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Rabbi Atkins



Rabbi Atkins was born on December 19, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Dartmouth College from 1963 through 1966 and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During his military service, he became seriously interested in his Judaism and, after completing his service, studied at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He was ordained in May of 1974. He then returned to the Air Force as a chaplain and served three years as Area Jewish Chaplain for the Far East, stationed at Clark Air Base, Philippines.

Rabbi Atkins was honorably discharged from the Air Force in August of 1977. After serving as a pulpit rabbi, he decided in 1982 to make aliyah and lived in Israel for several years. Upon his return to the United States in 1994, he served pulpits in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Rabbi Atkins was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree by the Jewish Theological Seminary in March of 2001.Rabbi Atkins retired from pulpit life in 2016 and now lives in Lee, New Hampshire, close to the seacoast and family

Rabbi Atkins is a trained and board-certified mohel who has done the mitzvah of milah for over 30 years. He studied under Rabbi Morris Shoulson, z"l, of Philadelphia, one of the most prominent mohelim in America in his generation. He has been certified by the Brit Milah Commission of the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, and he also has a certificate of study from the Brit Kodesh program of the Rabbinical Assembly.

His love of milah and his pleasure and experience in teaching this beautiful mitzvah bring him together with Dr. Neil Pollock in organizing "Korayt HaBrit," (Establishing the Covenant) a complete training program for mohelim for the Jewish community. Rabbi Atkins can be contacted via this website, directly at [email protected], or by telephone at 603-397-5133.

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