Rabbi Eliyahu Birnbaum

Founding Director of Ohr Torah Stones Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Programs, Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaums vast experience makes him an excellent role model and source of inspiration to both our students and our alumni in the field. His position as the former Chief Rabbi of Uruguay and community rabbi in Turin, Italy, is complemented by his extensive professional work in Israel. In addition to training educational and spiritual leadership, he serves as a Judge on the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's Conversion Courts and writes prolifically on the challenges facing Jewish communities and communal leaders. A holder of both an BA and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew university, Rabbi Birnbaum is considered an authority on matters of the Diaspora and he is consulted regularly by Israeli officials and Diaspora leaders alike for advice and information regarding conflicts, halachic questions and challenges that arise across the globe.