Meet The Staff

Rabbi Tzvi Nightingale

Rabbi Nightingale grew up in Toronto Canada, home of the perennially losing Toronto Maple Leafs. Watching his beloved Leafs not make the Stanley Cup Finals (let alone winning them) since 1967 has taught Rabbi Nightingale the importance of patiently waiting for the arrival of the Mashiach.

Rabbi Nightingale attended Aish in Jerusalem in the summer of ’79 for two months. He was determined to crack open the books and gain access to great Jewish works and thinkers such as the Talmud and Maimonides. Little did he know that it would take way longer than two months and he ended up staying in Israel for nine years. During that time he managed to receive his smicha, Rabbinical Ordination, in 1985. More importantly, he met his wife Karen, who grew up in London, England and is the great-granddaughter of Yosef Cordovani, chief rabbi of Meshed, Iran. As can only happen in Israel, Canadian-Polish, Jewish became intertwined with British–Israeli-Persian.

Rabbi Nightingale has been involved in Jewish education in South Florida since 1989 and has been its Executive Director since 1993. During that time he has met over 20,000 people who have attended Aish South Florida programs, but does not remember all of their names.

Rabbi Yaakov Sprung
Resident Rabbinic Scholar

Rabbi Yaakov Sprung recently completed ten years as the Chief Rabbi of Melbourne Australia’s Mizrachi Community, having previously served in congregations in North Miami Beach, Florida and West Orange New Jersey. Rabbi Sprung attended Yeshiva University High school, Yeshiva Har Etzion and Yeshiva University where he received his ordination, Bachelors in Sociology, Master of Science in Jewish Philosophy, and completed all coursework in the doctoral program of Yeshiva University Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration.

Known for his thought provoking sermons, stimulating shiurim, and engaging warmth, Rabbi Sprung has served as the Posek, Halachic Decisor,  for communal Eruvin, Mikvaot and Kashrut committees, in addition to overseeing regional Kashrut on behalf of the Star-k. With a palpable love for learning, outreach and in reach, Rabbi Sprung has initiated programs in study for people of all ages; children, teenagers, young marrieds and more, while founding Tomchei Shabbos for those in need and establishing himself as a primary address for issues of Shalom Bayit (family well being), child rearing and Torah growth.

The author of Foundations, the Laws of Family Purity for Beginners and non-Beginners Alike. Rabbi Sprung has served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, lectured in the Wexner Institute, numerous schools,countries, Synagogues and Batei Medrash (Yeshiva & Synagogue venues). He was honored for his support of Yeshivat Bet El.

Rabbi Sprung’s wife Naomi, daughter of HaRav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l, is a multi talented artist and Jewish Studies teacher at Shaarei Bina Torah Academy for Girls. Together, they have been blessed with four wonderful married children who have given them the endless b’rachas (blessings) of numerous grandchildren.

Michael B. Chesal
Chairman of the Board

Michael B. Chesal, Chairman of Aish South Florida, is a founding member of the prominent Miami law firm Peretz, Chesal & Herrmann, PL, where he specializes in intellectual property law. Michael was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with honors in 1985, with a major in computer and information sciences. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 1988. At the University of Miami, Michael served as Managing Editor of the University of Miami Law Review .Michael has been named “Top Lawyer” in the South Florida Legal Guide for several years and as also recently named in Best Lawyers in America.Michael is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property law issues. He previously served as Chairman of the Florida Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Committee, and most recently spearheaded a task force to update Florida’s Trademark Act to respond to changes in federal law and to expand the protections afforded owners of Florida trademark registrations.Michael has been affiliated with Aish since 1989 and he has been teaching a course on Jewish Ethics at Aish South Florida for over five years. He regularly leads the Friday night davening and frequently delivers the Shabbat morning sermon.

Rachel Coane
Office Manager

Rachel Coane grew up in Sugar Land, TX. She attended Florida Atlantic University, where she attained a bachelors degree in Economics. After witnessing the incredible growth of Aish Hatorah, she decided to join the team with a focus on college campus outreach.

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