Meet the Rabbi & Rebbetzin

IMG_7660.JPGIn 2002, Rabbi Ari Kievman first came to South Africa for rabbinic training, graduating in 2004 with smicha -rabbinical ordination- from the Machon L’Hora'ah in Pretoria. He subsequently returned home to his native New York and devoted himself to several years of study at Yeshiva University and Touro College, graduating with a BA in Finance and Economics as well various accreditation in subjects related to business, leadership and rabbinics. He also holds an MA in education from University of Middlesex in the UK.

In 2009 Ari, with his new family, returned to South Africa where he is currently running and developing programmes for "the young at heart" as director of Chabad's vibrant Chai Seniors Club. Along with his wife Batya, he directs Chabad's Goodness & Kindness Centre serving the business and tourist population needs' in Sandton Central. He serves as chaplain for various senior living centres and is a volunteer medic for Hatzolah. He also gives regular lectures daily including the legendary JLI series. You can listen to Rabbi Kievman's weekly radio show on Thursdays at 13:00 on 101.9ChaiFM.

To contact Rabbi Kievman directly, you can email [email protected] or call him on +27-(0)79-434-1293

The rebbetzin, Batya Kievman holds a masters in Speech and Audio Pathology from LIU, Long Island University. Her remarkable manner of setting an upbeat and positive tone to any situation attracts many people to discuss personal matter. She is a motivational speaker inspiring everyone she meets with passion for life and observance of Judaism. You can reach the Rebbetzin directly at +27-(0)72-801-7491 or email [email protected]

The Kievmans are joined by their adorable children Gedalia, Tzipi, Hudsy, Sara Rosa, Meni, Michal and Tali who have already become primary (and very popular) partners in their parents' work.

With their warm smiles and non-judgmental approach, they conduct highly successful programming in the Sandton Central area, involving the young, old as well as visitors to Sandton
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