Rabbi Shlomo Channen
Shlomo Channen was born in Jerusalem, the second of nine children, to American Ba'alei T’shuva. He grew up in Gush Etzion on a small settlement made up of Olim Chadashim. When he was fourteen, he was sent to live in a Yeshiva dormitory in the city, where he endured great cultural shock. This gave him a sensitivity to those who feel different or uncomfortable with their surroundings and peers.
Shlomo began informally counseling teenage boys who had been kicked out of their homes or schools for not fitting into the accepted religious mold.
Witnessing Shlomo's rapport with these boys, Rabbi Nachum Reguznitski, a Talmud of the Chazan Ish, advised him to open up a place for these young men to learn and grow.
With the help and blessing of Rabbi Mordecai Goldstein zt"l, Dean of Diaspora Yeshiva, Shlomo opened Hashivenu in 2005 at the bottom of Mt. Zion, Jerusalem. He was twenty-four.
Shlomo Channen's theory of education is that "Every kid will do well if he can." He quotes Albert Einstein who said, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid". Therefore Shlomo believes in finding an individual path for each student that is built on the student's own personality.
Hashivenu has more than a 90% success rate in bringing young adults back into society, with the intent of living fulfilling, spiritual and meaningful lives.
Rabbi Asher Channen
Mashgiach Ruchani & Maggid Shiur
Rabbi Asher Channen has worked in the field of Jewish education and kiruv for many years. He had the z’chut to learn in Yeshivat Knesset Gedolah by Harav Hillel Zaks Z”TL. There he developed a close, personal relationship with the Rav.
After marriage, he continued learning in Kollel for several years. Having a natural talent for teaching and a good understanding of youth he later joined a Kollel in the Retorno Rehabilitation Center where he helped the patients through their spiritual recovery and aided them in developing a positive attitude towards Yiddishkeit and Torah learning.
After spending some time in Retorno, Rav Asher wanted to further his teaching and reach more young people so he joined Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim. There he taught Gemara, Hashkafah, and Halachah to modern orthodox boys and developed close relationships with them.
Many of his students continued to further their Torah learning and went on to build Torah homes. To this day, Rav Asher maintains close relationships with many of his students.
Currently, Rav Asher acts as the Mashgiach Ruchani and Maggid Shiur in the Yeshiva. Additionally, he gives a nightly Shiur in Gemara to Ba'alei Batim.
Rav Moshe Abo
Rav Moshe Abo is an alumnus of Hasheveinu.
Having been a former student, Rav Abo has a deep understanding of the challenges that young boys who have left mainstream orthodoxy face.
Rav Moshe gives a dynamic, interactive Gemorah shiur with the goal of awakening joy in learning.