Rabbi Shmuel and family

Rabbi Shmuel Kravitsky lives in Amherst with his wife Ariel, and their four children. They are representatives of the Chabad-Lubavitch Movement of Judaism, founded by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi in the 1700’s. Rabbi Shmuel is a Religious Life affiliate at Amherst College and works to enhance Jewish life and Judaic programming for the area’s college students.

Rabbi Shmuel Kravitsky was born to a Russian family in Israel and immigrated to the United States as a child. He grew up in New York City and began exploring his Jewish heritage and attending religious schools at the age of eighteen. After five years of intensive study in the Hadar Hatorah Rabbinical Seminary and the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva, Rabbi Kravitsky was ordained by the Central Israeli Rabbinical Court.

Rabbi Kravitsky has touched the lives of many. For the past ten years, he has traveled throughout the U.S. and various countries abroad, in order to teach, inspire, and care for people of all faiths and backgrounds. He brings experience from directing camps in various Eastern European cities and in New York City, and from teaching and mentoring American students, lawyers, businessmen, artists, and politicians in various cities. Rabbi Shmuel’s forte is lecturing about Judaism and Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah) to those who have had little or no exposure to it. His love of knowledge and easygoing character become evident during his lectures and discussions. Rabbi Shmuel enjoys meeting with students, and is always available to talk, whether it’s to work through a crisis or just to shoot the breeze. 

Position: Chabad Rabbi
Office Hours: Thursday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Schwemm's Snack Bar, Campus Center, and by appointment
Contact Information: Amherst College, Box 2277, Amherst, MA 01002-5000; (413) 835-0085; rabbishmuel@chabadnation.com