He was born and raised in Philadelphia where he attended Jewish day schools. Trained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, he has experienced and helped shape various models of what a Jewish spiritual community can and should look like.
Rabbi Galfand has served as cantor for the high holidays in Troy, New York; Havertown and Wynnewood, PA, and in Aberdeen, NJ. Twice a month he leads a Carlebach Friday night minyan at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood where he and his family are members.
Rabbi Galfand is currently religious leader of Perelman Jewish Day School’s two elementary schools, where he is known as a spirited prayer leader and gifted storyteller. He works with the community of students, families, and faculty to explore the beauty and intensity of Torah and Divine encounter. Fundamental to Rabbi Galfand’s outlook is his belief that Jewish tradition is compelling and offers the opportunity for transformational change and growth.
He and his wife, Kelly are the parents of daughters Hadrielle and Gefen, and son Erez.