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Rabbi Akiva & Layala Males relocated to Memphis, TN in the summer of 2016, and they are thrilled to be part of the Young Israel of Memphis family. In addition to the many roles he plays at Young Israel, Rabbi Males also enjoys teaching Torah at the Margolin Hebrew Academy-Feinstone Yeshiva of the South. Please feel free to email Rabbi Males at:

Rabbi Males regularly writes articles for Jewish journals, magazines, websites, and newspapers. Links to many of his published items are included below.


  • Click Here to see a short video clip of Rabbi Males offering the opening invocation before the Tennessee Senate in Nashville, TN on February 13, 2017

  • Click Here to see a short video clip of Rabbi Males offering the opening benediction before the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2008

  • Click Here to view regularly posted Divrei Torah from Rabbi Males on his YouTube page  

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Rabbi Akiva & Layala Males

Rabbi Akiva Males grew up in Cleveland, OH, and received his Jewish education at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study (W.I.T.S.), and Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim (Rabbinical Seminary of America) based in Queens, NY -- where he received his Semicha.


From 2007-2016, Rabbi Males and his wife Layala (nee Feintuch -- of Brooklyn, NY) lived in Harrisburg, PA where he served as Rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation. Aside from his varied Shul-based responsibilities, he also maintained Harrisburg's Eruv, and represented Orthodox Judaism to the broader Jewish (and non-Jewish) community. 

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