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Rabbi Yitzi Genack

Acting Rabbi

(O) 718.548.1850 x 131

(C) 201.220.8865


Rabbi Yitzi Genack studied at Yeshivat Derech HaTalmud from 2002-2005 and completed his BA in mathematics and semicha from YU/RIETS, where is currently a fellow in the Wexner Kollel Elyon and completing an MA in Jewish History. He has taught in local area high schools and worked as  an Assistant Editor at OU Press, responsible for compilation of the Halachic portions of the Soloveitchik Siddur, Haggadah and Kinot as well as multiple editions of the Mesorah journal. After interning at the East Hill Synagogue in Englewood from 2010-11, Rabbi Genack came to the RJC as Rabbinic Intern and then as Assistant Rabbi where he has been involved in teaching, programming and pastoral work. He is married to Shoshana, a dietician practicing in Westchester, and they are the proud parents of Avi, Yaakov and Tani, ages 1, 4 and 6.


Chazzan Shimon Craimer

Shimon Craimer



Chazzan Shim comes to us from London, England where he studied classical cantorial style with the Chief Rabbi.  He first came to the attention of the Riverdale Jewish Center as a Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur guest cantor.  Now, as the cantor of the RJC, Shim travels the country performing at various shuls, chagigahs, simchas, concerts and events. He has released 2 albums, the most recent of which earned him plaudits from the Jewish music world. Shim is married and has 4 kids, all of whom have 3 letter names.


Rabbi Mordy Prus


Mordy Prus studied in Yeshivat Sha'alvim from 2008-2010 and received his BA from Yeshiva University in 2012. Currently in the semicha program at RIETS, Mordy recently returned from a year abroad at Yeshiva University's Gruss Kollel in Yerushalayim, and is pursuing a master's degree at Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Mordy is also known for his role as vocal percussionist and baritone in the Maccabeats. He is married to Temima who holds a degree in nursing, and they are blessed with a son, Moshe Aryeh. 


Yoetzet Halacha


Julia Baruch


Yoetzet Halacha

Julia Baruch serves as the Yoetzet halacha at the RJC, as well as at Kehilath Jeshurun and West Side Institutional Synagogue in Manhattan. She studied at the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women - Migdal Oz for one year after attending the Ramaz Upper School. Julia graduated from Columbia University cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. She then graduated Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center's U.S. Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program. Julia works at the Child Mind Institute as a clinical program assistant, and she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She grew up in Englewood, NJ and currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, David, and son, Jacob. 

Julia is reachable by phone at 646-598-9226 or email at

Fri, June 23 2017 29 Sivan 5777