Even though I’ve been a Rabbi for over 20 years, I still consider myself a “work in progress” – just like everybody else. Part of my evolution over the past few years has been to find new ways to combine my passion for teaching and my expertise in the science of Jewish spirituality.

I started the Read Hebrew Prep School as part of this journey. Over the years, I have shared recordings of my Hebrew reading lessons with Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, and to put it simply, the recorded lessons worked – and quickly too! Inspired by these successes, as well as the growing possibilities of online learning, I began to create a fully virtual course that has worked for students of all ages.

To reach even more students, I also founded the Bar Mitzvah Prep School. The time leading up to Bar Mitzvah is a wonderful opportunity for young students to learn about the universality of Judaism. I’ve always been able to explain complex topics clearly – and get right to their core and meaning. This was my exact approach with these virtual Bar Mitzvah prep lessons – each designed to guide students through a simple experience that spotlights Judaism as the deep, rich, and relevant gift that it is.

I know parents and students alike appreciate the opportunity to get to know their child’s teacher, so here’s a little bit more about me…I am the father of 9 children, a published author, creator of the Beginning Within (learn more here), and Rabbi of my synagogue in Newtown, PA, where I have specialized in teen and adult education. My teaching approach includes a blend of psychology, spirituality, clarity, conviction, and a passion for finding the right story to help students see the meaning of Judaism in their own lives.

I am a former member of the editorial board of the Jewish Learning Institute and have been a featured lecturer at the National Jewish Retreat.


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