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.
Menahel, Director and a Dayan 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 eighteen 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]. Volumes 3-4, published recently, deal with halakhic divorce and the agunah.
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.
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 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.
A student of Rav Joseph Dov Soloveitchick and Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l, Rabbi Daniel Wolf taught at Yeshivat Har Etzion for over 30 years and collaborated with Rav Lichtenstein in teaching the advanced kollel. Rav Wolf edited and extensively footnoted an 8 volume series of published lectures on topics in Talmud and Jewish thought for which Rav Lichtenstein was awarded the Israel Prize for Jewish Literature.
Rabbi Wolf himself has published several books including מנחה לאהרן, which focuses on the principles of Seder Nashim, the section of the Talmud dealing with matrimony and divorce.