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 Nikki
Recently named by the Jewish Forward as one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis, Rabbi Nikki Lyn DeBlosi is passionately dedicated to pluralist Judaism, feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Harvard University and both an MA and a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU. She has taught in the Religious Studies, Performance Studies, and Expository Writing Departments at NYU and loves both formal and informal teaching. While she works intimately with the Reform and Queer Jewish communities, Rabbi Nikki also oversees the "big picture" and visioning for Shabbat and holidays here at the Bronfman Center. A convert to Judaism, Rabbi Nikki is particularly happy to discuss spiritual change, doubts, and questions… but she’s also happy to talk pop culture, science fiction, HBO’s Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Game of Thrones. Study with her in her popular JLF Course, "Sex Love and Romance." Rabbi Nikki lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with her wife Rachel and their young sons Ilan and Ethan. Email Rabbi Nikki!
Meet Rabbi Joe
Joe is a campus rabbi at NYU and director of the Jewish Learning Initiative on campus (JLIC) – a program of the Orthodox Union. In case you don’t get to the end of this bio – the diary is free, the home is open and the fridge is full so make sure to be in touch. From London originally, he has spent most of the last decade studying, working, and loving life in Israel. Prior to his studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Bet Morasha – through which he received his rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate – Joe thought he was going into politics and did degrees at Cambridge (where he was president of the Jewish Society) and UCL. Instead he got the bug for Jewish education and has taught texts on four continents, both in person, and through his website www.joewolfson.com. Joe is passionate about the way in which Jewish texts link up to larger issues of Jewish identity – and with them, has worked in areas as diverse as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, religious-secular relations in Israel, and European Jewish communities. In between them he tries to make time for music, good books, cycling and HBO. With his wife Corinne and daughter Mika, they are excited to relocate to New York. Their home, right near campus, is open to all students whether on Shabbat or during the week where they hope to serve top-quality food, conversation and education. Don’t hesitate to be in touch for a coffee, chavruta, or a meal – or to accompany on their adventures as they get to know New York! Email Rabbi Joe!