Originally from Denver, Colorado, Rabbi Avi Heller has been the Director of Education for the Manhattan Jewish Experience for the last six years. Prior to that, he co-directed the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Boston University. He has also served as the Director of the Boca Raton Community Kollel, the Rabbi of the BRS West Synagogue and the Bronfman Fellow at Hillel International. He received his BA from Boston University, semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and also completed his MA in Tanach from the Bernard Revel School of Graduate Studies.
He is passionate about teaching and inspiring Jews of all kinds. Rabbi Heller views synagogues as an integral way in which Jewish communities gather to not only learn and pray together, but to draw inspiration and share a vision of Jewish life. His goal as a Regional Director is to bring together, grow and leverage this network of shuls to strengthen them individually and as a whole under the OU umbrella.
He and his wife Shira live in Teanceck, NJ with their three children.