Rabbi Matanya Yadid
Co-Director of Mosaica's Religious Mediation Initiative and the Director of the Sifra Center for Education, Community and Governance
Rabbi Matanya Yadid (b. 1979) is the co-director of Mosaica’s Religious Mediation Initiative, which seeks to connect influential religious and political leaders throughout the Middle East through ‘religious mediation’ towards religious peace.
Rabbi Matanya is also the founder and director of the new Sifra Center for Education, Community, and Governance. The Center engages influential young rabbinic leaders educators, as well as the most senior religious leaders in Israel and throughout the Jewish world.
Rabbi Yadid also has served as a senior rabbi at Bar-Ilan University’s Institute for Advanced Torah Studies and supervises the religious doctoral student’s program within the Institute; he is also a lecturer at religious Orot Israel College and oversees the Educators’ track. In addition, his popular on-line Talmudic classes are followed throughout the Jewish world. In addition to his rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Yadid holds a BA and MA in Jewish Education from Herzog Teacher’s College and is currently a doctoral student in Education at Cordova University in Spain.
Rabbi Yadid possesses many years of experience in social initiatives and community building. He helped establish and manage the graduate program of the religious Bnei Akiva youth group and helping to establish dozens of student villages and young communities. In addition, he was part of various initiatives dealing with building bridges between the various sectors of Israeli society. In this framework he served as chair of Makom, the council of “mission-oriented” groups and communities.