The Religious Zionists of America (RZA), the U.S.-based branch of World Mizrachi and umbrella organization for the American Religious Zionist movement, has named Rabbi Ari Rockoff, as its vice president.
Rockoff, a Newton native, spent the last seven years developing new programs for the Orthodox Union (OU). Most recently, he was its founding director of leadership development and strategic partnerships working with foundations and major funding partners.
Earlier this year, Rockoff led the World Mizrachi’s Orthodox Israel Coalition, a partnership of Orthodox and religious Zionist groups running as a combined slate in the World Zionist Congress elections.
Before joining the OU, Rockoff spent more than a decade at Yeshiva University, where he was on the founding team of the Center for the Jewish Future and the lead designer of ChampionsGate, a leadership conference that brought together hundreds of Jewish lay leaders and professionals from around the country.
Rockoff is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business and received his rabbinical ordination from RIETS, a master’s degree in education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and a master’s of business administration degree from Baruch College, where his studies focused on organizational behavior.
He resides in West Hempstead, New York, with his wife, Deborah, and their five children.