Dr. Yisrael Levitz

Dr. Yisrael Levitz is the founding dean of The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim. He is a clinical psychologist, ordained rabbi, and Professor Emeritus of Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, where he held the distinguished Bennett Chair in Pastoral Psychology and headed the school’s Psychopathology and Human Behavior departments. Prior to making Aliya in 1998, he was a practicing psychologist for over three decades and served as the first Dean of Students of both Yeshiva and Stern College.Dr. Levitz was appointed the Director of Supplementary Rabbinic training for the Wexner Program at Yeshiva University’s rabbinic seminary, where he pioneered the field of Rabbinic Counseling, and published a book with Dr. Abraham Twerski z”l entitled A Practical Guide to Rabbinic Counseling (Feldheim Publishing). He continues to teach smicha students at Yeshiva’s Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem, conducts an advanced training program in Experiential Couples Therapy, supervises therapists, and teaches Couples therapy at the Family Institute.Dr. Levitz is a Board Certified Diplomate in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Fellow of the Academy of Family Psychology, a member of the Israel Association of Couple and Family Therapy, and a noted lecturer on a wide variety of psychological and Judaic topics. He has recently completed a two volume memoir entitled “Generations” which was translated into Hebrew under the title Lapid Hanetzach.

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