Rabbi Dr Marc Rosenstein, Emeritus Director

Born in Glens Falls, NY, in 1946, and growing up in Highland Park, IL, Marc majored in Biochemistry at Harvard before receiving ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1975.  

After serving as a pulpit rabbi at Port Washington, NY, where he began his role as an educator, he began teaching at Solomon Schechter Secondary School, Skokie, IL in 1977, later becoming its principal.  

Following a stint as principal at Akiba Hebrew Academy, Merion, PA, he and his family made aliya to Moshav Shorashim in the Galilee in 1990.   Since then he has been active in education both as a teacher and a researcher, working for the Mandel Institute, the Melton Centre at the Hebrew University, and as director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.   Marc received his doctorate in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1986, and has published several papers and books since, including his popular Galilee Diary.

For two decades, until 2013, Marc was executive director of the Galilee Foundation for Value Education, where he began the now-famous Galilee Circus in which young Jews and Arabs come together to learn, practice and perform circus arts whilst breaking down the barriers which normally keep these groups apart.   On his retirement a special gala evening was held in his honor, and a virtual tribute book was presented to Marc, which you can access below.

Marc continues to support the Foundation, morally and practically with advice and lecturing on our behalf to raise much-needed funds.   He spoke in the USA in May 2016, and has plans for a further speaking tour in February 2017.