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Rabbi Avinoam Durani

Rabbi Avinoam DuraniRabbi Avinoam Durani was born and raised in Israel. Today he lives with his wife Chaya and their children in Newton. Rabbi Durani received Smicha from former chief Rabbi of Israel, Mordechai Eliyahu zt”l, and the Chief Rabbi of Kiriyat Ono, Dr. Ratzon Arusi. He became the spiritual leader of Kehillat Beit Sasson, the Sephardic Congregation of Newton, in May of 2014.

Rabbi Durani served for three years in the Israeli army  in a combat unit before commencing academic study at Michlelet Lifshitz with concentrations in History and Tanach. He simultaneously studied in the Open University and majored in Judaic Sciences. In tandem, he was a Rabbinic Studies student at Yeshivat Hameiri under prominent Rabbis such as Rabbi Yosef Kapach, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, and Rabbi Shemuel Zaffrani, three rabbis who deeply influenced his spiritual-emotional growth.

Rabbi Durani worked for six years as a Rav Mechanech (mentor) and Activities Coordinator at Yeshivat Bnei Chayil in Jerusalem, a religious school for boys with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities. He also served as a counselor for teenagers who could not handle regular schools and were at risk of falling into the criminal justice system. He then spent two years in Karmiel learning in a Kollel and running community-wide religious events.

For the past 14 years Rabbi Durani has been working at the Maimonides School as a high school Grade Dean and Judaic Studies teacher. While teaching at Maimonides, Rabbi Durani has completed a masters in Jewish Education and is currently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University in Educational Leadership.

Rabbi Durani’s personal philosophy when approaching torah study and spiritual development is to step back and appreciate the basics: to remember why we choose to come to synagogue, Jewish school, or any environment of religious education. He prioritizes values of appreciating every individual in society in general and in the synagogue community in particular. As he observes: “Having faith in God  means believing that He cares about the way we treat others no less than the way we observe halacha.” And as a community, he urges: “We must be determined to grow together.”

Contact Rabbi Durani at rabbi@sephardic-newton.org.