Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rabbi Dale Polakoff came to New York for his undergraduate studies at Yeshiva University, and was graduated from Yeshiva in 1979 with a BA in Psychology. He continued his learning at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, and was granted Semicha in 1982, after having learned in the Gruss Kollel for several years. His first rabbinic position was as assistant Rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, where he also served as a faculty member of the Rabbi Joseph Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz. In 1988 Rabbi Polakoff became Rabbi of Great Neck Synagogue in Great Neck, Long Island, and a faculty member of the North Shore Hebrew Academy. Rabbi Polakoff is a Past President of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Polakoff and his wife Ellen enjoy their blended family of nine children.
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