Rabbi Meir Mitelman
Rabbi Meir Mitelman (aka Rabs) was born in Houston, and he received his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Following two years of Jewish study in New York, he spent three years in Jerusalem at Rabbi Chaim Brovender’s yeshiva for American students. Rabbi Meir received his Rabbinic Ordination and Masters of Science in Jewish Education in 1977 from Yeshiva University (YU). He also holds an M.S.W. from YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, conferred in 1982.
During his years at YU he was chosen to be part of teams of Jewish educators at YU-sponsored outreach programs in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Rabbi Meir began his Hillel career at Adelphi University and C.W. Post College in 1977. After eight years, he was recruited by Hillel to become the Executive Director of Hillel at Hofstra University from 1985 through 2008. For the last eight years he has served as Hofstra Hillel’s Jewish Educator and Director of Community Outreach.
Under his leadership, Hofstra Hillel has grown into a dynamic Jewish campus community that has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards from Hillel International, Hillels of New York, and Hofstra’s Student Government Association (SGA) for outstanding, creative programs. Hofstra Hillel was also a two-time recipient of UJA-Federation of New York’s Continuity Grants.
In 2005 he was presented the Advisor of the Year Award by Hofstra’s SGA, and in 2006 he was honored with the Jewish Educator Award, presented by UJA-Federation of New York at the Long Island Caring Community Celebration.
With his warmth, enthusiasm, passion, and dedication, Rabbi Meir has inspired thousands of students to discover, explore, and celebrate being Jewish. Many of them celebrated their Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvahs on campus after devoting a year of Jewish learning with him and rabbinic interns on staff. During Rabbi Meir’s tenure, many students went on to become rabbis, Jewish educators, and professionals in Jewish communal service.
Rabbi Meir is a popular and respected member of Hofstra’s faculty. He also continues to be a beloved teacher in Project Identity, an adult Jewish education program in Great Neck, since 1981.
He loves hiking in the National Parks out West and travelling the world over, seeing the wonders of God’s creation, as well as visiting diverse Jewish communities. He loves to photograph the breathtaking beauty of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife, along with the glory of Hofstra’s dazzling tulips and Long Island’s colorful autumn leaves. He also enjoys playing guitar, choral singing, and volleyball. One of his greatest joys is his ongoing relationships with his students and their children throughout the decades.