Gaon Education is dedicated to developing innovative Torah educational curriculum and technology for Jewish Day Schools.

No two students are identical - they learn and forget at different rates, come from different educational backgrounds, and have different intellectual capabilities, attention spans, and modes of learning. Teachers can use curriculum, exercises and supplementary materials, as well as technology where available, to constantly assesses performance and learning preferences and personalize the learning experience for every student, providing further support and development for specific skills that a student may be struggling with, and tailoring the instruction to meet each students unique needs in attaining Torah mastery.

Over the past few years we've created Tanach curriculum and software for both the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools, as well as the Lookstein Foundation, but our own product and passion is Gaon Gemara - a skill based gemara curriculum for middle schools.

In 2017-18, Gaon Gemara is being used in 3 schools in North America for 6th and 7th grades.

The Team

Rabbi Tal Segel
Founder & Director

Rabbi Segel is a graduate of Shapell's College of Jewish Studies, Mir Yeshiva Yerushalayim, Yeshivas Beis Yosef Novardok Brooklyn, and Yeshiva University where he completed a Masters Degree in Jewish Education. He earned a Bachelors Degree of Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney with scholarship, and is a recipient of the MLC Software Development Award. Rabbi Segel has extensive experience in developing interactive and experiential Torah programming and curriculum, having worked with Lehavin U'Lehaskil Chumash, the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy, eDynamic Learning, Pearson Education, Musemio, 3dBear and others. He has taught at Yeshiva Moreshet Yerushalayim, Moriah College (Sydney), Adelson School (Las Vegas), and St. Peter Claver Catholic School (Miami). In 2019, Rabbi Segel was the recepient of the Bonim B'Yachad 2019 Excellence in Innovation Award. You can learn more about his work at

Rabbi Elie Silverberg
Content Expert & Product Development

Rabbi Elie Silverberg has been teaching students new to Talmud study at Shapell's College of Jewish Studies/ Yeshivat Darche Noam in Jerusalem for 30 years, using a skill based approach to teach students how to break down and decipher the structure of the gemara. Rabbi Silverberg combines an approach developed by the founders of Darche Noam with philosophies gleaned from engineering and mathematics. Hundreds of students have achieved proficiency and self-sufficiency in gemara study through his instruction. Rabbi Elie Silverberg studied under Rav Tzvi Kushelevsky and Rav Yosef Soloveitchik, and has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Rabbi Shaya Karlinsky
Content Expert & Product Development

Rabbi Karlinsky is co-founder and dean of both Shapell's/Darche Noam and Midreshet Rachel v'Chaya. A Los Angeles native, Rabbi Karlinsky studied at UCLA as well as Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh and the Mir Yeshiva. He holds a smicha from ITRI, and a Master's degree in educational psychology at Philadelphia's Temple University. Rabbi Karlinsky has been a pioneer of gemara study for 30 years, and is a prolific thinker, speaker and author. Together with his colleagues at Shapell's, he has developed a clear and logical methodology for the development of advanced gemara skills in beginners, and it is this successful and proven methodology that we now seek to make available in a format suitable for middle and high school classrooms.

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