Rabbi Reuven Kigel, Emet’s Campus Director, was born during the heyday of communism to capitalist-aspiring parents in Kiev, USSR, and immigrated to the USA as a young child. Rabbi Kigel graduated from the University of Michigan with a finance degree and worked as a stock and options trader on the NY Stock Exchange. He studied at Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Monsey, and also at Yeshivas Bircas HaTorah in Jerusalem, where he adopted their dynamic style of making the Talmud’s teachings come to life. Rabbi Kigel joined Emet in 2007 and is a charismatic teacher, leading many of Emet’s campus programs in NYC. Rabbi Kigel is also the Chaplain of Baruch College.