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Rabbi Hody Nemes

Semikha, Class of 2021

Rabbi Hody Nemes

Program Director at Solu and Assistant Rabbi at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob

Rabbi Hody Nemes is the program director of Solu, an Orthodox social action initiative building bridges to the broader world through chesed. Rav Hody also serves as an assistant rabbi of Skokie Valley on a part-time basis.

A graduate of Yale University and Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, Rav Hody previously served as the rabbinic intern at Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington, DC, and Stanton Street Shul in New York City. He received smicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2021, and taught Tanakh and Talmud as a beit midrash fellow at S.A.R. High School.

An environmental activist, Hody co-founded Jewish Climate Action Network NYC, a climate change advocacy group, and served as Manager of Greening for Hazon, where he launched a “Seal of Sustainability” for Jewish groups across the country. He specializes in teaching “hands-on halacha,” experiential shiurim that fuse Torah with botany and history. He previously worked as a journalist for the Forward and was co-host of YCT’s “Pastoral Parsha” podcast, combining Torah with psychological insight.