Rabbi Kenneth Brander

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone (OTS), an Israel-based Modern Orthodox movement committed to illuminating the relevance of Judaism in the modern world. OTS is effecting a transformative impact on Jewish life, learning and leadership worldwide through its 27 educational institutions, social projects, outreach programs and leadership development initiatives for men and women.

Prior to making aliyah in July 2018 and taking on the mantle of OTS, Rabbi Brander was Vice President for University and Community Life at Yeshiva University (YU), taught rabbinics at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and served as the inaugural David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future. He served as the senior rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue from 1991 to 2005, overseeing its explosive growth from 60 families to more than 600 families. Rabbi Brander is a 1984 alumnus of Yeshiva College, received his ordination from RIETS as well as a special ordination from Machon Puah center of medical ethics in Israel, and from then-Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, in the field of medical ethics, reproductive technology and halakha. Rabbi Brander holds a Ph.D. in general philosophy and comparative literature.