About the Author

Rabbi Jonathan Feldman, PhD

Rabbi Jonathan Feldman is Community Educator for Am Yisrael Foundation, an organization that runs cultural, social and Torah programming for young olim and expats who have come to Tel Aviv from all over the world. He was formerly Associate/East Side Director of Manhattan Jewish Experience for 17 years, working with Jewish young professionals on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Rabbi Jonathan grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. After attending Cornell University he started studying Torah at Yeshiva Aish Hatorah and eventually received his Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and his Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from New York University. He has lectured widely and has taught at Stern College and Yeshiva University. He, his wife and two of their children acted on their dream and made Aliyah this past summer and never looked back (although he does visit the States occasionally). They and enjoy working on their Hebrew, exploring the more remote parts of the land of Israel and learning to become sabras. For more content visit the author’s website at www.rabbijonathanfeldman.com

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