Rabbi Karesh was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. He attended schools locally and continued on to pursue a Bachelors of Biology at Yeshiva University, EMT Certification in the State of NY, a Masters in Educational Administration at Loyola University School of Education in Chicago, and studied for the Rabbinate in Israel for three years.

R’ Karesh, who is also a Mohel, comes to this department from NCSY where he has been working with both the Alumni and leadership development teams.