Riverdale—On Thursday, June 15, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School graduated its newest class. Among the graduates were several local residents.
Dan Margulies, son of Dr. Donna Vogel and Dr. David Margulies of Bethesda, Maryland, received his BA in chemical physics and mathematics from Columbia University. He has served as an intern at Young Israel Ohab Zedek of North Riverdale/Yonkers, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and The Abraham Joshua Heschel School. Through YCT and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership, Margulies has participated in several intensive kollel programs researching halachic topics of relevance to contemporary society. He will be joining Hebrew Institute of Riverdale—The Bayit as assistant rabbi and will continue his relationship with Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as a kollel fellow and co-director of community learning.
Ezra Seligsohn, son of Mrs. Sharon, z”l, and Mr. Scott Seligsohn of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Yeshiva University. Inspired by his summers spent at NCSY Kollel and Morasha Kollel, Seligsohn has taught teens and adults both formally and informally through Bnei Akiva, NCSY and Yeshiva University, has served as a rabbinic intern at The Abraham Joshua Heschel School and is currently a rabbinic intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale—The Bayit. A professional graphic designer and student of Safrut, he fuses his years of design experience with his desire for hands-on work and his love for Jewish text. Seligsohn looks forward to joining the rabbinic team at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale—The Bayit as associate rabbi.
Gabriel Kretzmer Seed, son of Mrs. Lori and Rabbi David Seed of Toronto, Canada, received BA and MA degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he focused on Talmud and Midrash. He has interned at The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York and Bais Abe Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, and has also served as a High Holiday ba’al tefilah and ba’al keriah at shuls in Austin, Texas, and Teaneck. In the summer of 2016, Kretzmer Seed completed his first unit of clinical pastoral education (chaplaincy) at New York-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital. In July, he will begin a CPE residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, preparing for a career to serve the Orthodox community, klal Yisrael and beyond through pastoral care and teaching Torah.
Samuel Pearlson, son of Mrs. Judy and Rabbi Eliot Pearlson of Miami Beach, Florida, earned a BA from the University of South Florida where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College, majoring in creative writing and religious studies. He went on to receive an MA in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion. While at YCT, Sam worked as youth rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains and interned at both the Solomon Schechter of Westchester High School and at SAR Academy. A second-generation rabbi, Sam is overjoyed to be joining the middle school Judaic studies faculty of SAR Academy.
The full list of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s S. Daniel Abraham Semikha Fellows is as follows: Benjamin Greenfield, Daniel Blumenthal Hoffman, Dan Margulies, Samuel Pearlson, Tzachi Posner, Abe Schacter-Gampel, Avram Schwartz, Gabriel Kretzmer Seed, Ezra Seligsohn, Eli Yoggev, Amir Zinkow and Rabbi Daniel Geretz (Semikha for Rabbinic Professionals).
This year’s graduates will begin positions as pulpit rabbis, hospital chaplains and Judaic studies educators in the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland; Memphis, Tennessee; New York, New York; Oakland, California; Richmond, Virginia; Riverdale, New York; West Orange, New Jersey; St. Louis, Missouri; and Stamford, Connecticut.
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s mission is to recruit, professionally train and place rabbis throughout the world who will lead the Jewish people and shape their communities’ spiritual and intellectual character in consonance with Modern Orthodox values and commitments. The four-year rabbinical school cultivates a love of Torah, a commitment to Halacha and a philosophy of inclusiveness. Our intensive study of Talmud and Halacha is combined with the highest-caliber professional training, including a four-year pastoral counseling program. Our 120 graduates serve worldwide over four continents, seven countries and 20 states. For more information, visit www.yctorah.org.