Former West Hartford intern rabbi receives ordination

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Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff

Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Haggai Resnikoff, who served as intern rabbi at Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford, was ordained as a rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, in a semikha (ordination) ceremony held on Thursday, May 29 at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York.

A native of Berkeley, Calif., where his family are members of Congregation Beth Israel, Resnikoff studied for two years at Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati at Ein Tzurim in Israel, before majoring in history at the University of California at Berkeley. He then spent several years in Israel doing graduate coursework in the Hebrew University Talmud Department and came to Chovevei Torah after spending a year as a Judaic studies teacher at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif.

In addition to his internship at Beth David Synagogue, during his tenure at Chovevei Torah, Resnikoff had internships at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Md.  and the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in Manhattan. He also took part in the JOIN Community Organizing Fellowship.

He is married to Maya Resnikoff, a chaplain and educator with ordination from JTS. He has been hired as a faculty member and director of community learning at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

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