Professor Moshe Kahan
Founder and CEO of Pardes

Rabbi Moshe Kahan is a graduate of Yeshivat Tifrah and the Mir yeshiva, where he also served as the head of a chabura (study group). He is a graduate with honors in the Hebrew and Arabic languages, and subsequently acquired a master’s degree and a PhD with a distinction of Honors in both the Hebrew language and Semitic literature.

Rabbi Kahan has been a lecturer on the Quran as well as on the Hebrew language and classical Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University. He is an author of a series of books and articles on the Hebrew language, Islamic philosophy and other related subjects. Rabbi Kahan has received a series of awards for his academic achievements.

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Rabbi Avraham Sender, Shlita
Rabbi of the program

Rabbi Avraham Sender is a graduate of Yeshivat Chevron, one of the founders of “Kollel Yerushalayim” that was headed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Grossnas of blessed memory. He is head of the “Noam Torah” kollel in Jerusalem as well as of other Torah institutions in Jerusalem and elsewhere. Rabbi Sender has previously served as a rabbi with the “probation service.”
In addition to being an exceptional Torah scholar, Rabbi Sender is known to be an outstanding educator as well as a spiritual father and anchor who has given guidance to his students for decades. Even after completing their studies, many students remain indebted with gratitude to him.



Avraham Shtigliz
Student Coordinator

Avraham Shtigliz is an alumnus of the “Chazon Ish” religious school in Bnei Brak as well as of the Shas project. He holds a BA and MA in education and is a graduate of the Ministry of Education’s management course.

During his years of work, Shtigliz established a large number of educational projects for the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community such as the establishment and management of the Youth Advancement Unit in Modi’in Illit, the higher education system of ORT Israel for the haredi sector and Axioma Ltd, a matriculation project that is specially geared towards serving haredim.


Hagay Gilan Gluskinus
Professional Coordinator

Hagay Gilan Gluskinus is an alumnus of the Or Etzion and Merkaz Harav yeshivas. He served in the army as a Navy Seals soldier for four years. After his service, he joined the Mossad where he worked for more than 25 years. During his time at the Mossad, he occupied a number of positions, the last of which was head of the operations department for six almost years. Gilan- Gluskinus left the Mossad with the rank of Major General. Today, Gilan- Gluskinus partners with several business companies, serves in several directorial positions and is a business entrepreneur.

Professor Norman (Noam) Stillman
Head of Academic Department

Noam (Norman) A. Stillman is the Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma and Founding Director of its Center for Judaic & Israel Studies.  He is an internationally recognized authority on the history and culture of the Islamic world and on Sephardi and Oriental Jewry.   
He is the author of seven books and numerous articles in several languages.  His book The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times, a sequel to his highly acclaimed The Jews of Arab Lands:  a History and Source Book (Jewish Publication Society, 1979 and 1991) was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award.  He is the Executive Editor of the award-winning five-volume Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World which contains more than 2,200 entries.