Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl is Head of School at Kohelet Yeshiva in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. A thought leader in the world of education, Rabbi Perl led the team that designed and launched Yeshiva Lab School, a highly innovative elementary school intended to re-imagine what Jewish Day School can and should be.
Prior to Kohelet, Rabbi Perl served as the Dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy / Feinstone Yeshiva of the South in Memphis, Tennessee, as an instructor of Modern Jewish History at Yeshiva University and as the Associate Head of School at Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys.
Rabbi Perl earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. As a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Rabbi Perl was twice awarded Harvard’s prestigious Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and in the spring of 2006 he was named Yeshiva University’s Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year.
Rabbi Perl writes and lectures widely on topics relating to the history of Modern Jewry and contemporary Jewish education. He is the author of the book The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship, published by Academic Studies Press. Rabbi Perl is married to Melissa Perl they have four children, all of whom are current students or alumni of Kohelet Yeshiva.
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