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Rabbi Corey Helfand to lead Ohr Kodesh 

Rabbi Corey Helfand will begin his service as the new rabbi of Ohr Kodesh Congregation (OKC) in July 2021. Prior to joining OKC, Rabbi Helfand served as the senior rabbi at Peninsula Sinai Congregation (PSC) in the Bay Area. Under his rabbinic leadership PSC grew to be a thriving, sacred community known for its warmth, energy, and vitality. During his 10 year tenure, PSC has expanded the range of programming and Jewish learning for all ages, revolutionized the financial model of the synagogue, while building an accessible, inclusive and welcoming community. 

Rabbi Helfand received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary as well as a Master’s degree in Talmud and Jewish law and a concentration in pastoral care. He was a recipient of the prestigious Gladstein Fellowship and studied entrepreneurship rabbinics, with an emphasis on visioning and community building.

A Midwest native, Rabbi Helfand is a diehard Kansas City sports fan. He is married to Jenny Ackerman, a palliative care social worker, and together they have three precious children: Eden Leora, Matan Judah, and Jonah Gavriel. He enjoys all things outdoors, watching and playing sports, and living up to his name, Rabbi MacGyver. Rabbi Helfand is a master community builder, a gifted teacher, speaker, pastoral presence, and storyteller. Be prepared to learn, laugh and deepen your love with Judaism. 

Rabbi Helfand's video message to the Ohr Kodesh Congregation.

Thu, May 6 2021 24 Iyyar 5781