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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Executive Director - Valley Beit Midrash; Founder & President - Uri L’Tzedek; President & CEO - The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute.

Travels from Phoenix, AZ

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Environmental and Sustainability Issues, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, Inside Israel and US Government, JNF's Work in Israel, Anti-Terrorism and Security, Positively Israel, Media and Current Events


Rabbi Yanklowitz’s writings have appeared in outlets as diverse as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post, among many other secular and religious publications. Rabbi Yanklowitz is a sought-after educator, social justice activist, and motivational speaker as well as the author of seven books on Jewish spirituality, social justice, and ethics.

As a global social justice activist and educator, Rabbi Yanklowitz has volunteered, staffed trips, and taught across the world, including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, England, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa, and Haiti. Rabbi Dr. Yanklowitz has also served as a rabbinic representative, facilitator, and speaker at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos. Rabbi Shmuly's religious journey was filmed in the Independent Lens/PBS documentary "The Calling."

Rabbi Shmuly earned a masters degrees from Harvard University in Leadership and Psychology, another masters from Yeshiva University in Jewish Philosophy, and a doctorate from Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology. He obtained rabbinical ordination from the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and two additional, private ordinations in Israel. He has twice been named one of America's Top Rabbis by Newsweek.

Rabbi Shmuly, his wife Shoshana, and their two children live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Popular Speeches:

Israel: Emerging Leadership & Change Movements

Exploring the Courage of Israeli Heroes!

Actualizing our Lives

Living with Purpose & Meaning

The Opportunities for 21st Century Jewry

Are We One People?

Learning to Create Sustainable Impact & Change

Jewish Leadership: Exploring Jewish History from Moses to Heschel

Prayer, Spirituality & The Art of Passion: Striving Higher and Searching Deeper

Jewish Spiritual & Ethical Renewal

Ethical Kashrut


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