Simcha Krauss
Rabbi Simcha Krauss
Founding Av Beit Din and Presiding Dayan of the IBD

Rabbi Simcha Krauss, a descendant of many generations of Rabbis, studied at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin and in 1963, he received semikha Yadin Yadin from HaRav Yitzchak Hutner, zt”l,. He served as a congregational rabbi in in Utica, NY, St. Louis, MO, and Queens, NY and for twenty years taught Talmud at Yeshiva University. In 2005, he made Aliya and was Senior RAM at Yeshiva Eretz HaTzvi. After working on behalf of agunot for many years, Rabbi Krauss returned to the United States in 2014 to create the International Beit Din

Rabbi Krauss is the author of many scholarly articles. He has published  in Moriyah, Beit  Yitzchak, Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, and Tradition. He served as president of the Mizrachi organization and revived its journal, Or HaMizrach.

A. Yehuda Warburg
Rabbi A. Yehuda Warburg
Menahel, Director of the IBD

Rabbi Warburg studied at Yeshiva University where he received semikha and earned his dr. of jurisprudence at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law. For the last fifteen years, Rabbi Warburg has served as a dayan in the hassidic, modern orthodox and yeshiva communities in the NY-NJ metropolitan area. For over two decades, Rabbi Warburg has delivered shiurim (classes) in Hoshen Mishpat and Even Ha-Ezer to Yeshiva Rabbi Issac Elchanan's semikha students.

Rabbi Warburg has published dozens of articles in journals in the area of family law, contracts and securities law.

Rabbi Warburg is the author of a series entitled Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality-Beit Decisions in English [Urim]. Volume 3, published recently, deals with halakhic divorce and the agunah.

Rabbi Ariel Holland

For over three decades, Rabbi Ariel Holland has taught Halacha and Talmud in numerous institutions and communities throughout Israel and the Diaspora. Currently, he is a Ram in the Tekoa Yeshiva and serves as a rabbinical Posek in various institutions. He is a fellow in the Ad-Hena Institute for Jewish Heritage in Galicia & Bukovina. Rabbi Holland has semikha from Rav Adin Steinzaltz with whom he studied for many years.

Rabbi David Bigman

Rav David Bigman has been the Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa since 1995. He studied at the Skokie Yeshiva, Kerem B'Yavneh, Merkaz Harav and  Netzech Yisrael. He  received semikha from Mechon Ariel in Haifa. He received his B.A. in economics with honors from Wayne State University. From 1983 - 1988, Rabbi Bigman was Rabbi of Kibbutz Maale Gilboa, and from 1987-92, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati Ein Tzurim. Rabbi Bigman has served on various batei din and has long been active in the issue of Mesuravei Gett. Rabbi Bigman served in the Israeli army.

Rabbi Yosef Levi

Rabbi Yosef Levi, born in Israel, has served as Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community of Florence, Italy since 1996. He studied at Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav, establishing close ties with Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, zt”l. He completed his rabbinical studies at Machon Ariel/ Harry Fischel in Jerusalem and received semikha from Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen. He also received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen-Denmark ( 1981) and did post-doctoral work in Clinical Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1984). 

Legal Advisor
Yosef Sharabi
Yoetz Mishpati

Rabbi Dr. Yosef Sharabi is a graduate of Yeshiva Kerem B'Yavneh, and of the Eretz Hemdah Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies where he studied Dayanut. At Bar Ilan University, he obtained his LL.B and Ph.D in Law. He was admitted to the Israeli Bar and obtained semikha, yadin yadin from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He has served on the Beit Din LeMamonot at Kedumim and has taught at Tel Aviv University and also in the ordination program of the Rabbinic College in Rome. He was an officer in the Israeli army as a military Rabbi. He specializes in Jewish family law and has published widely in the field.