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Rabbi Menashe East

Semikha, Class of 2005

Rabbi Menashe East

Rabbi, Mount Freedom Jewish Center

Randolph, NJ

Menashe graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in Literature. After beginning rabbinical school at RIETS, Menashe transferred to YCT. While at YCT, Menashe pursued his Masters of Social Work at YU. In his first post after YCT, Menashe and his wife Donna moved to San Diego, CA to serve as Kehillat Ahavat Yisrael’s first rabbi. During his four years in CA, Menashe also taught upper school Judaic studies at the Jewish Academy, San Diego’s community school. Additionally, Menashe is proud to have been selected as a Shalom Hartman fellow, joining rabbinic colleagues from all streams of Judaism, from all over the US, as part of the third cohort of the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative.

With Donna and, then, two children, Menashe returned to the East Coast to serve as the Spiritual Leader of the Mt. Freedom Jewish Center in the beautiful wooded hills of Randolph, NJ, where he currently works and lives. Menashe is now in the middle of a 10 year contract with the MFJC. Menashe recently earned his License for his Masters of Social Work. Currently, Menashe works part-time as a clinician for JFS of Passaic, NJ where he seeks his LCSW. Menashe and Donna are blessed to have five children, Ayala, Erez, Elisha, Alon and Ariel.