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Neubauer Executive Director and University Jewish Chaplain


PhD, University College London (University of London)


Granoff Family Hillel Center
220 Packard Ave
Medford, MA 02155


by appointment only


Rabbi Naftali Brawer serves as the executive director of Tufts Hillel and the Jewish chaplain at Tufts University. He is also a member of the faculty in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies where he lectures on Jewish mysticism.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Rabbi Brawer was Chief Executive of Spiritual Capital Foundation, a London-based think tank and consultancy on the centrality of values in organizations. He served as Senior Rabbi to the Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue in Northwest London, one of the largest Jewish congregations in Europe, with close to 1400 members. He also served as an interfaith advisor to British Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z’’l. In that capacity, he dialogued with faith leaders in various fora including Muslim leaders in Europe, the Dalai Lama in Amritsar India, and Dharma Master Hsin Tao in Taiwan.

Naftali holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from University College London and he has a keen academic interest in mysticism and theology. He is a published author, columnist, and broadcaster, and he has taught Torah to diverse audiences in the United States, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.