Yair Robinson


As far back as he can remember, Yair Robinson has been committed to making a positive difference in the world. Active in social action causes since he was a teen growing up on Cape Cod, where his father was the rabbi of the local synagogue and his mother the president of Hadassah, Yair attended Oberlin College and then received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College in 2003. He served Shir Ami in Newtown, Pennsylvania for six years before coming to Wilmington, Delaware, where he has been the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Emeth since 2009. In addition to his pulpit work, preaching, teaching, and providing pastoral care, he has worked with many local organizations, including serving on the boards of Rotary Club of Wilmington, The Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia, The Ninth Ward Interfaith Coalition, The Siegel JCC and Jewish Family Services, Planned Parenthood of Delaware and Clergy for Choice, and the ACLU of Delaware, always striving for a sacred, just and loving community. In addition to his congregational work, he serves as a member of the US Commission for The Preservation of American Heritage Abroad. He is married to Dr. Marisa Robinson and they have one son, Elishai, who graduates Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington in 2025.