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Rabbi Mordechai Harris

Semikha, Class of 2012

Rabbi Mordechai Harris

Chief Impact Officer and Rabbi in Residence

Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Dallas, TX

Mordechai grew up in Schenectady, NY, and attended the University of Rochester and Yeshivat Bat Ayin. His career in NCSY spanned a decade, culminating in his position as the Associate Regional Director for Upstate NY NCSY. During the summers, he worked as the director of Keshet’s special needs integration summer program at Camp Moshava in Wisconsin. While learning at YCT, Mordechai served as the Youth Rabbi at Hebrew Institute of White Plains and as a wrestling coach for MTA – Yeshiva University’s High School. Along with his wife Nisa, they served as the JLIC Fellows at SUNY Albany, a partnership between the Orthodox Union and Hillel International.  Upon ordination, Mordechai worked on behalf the Jewish community of Memphis, TN, serving first for 4 years as the Assistant Rabbi of the Baron Hirsch Congregation and then for 3 years as the the Director of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the Memphis JCC. In 2019, he moved with his family to Texas to lead the Center for Jewish Education on behalf of the Dallas Jewish Federation. Following a period during which he was escalated to serve as the interim professional leader of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Mordechai embraced his current role as the Federation’s Chief Impact Officer and Rabbi in Residence. In addition to his work for the Federation, Mordechai is the current president of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas. Mordechai is married to Nisa and they are blessed with three daughters, Pliyah, and twins Aura and Emunah.