We are a diverse group of volunteers in the tri-state area and beyond who joined to form a grassroots initiative to encourage mask wearing in public. Some of the members of our team have been involved in the Covid Plasma Initiative and have seen firsthand how dangerous COVID-19 can be. We aim to raise awareness about the importance of mask wearing and empower members of our community to make choices that help protect others.
rabbi dr. aaron e. glatt, Md, Facp, fidsa, fshea
Rabbinic and Medical Advisor
Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA is the Assistant Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere. He has been giving a Daf Yomi shiur for nearly 30 years and gives a weekly gemara be’iyun shiur, daily halacha shiurim, and many other classes including a daily on-line Dirshu Mishnah Brurah yomi shiur on OU Torah (first 4.5 volumes available online). An international lecturer on medical and halachic issues, Rabbi Dr. Glatt has authored two seforim through ArtScroll, Visiting the Sick: A halachic and medical guide - with down to earth advice, and Women in the Talmud.
Board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Rabbi Dr. Glatt is currently Chairman of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases / Hospital Epidemiologist at Mount Sinai South Nassau, and a full Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Previously, he held positions as the Executive Vice President at Mercy Medical Center; President & CEO of St. Joseph Hospital; and Associate Dean at NY Medical College.
Mask to Protect is honored to have Rabbi Dr. Glatt as our medical and rabbinic advisor.
Rabbi yitzchak Reichman
Rabbi Reichman learned for fourteen years in Beis Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, including six years as Rosh Chabura of a chabura that focused on the combination of lomdus and halacha lema’aseh. He is currently Maggid Shiur at Heichal Hatorah Beis Medrash in Teaneck, NJ. He wanted to help Mask to Protect after hearing numerous misconceptions regarding the present risks and the need for protection.
rabbi yehoshua leib Rubenstein
Rabbi Rubenstein has been a Rosh Chabura in Beis Medrash Govoha of Lakewood for the past seven years. He is a strong believer in the need to be machmir on pikuach nefesh. He became involved in Mask to Protect when he heard that there were new cases of COVID-19 cropping up in the tri-state area.
dr. chava ruderman, mD, mph
Dr. Ruderman is a board-certified internist currently completing a second residency in public health and preventive medicine. She became involved in Mask to Protect to spread the message that wearing a mask helps prevent us from inadvertently transmitting infection to people around us—making it not just essential for public health, but a way of showing care and respect for our loved ones and members of our community.
dr. aliza rubenstein, phd
Dr. Rubenstein holds a PhD in quantitative biomedicine from Rutgers University and is currently a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, studying COVID-19. She became involved in Mask to Protect when her children asked her why they were the only family wearing masks.
As the creator and co-founder of Yadb’Yad a community based mental health support group organization founded in 2012, and imadi, an organization which provided case management and guidance to Jewish families contending with mental illness, Zeldy Oppen’s mission in the work that she does is to help lessen the stigma associated with mental health issues and provide a safe place for those affected. She feels honored to be a part of the Mask to Protect team and promote its vital mission.
Adinah Swiatycki is our in-house graphic designer. Working remotely from Baltimore, she creates logos, ads and design for Mask to Protect, giving an attractive and professional touch to the organization.
Ahuva Oppen is a business student at Yeshiva University. She has managed multiple social media accounts for both businesses and non-profits, and looks forward to using her experience to spread Mask to Protect's important mission.