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Rabbi Judah Kerbel

Morah D'asra

Rabbi Avi Hirt, Interim Rabbi

Rabbi Judah Kerbel was born in Bowie, Maryland, and he grew up in Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. Rabbi Kerbel graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, where he earned a B.A. in Jewish studies and psychology. He wrote an honors thesis in modern Jewish history entitled “Herz Homberg, Tradition, and Enlightenment: How Education Intersected with Judaism and the Haskalah.” These two concentrations prompted him to seriously consider a career in the rabbinate, fusing Torah knowledge and a passion for helping others, and his involvement in Hillel inspired his commitment to Jewish leadership.

Rabbi Kerbel learned in Yeshivat Har Etzion. He is an alumnus of Yeshiva Unviersity, where earned semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an M.A. in medieval Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. While studying for semicha, Rabbi Kerbel participated in the RIETS/Ferkauf mental health counseling program designed for rabbis, in which he took courses that are designed to help rabbis counsel their congregants with greater sensitivity and awareness of psychology. He was a fellow at the Center for Modern Torah Leadership’s Summer Beit Midrash, and he participated in fellowships through UJA-Federation, AIPAC, and Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, all geared towards aspiring clergy. Rabbi Kerbel served as a rabbinic intern at The Roslyn Synagogue and Young Israel of Plainview, and he was a beit midrash fellow at SAR High School. While he lived in Washington Heights, Rabbi Kerbel served as education co-chair and a member of the eruv committee at Mt. Sinai Jewish Center.

Rabbi Kerbel is also currently a Judaic Studies teacher at Ramaz middle school.

Rabbi Kerbel is married to Eliana (Shields), a native of Baltimore, MD. She is a fifth grade teacher at Yeshivat He’Atid in Teaneck, NJ and pursuing a dual masters in childhood general education and teaching literacy at Bank Street College of Education. They are extremely excited to be joining the QJC family!

Rabbi Kerbel can be reached at RabbiK@MyQJC.org .

Past weekday shiurim by Rabbi Kerbel can be accessed here (including source materials).

Wed, November 13 2019 15 Cheshvan 5780