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Rabbi Joel Dinin

Semikha, Class of 2015

Rabbi Joel Dinin

Orthodox Rabbi & Director of Education

MIT Hillel

Cambridge, MA

Rabbi Joel Dinin has been the Director of Education and Orthodox Rabbi at MIT Hillel since the summer of 2023. He is passionate about making Torah fun, accessible and inspiring. He enjoys weaving science, art, music and media into all of his learning. His classes range from topics on Jewish ethics, Talmud, philosophy to how Judaism can answer life’s big questions!

A native of West Hills California, Rabbi Dinin spent a year studying at Pardes in Israel while attending a weekly Chevruta at Shappel’s before receiving Semicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2015. He served as a congregational rabbi in Baltimore and Milwaukee while also working as a part time Jewish studies teacher with a special focus on Israel education.

Rabbi Dinin and his wife Sarah have three children. When he is not teaching classes over pizza or having coffee schmoozes with the computer scientists of tomorrow he enjoys reading, playing guitar and being a dad.