Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl
Rabbi Perl joined Kohelet Yeshiva as the Head of School, and the Kohelet Foundation as the Chief Academic Officer, in July 2014. Rabbi Perl moved from Memphis with his family where he served for seven years as the Dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, a Pre-K-12 Modern Orthodox day school. Prior to his move to Memphis, Rabbi Perl served as an instructor of Modern Jewish History at Yeshiva University and as the Associate Head of School at Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys.
Rabbi Perl earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. As a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Rabbi Perl was twice awarded Harvard’s prestigious Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and in the spring of 2006, he was named Yeshiva University’s Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year.
Rabbi Perl writes and lectures widely on topics relating to the history of Modern Jewry and contemporary Jewish education. He is the author of the book The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship, published by Academic Studies Press. Rabbi Perl is married to Melissa Perl, who serves as the Director of Judaic Studies at Kohelet; they have four children, all of whom are currently students at Kohelet Yeshiva.
Follow Rabbi Perl on his blog gilperl.com and on twitter @gperl