Josh Pernick Rabbinic Intern from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Josh-PJosh Pernick is currently a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in NY. A graduate of Brandeis University, he worked in the field of Jewish education for a number of years before beginning his rabbinic training at YCT, obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching in Jewish Day School Elementary Education through the DeLeT program at Brandeis University as well as completing a post-graduate fellowship in Jewish education through the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators in Jerusalem. He spent the past few years teaching Judaic studies at Jewish day schools in Charleston, SC, Watertown, MA and Atlanta GA, and currently teaches in a community education program at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in NY. Josh also serves on the Judaic Studies teaching staff during the summer at Camp Yavneh in Northwood, NH. The son of a pulpit rabbi, Josh is looking forward to beginning his rabbinic career at Shaarey Tphiloh, learning from all of you who have been part of this community for so many years about all of the unique qualities that make Shaarey Tphiloh such a warm and special place.

Josh performed a year of “national service” after college through Americorps, working as the outreach coordinator for a small non-profit organization in Charleston, SC. This organization provided resources and support to abused and neglected children and their families. As the outreach coordinator, my position was to develop relationships with local religious institutions, schools, community institutions and community leaders to support the work of the organization.

While living in Charleston he served on the board of the Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Charleston Jewish Federation, and served as YAD’s representative to Charleston’s Jewish Community Relations Council.

In addition, he spent one year as a Early Childhood teacher at the Addlestone Hebrew Academy in Charleston and a year as a teaching intern at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) of Boston. In 2015, he was a Lower School Judaic Studies teacher at the Atlanta Jewish Academy in Atlanta.

Alongside his studies at YCT, this year he served as a High Holiday prison chaplain at the Rikers Island correctional facility. Josh also participated in a “Rabbi’s Without Borders” retreat addressing the topic of Judaism and Social Justice. The retreat was sponsored by CLAL with rabbinical students from many other schools.

Josh is currently a fellow in AIPAC’s Leffell Israel Fellowship and in the Wiener Center for Leadership and Learning of the UJA-Federation of NY’s Graduate Fellowship.

Rabbi Herzfeld has made aliyah with his family. We thank him for his years of service and wish them all well as they begin their new life in Israel.

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