Semikha, Class of 2009
Rabbi Steven Exler
Senior Rabbi, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-The Bayit
Steven grew up in Baltimore, MD, and attended Beth Tfiloh Community School from kindergarten through high school. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion before attending Brandeis University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Biology. He received an MA in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School and studied in the Yeshiva University Beit Midrash and Yeshivat Maale Gilboa. While at YCT as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, he interned at Sons of Israel in Yonkers, NY, Kehilat Chovevei Tzion in Scarsdale, NY, United Orthodox Synagogues in Houston, TX, and led the Meorot University Fellowships for two years.
He serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Boards of Eshel and Yeshivat Maharat and is the Chairperson of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s Jewish Leadership Advisory Board. He is the proud husband of Shira Billet and abba of Ilan Shmuel, Talya Adira and Yair Lev.