About Our Team

  • Rabbi Elazar Grunberger
    Rabbi Elazar GrunbergerFounder and Senior Director

    Born in Ohio and raised in El Paso, Texas, at age 16 Elazar Grunberger received his FCC license with endorsements to become one of the youngest Top 40 professional radio DJs in the United States. After attending the University of Texas at El Paso, the former DJ arrived in Jerusalem in 1976 and never looked back. Nine years later, Rabbi Grunberger received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Noach Weinberg and Rav Nissim Karelitz, and that was just the beginning.

    When Rabbi Elazar Grunberger made aliya with his family in September 2011, he brought over 30 years of experience at building Jewish communities with him. Rabbi Grunberger spent over 25 years as the Director of Aish HaTorah St. Louis involved with all aspects of outreach, teaching, and developing the programs. During that time, Rabbi Grunberger also served as the Rav of the U. City Shul and the Beth HaMedresh HaGodol Sha’arei Chesed Shul in St. Louis for fifteen years.

    With tireless energy matched by his passion for the Jewish People, Rabbi Grunberger serves as the Founder and Director of Lev Modiin and Lev Echad outreach network. He and his wife, Rebbetzin Brocha, are parents to ten wonderful children with adorable grandchildren residing on both sides of the Atlantic. Today, Rabbi Grunberger lives in Modiin with his family where he tries to find an hour to play tennis once in a while.

    Israel Phone: 050-405-5521

    Israel Office DSL American line: 314-594-0606

    USA cell/VM: 314-229-5600

  • Rebbetzin Brocha Grunberger
    Rebbetzin Brocha Grunberger

    Rebbetzin Brocha Grunberger is the youngest of four children born to Holocaust survivors. Despite everything that they had gone through, Brocha’s parents wanted her to have a Jewish education so much that they sent her from Rochester, New York to Cleveland, Ohio. That heroic commitment to Jewish values and continuity became the cornerstone of their daughter’s outlook ever since.

    Brocha graduated from Yavne Teachers Seminary in Cleveland under the direction of Rebbetzin Chaya Usband, going on to tutor and counsel at Neve Yerushalayim in 1980. After marrying her husband and moving to St. Louis, Rebbetzin Brocha served as a teacher at Bais Yaakov St. Louis as well as teaching classes for adults, teens, and learning individually with community members for 27 years.

    Rebbetzin Brocha’s genuine humility and caring touch everyone who meet her. The proud mother of ten children and many wonderful grandchildren, she lives in Modiin with her husband and family.

  • Vickie Lecy
    Vickie LecyAdministrative Assistant

    Vickie Lecy began working as a volunteer for Aish HaTorah in St. Louis in 1994 after having attended a Discovery Seminar. She was a single mother raising two young sons with little time to even think about anything other than making ends meet and carpooling to the next soccer game. After attending the Discovery Seminar, however, she began going to Torah classes during her lunch hours and almost every evening. In 1997, Vickie became a regular employee of Aish St. Louis where she worked with Rabbi Grunberger for the next 9 years. She married her husband, David, in 1998 and together they made aliyah in 2006. The Lecys have lived in Kochav Yaakov and Ramat Beit Shemesh, and never stop missing their children and grandchildren, all of whom still live in the midwest U.S.

    Email: vickie@levmodiin.com

    Phone: 054-948-0909

  • Rabbi Yitzchak Kosovsky
    Rabbi Yitzchak KosovskyDirector of Programming

    Rabbi Yitzchak Kosovsky grew up in Israel. After attending the prestigious Ponevezh Yeshiva, he was recognized as one of the potential movers and shakers in the world of Jewish outreach and was tapped to utilize his energetic educational talents in Russia. Having a profound impact upon everyone with whom he came into contact, he was quickly promoted to the position of administrator of the Reishit Chochmah school. After transforming the Moscow’s Jewish community, Rabbi Kosovsky decided to return to Israel to play a major role in the spiritual renewal of Modiin and beyond.

  • Nechama Kosovsky
    Nechama KosovskyDirector of Women's Programming

    Nechama Kosovsky is no newcomer to the world of outreach. She served as the administrative assistant and was a popular teacher in the Reishit Chochma school during the five years that she and her husband helped revitalize Moscow’s Jewish community. Hundreds or perhaps thousands of Jews who were hungry for both food and meaning were satiated by Nechama’s famous open-home Shabbat and Yom Tov meals. Currently, she loves living with her husband and her three children in scenic Modiin while charismatically having a profound impact upon the local Jewish community.

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