Rabbi Jory Lang
Councilwoman Kassandra Timothe
Rabbi Jory Lang has served as spiritual leader of Beth Moshe Congregation in North Miami since 1989. Prior to serving as a pulpit rabbi, he was the executive director of the Talmudic University of Florida, the largest Yeshiva in the southeastern United States.
Rabbi Lang completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, where he received his B.A. in Religious Studies. Shortly after, he earned an M.A. in Judaic Studies at Barry University and an M.A. in Talmudic Studies from Talmudic University of Florida. He did his post graduate work at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and earned a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Sinai University in Jerusalem. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry at the Florida Center for Theological Studies, his doctoral thesis titled “G-d’s Children on the Couch,” was a new model for therapy called Biblical Narrative Therapy.
Rabbi Lang is the founder and president of the Chessed Foundation, a well-respected charitable organization that provides pastoral counseling, group therapy, medical assistance, food and funds for those in needs. He is also a foundation member of MORISHA, which is the rabbinic fellowship of the Union for traditional Judaism. He is the founder of Seishin-do and is the highest ranked student of Master Larry Pizzi in the martial art of Shuri- Goju. Rabbi Lang served as the first Chaplain for the City of North Miami Police Department and was the first Rabbi, in 70 years, to serve two consecutive terms as the President of the Rabbinic Association of South Florida. The United States Jewish Community (UJC) General Assembly awarded Rabbi Lang one of the top twenty-five Rabbis who made a significant impact in their community and across North America. Rabbi Lang was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the North Miami Mayor’s Committee.