Rabbi Zvi Ralbag is the Rav of Congregation Bais Ephraim Yitzchok.
Rabbi Zvi Ralbag was raised in Amsterdam, Holland until the age of 12 when his family moved to
New York. Rabbi Ralbag's formative experiences in New York were in the Young Israel of Avenue K,
where his father was the Rav. At the Young Israel, he resolved to spend his life in the rabbinate,
serving the needs of the orthodox community.
Rabbi Ralbag pursued his rabbinic studies at Hebron Yeshiva in Israel where he received his
semicha from the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Simcha Zissel Broide zt'l. He also studied at Yeshivas Brisk
in Yerushalayim and in Beis Medrash Gavoha in Lakewood, New Jersey. After getting married, he
concentrated on Dayanus, specializing in Even Haezer and Choshen Mishpat. He passed his exam
in Dayanus Evan Haezer from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and received semicha Yadin Yadin from
Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Rabbi Shlomo Fisher. Rabbi Ralbag then served as a dayan
pro temp in the Jerusalem District Court.
Rabbi Ralbag attended Yeshivah Torah Temimah and graduated as valedictorian of the high school.
Rabbi Ralbag graduated summa cum laude from Touro College with a Bachelors degree in Actuarial
Science and a minor in Finance.
After completing his formal training, Rabbi Ralbag became Assistant Rabbi of the Young Israel of
Staten Island. In addition to his Rabbinic and pastoral duties, he was responsible for the Staten
Island Eruv as well as answering personal Halachic sheilot. He formed close relationships with
many of the families of the Staten Island community, which continue to today.
In 2008, he accepted the position of Rav of Congregation Bais Ephraim. In addition to leading the
kehilla on Shabassim and Yomim Tovim, Rabbi Ralbag gives shiurim in Gemarah (biyun), Jewish
history and Halacha L'emaaseh issues in Orach Chayim. Rabbi Ralbags house is open 24/7 to his
members and he provides religious guidance to the nearly 100 members of Congregation Beis
Ephraim and to the larger 5 Towns Jewish Community.
Rabbi Ralbag is married Paghit Herzog from Toronto, Canada. Paghit Ralbag attended Michlala
Jerusalem College for Women. She studied at York University, Toronto and then completed her
degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Touro College in Israel. She later earned an M.S.,
with honors, in Neurobiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In Staten Island, Paghit gave
shiurim to women and girls, and had a monthly shiur focusing on women in Tanach. She was also
involved in the Bikur Cholim of Staten Island, teaching Kallah classes, and volunteering on a helpline
for women. She currently teaches at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach. Together, they have 4
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