Semikha, Class of 2009
Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal
Rabbi, Congregation Ahavath Achim & Senior Coach and Program Manager, Pedagogy of Partnership
Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal has worked in Jewish education for over ten years as a classroom teacher in both Orthodox and Community day schools during which he was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish educators. In his most recent past position at de Toledo High School he also served as Jewish Studies department chair. Currently, he teaches as adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College’s DeLeT program for teachers and works as an Education Consultant for organizations such as the Sephardic Educational Center and the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. He is also the author of the blog thrivingtorah.com which explores the wisdom at the intersection of Judaism, education and everyday life. At the center of all of his work is his belief in Judaism’s ability to help people discover and nourish their best selves. Rabbi Villarreal, his wife and five children recently relocated to Portland, Oregon where he serves as the Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Achim. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.