Rabbi Judah Dardik is a Sgan Rosh Yeshiva (Assistant Dean) and full-time Ramm at Yeshivat Orayta in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he teaches Talmud, Halachah, Jewish Philosophy, Personal Growth and oversees student welfare. He is also the Dean of the JLE, the Orayta Center for Jewish Leadership and Engagement, where he runs adult education and rabbinic educational missions and directs Orayta’s larger effort to inspire the broader Jewish community and help train its leadership. Before making aliyah a few years ago, he completed thirteen years as the spiritual and community leader of Beth Jacob Congregation, in Oakland, California. Under his leadership, it became a vibrant and fast-growing community and educational center for families from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs and practices. An award winning teacher, he has lectured widely across the United States and Israel, taught and consulted at multiple schools, wrote a regular Torah column that was turned into a book available on Amazon, and helped to train rabbinical students at YU’s RIETS program. Rabbi Dardik is also certified as a couple’s educator, and served in national leadership positions with AIPAC and the RCA. He received his BA from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, his Master’s degree from the Azrielli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University. He is passionate about Jewish education and welcomes the opportunity to learn with people of all backgrounds and perspectives. He lives in Gush Etzion with his wife Naomi and their six children. He loves hiking, making wine, and playing roller hockey.
Field / Profession: Educator, Community/Synagogue Rabbi
Educator at: Yeshiva
Recent Places Spoken/Recommendations:
Young Israel of Scarsdale - Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
Beth Jacob Congregation of Oakland, California - Dr. Brian Kaye
Lower Merion Synagogue, Philadelphia - Ms. Jessica Blazer
Speaking Topics: Torah, Community, Eretz Yisrael, Inspirational, Mussar/Character Development, Family Education, Halacha & the Modern World, Campus/Students
Sample Topics - General:
“What’s My Type?"- Finding Your Personal Spiritual Path in the Orthodox World
Esav: Parenting a Challenging Child
Patriarchs and Matriarchs: Relationship Insights From Their Complex Marriages
Principles of Spiritual Investing
OTD - "Off the Derech". What can we as individuals and community do?
Jesus in the Gemara: Aggadita and its Religious Symbolism
Rav Kook: Teshuvah Isn't Just for High Holidays
Prayer: Why Bother? Eight Approaches to Connecting to Tefillah
Deconstructing the Pesach Haggadah
Sample Topics - Israel Related:
Zionism as Revolution: Rav Kook and Rav Shagar
Moshe, Yehoshua, Ezra and Why the Land Of Israel is at the Center of Jewish History
Languages: English, HebrewMizrachi discount available for this speaker!
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