Rabbi Yanklowitz offers social justice focus for senior Talmud class

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Liat Bainvoll, Staff Writer, and Leila MIller, Editor-in-Chief

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz gave his senior Honors Talmud class an unusual assignment on the first day of school: to find and interview a homeless person.

It was the first clue that Rabbi Yanklowitz, also the Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA, would infuse a strong social justice element to the learning.

When he’s not teaching, Rabbi Yanklowitz, whose wife Shoshana is a nurse, enjoys skiing, reading and social justice activism. He founded Uri L’tzedek, an organization that seeks to improve how workers are treated, especially inOrhtodox establishments and institutions.

He has a master’s desgree in Leadership and Psychology from Harvard Medical School, a second Master’s in Jewish Philosopny from Yeshiva University, along with s’micha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York.

Honors Talmud is the only class he’s teaching at Shalhevet.