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NILI Hotline Staff

Nechama Brand was trained as a kallah teacher by Daughters of Israel. She has been teaching kallahs since 2010, and during that time has also guided women with questions in the realm of Taharat Hamishpacha. Nechama studied at Stern College before earning her DMD from New Jersey Dental School, and she currently practices dentistry in Lake Zurich. Nechama lives in Skokie with her husband, Rabbi Reuven Brand, Rosh Kollel of the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel, and their five children.

Tami Drapkin was trained as a kallah teacher by Daughters of Israel and has been a kallah teacher since 2007. She has also served as a sensitive and accessible communal resource who continually teaches and assists women in their understanding and observance of Taharat Hamishpacha. Tami graduated from Stern College and has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. She lives in Skokie with her husband, Dr. Shlomo Drapkin, an allergist with Allergy Partners of Chicago, and their four children.

Lynn Kraft was trained as a kallah teacher by Mrs. Leora Bednarsh and Daughters of Israel. She has mentored kallahs and women who seek her guidance in all aspects of Taharat Hamishpacha and taught a Taharat Hamishpacha course to high school seniors. Lynn earned her Master’s degree in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School and is currently a Chumash teacher at Ida Crown and director of NILI. She lives in Lincolnwood with her husband, Rabbi Aaron Kraft, Rosh Chabura of the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel, and their four children.

Atara Turoff was trained as a kallah teacher by Daughters of Israel. She has been involved in guiding kallahs in Chicago and the New York/New Jersey area for several years. Atara received her Master’s degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School and she currently teaches limudei kodesh in Arie Crown Hebrew Day School. Atara lives in Skokie with her husband, Rabbi Mordecai Turoff, a Rebbe at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, and their three children.

Sat, May 25 2019 20 Iyyar 5779