Rabbi Menachem Penner
Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder
Rabbi Menachem Penner is the Max and Marion Grill Dean of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, where he has the privilege to inspire and train the rabbis of tomorrow. Rabbi Penner served as the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Holliswood in Queens for 20 years and is now the Rabbi Emeritus. He continues to teach in communities worldwide, focusing on Tanach, Tefillah and Machshavah. Rabbi Penner is also a valued resource for many in the Jewish community navigating personal and family challenges. He was on a groundbreaking podcast with his son Gedalia about raising a child who is gay.
Rabbi Penner and his wife both speak abut their experience and meet with families looking for guidance from a Torah perspective. He is also the parent of a superstar with special needs, and speaks across the country on issues of families facing disabilities. He received his semicha from RIETS and is proud to serve the institution from which he received his formative education.