Shmuel Polin is a fifth-year rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).A Greater Philadelphia/New Jersey native, Shmuel completed his B.A. at American University in Washington D.C. where he studied Jewish Studies and International Studies. He also completed both an M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Gratz College of Melrose Park, Pennsylvania. His thesis focused on the depiction of European antisemitism in 1930's-1940's American and foreign cinema. Shmuel has years of experience of teaching Hebrew School at Kehillat HaNahar of New Hope, Pennsylvania, leading as a student rabbi at Beth Boruk Temple (Richmond, Indiana) and Temple Israel (Paducah, Kentucky), and also working for Israeli non-governmental organizations. Currently serving at Adath Israel as the rabbinic intern, he is finishing up his last year of rabbinical seminary at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion before entering into the rabbinate.