BETWEEN ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR, OU RABBIS TAKE TO THE ROAD, TO PRESENT REFLECTIONS ON TESHUVA, SEPTEMBER 16, TO 18 HOST CONGREGATIONS IN NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY AREA
Fourteen rabbis of Orthodox Union synagogues in the New York/New Jersey area will take to the road at High Holy Days time to share their wisdom with congregations other than their own, as the OU presents Reflections on Teshuva (repentance), Sunday, September 16 during the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The date is also the Fast of Gedalia, which in most years immediately follows Rosh Hashanah, but this year is held over until Sunday because fast days (except for Yom Kippur) cannot be observed on Shabbat.
The program will be conducted between the mincha and maariv services, in the late afternoon/early evening.
In most cases, synagogues whose rabbis are visiting other congregations will be host shuls as well. In three cases (Rabbis Algaze/Weiss, Hochberg/Yudin and Schonfeld/Weinberger) the rabbis will be visiting each’s other congregations.
In all, 18 synagogues will be presenting the program.
Reflections on Teshuva was first held last year, according to Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects, which presents the program. The sessions were well attended and the rabbis were pleased to have the opportunity to reach new audiences, he said.
Emanuel Adler, Chairman of the OU Commnity Services Commission, commented, “OU rabbis have much to say regarding teshuva, and their own congregations are the beneficiaries of their wisdom, not only at 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 its congregation’s experience at this time of year in which we engage in intense reflection on how we live our lives. Just as happened last year, 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 each area as well.”
The rabbis and the synagogues they will visit are as follows:
• Rabbi David Algaze, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Havurat Yisrael, Forest Hills, NY, to Young Israel of Hillcrest, Queens.
• Rabbi Josh Blass, Senior Rabbi, Kehillas Bais Yehudah, Suffern, NY, to Riverdale Jewish Center.
• Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg, Senior Rabbi, Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, Queens, to Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, NJ.
• Rabbi Shlomo Krupka, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Etz Chaim, Livingston, NJ, to Young Israel of East Brunswick, NJ.
• Rabbi Dale Polakoff, Senior Rabbi, Great Neck Synagogue, Long Island, to Young Israel of Oceanside, Long Island.
• Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, Senior Rabbi, Riverdale Jewish Center, to Congregation Beth Sholom, Lawrence, Long Island.
• Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Aaron, Teaneck, NJ, to Kehillas Bais Yehudah, Suffern, NY.
• Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Assistant Rabbi, Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills to Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Lawrence, Long Island.
• Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Ohab Zedek, New York City, to Congregation Adas Israel, Passaic, NJ.
• Rabbi Kalman Topp, Rabbi, Young Israel of Woodmere, to Great Neck Synagogue, Long Island.
• Rabbi Yaakov Wasser, Senior Rabbi, Young Israel of East Brunswick, NJ, to Young Israel of Monsey-Wesley Hills, NY.
• Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Lawrence, Long Island, to Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.
• Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss, Senior Rabbi, Young Israel of Hillcrest, Queens, to Congregation Havurat Yisrael, Forest Hills, NY.
• Rabbi Benajamin Yudin, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, NJ, to Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, Queens.