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I am the rabbi at Flatbush Jewish Center, and have 19 years of experience teaching and tutoring. I help students explore their questions and passions, and help them enter the Jewish conversation and find their own voice. I also have a background in music, and have served as a shaliach tzibbur, so I help students do the trop and services correctly, loudly, and (hopefully) with feeling. I also teach classes on conversational Hebrew and conversion classes. Most importantly, I form a warm and supportive relationship with all my students.
I am a Rabbi with a PhD in Jewish Studies, I am fluent in Hebrew, and have studied Bible in Hebrew at Dartmouth College (1 course) and at the Recon. Rabbinical College (4 courses), as well as during my time studying and working on kibbutz in Israel (1996-1997).
I have served as a Teaching Assistant for 2 courses on Biblical Commentaries at Jewish Theological Seminary, and have extensive experience with Biblical interpretation through my Jewish Studies at the Conservative Yeshiva (1996-7), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (1998-2001), Jewish Theological Seminary coursework (2002-2006), and in the course of researching my doctoral dissertation. In addition, as a pulpit rabbi and chaplain (2006-present) I study the weekly Torah portion in the original Hebrew together with commentaries in the course of preparing for the Torah reading & sermon.
I am an ordained rabbi and PhD in Jewish Studies. I have lived in Israel, where I studied Hebrew, for 1 1/2 years, and did extensive studying in Hebrew for both of my degrees. I also worked 4 years as a staff bar mitzvah tutor at Bnei Jeshurun in New York, and have tutored bar mitzvah students since college. In my tutoring I also work with students on connecting to their Jewish heritage, and engaging meaningfully with their Torah portion.
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