Team of Five Young Rabbis Enhances Student Life

Rabbi Ely Bacon

Jan 24, 2005 — A new resource on the Wilf Campus has proven valuable in enhancing the quality of student life.

The sgan mashgichim (assistant mentors) Rabbis Ely Bacon, Josh Blass, Daniel Hermann, Yissachar Krakowski, and Chaim Marcus are on hand to listen and offer guidance on the many challenges students face during their college experience.

In addition, the sgan mashgichim are helpful in easing students’ transition from their year of study in Israel to their new home in Washington Heights.

The five energetic, young rabbis are eager to meet with each undergraduate. They encourage confidential discussions on issues such as maximizing learning opportunities, choosing chavrutas, and finding places to spend Shabbat and Chagim, in addition to questions about academic responsibilities and social pressures.

“Our goal is to create personal relationships to further enhance the support network on campus,” said Rabbi Bacon, sgan mashgichim coordinator. “In addition to having our own YU experiences to share, we employ our professional training as counselors to help students achieve success at YU and beyond.

Located in the Ruth and Hyman Muss Residence Hall, the sgan mashgichim are present in the batei midrash and lead evening chaburot (informal group classes) on issues of student interest. Each holds office hours from morning until late at night.

They coordinate their efforts with Rabbi Yosef Blau, mashgiach ruchani (spiritual counselor).

For more information and to contact the sgan mashgichim, visit

Rabbi Ely Bacon (

Rabbi Bacon attended Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel and is a graduate of Yeshiva College. He has semikhah from RIETS, a master’s degree in education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, a master’s degree in social work from New York University, and is a licensed clinical social worker. Rabbi Bacon has taught and been a guidance counselor in several yeshiva high schools including The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MSTA), The Frisch School, and Rabbi Teitz Mesivta Academy. He has also worked for the Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey servicing the greater Elizabeth community.

Rabbi Josh Blass (

Rabbi Blass attended Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel and is a graduate of Yeshiva College. He earned semikhah from RIETS and also attended Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He spent the past seven years at MSTA and Hebrew Academy of Long Beach high schools, where he served as a rebbe and guidance counselor. He is currently rabbi of the Albert Einstein Student Synagogue and Camp Morasha.

Rabbi Daniel Herrmann (

Rabbi Herrmann attended Yeshivat Mercaz Hatorah in Israel and is a graduate of Yeshiva College. He received a PsyD in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and semikhah from RIETS, and attended Azrieli. Rabbi Herrmann taught psychology at Stern College for Women and has lectured widely on various psychology and education topics. In addition, he has worked in a leadership capacity for New Jersey National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) for the past decade.

Rabbi Chaim Marcus (

Rabbi Marcus attended Yeshivat Har Etzion and is a graduate of Yeshiva College. He has semikhah from RIETS and attended Azrieli and Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Rabbi Marcus served for several years as a rebbe and madrich at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim in Israel and is currently rabbi of Congregation Israel in Springfield, NJ, and teaches at Bruriah High School for Girls.

Rabbi Yissachar Krakowski (

Rabbi Krakowski attended Yeshivat Torat Moshe in Israel, is a graduate of Yeshiva College, and is an ordained rabbi. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Rabbi Krakowski has taught at the James Striar School Summer Program and at Bat Torah Academy in Suffern, NY. He has also worked as a psychologist in the Bikur Cholim Department of Clinical Services in Monsey, NY.


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