Rebbe, was born and raised in Monsey, New York. Rabbi Rosengarten attended Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, Yeshiva Bais Mikroh, Yeshiva Ohel Torah, Yeshiva Bais Binyomin (Stamford Yeshiva), Yeshivas Brisk Yerushalayim and Beth Medrash Govoha. He’s a tremendous masmid whose down to earth demeanor and authenticity draws the talmidim to him. According to Rabbi Rosengarten, Ohr Naftoli teaches the talmidim the sweetness of Torah and the beauty of living a Torah life.


Rabbi Baruch Werner is the limudei kodesh rebbe for the 11th grade. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended the Mirrer Yeshiva in Flatbush, followed by Yeshivas Brisk Yerushalayim. Rabbi Werner has been a beloved New Windsor rebbe for well over a decade and is an integral part of the yeshiva family. His contagious simchas and ahavas HaTorah and his genuine geshmak in learning brings the rishonim and achronim to life for the talmidim. He is astounded by the “gevaldige ruach” of the yeshiva and the tremendous impact it has on the bochurim, motivating them to go further in their learning and shteiging.


Rabbi Elimelech Ringel is the highly regarded 10th and 11th grade halacha rebbe. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Rabbi Ringel attended Yeshiva Torah Temimah before moving on to Yeshiva Bais Moshe in Scranton, Yeshiva Bais Hatalmud, Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic, Kolel Ohr Yitzchok, and Kolel Bais Hamedrash D’Monsey. In addition to his nearly decade long experience in New Windsor, He also worked as a rebbi in Yeshiva Maayonei Hachochma, Yeshiva Bais Yonason, and is currently the 11th grade rebbe at Yeshiva Ohr Reuven. Rabbi Ringel’s talent lies in his ability to bring his extensive knowledge of halacha to his talmidim in a way that allows for thorough understanding and geshmak learning. With his kind and caring nature, he is able to connect with each and every bochur on their own level.


Rabbi Shmaryahu Abramczyk is the dynamic 9th grade limudei kodesh Rebbe. He was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and came to New York to attend Yeshivas Novominsk for both high school and beis medrash. He then continued on to Yeshivas Brisk Yerushalayim and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. With his all-encompassing energy and vitality, he creates the bridge that takes the talmidim from elementary school to mesivta, giving them a real sense of belonging and involvement. According to Rabbi Abramczyk, Ohr Naftoli provides a warm environment where the bochurim feel cared for and close to their rebbeim.