Young Israel of Elkins Park is honored to have Rabbi Brisman as its Mora d’Asra. Together, the Rabbi and Rebbetzin have helped many in our community attain unparalleled levels of growth through Torah learning and values. Their reach extends well beyond the strong relationships they have forged within the community, to those who seek the Rav’s counsel, have visited the community, or are now living in other communities around the world.
Rabbi Brisman, the descendant of a long line of great rabbis, was raised in Los Angeles and attended the Yeshivat Ohr Elchonon there. Rabbi Brisman attended the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, the Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem under Harav Chaim Shmulevitch, zt”l, and Harav Nachum Portzovitz, zt”l, and received semichah yoreh yoreh yadin yadin from Rabbi Schneur Kotler, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Beis Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. Rabbi Brisman is a noted editor and author of many Torah pamphlets, articles and multiple seforim, including Shalmai Chagiga and two volumes of halachic responsa titled Shalmei Chovah. Rabbi Brisman serves as the Chairman of Publications for the Rabbinical Alliance of America.
Rabbi Brisman is the Av Beit Din of the Beit Din of Philadelphia and an associate Av Beit Din of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. From December 1983 to December 1985, he served as Rabbi of Far Northeast Congregation. Since December 1985, he has served as Rabbi of Young Israel of Elkins Park. He also teaches halachah at Torah Academy Girls High School and is a principal of Community Kashrus of Philadelphia.
Rabbi Brisman has helped both members of Young Israel as well as those outside reach levels of Torah learning otherwise unattainable. He has made a connection with both the adults and the children who have come through Young Israel. He is highly consulted in the community and beyond for advice in general and for direction on halachic matters.
Rebbetzin Libby Brisman is the daughter of Harav Baruch Leizerowski, zt”l, the Av Beit Din of Philadelphia and the former Av Beit Din and Chief Rabbi of Munich, Germany. She is a Philadelphia native. During her years at Young Israel, she has had a tremendously positive influence on the women and children here. She has been easily accessible to the women and their families.
Rebbetzin Brisman attended the Beth Jacob Schools in Philadelphia. After graduating, she attended Rika Breuer Teachers’ Seminary in Washington Heights, NY, where she was one of the first students to train in teaching Jewish children with special educational needs. During the early years of her marriage, while living in Lakewood, she taught English to Yiddish speaking Chassidic students in the Satmar school.
Presently, Rebbetzin Brisman successfully leads the popular Moreshes Aviva/ Bnos group for the young girls of our community. Both the mothers and girls in the community look forward to attending the Shabbos sessions and participating in the various projects of the group. The Rebbetzin also continues to be very involved in many projects in the community at large.