Rabbi Wesley Kalmar hails from Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Talmudical Academy for thirteen years. Upon graduating from high school he studied for two years at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim in Beit Meir, Israel and then earned his bachelors degree in Judaic Studies as a Max Stern Scholar at Yeshiva University. With a desire to spend more time devoted to intensive Torah study, Rabbi Kalmar returned to Israel and participated in a kollel program at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim that focused on the study of the laws of Shabbos. Rabbi Kalmar received his semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) at Yeshiva University and earned a masters degree in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Nachman Levine has been an important figure in the greater Milwaukee Jewish community for over 40 years. Besides serving as the rabbi of Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah since its founding, Rabbi Levine is an instructor of Judaic studies at Hillel Academy, the original position that brought him to the Midwest from his home town of Toronto, Canada. Whether he’s giving a drasha from the pulpit or teaching Talmud at Hillel, Rabbi Levine has influenced generations of Milwaukee Jews.
Jessica, Rabbi Kalmar’s wife, was raised in Queens, New York. Her “rebbetzin training” began at an early age as she comes from a family of pulpit rabbis, including her great-grandfather, grandfather and uncle. She was educated at Bais Yaakov and Yeshiva University High School and studied at Michlalah in Jerusalem before earning her bachelors degree from Stern College and her doctoral degree in neuropsychology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.