Rabbi Jesse Olitzky has served as rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ since 2014. He received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Rabbinical School. In addition to ordination, he received an MA in Jewish Education from JTS’ William Davidson School of Education, a BA in American Religion from Columbia University and a BA Cum Laude from the Albert A. List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Talmud.

Previously, Rabbi Olitzky served as part of the rabbinic team at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Jacksonville, FL. He is a part of the South Orange-Maplewood Interfaith Clergy Association and the Newark Clergy Affairs Committee. Additionally, he is a part of the Maplewood Police Department-Clergy Alliance, working to build a more just community. Rabbi Olitzky is also a part of the Rabbinical Assembly‘s Social Justice Commission, working to bring issues of social justice to the forefront of the Jewish community.