Upon graduating from Public High School Reb Elya Silfen learned Torah in the Mayanot Yeshiva in Jerusalem for 1 year. He went on to Ohelei Torah in Brooklyn and finally Morristown Rabbinical College where he received his ordination. Currently , he is the JLI Teens Detroit Founder and Director. Elya, his wife Leah, and their young baby Estee, enjoy welcoming shabbos guests and being involved in a range of various Jewish educational activities. He grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and thoroughly enjoys Hiking, Banjo Playing, and Tacos.