Semikha, Class of 2015
Rabbi Raif Melhado
Judaic Studies Teacher, Atlanta Jewish Academy
Rabbi Raif Melhado teaches Judaic studies at de Toledo High School, with a focus on advanced rabbinic literature. He comes to the faculty from Kahal Joseph Congregation, America’s only Indo-Iraqi synagogue, where he served as Senior Rabbi from 2015-2019.
While studying at YCT for his semikha, he earned a master’s in Modern Jewish History at Yeshiva University. His special interests include Aggadic Midrash, Jewish encounters with modernity, and promoting Sephardi consciousness. He is the author of an Iraqi haggadah with a fresh English translation, and two websites devoted to Sephardic life: ketershemtob.com and anacao.org.