"At age 8, I decided to retire and move to Florida," chuckled Rabbi Marc Blatt, Middle School Tanakh teacher, of his family's move from Long Island to Orlando during his childhood. Interestingly enough, he grew up in the synagogue that is closest to Disney World, was the first to have a Bar Mitzvah in the building, and also the first Bar Mitzvah to have a wedding in that same place!
Rabbi Blatt comes to CESJDS with over 15 years of informal Jewish education in his pocket. A political science major in college with an eye on law school, his first trip to Israel and a law office internship, quickly changed his mind.
Right out of college, he began working in the synagogue religious school where he grew up, met his wife (Rachel), and off they went to New York City to study at the Davidson School of Jewish Education. Upon graduation, Rabbi Blatt decided that rabbinical school was the next stop and moved out to Los Angeles to attend the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University. After a year, Rabbi Blatt's wife decided that she, too, wanted to become a rabbi, and joined him at AJU.
Rabbi Blatt eventually moved back east and settled in the Baltimore area, and is now educating 6th and 8th grade students on the study of Tanakh (Bible). "It is exciting to teach the next generation of Jews and be their guide," he said.
With a lengthy commute and being out of the house for almost 12 hours a day, he spends his free time with his family--Rachel and their three children, 6 year-old twins Hannah and Tova, and 20-month old son, Rafi.