Kinus Teshuva, as the initiative is called, a presentation of the Orthodox Union Department of Community Services, will take place on Sunday, October 5 between the Mincha and Maariv services at 15 synagogues, six in New York City, four on Long Island, three in New Jersey, and two in Rockland County, NY.
“Kinus Teshuva provides a splendid opportunity for a community to learn and to develop additional insights and chizuk (strength) in support of each and everyone’s personal quest for teshuva and renewal,” declared Frank Buchweitz,” OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects.
According to Emanuel J. Adler, Chairman of the OU Community and Synagogue Services Commission, “OU pulpit rabbis have much to say regarding teshuva and their own congregations are the beneficiaries of their wisdom, not only on the High Holy Days, but year round. This program will give them a chance to share their thinking and their knowledge with other congregations, supplementing the teachings of the host shul’s rav and thereby enriching the congregation’s experience at this time of year in which we engage in intense reflection on how we live our lives as Jews. As in past years, we expect that each of the sessions will be attended not only by members of the host congregations, but by visitors from other shuls in the area as well.”
Eleven of the synagogues will both host a visiting rabbi and lend their own rav to another shul; taking this one step further, the Young Israel of Monsey-Wesley Hills, NY (Rabbi Ari Jacobson) and Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, NJ (Rabbi Benjamin Yudin) will exchange pulpits for the program.
The schedule is as follows:
New York City:
Rabbi David Algaze, Havurat Yisrael, Forest Hills, NY, at Congregation Talmud Torah Adereth El, Manhattan
Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn, West Side Institutional Synagogue, Manhattan, at Bialystoker Synagogue, Manhattan
Rabbi Bini Maryles, Director, Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services, Orthodox Union, at Riverdale Jewish Center, Riverdale
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, Riverdale Jewish Center, at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens
Rabbi Yaakov Wasser, Young Israel of East Brunswick, NJ at Young Israel of Hillcrest, Queens
Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Lawrence, NY, at Havurat Yisrael, Forest Hills, Queens
Rabbi Joshua Blass, Kehillas Bais Yehuda, Suffern, NY, at Great Neck Synagogue, NY
Rabbi Dale Polakoff, Great Neck Synagogue, at Young Israel of Woodmere, NY
Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, Congregation Beth Aaron, Teaneck, NJ, at Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Lawrnece, NY
Rabbi Kalman Topp, Young Israel of Woodmere, at Congregation Beth Sholom, Lawrence, NY
Rabbi Ari Jacobson, Young Israel of Monsey-Wesley Hills, NY at Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, NJ
Rabbi Zvi Romm, Bialystoker Synagogue, Manhattan, at Congregation Adas Israel, Passaic, NJ
Rabbi Gideon Shloush, Congregation Talmud Torah Adereth El, Manhattan, at Young Israel of East Brunswick, NJ
Rockland County, NY:
Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss, Young Israel of Hillcrest, Queens, at Kehillas Bais Yehuda, Suffern, NY
Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, NJ, at Young Israel of Monsey-Wesley Hills.