Rabbi Ed Snitkoff
Director of Ramah Israel Seminar
Over the past 30 years Ed has served as a congregational rabbi, teacher, religious school principal, camp educator, and Israel tour educator/guide. Ed studied at Columbia University, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Hebrew University, Teacher’s College, and the Jordan Valley College. He has degrees in Anthropology and Jewish History, and advanced degrees in Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Education. Ed is also a licensed Israeli tour guide.
After being ordained at JTS he served for 6 years as a congregational rabbi and religious school principal in Harrisburg PA. When they made Aliyah in 1992, Ed and his family settled on Kibbutz Lavi and lived there as members for 8 years. After moving to Jerusalem in 2000, Ed served as the Educational Director of the Young Judaea Year Course, and Educational Coordinator for North America at the Department for Jewish Zionist Education of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Ed’s relationship with Ramah began in 1983 when he was a Rosh Eida at Camp Ramah in California, and continued when he served as a teacher at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in the years before making Aliyah. Ed joined the staff of Seminar in 2007. He is married to Minda and has 4 children and a baby grandson (born in Jerusalem during the first Shabbat of Seminar 2010- the first Snitkoff Sabra in 2000 years!).