Rabbi Amittai Steindler, Jewish Studies Director and Educator
Amittai Moshe Steindler grew up in Irvine, CA where his parents were founding members of Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine and he attended Tarbut V’Torah High School. After graduating, Amittai studied visual arts, geology and archaeology, and spent two years studying Jewish Studies in the Old City of Jerusalem. In 2008, Amittai graduated with a BS in Anthropology and highest honors in the major from UC Santa Cruz, where he wrote his Senior Thesis on the success of the Chabad movement in Northern California. Upon graduation,
Amittai was awarded the Demian Marx Travel Scholarship, and spent a year interning for an organization in Jerusalem that promotes interfaith dialogue, as well as a drop in center for at-risk youth. After two more years of study in Jerusalem at Ohr Someyach and David Shapell College of Jewish Studies, Amittai and his family moved to New York City where is receiving rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University. In 2014 after teaching Talmud and TaNaCh with a School Fellowship at SAR High School in the Bronx, he graduated from YU’s Azrieli School of Jewish Education with an MS in Jewish Education. He taught Talmud in a fellowship program at Ramaz Upper School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Rabbi Amittai moved back to Irvine last year with his wife Julianne who is principal at Stein Rose Fine Art, dealing in contemporary art from Israel, as well as their children Yaakov Leib (6) and Temima Pesya (3). Rabbi Amittai calls working at and building IHDS his “dream job”, and he is grateful to be a part of the growing IHDS community.