Yonah Bookstein, the Deanna and Allen Alevy Rabbi at Pico Shul, is a unique 21st century spiritual motivator, teacher, community builder and activist, who inspires passion for Jewish life to Jews from all backgrounds, The Forward has called Rabbi Yonah one of the “game changers” in American Jewish Life. He was named a Jewish Community Hero by the Jewish Federations of North America, and one of the Top Ten Jews in Social Media by NJOP. He was a disciple of the late Chassidic leader Rabbi Chaskel Besser ZZ”L and a student of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach ZZ”L. He served as campus rabbi at Long Beach State and UC Irvine inspiring a renaissance for Jewish life on those campuses in the face of great anti-Israel hostility (2004-2009), and helped USC Hillel as a rabbinic fellow (2014-2016). Rabbi Yonah has worked with Jewish communities in the US, England, and Europe inspiring a rebirth in Jewish communal life. As Director of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Poland, he was part of rebuilding the Jewish community during the 1990’s. Rabbi Yonah is an accomplished scholar with degrees from Ohr Somayach Yeshiva, Oxford University, the University of Oregon, and a former Fulbright Fellow at Jagillonian University in Krakow, Poland. Rabbi Yonah lives in Los Angeles with his wife Rachel, Co-Founder of Pico Shul and their four children.
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