Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is the Director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), an international educational and cultural organization with its own historic campus in the Old City of Jerusalem.
His current projects with the SEC in Jerusalem include Merhav -- an Israeli and international rabbinical/educators program in partnership with Memizrach Shemesh (one of Israel’s leading Social Action organizations), Merkaz-- a semester abroad study program in Israel in conjunction with Hebrew University, and Libi B’Mizrach -- a social action educational program geared towards students from Israel’s development towns. He is also developing a series of weeklong “Sephardic Institutes” around the U.S., focusing on the modern-day relevance of Classic Sephardic Judaism for the Jewish world. He lectures widely around the U.S., and spends significant time in Israel every year, developing and leading SEC programs.
Prior to earning a B.A. in History from UCLA and Rabbinic Ordination (Semicha) from Yeshiva University in New York, Rabbi Bouskila studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel for two years, served in the IDF’s Givati Infantry Brigade for one year, and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for one year. He was a pulpit rabbi and high school Judaic Studies instructor for 17 years, and continues to teach Talmud to rabbinical students at AJR.
Rabbi Bouskila’s intellectual passions include Rabbinic Literature, Sephardic Responsa, Jewish Thought and Modern Hebrew Literature (especially S.Y. Agnon and Haim Sabato). His two book projects on the horizon are an annotated anthology of Sephardic rabbinical writings, and a theological study of S.Y. Agnon’s short stories. He is also passionate about Israel, and maintains close relationships with some of Israel’s leading writers, rabbis and social activists.
Rabbi Bouskila lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife Peni, and together they are the proud and loving parents of their beautiful teenage kids, Shira and Ilan.
Contact Rabbi Bouskila at email@example.com