Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld was born in Staten Island, NY in 1978. He has served as spiritual leader of our congregation since 2007.
He graduated with a BA in 2000 from Yeshiva University with a major in classical languages and a minor in English. He received the Norman Palefski Award for most outstanding senior athlete-scholar at Yeshiva University, as well as the Bernard Floch Award for Classical Languages. He holds an MA in History from Columbia University and he has also studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Israel, the Goethe Institute in Berlin, Germany, and the American Language Institute in Fez, Morocco. He received his rabbinical training and semikha at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.
Rabbi Herzfeld is a Wexner Graduate Fellowship alumnus.
In 2010, the Portland Phoenix featured Rabbi Herzfeld among “Portland’s Most Influential.”
In 2013, the Jewish Daily Forward featured Rabbi Herzfeld in a list of America’s 36 most inspiring rabbis.
Rabbi Akiva is married to Michal Herzfeld and together they have 3 children.
His office hours are from 10 – 12 on Thursdays and by appointment.
Rabbi Herzfeld can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the synagogue at
(207) 773-0693 or on his cell phone at 207-400-6820.