Connect : Meet Our Rabbis
The rabbis at the Bronfman Center are young, dynamic and inspiring. They provide innovative spaces for Jewish learning and exploration, open their homes to students for Shabbat and holiday meals, and make themselves easily available for meeting one-on-one. To learn more, contact one of the rabbis or set up an appointment by clicking on one of the images below.
Meet Rabbi Sarna
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna is a visionary, inspiring and highly personable rabbi known for his passion, sensitivity, creativity, and openness. A communal leader, teacher and innovator, he serves as the Rabbi of the Bronfman Center and University Chaplain of NYU. Rabbi Sarna and his family live in Gramercy Green, where he is Chaplain-in-Residence, and maintain an "open home" to students. He is married to Dr. Michelle Waldman Sarna and father to Batya, Maayan, Moshe, David and Amital.
Meet Rabbi Dan
Rabbi Dan specializes in helping you get more out of your Judaism on your terms…even if you never went to Hebrew School (or hated it), don't know how you feel about G-d, Israel and tradition, or just want to learn more. He teaches classes regularly at the Bronfman Center, leads smaller study groups around campus, and meets one-on-one with students to talk about anything from music and culture to life's big questions.
Meet Rabbi Black
Gideon was born in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in London, England. In 2007 Gideon moved across the pond to pursue his rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University. Gideon received his law degree from University College London, after starting his undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics. Gideon also has an MA in Jewish Philosophy from YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. Before college, Gideon spent two years studying at Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). At NYU, Gideon serves as a campus rabbi, representing the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) – a program of the Orthodox Union. Aside from being a huge soccer and golf fan, one thing Gideon is more passionate about than anything is people. He is here for you anytime, so if you would like to chat over a cup of coffee (chances are he’ll order tea), or you’re looking for someone to learn with or you want to join him and his wife Aliza for a Shabbat meal please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Meet an Educator
The Bronfman Center Staff includes a diverse group of Rabbis and educators from all different denominations! Want to meet up with a teacher to learn about Judaism one-on-one? Feel free to email one.
Rabbi Dan Smokler: Senior Jewish Educator
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna
Rabbi Gideon Black: JLIC Rabbi