Rabbi Yitzchok Werbin has joined the Atlanta Jewish Academy’s high school Judaic Studies faculty for the 2020-21 school year. Werbin is the leader of Kesher Torah Synagogue, formerly The Kehilla in Sandy Springs.
Born and raised in Dunwoody, Werbin graduated from the Greenfield Hebrew Academy in 1995. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida, worked in commercial real estate, and then was inspired to explore Judaism on a deeper level. He traveled to Jerusalem to study Talmud, Jewish philosophy and character development, receiving his semicha [ordination] from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, of blessed memory.
Since returning from Israel, Werbin has been actively engaged in outreach efforts for Beth Jacob Synagogue. He personally leads numerous weekly learning opportunities for large and small groups, as well as individualized study.
Werbin was brought to AJA to teach a select group of freshman and sophomore boys who are high-level students of Gemara, the latter part of the Talmud. His goal is to challenge them to grow both textually and analytically, spending more time focused on learning the text of the Gemara on their own and engaging in rich, interactive discussion delving into the depths of the logic of the rabbis of the Gemara.
Werbin’s wife Sarah is a Jewish and marriage educator; they have five children.