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Meet our 2017 Majestic Personalities


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RABBI DR. CHAIM WAKSLAK
Rabbi, Lecturer and Orator

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Wakslak has been the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Long Beach for the past 30 years. Prior to that Rabbi Wakslak served as the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Belle Harbor. Credited with revitalizing the Long Beach Jewish community, Rabbi Wakslak is responsible for the building of a new shul and Mikveh and for the creation of a Vaad Hakashrus.  He has instituted a Daf Yomi shiur amongst many other Torah forum s and lectures reflecting his scope Talmudic knowledge. He is a sought after lecturer and orator.

Rabbi Wakslak received Semicha from Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. A licensed clinical psychologist, Rabbi Wakslak, who has a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University, served as clinical director and administrator of the Brunswick Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital in Amityville, NY. For the past ten years he has been at HASC Center where he serves as Clinical Director. He serves as a consultant to the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Disability Determinations.

PROFESSOR MARC B. SHAPIRO
Noted Educator, Author and Lecturer

Professor Marc B. Shapiro is the Director and Chair of the Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute at the University of Scranton. A graduate of Brandeis and Harvard University, he is the author of numerous books and articles including Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy and The Limits of Orthodox Theology, both of which were National Jewish Book Award Finalists. His newest book, Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History, appeared in 2015. A recipient of many prestigious awards and fellowships, his research and teaching centers on the areas of Modern Jewish History, Rabbinic Literature, and Jewish Theology and Philosophy. Professor Shapiro is one of Modern Orthodoxy’s most popular lecturers, often speaking before large audiences in the United States, Canada, England, and Israel.

DR. JOSEPH SHATZKES
Board Certified Cardiologist

Joseph Shatzkes is a Board Certified Physician in Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology. He is a member of Englewood Cardiology Consultants in New Jersey and is an attending physician at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. His interests include preventative and consultative cardiology and medicine, critical care cardiology, and medical ethics.

After graduating summa cum laude from the prestigious Brooklyn College BAMD program, he completed medical school at Downstate University Medical Center. There, as well, he graduated summa cum laude, and was honored as president of the exclusive Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and was nominated by his peers as an inaugural member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center where he was recognized with an award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. He subsequently completed his cardiovascular fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

DAVID GROSS
Passover Director of Operations

David has been at the forefront of everything Majestic for six years as our Passover Director of Operations. No detail is unimportant; no event too small; with David everything is essential to the success that has been Majestic.  

JEFF BRAVERMAN
Passover Host

Jeff has been part of our Majestic family for six years as our Passover Host. He takes the happiness and satisfaction of every guest personally as he looks to ensure that each and every T is crossed and every I is dotted. Rest assured that Jeff will see to it that the quality, service and your satisfaction are indeed Majestic!

Year round, Jeff is the Director of Camp Nesher and also  serves as an Assistant Executive Director of Camp Nesher’s parent organization, the New Jersey YM-YWHA (NJY) Camps.

From an “artistic” standpoint, Jeff has recorded his own original Jewish music as part of the duo Shoresh and has been a featured artist on numerous other recordings. Jeff is also an associate partner and orchestra leader at Nafshenu Orchestra, a leading entertainment company in the tri-state area.

DGANIT ISRAEL
Day Camp & Youth Director

Infant to Toddler to Teenager; your children will be delighted to attend our Tiny Tots, Day Camp or Teen Program. With numerous years of experience in childcare, our large, superb and Professional Staff, led by Dganit, will provide your children with thrilling activities and entertainment, while ensuring that each and every child is cared for in the most meticulous and safe manner.