We have been
blessed with a Board and Faculty whose dedication has permitted the first
United States Karaite Jewish institution of higher learning to exist. Our
diversification includes native-born Israeli and American Karaite Jews of
Egyptian origin, former Orthodox Jews who have accepted Karaite Judaism and
converts to Karaite Judaism. Our graduates included students from
Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Spain and the United States.
Hakham Meir Yosef Rekhavi is the editor of the
"Biblical Passover Haggadha" and co-author of "As It is Written: A Brief
Case for Karaism." His writings on selected subjects can be found at:
http://rekhavi.karaitejudaism.org/. He was a student of the late Karaite Hakham Mordecai Alfandari, and his
path to Karaite Judaism is can be accessed at:
As the main Professor, Hakham Rekhavi will teach many of
the lessons for the Introduction to Judaism Course.
Rashi Moshe Yosef Firrouz is leader of the Moetzet Hakhamim (Council of Sages),
which is under the auspices of Universal Karaite Judaism (UKJ). This council
deals within Israel with many religious issues including aliyah and
conversion as it relates to the Karaites. Rabbi Rashi Firrouz has several years
of experience working in committee positions with UKJ and affiliated
organizations. He is currently employed as a System Engineer and Lab Team
Support with the Computer Science Department of Ben-Gurion University in
Beer Sheva. He holds degrees in BS in Nuclear Engineering and MS Management
& Safety Engineering from Ben-Gurion University. As a Professor, he will
teach lessons for the Introduction to Judaism Course.
Dean of Students: Hazzan
Yochanan Zaqantov holds an MBA from St. John Fisher College. Having
received his certification as Project Management Professional (PMP) through
the Project Management Institute (PMI), he maintains both his affiliation
and credentials. He has taught post-secondary courses in Computers and
Liberal Arts. His weekly Tanakh Studies can be found at the
http://www.karaitejudaism.org. His article on "My search for the
Aviv" was published in the April 2007 edition of the KJA's Bulletin. As a
Professor, he will teach lessons for the Introduction to Judaism Course. He
is married and is the father of one daughter.
Dean of the Latin Division:
Daniel ben-Immanuel, holds an MA in Applied Linguistics.
He was the firstborn to a descendant of Anussim from Puerto Rico, and the
first of his family to return to the faith of his ancestors. He coordinates
all Spanish and Portuguese speaking students and translates the KJU teaching
materials into Spanish and Portuguese. As a Professor, he will teach lessons for both the
English, Spanish and Portuguese Introduction to Judaism Courses.
Founding Board Member: Eliezer Ben Efriam HaKohen,
holds a LLB and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Western State University
College of Law, San Diego. As a Board Member, He contributes to the
mission of the KJU He has been married since 1972 and has two children.