Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek. He studied at the University of Texas as an undergraduate and Harvard University for a Masters in Leadership and Psychology, and he completed a second Masters degree in Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He is now a Doctoral candidate at Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology, and has taught as an instructor of Moral Philosophy at Barnard College and a fiat lux at UCLA Law School. Shmuly was ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT Rabbinical School) in New York as a Wexner Graduate Fellow prior to which he studied Talmud and Jewish law at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Israel for two years. Shmuly also received a second rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Chief Rabbi of Efrat and a third rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo of Jerusalem.
Rav Shmuly Speaks About Ethical Kashrut at Yeshiva University
As a global social justice educator, Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in many countries including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, Senegal, Germany, Ukraine, and Haiti. In January 2011, Shmuly was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to serve as the rabbinic representative, a facilitator, and motivational speaker. For three years, Shmuly taught philosophy twice a week at an inner-city school in Harlem and served on the New York Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health Clergy Steering Committee. Shmuly worked in business consulting for a major top 10 firm, has written numerous articles on Jewish and social justice issues, has lectured and consulted across the world, and has a bi-weekly column in the Jewish Week called “Street Torah.” He has served as a rabbinic intern in four different congregations in Montreal, Connecticut, Boston, and Florida and taught as a scholar-in-residence for over 20 organizations. He served on the International Board of Hillel for two years and is the former Director of Panim’s Leadership and Activism training (JAM) in Washington D.C.
Rav Shmuly and Friends in a Haitian Refugee Camp
A film crew followed Shmuly for over a year to produce a PBS documentary (“The Calling”) about the training of religious leadership to be released in America. In 2008, the Jewish Week recognized Shmuly as one of “36 under 36″ (one of 36 of the most influential Jewish leaders under the age of 36). In 2009, the UJC named Shmuly one of five “Jewish Community Heroes.” Shmuly was invited to the White House Chanukah party to celebrate with the President and First Lady. Shmuly currently servces as the Director of Jewish Life and the Senior Jewish Educator at the UCLA Hillel and is on faculty at Shalhevet High School.
Rav Shmuly Reflects on Ethical Consumption at Bina LA
Shmuly is a member of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. Shmuly and his wife, Shoshana, live in Los Angeles.