RABBI YONAH BLUM spent the past 20+ years living and working on a college campus. He possesses the unique qualities of idealism, optimism, and genuine love of his fellow — qualities needed to thrive in a college environment. Hailing from Potomac, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C., Rabbi Blum connected with Chabad while in high school. After graduation, he enrolled in the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. His rabbinic studies spanned five years in several rabbinical colleges, including the famous Central Yeshiva 770, where he received rabbinic ordination. A pioneer in campus outreach, Rabbi Blum enjoyed two years as a rabbinic intern in the picturesque, five-college town of Amherst, Massachusetts from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, he accepted the position of full-time campus Rabbi at Chabad at Columbia University. From his humble beginnings as a commuting strap-hanger, Rabbi Blum has grown Chabad to become a thriving communal center for Torah learning, social networking, and personal growth. Rabbi Blum’s vision for the future of The Chabad House at Columbia University includes expanding the resources, staff, and programming offered to the nearly 10,000 Jewish members of the Columbia community.
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REBBETZIN KEREN BLUM's first spoken language is Yiddish; Hebrew is her second, though it would never be apparent upon initially meeting her. A Brooklyn native, Keren grew up in a small family of immigrant parents and grandparents. Her diverse education experiences included Yeshiva of Flatbush, public school, Hampshire College, and Machon Chana Women’s Institute. She earned a Bachelor degree in the study of Nutrition and Poverty and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University. Her passions include social justice work, learning, and more recently raising the five Blum children to be the finest expressions of humanity they can possibly achieve. Keren joined Rabbi Blum as the Rebbetzin at Chabad at Columbia University in 1997 when they married.
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