Rabbi Justin Pines is the Director, New York for Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he oversees all iEngage-related programmatic activity and relationship management in the New York area.
Prior to joining Hartman, he served as Director of Character Development (Mashgiach Ruchani) at the Ramaz Middle School, where he developed and implemented character development (Mussar) programming for parents, faculty, students and leadership. He also served as the Senior Fellow at the JJ Greenberg Institute for the Advancement of Jewish Life, where he worked closely with Rabbi Dr. Irving ‘Yitz’ Greenberg on a variety of writing and programming projects. He has facilitated character development workshops at the UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Brownstone, ServiceCorps, the Bronfman Center at NYU, and in various synagogues.
The grandchild of four Holocaust Survivors, he received his BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from Harvard Law School. He is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the AIPAC Lefell Fellowship and the Encounter: Davar Acher Leadership Program Fellowship. A love of exploring Jewish texts with different people has led Justin to study at Pardes, Machon Shlomo, Yeshivat Har Etzion, Orayta, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, from where he received rabbinic ordination. Before becoming a rabbi, he practiced corporate law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP.
Justin lives in Englewood, New Jersey, with his wife and children.