Rabbi Daniel Yolkut
Rabbi Daniel Yolkut grew up in Southfield, Michigan, where he was educated through high school in Akiva Hebrew Day School. Following a year of study in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion, he attended Yeshiva University, graduating with a B.A. in History and receiving rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva’s Rabbinical Seminary, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. As part of Rabbi Yolkut’s rabbinic training, he spent two years of intensive study at Yeshiva’s Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yolkut served for four years at Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck as Assistant Rabbi.
Rabbi Yolkut has served since September 2004 as Mara d’Atra of Keneseth Beth Israel of Richmond, Virginia, where he fills that full range of scholarly and pastoral rabbinic functions, and introduced a number of successful and innovative programs designed to enhance the quality of learning and religious experience in the Shul. Rabbi Yolkut’s teaching synthesizes high-level classical Torah scholarship with a broad historical perspective and warm spirituality drawing on Chassidic literature.
Rabbi Yolkut is married to Anna (nee` Adelsky), originally from Livingston, NJ, and an alumnus of Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalyim and Stern College, who has taught special education and Jewish studies on the elementary and middle school level. They have one daughter, Chana Devora, 3, and a newborn son, Avraham Yechezkel.