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. He was also 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.