Rabbi Reuven Kigel

Rabbi Reuven Kigel is a dynamic campus rabbi for Emet Outreach at Baruch College and Hunter College in New York City. His love and enthusiasm for Torah is apparent at Emet Leaders Fellowship programs at Queens College, St. Johns University and at the Beit Gavriel Center evening program in Forest Hills, Queens. Rabbi Kigel and his wife Devorah, a popular kiruv lecturer on women’s topics in Judaism, host frequent shabbatons, large and small, at their home in Passaic, NJ. Born during the heyday of communism to capitalist-aspiring parents in Kiev, USSR, Rabbi Kigel immigrated to the United States in 1978, as a young child.  He studied in Yeshivas Bircas HaTorah in Jersusalem and developed a close bond with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Shimon Green. Rabbi Kigel has adopted their style of Talmudic study which entails a particular focus on making the Talmud’s teachings come to life. Rabbi Kigel also studied Talmud and Judaic studies at Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Monsey, NY. Rabbi Kigel graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a degree in finance and worked as a stock and options trader on the New York Stock Exchange. A past full-time member of the Passaic/Clifton community kollel, Rabbi Kigel continues to learn at the kollel when not at EMET. Currently residing in Passaic, New Jersey, Rabbi Kigel, his wife, Devorah, and their four children look forward to Shabbos guests every week.