Rabbi Uri Pilichowski grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Rabbi Pilichowski studied in Mevaseret Zion for eight years, earning a Bachelor of Talmudic Law and Rabbinic Ordination. While living Israel, Rabbi Pilichowski taught and mentored gap year students.
Rabbi Pilichowski then moved to Beverly Hills, CA to become the Assistant Rabbi of the famed Beth Jacob Congregation. While at Beth Jacob, he partnered with Rabbi Steven Weil to increase Synagogue membership to over 700 families and created a national model for teen and youth departments. Rabbi Pilichowski was then blessed to spend three years in Boca Raton, Florida where he was the Rosh Beit Midrash and Gap Year advisor. Rabbi Pilichowski also served as one of the Rabbis at The Boca Raton Synagogue, focusing on the teen department.
An Israeli citizen and former member of the Israel Civil Defense, Rabbi Pilichowski prided himself with his involvement with the Pro-Israel community in America. He created the first teen pro-Israel group in the country that taught students to advocate in Congress for a stronger US-Israel relationship. His students gained a national reputation that has even reached the White House. Rabbi Pilichowski continues to teach his students from Israel via Skype.
In July 2014, in the midst of Operation Protective Edge, Rabbi Pilichowski moved his family to Israel. He is a teacher at an American gap year yeshiva called Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah in Modi’in, Israel. Rabbi Pilichowski is also the director of Israel Advocacy for Southern NCSY and teaches high school seniors Talmud, Bible and Israel Advocacy via Skype to Scheck Hillel Community School in Miami, FL. Rabbi Pilichowski is a fierce advocate for Israel, and hosts groups in his home where he explains Jewish residency in Judea and Samaria, the area the world calls the West Bank.
Rabbi Pilichowski also enjoys writing and speaking; he is the author of three books, a book on time management, on the weekly Torah portion and on the Jewish festivals. He has been a scholar in residence in synagogues across America, from Richmond, VA to Santa Barbara, CA. Rabbi Pilichowski is happily married to Aliza, a councilwoman, and has six wonderful children in Mitzpe Yericho.