Rabbis to Change Places for OU’s “Reflections on Teshuva,” 9/8

28 Aug 2013


Call it “Rabbis Changing Places,” call it “Rabbis on the Road,” call it “Bima to Bima,” or call it simply, “Reflections on Teshuva,” but once again this year, in a program that began in 2005, some of the New York area’s most distinguished pulpit rabbis will exchange places on September 8 (Tzom Gedaliah), the Sunday before Yom Kippur, to provide their “Reflections on Teshuva,” an Orthodox Union High Holy Day program. In many cases, the rabbis will be visiting synagogues in their own or neighboring communities.

For a second year, the program has been extended beyond the New York Metropolitan Area to include Harrisburg and Allentown in Pennsylvania; and Skokie, IL.

The sessions will take place between Mincha and Maariv. Teshuva means “repentance” and is the central theme of the Yamim Nara’im – the Days of Awe — encompassing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Reflections on Teshuva is a program of the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement.

“The Reflections on Teshuva program has been expanded to benefit Jewish communities on a national level as a result of an overwhelmingly positive response from congregants and rabbis alike,” noted Hannah Farkas, manager of programs and special projects for OU Community Engagement. “The success of the program and interest and feedback from previous years has enabled this initiative to evolve and now includes more than 25 rabbis in nine communities across North America.” She noted further, “OU and non-OU shuls are participating in this worthwhile initiative.”

The schedule is as follows:


Rabbi Moshe Grussgott, Congregation Ramath Orah
will be at
Congregation Ohab Zedek
118 West 95th Street, New York 10025

Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Congregation Ohab Zedek
will be at
Congregation Ramath Orah
550 West 110th Street New York 10025

Rabbi Dovid Cohen, Young Israel of the West Side
will be at
Lincoln Square Synagogue
200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York 10023

Rabbi Shaul Robinson, Lincoln Square Synagogue
will be at
Young Israel of the West Side
210 W 91st Street, New York 10024

Rabbi Aaron Mehlman, Congregation Ohav Shalom
will be at
Congregation Adereth El
135 East 29th Street, New York 10002

Rabbi Gideon Shloush, Congregation Adereth El
will be at
Congregation Ohav Shalom
270 West 84th Street, New York 10024


Rabbi Etan Tokayer, Kingsway Jewish Center
will be at
Young Israel of Flatbush
1012 Avenue I, Brooklyn 11230

Rabbi Kenneth Auman, Young Israel of Flatbush
will be at
Kingsway Jewish Center
2810 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn 11229


Rabbi Shmuel Hain, Young Israel Ohab Zedeck of North Riverdale
will be at
Young Israel of Scarsdale
1313 Weaver Street, Scarsdale 10583

Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern, Young Israel of Scarsdale
will be at
Riverdale Jewish Center
3700 Independence Avenue, Riverdale 10463

Rabbi Yitzi Genack, Riverdale Jewish Center
will be at
Young Israel Ohab Zedeck of North Riverdale
6015 Riverdale Ave, Riverdale 10471

Long Island, NY:

Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst
will be at
Congregation Kneseth Israel / The White Shul
728 Empire Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Congregation Kneseth Israel / The White Shul
will be at
Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst
8 Spruce Street, Cedarhurst, NY 11516

Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss, Young Israel of Hillcrest
will be at
Young Israel of Oceanside
150 Waukena Avenue, New York, NY 11572

Rabbi Jonathan Muskat, Young Israel of Oceanside
will be at
Young Israel of Hillcrest
169-07 Jewel Avenue, New York, NY 11365

Monsey, NY:

Rabbi Ari Jacobson, Young Israel of Monsey and Wesley Hills
will Be at
Kehillas Bais Yehudah of New Hempstead
23 Lime Kiln Road, New Hempstead 10952

Rabbi Josh Blass, Kehillas Bais Yehudah of New Hempstead
will be at
Young Israel of Monsey and Wesley Hills
58. Parker Blvd, Monsey 10592

New Jersey:
Rabbi Uri Goldstein, Congregation Ahavat Achim
will be at
Congregation Shomrei Torah
19-10 Morlot Ave, Fair Lawn 07410

Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Congregation Shomrei Torah
will be at
Congregation Ahavat Achim
18-25 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn 07410

Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe, Congregation Ahavas Yisrael
will be at
Congregation Etz Ahaim
230 Denison Street, Highland Park 08904

Rabbi Dovid Bassous, Congregation Etz Ahaim
will be at
Congregation Ahavas Yisrael
1587 Route 27, Edison 08817

Rabbi Samuel Biber, Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue
will be at
Kehilat Chovevei Tzion
4000 Church Street, Skokie 60076

Rabbi Shaanan Gelman, Kehilat Chovevei Tzion
will be at
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue
8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie 60076


Rabbi David Wilensky, Congregation Sons of Israel
will be at
Kesher Israel Congregation
2500 N. Third Street, Harrisburg 17110

Rabbi Akiva Males, Kesher Israel Congregation
will be at
Congregation Sons of Israel
2715 Tilghman Street, Allentown 18104

For further information on bringing this program to your community, contact 212-613-8351.

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