Biography

headshotIzzy Greenberg is the Editor of Exodus Magazine and the Creative Director of Tekiyah Creative. A writer, scholar and teacher, he studied at York University in Toronto and New York University as well as the Rabbinical College of America.

Izzy Greenberg’s passion for writing began during his childhood and adolescence, facilitated by the encouragement of his parents and the kindness of several wonderful teachers. After graduating from High School, he entered into the Liberal Arts program at York University in Toronto, exploring a diverse range of subjects, including philosophy, literature, humanities, creative writing, film and photography. After attending the Film Production Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as a visiting student in 1996, he decided to pursue full-time film studies, and was accepted into the Film and Video Production program at York’s Faculty of Fine Arts based on a portfolio of his photographic work.

During the course of his studies, Izzy began to deepen his exploration of philosophy, particularly existential philosophy, epistemology and the mysticism of eastern spirituality. These personal explorations eventually led him to become curious about the solutions proposed by Jewish philosophy, particularly their practical application to life and the pursuit of spiritual living.

Upon graduating from York University in 1999, Izzy pursued an apprenticeship with Simcha Jacobovici, the award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. Under the tutelage of Jacobovici, Izzy researched and wrote for a variety of projects at Jacobovici’s company, Associated Producers, and served as Jacobovici’s creative assistant. Among the most successful projects are Quest for the Lost Tribes, Exodus Decoded, a film that traces the archaeological evidence for the biblical Exodus from Egypt, and a proposal for a book based on Jacobovici’s investigative experiences, which was awarded a book deal by a major US publisher.

After a year of learning and growing under the watchful eye of Jacobovici, Izzy decided to further his study of Judaism, and enrolled in the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. While deeply focused and immersed in his studies, he continued to pursue freelance work in both writing and filmmaking. Most notably, he wrote features for the Jerusalem Post and served as a freelance editor and consultant for Jewish Educational Media in New York City.

In July 2002, Izzy successfully launched Exodus Magazine, one of the premiere publications of Jewish thought and spirituality, with Rabbis Yoseph Y. Zaltzman and Levi Jacobson in Toronto. In 2005, Izzy founded Tekiyah Creative, a marketing, consulting and creative services company serving Chabad organizations. Tekiyah has grown into one of the most respected and sought after companies in the field, specializing in creative advertising concepts and fundraising materials. In 2008-2009, Izzy spent a highly successful one-year working sabbatical as a Scholar in Residence at Ascent Institute in Tzfat, Israel, where he lectured and taught Jewish philosophy and spirituality to visitors from around the world. He returned the following year, and served for a time as Ascent’s Educational Director.

Izzy currently serves as the Creative Director of Tekiyah, and continues in his position as Editor of Exodus. He is currently working on several creative projects involving writing, design, multimedia and filmmaking, focusing on contemporary application of Jewish philosophy and mysticism, and he hopes to publish his first book next year. He currently resides in Jerusalem.