Rabbi Kastan has been involved in education for 20 years. With a background in both formal and informal education, a Bachelors Degree in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning, Rabbi Kastan constantly works on balancing best practices with innovative strategies to teach timeless Jewish values. Having taught Chumash, Tefilla, Jewish History and Jewish Civics courses, in Middle School and High Schools, he constantly searched for ways to increase his students’ level of Jewish engagement. While working on his dissertation on educational technology for a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, he created Student Impact Films, a cutting-edge filmmaking program geared towards engaging students in Jewish values. One of the films, One Last Shot, which deals with the timely issue of bullying, has been screened at 5 film festivals.
Rabbi Kastan’s work has been featured in the Alumni Spotlight for Nova Southeastern University, and has been published in the Jewish Education Leadership Journal at the Lookstein Center in Israel, the HaYidion journal at RAVSAK, as well as in several newspapers.
When Rabbi Kastan is not researching, collaborating, coaching or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, and his four children, Anaelle, Netanel, Lielle and Gavriel.