Rabbi Yehuda Sarna in conversation with Simon Eder discusses the concept of holiness in the parsha and how
it relates to the founding of Jewish community in the UAE.
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna is the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Council of the Emirates. He is also the Executive Director of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University (NYU), the University Chaplain and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna was born in Montreal, Canada. He attended Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1995 to 1997 before earning his B.A. in English Literature and Judaic Studies from Yeshiva College. Rabbi Sarna is a 2003 graduate of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. In 2002, he began working at New York University’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, a Hillel affiliate. Since then, Rabbi Sarna has founded the Jewish Learning Fellowship, a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. He has been instrumental in building a strong and diverse Jewish presence at NYU.
Rabbi Sarna, along with Imam Khalid Latif, co-founded the ‘Of Many’ Institute for Multifaith Leadership at NYU. They teach a course together and lead service trips to cultivate cooperation and dialogue among students from different faiths.
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