Faculty

Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman

Rosh Hayeshiva
Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman is one of the founding Rabbis of Texas Torah Institute, and heads the TTI Bais Medrash Program together with with Rabbi Daniel Ringelheim.

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Rabbi Kaufman received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and has been teaching since 1996. Rabbi Kaufman’s keen insight and personal warmth have made him a very popular teacher, both among his TTI students, and within the community. He teaches the highest level Bais Medrash Shiur in TTI, and was a nominee of the coveted Gruss Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. Rabbi Kaufman also has extensive experience in adult education, including Daf Yomi and advanced gemara classes for adults.

Rabbi Shlomo Pacht

Rosh Hayeshiva / Menahel
Rabbi Shlomo Pacht, who founded Texas Torah Institute to gether with Rabbi Kaufman, received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America

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Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and his Master of Science in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. He is well known for his warm rapport with all students, and his keen ability to understand each student’s individual needs. In addition to his administrative duties, Rabbi Pacht teaches the highest level Gemara Shiur in the high school.

Rabbi Daniel Ringelheim

Rosh Hayeshiva
Rabbi Daniel Ringelheim received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim.

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Having joined TTI in 2007 in the capacity of Rosh Hayeshiva, Rabbi Ringelheim is known for his outgoing personality, and has become beloved to students and community members alike. Together with Rabbi Eliyhau Kaufman, he heads TTI’s Bais Medrash program. Rabbi Ringelheim also teaches a Bais Medrash level shiur, serves as Director of Development, and is involved in the Yeshiva’s community outreach programs.

Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Tropper

Assistant Menahel / Rebbi
Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Tropper is the Assistant Menahel of TTI’s high school, and teaches 10th grade Gemara Iyun, Gemara Bekius, and Chumash.

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He received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and joined the staff of TTI in 2008. As Assistant Menahel of the high school, Rabbi Tropper provides assistance the talmidim to make sure that all of their personal and academic needs are met.

Rabbi Aryeh Rodin

Rebbi
Rabbi Aryeh Rodin, who has lived in Dallas since 1983, is the Morah D’asrah of Congregation Ohev Shalom.

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He is a musmach of the Rabbinical Seminary of America / Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim, having received Yorah Yorah Yadin Yadin. Rabbi Rodin led the charge to bring TTI to Dallas, and continues to play a large part in the success and growth of the Yeshiva. Rabbi Rodin’s warmth and sincerity has made him a favorite in Dallas for almost 30 years. He serves as the Jewish Chaplain at Medical City Dallas Hospital, and is featured periodically in the Jewish Press. At TTI, Rabbi Rodin spends morning seder in the Bais Medrash, working with Talmidim to prepare for, and review the shiur.

Rabbi Reuven Rodin

Rebbi
Rabbi Reuven Rodin received his Smecha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim.

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He teaches 9th Grade Gemara, is mashgiach for 12th grade second seder, and is involved with the High School dorm. In addition, Rabbi Rodin works one-on-one with students, helping to build their skills and knowledge.

Rabbi Avraham Jaspan

Rebbi
Rabbi Avraham Jaspan joined TTI in 2013. He received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim.

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Rabbi Jaspan delivers the 12th grade Iyun shiur as well as bekiyus and halacha shiurim. Rabbi Jaspan forms long lasting relationships with his talmidim and is well known for his warmth and care.

Rabbi Chaim Reifman

Rebbi
Rabbi Chaim Reifman is the 10th grade Rebbe in TTI. He teaches Gemara and Halacha, and runs the 12th grade Mishnah Brurah program.

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He received his Smicha from Rabbi Heinemann, Rav of Agudath Yisroel of Baltimore and the Rabbinical Supervisor of the Star K kashrus agency. Rabbi Reifman plans and coordinates the Yeshiva’s shabbatonim and trips, as well as directs the highly successful Tuesday night Middle School boys night Seder program. He provides warmth and care to the Talmidim of the Yeshivah and ensures that all the boys are happy and well adjusted.

Rabbi Shalom Meltzer

Rebbi
Rabbi Meltzer joined TTI in 2019 after teaching at our affiliate, the Pacific Torah Institute for 15 years.

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Rabbi Meltzer received his s’micha from the Rabbinical Seminary of America while concurrently earning a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Touro College and passing the CPA exam. He is known for the care and concern he shows for each and every one of his students. At TTI, Rabbi Meltzer teaches Gemara Hachana, Chumash and is an administrator in the yeshiva’s office.

Dr. Gerard Gindt

Academic Dean
Dr. Gary Gindt, our academic dean, joined our faculty in 2017. He grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from McDonell High School in Chippewa Falls, WI.

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Dr. Gindt received his B.S. in Social Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He earned Master’s Degrees from both Baylor University and the University of North Texas and holds a Doctorate in the field of Education from the University of North Texas. With over 25 years of experience, his hard work and wide-ranging expertise have given him broad insight and understanding of children and of the process of education, both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Gindt has presented on a variety of educational topics at both the State and National level. Under his leadership, his districts received recognition (State and National) for programs and accomplishments in the areas of Employee Training, Curriculum and Instruction, and more. Dr. Gindt lives in Trophy Club, TX with his wife and three sons. Dr. Gindt has a sweet and pleasant demeanor, while also demanding very high standards from TTI students and teachers.

Dr. Audie Waltmon

Social Studies
Dr. Audie Waltmon earned his B.A in American Studies and M.A. in Political Science from Eastern New Mexico University.

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He received his Ph.D. in 1980 from Claremont Graduate School in Government. Dr. Waltmon has written for several professional journals, including The Social Science Quarterly and The School Administrator. Dr. Waltmon joined TTI in 2014 and teaches American Government, U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Psychology, Public Policy, Constitutional Law and Introduction to Law.

Farley Ferrante

Science
Farley Ferrante has been involved in education in some form or another for 30 years.(FIU).

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In Miami, he taught in public schools in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and worked on a Master's degree in Science Education at Florida International University (FIU). He then returned to classroom teaching in MDCPS and later moved on to teach at a private school in Ft. Lauderdale. After 13 years in South Florida, he moved to Dallas, TX in 2006 and was a teacher at Ursuline Academy of Dallas for three years. In 2009, he became a graduate student at SMU to pursue a Master's degree in Physics. For his Master's thesis, his research was conducted in stellar astrophysics. He then worked as a program coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research for three years until earlier this year. Now at Texas Torah Institute, he has once again returned to his roots as a Science Teacher.

Chuck Newton

English
Chuck Newton has a B.A. in philosophy and a M.A. in literature and linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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After becoming certified by the state to teach, he moved to Dallas where he taught for the Dallas ISD for 33 years and for El Centro and Brookhaven Colleges for 28 years. He has spent his career instructing, managing, and nurturing teenagers, a situation that he says has kept him young and made him old at the same time. He retired from public school in 2013 and is beginning his sixth year Texas Torah Institute where he teaches English, both literature and composition.

Jason South

Math
Mr. Jason South studied Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy at Southern Methodist University at the undergraduate level.

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Mr. Jason South studied Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy at Southern Methodist University at the undergraduate level. While at SMU he earned the Hamilton Excellence in Research Award for two consecutive years for his research in particle physics, and was one of the only undergraduates in the history of the department to give a conference talk at a professional event. His current research is in mathematics and is associated with properties of the prime numbers. This is his first year teaching at Texas Torah Institute, and he is excited to bring new perspectives to the study of mathematics.