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Rabbi Evan Ravski

Rabbi Evan Ravski grew up in a Conservative home and congregation in Woodbridge, CT. His passion for Judaism is due to the influence of his parents and extended family and from his studies at Conservative Movement institutions, including attending Ezra Academy, a Schechter Day School (K-8th grades) and being a camper at Camp Ramah in New England for 13 years.

Before taking the helm of Synagogue Emanu-El, Rabbi Ravski served as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, VA, Rabbi Ravski received his Rabbinic ordination in 2015 from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). He earned his MA in Jewish Education from JTS in 2007 and his BA in Judaic Studies from The George Washington University in 2005. He has served on the boards of the JCRC of Greater Washington and The Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington and is a founding trustee of the Baltimore Washington Kashrut Council. Rabbi Ravski taught in the 7th and 8th grades at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County and was the Jewish Life Coordinator there during the period between his MA and Rabbinic studies. During Rabbinical School he was a 6th and 7th grade teacher, curriculum coordinator and Rabbinic Intern at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport, CT. He also served as a student chaplain at a major teaching hospital and worked as a Mashgiach at Camp Ramah in Nyack, NY. Rabbi Ravski also attended the Torah Lishmah Program at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and is a Leffell Rabbinic Student Fellow at the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). While passionate and devoted to all forms of Jewish education, as the grandson of Survivors, he is particularly committed to Holocaust education and has participated in The March of the Living both as a teen participant and as an educator.

Rabbi Ravski began his path to the rabbinate driven by both his passion for Jewish education and building a sense of community. As a rabbi, he is committed to bringing his love of Judaism and education into everything he does, using it to build and strengthen the bonds between each member of the community. His work is inspired by education and working with people of all all religions to build community through tikkun olam (making the world a better place), and a desire to make Judaism a meaningful, joyful and comforting part of our community and our lives.

In his free time, Rabbi Ravski likes to cook (grill season is every season), read, ski, and garden. He and his wife, Abby, love to travel; however, now most of their free time is taken up playing and exploring the world with their two young boys, Judah and Asher ... and preparing for the twins they are expecting this summer.

Please feel free to be in touch with Rabbi Ravski through email: rabbiravski@emanu-el.com or by calling the Synagogue: 843-571-3264.

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Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781