Starting over: From Chicago to Ma'aleh Adumim

An American rabbi embarks on a physical and spiritual journey that leads him to unexpected places.

August 17, 2017 16:26

ZEV SHANDALOV. (photo credit: Courtesy)

A tree grows in Ma’aleh Adumim and under its shade sits Zev Shandalov – rabbi, teacher and tutor extraordinaire. Education is Shandalov’s passion, and most days he can be found sitting on a bench beside the tree, outside the P’nei Shmuel synagogue, tutoring students in Jewish studies, history, literature and English.

Before making aliya to Ma’aleh Adumim in the summer of 2009, Shandalov, who had served as a congregational rabbi in Chicago for 10 years, taught Jewish studies in the local Jewish day school and high school, and tutored privately. “I loved what I was doing, but every day I hated the fact that I was living in the Diaspora.”


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