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I am the the Rabbi of Congregation Kesser Israel, Oregon’s largest and longest-established Orthodox synagogue. I am passionate about Torah living and helping people of all backgrounds along their Jewish journey. 

Since 2005, I have lived in Portland, Oregon serving the local community. In 2011, I founded Maayan Torah Day School in partnership with local leaders and parents. I currently serve as the Rabbinic Dean at Maayan. 

Since 2015, I have spearheaded a significant expansion of Kesser Israel’s staff, services and programs. During that time, I have led the congregation’s campaign for capital funds, in partnership with the Board of Directors, to help the synagogue prepare for its upcoming expansion. 

Originally from central Massachusetts, I received a BA in history from Brandeis University. Then studied at Yeshivas Toras Moshe in Jerusalem prior to receiving Semicha. I am a member of the Rabbinical Council of America.