I am a rabbi and Jewish Educator who strives to pass along a model of Jewish life that is alive and relevant. With this in mind, I try to walk the line between challenging my community and building confidence in the Jewish lives they have already chosen to live. There are times in our lives when we are moved to look toward the heavens. However, doing so all the time leaves us at risk of missing the miracles that happen before our eyes each day, the faces of our people, and the areas in which we can be catalysts for change. I strive to be an exemplar of Jewish Life that is passionate and enthusiastic. I hope to encourage my community to live a Jewish life that is rooted just as much in their hearts and souls as in our sacred rites and traditions.
Personally, I am a serial hobbyist who is always trying to pick up one skill or another. I spend my time taking pictures, birding, tinkering with the saxophone or guitar, pretending to know how to fix things and to be an outdoorsman, trying to keep up with technological trends, reading and writing.
I was raised in Flanders, New Jersey and went on to earn my B.A. from Rutgers University. I married Aviva, my college sweetheart, in June 2007. We adopted Tikvah, a lab mix in October 2011. After a year of practice on our puppy we welcomed our daughter, Moriyah Chana. A few years later we added her younger sister, Nili Shira. In June 2013 I earned a Master’s in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and received rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical school of Hebrew College. After ordination, I served as rabbi of Temple Hatikvah in Flanders, NJ. Since July 2016, I have proudly and happily served as rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood, Ohio.