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Rabbi Jesse M. Olitzky


Rabbi Olitzky has returned to his New Jersey roots as he became the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El on July 15, 2014.

Recently named to The Jewish Daily Forward’s 2014 list of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis”, Rabbi Olitzky received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and also holds an MA in Jewish Education from JTS’ William Davidson School of Education, a BA in American Religion from Columbia University and a BA cum laude from the Albert A. List College at JTS in Talmud.

Originally from North Brunswick, NJ, Rabbi Olitzky, most recently, spent three years serving as part of the rabbinic team at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to Jacksonville, he served as rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Israel in Kingston, NY and at Temple Emanuel at Parkchester, NY. Additionally, Rabbi Olitzky spent two years as rabbinic intern at the Orangetown Jewish Center in Rockland County, NY.

He has been an active leader and educator for Jewish youth, working extensively with United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Camp Ramah, and he is a past USY International President.

Rabbi Olitzky has authored various curricula and articles, most recently as a contributing author to Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence and Jewish Men Pray.

You can read more about Rabbi Olitzky and many of his published articles on his blog here

Please do not hesitate to contact Rabbi Olitzky by email at or by phone at 973-763-0111.

Sat, February 24 2018 9 Adar 5778