About Us

We're here to enable Jews of any background to learn more about their heritage through the timeless values and lessons of the Torah

The Jacksonville Kollel is the hub of Jewish learning in Jacksonville, Florida.   Jews from all walks of life gather together and explore their Judaism in a laid back and comfortable environment. Regardless of your background or affiliation, this is the place to come to take an extra step in your Jewish journey.  We're glad you're here!

We encourage you to browse through our website and to take advantage of any of our programs, events, and classes which pique your interest!

Not sure where to start? Not sure which program is right for you? 

We recommend meeting a Rabbi to discuss how to personalize your Kollel experience. Get to know one of our friendly Rabbis and he can help you customize your Kollel involvement to make sure it's in line with your interests, beliefs, and schedule.  Click here to fill out our form, and be sure to select "Meet A Rabbi"

Watch our video to see the impact the Kollel has made on individuals and on the Jewish community in Jacksonville

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Meet The Team

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Cohen

Head of Kollel

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Cohen was born and raised in Jerusalem. After studying at the famous Mir Yeshiva in Israel as well as Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchak, Rabbi Cohen received his Rabbinic ordination from Kollel Darkei Horaah, founded by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Zt”l, former Chief Rabbi of Israel. He developed specialized educational and leadership skills at the Ner Le'elef Institute for Jewish Leadership.  Yosef Chaim currently teaches a variety of classes at the Kollel, several of which are in Hebrew.  

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Rabbi Sammy Kahn

 Rabbi Sammy Kahn is originally from Chicago where he studied in Hebrew Theological College for the past 6 years. While in Chicago, he co-authored a book discussing the laws of carrying on Shabbos. Prior to that, he studied at Yeshivat Shaalvim in Israel and Yeshiva University in New York. He has a degree in accounting, passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam, and is a certified shochet for fowl

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Rabbi Mayer Rabinowitz

Rabbi Rabinowitz is a well known figure in the Jacksonville Jewish community. Besides having been a teacher at Torah Academy for over a decade, his energy and charisma draw large and diverse audiences to his classes. 

R' Rabinowitz studied at some of the most prestigious institutions in Israel, including Yeshivas Toras Moshe and Ner Le'elef outreach & education training center. R' Rabinowitz has Rabbinic Ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg Z”L of the Jerusalem Bet Din. 

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Joey Hamaoui

Young Professional Division

Joey Hamaoui is Kollel's young professional director. For the past 2 years, Joey served as the NCSY and JSU director of North East Florida. During this short time he has expanded the program to reach just over 110 Jewish local teens this past year and he runs 5 Jewish Student Union clubs in the local public and private schools. He now joins the Jacksonville Kollel to combine his experience in the professional space and his passion for Jewish outreach to work with young professionals and students

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Rabbi Menashe Uhr

Community Development Coordinator / Families Division

Rabbi Menashe Uhr, originally from New York, has lived in Jerusalem for the last five years. He completed his Rabbinic training at the Ner Le’elef Institute for Community Leadership and Jewish Education. While living in Israel, he taught at Yeshiva Ohr Sameach and led Israel summer trip programs for American students from various backgrounds. His passion for teaching Torah, combined with his love for travel, has led him to gain valuable teaching experience in various cities in the U.S. - from Aventura Lakes, FL to Sacramento, CA. Rabbi Uhr recently moved to Jacksonville with his wife, Shayna, and two children. 

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