Rabbi Yonah

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Rabbi Yonah –  Shavuot: Celebration of Jewish contribution to humanity (To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.)

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein – dynamic teacher and community activist, Rabbi Yonah achieved international recognition as Director of The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Poland from 1998-2001. Rabbi Yonah has organized programs for Jewish students and young adults in ten countries. He is a former Fulbright Fellow, and completed a Masters degree in Polish-Jewish Studies at Oxford University and rabbinical studies at Ohr Somayach Yeshiva.

He lives in Long Beach with his wife Rachel Bookstein, Director of Hillel of Long Beach, and their four children.

Rabbi Yonah is one of the reasons that thousands of Jews in over ten countries, most recently on college campuses Southern California, are proud to be Jewish, whether it be religiously, culturally, or politically. He founded Jewlicious Festival in 2004, the largest Jewish college student weekend gathering in the country. Jewlicious brings together over 1,000 students from the USA, Canada, and Israel.

He has helped inspire students to start their own grass roots organizations to help the Jewish People, advocate for Israel, fight hunger, and the protect the environment to name a few. Previously, Rabbi Yonah worked for years helping revitalize the Jewish Community in Poland on behalf of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, and as a the Alevy Family Campus Rabbi in Long Beach and Orange County. Recently, Rabbi Yonah moved to LA to inspire young Jews as the new Executive Rabbi of JconnectLA.

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(photo: Boaz Carmi @ Jewlicious Festival 2009 via rabbiyonah.com)

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