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Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky is a native of Rochester, New York who studied for two years in Yeshivat Kerem BeYavneh prior to attending Yeshiva College. In 2002, he graduated Yeshiva College with a Bachelorโ€™s degree in Biology, and in March 2006, he received his Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while serving as Rabbinic Intern at the Riverdale Jewish Center. In the fall of 2006, he was named Senior Rabbinic Intern at the RJC, and joined the Rabbinical staff of the Beth Din of America, where he served until the summer of 2007, when he was named Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center on Manhattanโ€™s Upper West Side. 

He served at the Jewish Center from July 2007 to November 2011, when he assumed the position of Rabbi at the Irving Place Minyan, a new and rapidly growing Modern Orthodox congregation in Woodmere, New York, where he oversaw a 30% growth in membership and implemented numerous learning programming initiatives for youth and adults alike. In December of 2011, Rabbi Rackovsky completed his Masters of Science in General Counseling from Pace University. In August 2015, Rabbi Rackovsky assumed the position of Rabbi at Congregation Shaare Tefilla. He is married to Chicago native Dr. Jessica Abramowitz, a graduate of Brandeis University and the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, who is a member of the faculty at the UT Southwestern School of Medicine and an attending physician in their Department of Endocrinology. They are the proud parents of Shaya (Yeshaya), Avremi (Avraham Shlomo), Shevy (Batsheva Shifra)and Tzivie (Tzivia Malka).

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