Rabbi Menachem Rosenfeld
Ahavat Achim Orthodox Congregation of Fair Lawn is a young and vibrant congregation offering a full range of religious, social, and educational services to the entire community. Founded over 20 years ago by a group of nine dedicated families whose vision and goal was to increase their own level of observance, the Congregation has used their model as a basis for continued growth. Ahavat Achim is committed to the tenets and values of religious, modern orthodox Judaism while, at the same time, to encouraging and welcoming Jews from all backgrounds and affiliations.
Ahavat Achim is proud to offer a myriad of programs and activities to its members, as well as to the greater community. These include daily (morning and evening) prayer services; Shabbat and Holiday prayer services; adult educational programs (including scholars in residence, guest lecture series, and ongoing learning programs); youth services (including weekly children’s programs, special activities, and National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) chapters); charitable activities on a local, regional, national and international level (including a recent dedication of a Shabbat/Yom Tov Hospitality Cart at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, which provides religious articles to ease a Shabbat/Yom Tov stay in the hospital); and many other special programs (including commemorations of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust remembrance) and Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).
We have recently had the privilege of constructing a major, new addition to our facility. We look forward to the future with enthusiasm and welcome all who share our vision to join with us in the years ahead.
Rabbi Menachem Rosenfeld is currently the spiritual leader of Ahavat Achim. Previously, he was rabbi at congregations in West Hartford,CT and Chicago,IL. He has also been the Executive Director of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and is a former Assistant Attorney General in CT. Rabbi Rosenfeld received semicha from YU in 1975. His wife, Karen, is a social worker, and together they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.