A fulfilling vacation extends beyond the activities, scenery and cuisine. At Rustic Elegance we strive to find some of the best scholars and rabbinic figures who will help us not only be focused on the physical aspects of the trip, but to  grow and be inspired spiritually, deepening our relationship with Hahsem and his creations. 

Please scroll down to learn about our Scholars-in-Residence (In order of appearance)


Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), a rapidly-growing congregation of over 800 families and over 1,000 children in Boca Raton, Florida. BRS is the largest Orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States. Rabbi Goldberg's warm and welcoming personality has helped attract people of diverse backgrounds and ages to feel part of the BRS community, reinforcing the BRS credo of 'Valuing Diversity and Celebrating Unity.'

Rabbi Goldberg personally leads numerous weekly learning opportunities for large and small groups, as well as individualized study. Many of his classes are available to listen to online

Rabbi Goldberg is the author of a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to and His writings have appeared in Mishpacha, Klal Perspectives, Mosaic, Jewish Press, Jewish Link, Jewish Life, Jewish Action, Times of Israel, Sun Sentinel, Forward, YU to Go, and have been quoted by the New York Times and Wall St. Journal

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Rabbi Ya'akov Trump

Rabbi Ya’akov Trump serves as the Associate Rabbi of the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst. Rabbi Trump was recently involved as hub coordinator of the Shabbos Project in the Five Towns-Far Rockaway bringing hundreds and thousands together raising the bar of Shabbos. Rabbi Trump currently teaches Halacha at the Shulamith High School for girls and serves as a teacher mentor and supervisor as part of the Educational Leadership Team(ELT). Previously, Rabbi Trump served as the public programs coordinator at RIETS and a script writer at Aleph Beta.

Rabbi Trump grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating high school, he spent several years in Kerem BeYavneh in Israel followed by Ner Yisrael, Baltimore. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Yeshiva University and has taken multiple Actuary exams. While completing Semicha at RIETS, he served as Rabbinic Intern in Kesher Israel DC, Young Israel of Jamaica Estates and the Beth Din of America. He spent two years as Rabbinic fellow of the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago creating new programs and shiurim.  Enjoy many shurim in the areas of Halacha, Machshava and Gemara on
It is his passion to share his passion for the Torah and its relevance in contemporary times.

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Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

(2019 Scholar-In-Residence)

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz is the Founding Dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam and Director of The Center for Jewish Family Life. He is the author of two books, published the landmark children’s personal safety picture book Let’s Stay Safe!, which is in over 70,000 homes worldwide in 3 languages, and the Bright Beginnings Chumash and Gemara Workbooks which has helped over 5,000 children in 70 schools acquire Judaic Studies skills in a fun-filled manner in just the past 2 years. Rabbi Horowitz conducts child abuse prevention  and parenting workshops internationally and received the prestigious 2008 Covenant Award in recognition of his contribution to Jewish education.

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Rabbi David Fohrman

(2019 Scholar-In-Residence)

Rabbi David Fohrman lectures internationally on Biblical themes. In recent years, Rabbi Fohrman has developed Aleph Beta, an online startup that develops animated video content based on his approach to Chumash, Navi and Chazal. Thousands of individual subscribers, as well as hundreds of schools, worldwide, make use of its material.

Rabbi Fohrman is the author of "The Beast that Crouches at the Door," finalist for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and "The Queen You Thought You Knew. " He served as a senior writer and editor for ArtScroll’s  Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud, and taught Biblical Themes at The Johns Hopkins University. He grew up in Northern California, and is always ready to go back to Yosemite at a moment's notice. Rabbi Fohrman currently resides in Woodmere, NY with his wife and children, where he also serves as resident scholar at the Young Israel of Woodmere.