Kalman Packouz

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Kalman Packouz
ChildrenDavid Packouz
YeshivaAish HaTorah

Kalman Packouz was an Orthodox rabbi who pioneered various Jewish educational initiatives geared towards baalei teshuva ("returnee to Judaism") outreach.


Packouz was raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Temple Beth Israel, a Reform temple. In 1979, after receiving rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem, Packouz started the first Aish HaTorah branch in St. Louis. Packouz served for ten years as executive director of Aish HaTorah international operations, and was head of the Miami office of Aish HaTorah's worldwide programs.[1] He was a contributor to simpletoremember.com.[2] He was also a special correspondent for the Sun Sentinel.[3] He was married and the father of nine children,[1] including former international arms dealer and inventor David Packouz.[4] Packouz died in 2019.[5]

Intermarriage book[edit]

Packouz spoke out on Jewish continuity through marriage, and in 1976 authored the book, How to Stop an Intermarriage. The book was recently expanded and retitled as: How to Prevent an Intermarriage - A Guide For Parents to Prevent Broken Hearts.[6][7]

Shabbat Shalom Weekly[edit]

In 1992, Packouz launched the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, an electronic publication distributed each week via fax and email.[1]

Kotel Webcam[edit]

In 1997, Packouz created Window on the Wall,[8] a 24-hour live webcam from the Western Wall in Jerusalem.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "BIOGRAPHY OF RABBI KALMAN PACKOUZ". Aish.com. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  2. ^ "The 7 Wonders of Jewish History". Simpletoremember.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  3. ^ "Give Money And A Smile - Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. 2002-03-01. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  4. ^ Bullock, Penn (September 25, 2008). "Accused Arms Dealer Trades Guns for a Guitar". comingsoon.net. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Simmons, Rabbi Shraga. "Rabbi Kalman Packouz zt"l: Giant of Kindness and Innovation". aishcom. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ Packouz, Kalman (2005-11-01). How to Prevent an Intermarriage: Rabbi Kalman Packouz: 9781583308165: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 1583308164.
  7. ^ "Download". Preventintermarriage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  8. ^ "Western Wall - Kotel: webcam Jerusalem". Thewall.org. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  9. ^ "The Augusta Chronicle". Chronicle.augusta.com. 2010-09-12. Retrieved 2013-09-03.

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