A native of Oak Park, Michigan, he studied at Yeshiva University (where he received his Bachelors, Masters and Semicha), Yeshivat Shaalvim, and the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem before coming to Los Angeles in 1990.
Since LINK’s inception in 2002, Rabbi Brander has guided the Kollel’s development; from recruiting the original team of scholars from Israel to shaping its vision and opening its doors to the LA Jewish community and beyond. Most impressively, he has created a very broad and diverse donor base that has proved to be durable and resilient, expanding to meet the burgeoning needs of the Kollel.
Rabbi Lebhar is returning as LINK’s Rosh Kollel after a stint in Toronto, Canada, where he served as Rosh Kollel of Kollel Yismach Moshe. He hails from prestigious yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel and America and has learned under some of the most prominent poskim of the generation, including Rav Tzvi Kushelevsky shlit”a, Rav Ezriel Aurebach shlit”a and more recently Rav Shlomo Miller shlit”a.
Rabbi Lebhar is well-known for his popular sefarim on Minhagim and has Daily Halacha emails which reach thousands worldwide. He is the founder of Machon Magen Avot and is currently co-authoring “Darke Avoteinu”.
A veteran of nearly 30 years in Rabbinic and Outreach work, Rabbi Eli Stern is the senior member of the LINK team. A native of Manhattan, Rabbi Stern began his Yeshiva learning after graduating with a degree in Political Science from Hunter College of CUNY. After 2 years in Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, he studied for 7 years at the Yeshiva of Staten Island, under Rabbi Reuven Feinstein. He has held outreach and/ or pulpit positions in Buffalo, Richmond and Dayton before coming to LA in 1996 to become Ashreinu’s pioneering campus Rabbi (JAM). He laid the ground work for much of LINK’s outreach mission while serving as Outreach Director and Associate Rabbi of the Westwood Kehilla from 1997-2002.