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Published on August 17th, 2017 | by WMJledger


Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe to lead B’nai Torah

By Stacey Dresner

LONGMEADOW – Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe has been named the new rabbi at Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow and will begin his role as spiritual leader at the Modern Orthodox shul Sept. 1. He succeeds Rabbi Eytan Yammer.

Bob Kushner, president of B’nai Torah said that congregants are very excited to welcome Rabbi Yaffe.

“We felt that he would be a wonderful fit for our congregation with his being experienced as a pulpit rabbi, in conjunction with his many years as an internationally acclaimed speaker,” Kushner said.

Rabbi Yaffe, who lives in Nonantum, Mass. with his wife, Chana and their children, spent several years in the greater Hartford area where he served as rabbi at Young Israel of Hartford and at Congregation Agudas Achim in West Hartford, one of the first Orthodox congregations in Connecticut, founded in 1887. He also was director of the Hartford Kashrut Commission and taught a full range of Judaic subjects for the Hebrew High School of New England for many years.

Rasied in Portland, Maine and Los Angeles, Calif., Rabbi Yaffe studied at yeshivot in Miami, London, and New York and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch, Brooklyn, NY in 1989.

He was a fellow of the post-ordination program at the Leeds Kollel in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England from 1990- 1992 and served as a pulpit rabbi at Hull Hebrew Congregation in Hull, England.

After departing from Hartford, he was a scholar-in-residence to Chabad at Harvard, where he served the greater Harvard and MIT communities.

He has authored a broad range of articles on several online forums, and was lead author for the Jewish Learning Institute’s “Living with Integrity” course.

He is also currently dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law based in New York, with activities all across North America.

He directs the Institute for Judaic Knowledge which offers lecture, seminars, and other programs, in person and online, throughout North America, as well as in Africa, Australia, Latin America, and Europe.

A particular focus of Rabbi Yaffe’s work has been the intersection of the concerns created by contemporary legal, scientific, medical, public and foreign policy issues with the ethics and values presented in three and a half millennia of Judaic law and thought.

He is a member of Rabbinical Council of America.

“Being the largest Orthodox congregation in the Pioneer Valley, we hope to see new and current friends participate with us in our growing congregation,” Kushner said. “We’ve experienced some new membership activity recently and hope that with Rabbi Yaffe that will continue to increase.”

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