Rabbi Raphael Leicht, UMass Amherst

Rabbi Raphael Leicht, UMass Amherst

Rabbi Raphael Leicht is the JLF Educator and Senior Jewish Educator for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Hillel and the co-Director for the Orthodox Union's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at UMass Amherst.

Raffi is from New York City-Los Angeles-Bronx-Israel-New York City-Brooklyn-now Amherst. He studied in Israel and Yeshiva University for his Rabbinical education and studied neuropsychology at The City University of New York Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies and Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. He has conducted research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, led Passover seders in Katowice, Poland and Flensburg, Germany, written for Tablet Magazine, created, edited and published two Jewish literary journals, organized concert series featuring Israeli musicians in New York City, and served as gabbai to chassidic rebbes. He is currently enrolled in the University of Purim, an aspiring chassid of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and an alumnus of The Stollel.