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Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff

Semikha, Class of 2018

Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff

Director of Community Engagement

Riverdale Y

Riverdale, NY

Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He studied abroad for three semesters at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in the Old City of Jerusalem. Scott received a BA in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University and was a recipient of the university’s Altshul, Pearlman Memorial Award for Highest Ranks in all Jewish Studies. Following graduation from Yeshiva University, Scott began his studies at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. During his time at YCT, Scott served as the Rabbinic Intern and Youth Rabbi at Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, NJ. While at YCT he also participated in AIPAC’s Leffell Israel Fellowship, UJA Federation of New York’s Graduate Fellowship and YCT’s YHS Fellowship: Bridging Faiths Through the Holocaust. Scott is the 2017 recipient of YCT’s Herbert Lieberman Award for Community Service. He was also a recipient of UJA Federation of New York’s Staten Island Community Service Award and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island’s Community Service Award. Scott formerly served as the Assistant Rabbi at Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, NJ. He also served as the Global Connections Education Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Scott currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement at the Riverdale Y. He also started his own business, Genealogy with Rabbi Scott, conducting genealogical research for private clients and facilitating Jewish genealogy workshops.  In March 2024, Rabbi Scott was hired by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City to serve as a genealogy consultant in the museum’s Peter and Mary Kalikow Jewish Genealogy Research Center.  Scott resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.