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Rabbi Eric Garfinkel

Semikha, Class of 2023

Rabbi Eric Garfinkel

Assistant Director and Campus Rabbi, Hofstra Hillel

Eric Garfinkel is a proud alumnus of Hofstra University. As an undergraduate, he was actively involved in Hillel, serving as Chair of the Athletic Committee, and on the Student Executive Board as Vice President and President. While at YCT, he continued his involvement at Hillel working as a Community Educator and later Director of Special Projects, supporting programming for both Hofstra Hillel students and the Jewish community. He also held internships at Beth Tfiloh in Baltimore, MD, Congregation Ohav Sholom in Merrick, NY, and Mt. Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, NJ. He currently serves as a liaison for the Vaad of Merrick, mashgiach, and is a consultant for kosher endeavors.

Eric is recently married to Rachel, and they live in Philadelphia. He is a sports enthusiast and musician and loves learning and exploring all things, especially Judaism.