Ben-Tzion Spitz

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Former Chief Rabbi

Ben-Tzion Spitz
Ben-Tzion Spitz

NationalityAmerican, Israeli
SpouseTamara Tocker Spitz
ParentsElliot and Nira Spitz
Alma materYeshiva University, Columbia University
Senior posting
Jewish leader
PositionFormer Chief Rabbi
OrganisationKehila of Uruguay
Began1 May 2013
Ended12 October 2016
ResidenceMontevideo, Uruguay
SemichaYeshivat Pirchei Shoshanim

Rabbi Ben-Tzion Spitz (born 1969) was the Chief Rabbi of Uruguay. He was born in Queens, New York, United States. In May 2013 he was appointed as Chief Rabbi of Uruguay, a position he held until October 2016.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ben-Tzion was born in Queens, New York, U.S. in 1969, the son of Elliot and Nira Spitz. His father is an international commodities trader and his mother is an artist.[3]

The family moved for the father's business assignments. Ben-Tzion spent formative years of his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he learned to speak Spanish and Portuguese.[3]

Spitz attended Yeshiva University High School in Manhattan from 1983 to 1986. Spitz learned at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh from 1986 to 1988 and after moving to Israel in 1997 was an ongoing student and lecturer at Yeshivat Har Etzion from 1997 until 2013. He studied with Yeshivat Pirchei Shoshanim since 2007 and received his rabbinic ordination from them in 2010.[3]

Spitz obtained a BA from Yeshiva University in 1990 and a MS from Columbia University in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. He is also a Certified Energy Manager receiving his certification from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2012.[2][3][4]


After graduate school, Spitz worked as a Nuclear Engineer for Raytheon. Thereafter he held a number of business and technical positions for companies in the United States and in Israel, including serving as CEO of technology start-up Nanolayers and Managing Director of energy technology consultancy Hillpoint Energy.[3][4]


Spitz has written much Biblical Fiction, weaving new stories based on the ancient text, but strongly inspired and in line with the Jewish Orthodox tradition. He has posted an entire series of short stories based on the weekly reading of the Torah. He has also posted a fictional series based on the biblical stories of Joshua, Ehud and Ruth. Valiant Publishing has published two collections of his short stories, Destiny's Call: Book One - Genesis, and Destiny's Call: Book Two - Exodus.[5]


  1. ^ "Semanario Hebreo, Aug 2013". Semanario Hebreo.
  2. ^ a b "New Job, New Career, New Country".
  3. ^ a b c d e f "A Short Autobiography of Chief Rabbi Ben-Tzion Spitz".
  4. ^ a b "LinkedIn Profile".
  5. ^ "Biblical Fiction archive".