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Rabbi Neal Turk, Interim Rabbi

Rabbi Neal Turk is the Mashgiach of the Semikha Program at RIETS. He is the Director of the RIETS/Ferkauf Joint Program in Mental Health Counseling. Rabbi Turk spent twenty five years as a pulpit rabbi and taught in yeshiva high schools during those years as well. He is a past vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America. In both Florida and New Jersey Rabbi Turk served as the head of the beit din for conversions of the Rabbinical Council of America. While a student at RIETS, Rabbi Turk was the personal assistant to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.  

Rabbi Turk has six children and fifteen grandchildren. Three live in Israel, one in Baltimore, one in Florida, and one in Queens.

The Rabbi and his wife, Laura, grew up in Queens and attended the Yeshiva High School of Queens. Rabbi Turk attended Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel, majored in psychology at YU and received semikha there. He was a Rabbi at Young Israel Shaarei Torah in Syracuse, N.Y., Ahavat Achim in Fair Lawn, N.J., and Beth Israel Congregation in Miami Beach, Florida. Rabbi and Mrs. Turk also lived in Israel for three years, where he taught in yeshiva. Laura is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is in private practice in Teaneck.

 

Rabbi David Pietruszka, Youth Director

Since 2008, Rabbi David Pietruszka and his wife, Leah, have been a part of the Bergenfield community. Raised in Monsey, NY, Rabbi Pietruszka graduated from Yeshiva College and RIETS.  Following his studies at Yeshiva University, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Hunter College in NYC.

Rabbi Pietruszka currently serves as the co-director of Camp Acheinu in Teaneck, NJ and is a Rebbe of 4-8 grade boys at The Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, NJ. Rabbi Pietruszka has been the youth director at BMOB since 2015.  Under his leadership, the youth department has seen an expansion of youth programs such as Shabbos groups, Junior Congregation, Parent Child Children and monthly events.  

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