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Rabbi Shaya First

Rabbi Shaya First teaches Judaic studies, physics, and engineering, and also serves as the Assistant Director of the Distinguished Scholars program. A native of Teaneck (though hailing from “the other side”), Rabbi First first joined the TABC family in 2016, after teaching Gemara for four years at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA). He received his BA in Mathematics from Yeshiva College in 2011. He spent the next six years studying at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, first as part of the RIETS Semicha Honors program and then, following his completion of the Semicha program, as part of the Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies, a division of the RIETS Kollel Elyon. He received his MA in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 2016, and his MS in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration earlier this year. Rabbi First spends his summers running the High School Kollel program at Camp Morasha, where he has had a number of TABC students as campers. He also served as Rabbinic Assistant at Congregation Ahavath Torah, in Englewood, NJ, for two years. In his spare time, Rabbi First enjoys reading, running, and playing tennis.