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.
(See photo for what that mix produces)

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.



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.


Libby Jonas
Office Manager
Libby grew up in a small town near Tampa called New Port Richey. She attended Florida State University for college, where she studied International Affairs. While there, she became heavily involved in the campus Jewish community. Libby enjoys anything in the arts such as writing, singing and acting. One of her biggest passions is traveling.


Rabbi Dr. David Botton
Teacher
Rabbi Dr. David Botton grew up in Hollywood, FL and has been involved in the spreading of Torah locally and world wide on the internet for the last 15 years. He is an ordained Rabbi and holds a PhD in Rabbinical Studies. Rabbi Botton has been affiliated with and teaching programs at Aish since 1998. Rabbi Botton also serves as the Rabbi for Ner Yitzchak in the Aventura area, has an active practice as a Physician of Oriental Medicine at the Shaare Tzedek Complementary Medicine Center in Fort Lauderdale, and consults as a Software Engineering for various government and private industries.