Our Team

Marc Merrill

Marc Merrill grew up in Jamaica Estates, NY. Marc went to MTA for High School, followed by two years of Yeshiva in Lev HaTorah. Marc is a graduate of Yeshiva University where he majored in History. He currently works full time at the Yeshiva of Central Queens as the Director of Alumni Relations. During his first year of college, in 2008, he was approached by one of his Rabbeim to help raise money for someone who could not afford a second year of Yeshiva in Israel. That was the beginning of Torah Letzion, which is an up and coming Tzedaka organization which has already enabled over 200 young men and women the opportunity to learn in Israel for the year.

Daniel Sherman

Daniel Sherman is a graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys and upon graduation learned at Yeshivat Hakotel. He then returned to America and studied at Yeshiva University where he received his BA and Semicha. Daniel previously served as a madrich and Shoel U'Meishiv at YU. He is currently the Associate Rabbi of the West Side Institutional Synagogue, and married to Tamar. Daniel Joined the Torah Letzion staff in 2008 and takes great pleasure in his role as Co-Director, working closely with Marc and the rest of the hard-working team.

Michael Adler
Director of PR

Michael Adler grew up in Passiac, NJ. After attending Torah Academy of Bergan County for high school he studied in Israel at Yeshiva Lev HaTorah. Michael received his B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in History from Yeshiva University. With a passion for Israel and writing, running the communications department of TLZ is a natural fit. Michael is currently a Program Director for Yachad, as well as the Director of Operations for Camp HASC. Michael has just completed a Masters degree in Public Health, from Rutgers.

Selection Committee

Our selection committee is comprised of five individuals who are responsible for reviewing all applications and deciding how to allocate the Torah Letzion scholarship funds. For the privacy of our applicants, as well as those on the selection committee, we have elected to keep the identity of these individuals anonymous. Please direct all inquiries to info@torahletzion.org.

Yoni Bardash
Special Events Coordinator

Yoni Bardash joined Torah Le’Tzion back in 2011. He grew up in Teaneck, NJ and attended The Frisch School for high school, where he served as the president of the school’s charity society, Kahal. As president of Kahal, Yoni successfully organized charity events and raffles that benefitted a wide variety of charity organizations. Yoni then spent a year and a half learning in Eretz Yisrael in Yeshivat Torat Shraga before returning to Yeshiva University. He graduated YU in 2012 majoring in Economics and fulfilling the Pre-Med requirements. Yoni is currently a medical student at the Hofstra NS-LIJ School of Medicine on Long Island. Yoni serves as the Special Events Coordinator for Torah Letzion.

Estie Mermelstein
Website Editor

Estie Mermelstein grew up in New Rochelle, NY and attended Bruriah High School for Girls, then spent a year and a half in Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim. She attended Stern College for Women and majored in communications and journalism. Estie joined the Torah Letzion team in 2009 when she served as president of Stern College's chessed club, iGive. She eventually became Website Editor in 2010 while serving as Editor in Chief to the YU Observer. After graduating Stern in 2011, Estie attended NYU College of Nursing. She now works as a nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center while pursuing a master's degree from Columbia University School of Nursing. Estie currently lives in Washington Heights with her husband and daughter, and very much enjoys editing content for Torah Letzion.