Yosi’s schedule is posted in red on Hillel’s Calendar and Events page.
A Special Message from Rabbi Yosi Gordon: Drop by Rabbi Yosi’s Office
Avraham, known as Avraham our father, Avraham Avinu, was famous for two mitzvot: circumcision and hospitality. It is, fortunately, the second one that I wish to expand at Hillel. (Sarah, we know from the Torah, did much of the hospitality work and should receive due credit, especially for her baking skills — no small feat in a tent in the desert.)
I now have an office at Hillel, thanks to Sarah and the Hillel staff. It is just up the first half-flight of stairs, near the standing coat rack. It’s cozy and comfy and has an especially nice couch. I am waiting for UPS to deliver my coffeemaker, which will make coffee, of course, and tea (herbal tea and tea tea), hot chocolate and hot apple cider (so it says. I’m a bit dubious about that one, but we’ll try it out.) The point is: drop in! If you are reading this on our Hillel site, you are not far from my schedule, including office hours.
Drop in to talk about anything: very important stuff, not very important stuff, totally unimportant stuff. Any Jewish questions? I can help answer some of them. Help with your Hebrew studies? I’m pretty good at that.
Interested in learning about something? I’d love to learn with you. Cold and thirsty? Try some coffee, tea (herbal tea or tea tea), hot chocolate or, maybe, hot apple cider. At the very least, you’ll like my office. I’m crazy about it! And I’ll get to play Avraham Avinu and bring even more hospitality to Hillel.
Who is Rabbi Yosi Gordon?
This is Rabbi Yosi Gordon’s fifty-third year of teaching. He was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, graduated high school in Green Bay and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After that he studied and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also attended Camp Ramah for 14 summers, as a camper and staff member, and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for three years. Yosi worked as Associate and Acting Principal of the Los Angeles Hebrew High School. In 1978 he came to St. Paul, where he directed the Talmud Torah for 12 years and helped open the Talmud Torah Day School, where he taught for many years. He taught courses in Jewish studies and literature at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College and Hamline University. He also published textbooks and articles in Hebrew language and Jewish studies. In 2000, Yosi won a Covenant Award in Jewish education. He loves to learn and teach Jewish texts (T’nach, Rabbinics, commentary) and Jewish thought.