Rabbi Raffi and Mrs. RachelGlickman
Rabbi Raffi and Mrs. Rachel Glickman graduated from the Fuchs Mizrachi School in 2008. It was during their time here at Fuchs Mizrachi where they first met, and where they developed deep-rooted senses of community, Torah learning, and Tzionut (Zionism) that set them down their merging paths. After graduating, Rachel attended Midreshet Harova and Raffi attended Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. They then went on to Stern College and Yeshiva University respectively, and were married in 2012, before continuing on to each receive a Master’s in Education from Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration. Raffi went on to receive s’micha from Yeshiva University, spending time as part of the Gruss Kollel in Israel. During their time in Israel, Rachel studied at Matan: the Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies, as a member of the first cohort of the Eshkolot Institute for Tanakh and Jewish studies. At the culmination of their time in Israel, Raffi and Rachel made the decision to come back to Cleveland and Mizrachi with the intention of being able to give back to the community that was so instrumental in shaping their identities.
Since their return to Cleveland, the Glickmans have both been teachers at Fuchs Mizrachi School’s Stark High School. They have each developed uniquely warm relationships with their students, encouraged their growth and development academically and spiritually, and served as role models of living a Torah life. Outside of school, they continue to involve themselves deeper within the broader Jewish community. Rachel has found meaning in her involvement at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland where she is a campaigner and has served as Young Leadership Division (YLD) board member and YLD campaign Co-chair. Rachel also serves on the board of the Jewish Education Center and was accepted as a Wexner Heritage Member. Raffi is involved in adult education through the Community Beit Midrash both as a teacher and a chavruta to many. Raffi is also currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Raffi and Rachel will be co-chairing the YLD Weinberg Mission to Israel in the Spring of 2022.
Raffi and Rachel are the proud parents of second generation Fuchs Mizrachi students Shira (1), Molly (K), Akiva (PN) and soon to be student Goldie. As shining examples of the mission and ideals of the Fuchs Mizrachi School, we are so proud of all that the Glickmans have accomplished and all that they continue to do to make Jewish Cleveland better and stronger.