Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz was born in Boston and grew up in Livingston, NJ. He spent a year studying at Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion, outside of Jerusalem, before pursuing a BA and MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Rabbi Kaplowitz received semicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.
Along with his wife Toby, Rabbi Kaplowitz served as co-Director of the Orthodox Union’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Brandeis University for six years. While working at Brandeis, Rabbi Kaplowitz was active in the broader Boston Jewish community, serving on the faculty of Ma’ayan: Torah Studies Initiative for Women, and as a board member for the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.
After six meaningful years at Brandeis, Rabbi Kaplowitz served as Rabbi in Residence at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore, where he also taught in the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School. Rabbi Kaplowitz has distinguished himself for his engaging teaching style, which is accessible to individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences. He has a taught on a wide range of topics of Jewish interest in numerous settings. His derashot are thought-provoking and address political, theological and spiritual questions of the day. Rabbi Kaplowitz enjoys planning and implementing social and educational programming as well. He is personable and an empathetic, compassionate listener.
Rabbi Kaplowitz and Toby are blessed with three children. He loves spending time with his family and has coached his children’s sports teams. Rabbi Kaplowitz enjoys reading, exercising, and dabbling in home brewing. In addition to his rabbinic position at Netivot Shalom, he is pursuing an MBA from the University of Baltimore.