Phil Kaplan grew up in Queens and Long Island, New York. He graduated from CUNY-Queens College with a BA in Jewish Studies. During his time at YCT, Phil served as rabbinic intern at Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, CT, Congregation Sherith Israel in Nashville, TN, and at Congregation Tiferet Israel in Austin, TX. Phil loves building/facilitating warm and welcoming Jewish community and ritual, singing, cooking and exercising. He and his wife Abra live in Sydney, Australia, where Phil serves as Assistant Rabbi at the Great Synagogue of Sydney.