Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal has worked in Jewish education for over ten years as a classroom teacher in both orthodox and community day schools during which he was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish educators. In his most recent past position he also served as Jewish Studies department chair. Currently, he is a senior coach and program manager for Pedagogy of Partnership at the Hadar Institute. Additionally, he teaches as adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College’s DeLeT program for teachers and works as an Education Consultant for organizations across the country. At the center of all of his work is his belief in Judaism’s ability to help people discover and nourish their best selves. He received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as well as from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo. A graduate of UCLA in the Study of Religion, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the American Jewish University. Rabbi Villarreal, his wife and five children recently relocated to Portland, Oregon. You can reach him at rabbidmv@gmail.com.

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