Who’s Who?

Rabbi Avidan Elkin

Rabbi Avidan Elkin

Completing his BA at New York University with concentrations in French Language & Literature, German Language & Literature, & Economics, Rabbi Avidan Elkin brings a wealth of knowledge wherever he goes including his fluency in English, Hebrew, French, German and Arabic.

Upon graduating at NYU, Rabbi Elkin spent 6 years learning in Yeshivat Ma’or Tuviah in Mizpeh Yerihho, Israel, where he received his Semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from the Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Shabbtai Sabbato, Shlit”a. Since returning to the United States, Rabbi Elkin has acquired the full gamut of expertise and qualities of a true spiritual leader: an impressive Jewish and secular education and experience in the myriad aspects of daily Jewish life, such as:

  • Being a certified Shohhet, Menaqer and Sofer, and currently training for certification in Millah
  • Teaching full-time in Yeshiva University’s Mechinah Program to students from all over the world
  • Writing gittin for several Batei Din in the New York/New Jersey area including the Beth Din of Elizabeth, NJ and the Sepharadic Beit Din of Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, Shlit”a, in Queens, NY
  • Being Rabbi of two Sephardic communities (The Sephardic Community of Fair Lawn and West Side Sephardic Synagogue) over the past 8 years

As of September 1, 2013, The Sephardi Center is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Elkin and his family. Given his versatile background, we are certain you will find Rabbi Elkin easily relatable!

Rabbanit Oshrat Elkin

Rabbanit Oshrat Elkin

The youngest of three, Rabbanit Oshrat Elkin was raised in Ra’anana, Israel. Upon graduating high school, the Rabbanit performed 2 years of Sheirut Leumi (Israeli National Service) in Jerusalem by caring for children with special needs. Following this, she pursued a dual degree in both Special Ed and Occupational Therapy from Israel’s Orot College for Women.

After coming to the United States, the Rabbanit spent 3 years teaching Judaic Studies and Hebrew to 2nd graders at a Sephardi school in New Jersey. During that time, she simultaneously gave private Hebrew lessons. Rabbanit Elkin is currently focusing on being a full-time mother, taking care of the youngest Elkin kids at home while maintaining and opening the Elkin home to families, students and singles far-and-wide during Shabbatot and Hagim.

Over the past 6 years, the Rabbanit has also taught Kallot (brides) both individually and in groups, and continues to counsel married women on topics such as Taharat HaMishpahha (Family Purity), Shalom Bayit and spiritual and personal growth. She also advises individuals on shiddukhim. We are excited for you to meet and get to know the Rabbanit!

Meet our Board

We are a community of all ages: singles, married, some with young children, Sephardim from all backgrounds together with Ashkenazim. What brings us together is that we value Sephardi history and traditions and are committed to advancing and celebrating all aspects of this rich heritage.

The varied professional experiences we bring to our community: law, IT, finance, non-profit, real estate, education, to name a few, enhance the dynamic and vibrant atmosphere of The Sephardi Center. We wish to utilize our individual backgrounds, both cultural and professional, in a cohesive and harmonious manner to continue building a community in which we can grow intellectually and spiritually. We are fortunate to have as our leader and guide Rabbi Avidan Elkin, who has not only a deep understanding of every aspect of Judaism, but also a knowledge of the liturgies and cultures of the various Sephardi, Mizrahhi, and Ashkenazi communities. His presence contributes to the unity, depth and joy which our Center embodies.

Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. We would love to hear from you!

David, Yoann, Rivka, David, Chloé, Michael, Ariel and David-Meir