RABBI CHAIM SAMPSON
DirectorRabbi Sampson is the founding director of Project Inspire. He was formerly the educational director of Aish UK for 7 years as well as the executive learning director at the Aish Center on the Upper West Side of New York. He has authored much of the educational curriculum for Project Inspire, enabling thousands of people to more actively share the beauty, warmth and meaning of Judaism with their fellow Jew. Rabbi Sampson grew up in North London and still speaks with the Queens English. He learned and taught at Aish HaTorah in the Old City of Jerusalem for 10 years, and was blessed to be a close talmid of Rav Noach Weinberg zt”l, the founder of Aish HaTorah, for 26 years. He also studied under the tutelage of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l in Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore. Rav Chaim resides in Passaic, New Jersey, with his wife Yocheved and son Shmuel.
RABBI YOSSIE FRIEDMAN
Yossie joined the Project Inspire Team in 2008. With his organizational skills and dynamic team-building abilities, Yossie manages the staff and day-to-day operations of Project Inspire. He has been instrumental in developing the numerous creative programs of Project Inspire, including the Tisha B’Av Films and the Project Inspire Annual convention. A student and Alumnus of Yeshiva Yadgdil Torah, RJJ Edison NJ and Lakewood's BMG, Yossie lives with his family in Yerushalyim.
RABBI YAAKOV GINIGER
Director of Programming
Bringing his years of experience in Kiruv with Aish New York and campus, Rabbi Giniger hits the ball out of the park every time with his innovative and inspirational programming. Since joining the Project Inspire Team in 2012, Rabbi Giniger has developed countless programming initiatives. Rabbi Giniger's antennas are always up to give less affiliated Jews phenomenal Jewish experiences and he has transformed the level of programming at Project Inspire.
RABBI SIMCHA BARNETT
Educational Director and Director of Jinspire Branches
Over the last 20 years, Rabbi Barnett has established Aish branches in Philadelphia and Livingston, NJ, and lectured extensively for the Discovery Seminar. He is currently the Director of our Jinspire Branches, tri-state area outreach programs led by observant volunteers under the direction of Project Inspire. In addition to offering an array of inspiring programs that bring Jews together in a non judgmental environment, Jinspire brings hundreds of less affiliated moms and dads yearly to Israel on life transforming trips. Rabbi Barnett also develops an array of educational products for Project Inspire that are used in the full array of our Community Outreach activities.
RABBI MORDECHAI TROPP
Rabbi Tropp joined Project Inspire with years of experience in Kiruv and Chinuch. As a member of Project Inspire's management team since its inception, Rabbi Tropp plays an integral role in every major initiative. Together with Rabbi Sampson and Dovid Rabinowitz, Rabbi Tropp oversees the development of financial resources for the future growth of Project Inspire.
RABBI DOVID RABINOWITZ
Dovid has been developing Project Inspire's growth in scope and programming since 2010. Initiating programs such as "The Series of Inspiration" and "Play to Inspire," Dovid runs year round campaigns and events while maintaining a connection with many of those whose lives have changed through their involvement with Project Inspire. Dovid is originally from Toronto and learned in Ner Yisroel Toronto before going on to Yeshivas Dvar Torah and Oholei Yaakov in Eretz Yisroel. Dovid now lives together with his family in Passaic, New Jersey.
RABBI YAAKOV SALOMON
Noted Psychotherapist, author and Discovery Seminar lecturer
Rabbi Salomon is a senior lecturers and educator on the Project Inspire Staff. His experience, lectures, film-making abilities, advice, as well as his life long dedication to Ahavas Yisroel & Kiruv Rechokim has been a huge part in Project Inspire's success in awakening the need to unite the Jewish people.
JInspire Liason and Program Coordinator
Part of the team since 2011, Esti is the Liaison and Program Coordinator for the Jinspire Division of Project Inspire. Working with the numerous JInspire volunteers and participants, Esti coordinates the dynamic programming and highly subsidized trips to Israel. Esti lives with her husband Reuven and kids in Chestnut Ridge NY.
Rabbi Leib Irons
Rabbi Leib Irons is an acclaimed and dynamic international speaker and thought leader. He has traveled to over thirty five countries imparting Jewish wisdom in a manner that talks to Jews from manifold backgrounds including those in Copenhagen, Mumbai, Cape Town, Hong Kong, and throughout the former Soviet Union. With extensive experience in Jewish education and outreach, his passion is to help Jews of all backgrounds grow in their Jewish knowledge, belief, and practice utilizing innovative educational and marketing methods. Since he assumed the helm of Project Inspire Toronto, he has revitalized the community by running a number of city wide programs, events, and one-on-one learning and outreach initiatives. Having studied for many years at the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, he is currently completing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Toronto. Rabbi Irons resides in Thornhill with his wife Tzirel and their five sons.
Rabbi Yoni Zakutinsky
Rabbi Zakutinksy plays a leading role in bringing Project Inspire's initiatives and efforts to the Brooklyn community. Through exciting programming, one-on-one learning, and dynamic shabbatons, Rabbi Zakutinsky has brought inspiration to thousands of Torah observant Jews, encouraging them to reach out to their less affiliated friends and neighbors. Working with his wife Shulamis, Rabbi Zakutinsky helps facilitate the JInspire Division of Project Inspire, bringing a myriad of less affiliated men and women on highly subsidized trips to Israel. Rabbi Zakutinsky lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY.
Learning Partners Relationship Manager
Danielle has been running and developing the Project Inspire Learning program since 2012. In addition she has been on the production team for the yearly Project Inspire Tisha B'Av film for the past four years and works on different events and programs as well. She has a degree from Temple University in Journalism/Communications and lives in Passaic, New Jersey.
Tova is the Finance Manager of Project Inspire. She holds a Masters in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and lives with her husband and children in Lakewood, NJ.
JInspire Trip Organizer
As JInspire Trip Organizer, Aliza works closely with the JInspire Division of Project Inspire. Aliza coordinates with the numerous Jinspire volunteers and participants, helping bring over a thousand women on highly subsidized trips to Israel.
Director of Communications
One of the newest members of our professional team, Bracha assists in overseeing the website and facilitates public communications for Project Inspire and Jinspire. Additionally, Bracha helps coordinate some of Project Inspire's many programming initiatives.
Digital Communications Coordinator
With her creative abilities and passion for marketing, Nechama contributes to Project Inspire's development through the innovation of digital communication and social media. She is responsible for implementing the social media strategies and online presence of Project Inspire and Jinspire. Nechama graduated from Touro College with a degree in Management/Marketing.