Rabbi Helfand earned a Bachelor of arts in Jewish Studies from American Jewish University Los Angeles; Rabbinical ordination from Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies; master’s in Jewish Education from School for Jewish Education and Leadership at AJU; and Masters of arts in Rabbinic Studies.
The rabbi’s day-to-day responsibilities include engaging in the greater Jewish world in partnership with the intent to promote Jewish content and work with a network of Jewish leaders. He also works with OneTable Atlanta Kitchen Cabinet to share Shabbat meals. Rabbi Helfand’s passions include pastoral and end of life care.
“There is no greater gift than waking up each morning to a job you love and going out and building meaningful relationships that allow others to feel loved and find their own path into the Jewish tradition. Each day and relationship is different and allows for creativity and authenticity. That is the beauty of Shearith Israel and the Greater Atlanta community,” said Helfand.
Rabbi Helfand is engaged to fiancée, Rebekah Johnston.