The rabbi and halachic authority for Kol BeRamah is Rabbi Mordechai Y. Scher.
Mordechai Yosef Scher was born and raised in Stamford, CT. He moved to Israel shortly after finishing high school. He was educated in some of Israel’s best known Religious Zionist institutions, notably Machon Meir, Yeshivat Mercaz Harav Kook, the Shaal program of Yeshivat Shaalvim, and the Midrasha Gevoha/Machon Harry Fischel.
Rabbi Scher served in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantry soldier and combat medical specialist in the 80s.
Rabbi Scher was certified as a sofer (scribe) by Rav Shmuel Wozner of B’nei Brak. He was certified to examine and decide on the work of scribes by Rav Mordechai Friedlander. He was certified in the laws of kiddushin and testimony by Dayan Ezra Batzri. He was ordained for the rabbinate by Rav Shear Yeshuv Cohen (Chief Rabbi of Haifa), Rav Uzi Kalcheim of blessed memory, Rav Gershon Binet of kollel Tomer Devorah, and Rav Zalman Nehemia Goldberg , Chief Justice of the Rabbinical High Court in Jerusalem. Rabbi Scher holds Master Teacher certification from the Teachers Institute at Yeshivat Shaalvim.
Rabbi Scher holds a BSc in Health Sciences, a BSN in Nursing, and is board certified as a flight paramedic (FP-C). He works part-time as a flight nurse/paramedic at Med Flight Air Ambulance, and as a nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. He is among the founding members of Atalaya Search and Rescue team of Santa Fe, and was a search dog handler with Mountain Canine Corps of Los Alamos. Rabbi Scher previously taught and served in the rabbinate in the Jewish communities of Jerusalem, Israel; Houston, TX; Vancouver, BC; West Hartford, CT; and Boston, MA.
Rabbi Scher is married to Dr. Shulamit Yaarah (Sandra) Scher, MD. She practices medicine at Los Alamos National Labs. Their children are all grown, and out of the house. Visitors to the Schers’ home are likely to be greeted by at least one of their dogs or cats. The hens and bees tend to keep to themselves.