Rabbi Yitzchok Feldheim grew up in Washington Heights, attended Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (Breuer’s) and is a graduate of the Mesivta of Long Beach. He spent four years studying in Monsey and Israel under Rav Shmuel Faivelson, Rav Zevulun Schwartzman and the Mir. This was followed by 7 years at Beth Medrash Govoah in Lakewood.
In 1991 Rabbi Feldheim traveled to Vilna Lithuania to open the first Yeshiva there since before the War. He was the Rabbi of Yardley Pa for 15 years during which time he built a community of balei teshuva, founded the Bucks County Community Kollel and the Bucks County Yeshiva High School. While in Yardley he became involved in college kiruv, establishing outreach programs in Rutgers University and Penn State.
As an expert in Jewish thought and philosophy and an engaging speaker, Rabbi Feldheim has become one of the most sought after lecturers in college outreach. Over the last 10 years, as National Lecturer for Aish Hatorah, with Gateways, Project Inspire and for his own organization, Rabbi Feldheim has lectured for communities and campuses across the U.S. and around the world. He has spoken for students of almost every campus with a significant Jewish presence from Austin and Berkeley to Wharton and Yale. Internationally, he has lectured in India, South Africa, Central and South America and throughout Europe.
Rabbi Feldheim possesses a rare voice that is rooted in the yeshiva world but at the same time consistently inspires students in even the most secular and liberal institutions. With a specialty in controversial topics and in defending Torah in public debates. His classes leave listeners with a feeling of excitement at the depth of Torah and a feeling of calm in how everything fits together in perfect harmony.
Today, Rabbi Feldheim is developing new initiatives, to apply the skills and experience gleaned from traditional outreach, to re-inspire the teens and adults in our own frum communities that are struggling with commitment and belief.