Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe
Dean of Judaic Studies
Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe joined Maimonides as a faculty member in 2008, and has taught Judaic Studies, Hebrew, Psychology, and Economics in his time on the faculty. He has served as Director of the Tanach Department since 2016.
Prior to teaching at Maimonides, Rabbi Jaffe taught at the Yeshiva University High School for boys in New York City and served as the United States National Coordinator for the Chidon HaTanach, the International Bible Contest of the Jewish Agency for Israel. In addition to his educational work, Rabbi Jaffe serves as the Rabbi of the Maimonides Kehillah in Brookline and is an active member of the Vaad HaRabanim of Massachusetts. A prolific author and scholar, Rabbi Jaffe has authored dozens of scholarly articles and online blog posts on such varied topics as Bible, Jewish Law, Prayer, Jewish History, Philosophy, Literary Analysis, and Jewish Education.
Rabbi Jaffe received his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Columbia University, and completed his graduate education at Yeshiva University. He earned his Doctorate in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School in the topic of Upper School Halakha Curriculum and Instruction, and his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He also completed master's degrees in Bible, Jewish History, and Jewish Secondary Education. Rabbi Jaffe was a member of the illustrious Wexner Kollel Elyon in advanced Talmudic studies and Jewish Law from 2005-2008.
Rabbi Jaffe resides in Brookline with his wife Dr. Yael Jaffe, also a Maimonides teacher, and their four children.