Our Rabbi

Contact: rabbi@netivotshalomnj.org or use the form at right.

For a list of articles and audio shiurim by Rabbi Helfgot, click here.

Rabbi Nathaniel (Nati) Helfgot was ordained by RIETS and holds an MA in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He is the Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at SAR High School.

Previously, Rabbi Helfgot was the Chair of the Departments of Bible and Jewish Thought at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and before that, the Director of the Judaic Studies Curriculum at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. He has also taught at the Frisch School and Torah Academy of Bergen County.

Rabbi Helfgot has been a leader in the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), The International Rabbinic Fellowship, and the Orthodox Caucus and Orthodox Forum sponsored by Yeshiva University.

He is the author of Divrei Berakah U’Moed -Halakhic Essays on the Topics of Holidays and Blessings, and the editor of Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and The YCT Companion to the Book of Samuel. In addition, he has served as editor of several journals.

Rabbi Helfgot is a much-sought after speaker and his articles have appeared in Tradition, Tehumin, Jewish Action, Ten-Daat, Beit Yitzchak, Megadim, Alon Shvut, Or HaMizrach, The Orthodox Forum Series, The Jewish Week, The Jewish Standard, and Hamevaser.

Rabbi Helfgot, his wife, Rachel Brenner, and their four sons came to Netivot Shalom in August 2010. In his relatively short time with Netivot Shalom, Rabbi Helfgot has already become instrumental in the educational and spiritual growth of the community. Rachel is an active participant in the life of our community, helping to organize many programs, including women's kriyah, and actively welcomes new members. Rabbi Helfgot gives a dvar torah each Friday night between Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv, and a dvar torah most Shabbatot and Chagim between shacharit and musaf.

He also gives a weekly shiur in Masechet Ketubot on Shabbat afternoon between mincha and maariv and a shiur every Sunday morning following shacharit. Rabbi Helfgot, who is a talented baal tefillah, often leads tefilla for the shul and he is actively involved in our youth department and its many programs. Rabbi Helfgot draws on his life experiences in counselling and supporting our members, and he and his family share in our many communal and personal lifecycles events.

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