Rabbi Mordechai Rhine

Rabbi Rhine's warmth and desire to connect with others is reflected in his focus on relationship building, with many years of experience working with Jews of all backgrounds, helping each individual reach their potential and achieve their goals. His halachic and hashkafic guidance are highly sought after, based on his breadth of knowledge and the personal attention he strives to provide. In addition to his experience working with adults, Rabbi Rhine has been particularly effective in connecting with and guiding youth as a prior Gemara and Navi Rebbe at the Foxman Torah Institute (FTI) High School in Cherry Hill.

One of Rabbi Rhine's personal initiatives that gives him great satisfaction is the founding and directing of TEACH613, an organization focused on Harbotzas Torah through classes and virtual media. Many of Rabbi Rhine’s educational Torah classes are downloadable from TorahAnytime.com and TorahMedia.com.

Rabbi Rhine is the author of The Magic of Shabbos: A Journey Through the Shabbos Experience, which received an approbation from Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, then Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Israel. He is also the producer of The Perek Shirah Collection, an audio series on scriptural zoology.

The SEHC community welcomed Rabbi Mordechai Rhine in August 2013 as the new Rav of our kehilla. On November 16th, 2013, hundreds from the Greater Washington Jewish Community joined together at SEHC for a gala melave malka, formally welcoming Rabbi Rhine as the new Rav of our shul. The event featured a beautiful video presentation that included Divrei Bracha from Rabbi Berel Wein, Rabbi Sholom Kaminetsky, Rabbi Dovid Rosenbaum, Rabbi Eliyahu Reingold, Rabbi Dovid Katzenstein and Rabbi Menachem Winter.

Rabbi Rhine previously served as the Rav of the Young Israel of Cherry Hill for over 10 years. In this capacity, Rabbi Rhine taught numerous shiurim, provided counseling, and played a pivotal role in creating a warm and welcoming kehilla.

Originally from Monsey, New York, Rabbi Rhine studied in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood for over a decade. His approach to learning and teaching was greatly influenced by the Mashgiach, Rav Matisyahu Salomon shlita, and by the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Yeruchem Olshin shlita, who wrote an approbation to Rabbi Rhine's book Magic of Shabbos. Rabbi Rhine holds semicha from Rabbi Berel Wein and from Rabbi Shmuel Meir Katz. Additionally, he has extensive training in Medical Ethics and Halacha, Taharas Hamishpacha, Choshen Mishpat and Even Hoezer. His secular education includes a Masters in Educational Leadership from Bellevue University.

Rebbetzin Yittie Rhine, originally from Brooklyn, New York, holds a Masters Degree from Long Island University in Speech Language Pathology and works part time in that field. She was a driving force in the Cherry Hill community in running events, hosting guests, and conducting women's groups. Additionally, she has completed the Kallah Teacher Training Course by the National Council of Young Israel and has experience counseling women of all ages. Rebbetzin Rhine has coordinated and authored an online weekly message entitled "Lighting and Learning", encouraging women to light Shabbos candles on time. She is a partner in all her husband's endeavors, helping women to make a Torah lifestyle meaningful for themselves and their families.