About Our Rabbi 

 Rabbi Shmuel Hain was appointed Rabbi of Young Israel  Ohab  Zedek of North Riverdale/Yonkers in 2006. Since  his  arrival,  membership has doubled and YIOZ has  transformed into a vibrant  community synagogue.

  In addition to his work as a pulpit Rabbi, Rabbi Hain is    an  educator and scholar. As Rosh Beit Midrash at SAR  High  School, he  directs the Beit Midrash Fellowship  and    teaches advanced Judaic  Studies classes. Rabbi  Hain has  also co-authored and edited  several volumes of  Torah  and academic scholarship. His most  recent book  was a  volume in The Orthodox Forum series  entitled The Next  Generation of Modern  Orthodoxy (Ktav: 2012).    

 He is currently completing the next volume of the series, From  Fervor to Fanaticism, an examination of the rise of extremism in the 21st century from religious and academic perspectives. He was recently named Chair and Series Editor of The Orthodox Forum. 

Rabbi Hain previously served as Rosh Beit Midrash of the Graduate Program for Women in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation at Yeshiva University from 2005-2011, where he taught Talmud and oversaw the placement of over 30 graduates in Jewish communal work. Rabbi Hain also previously served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center of Manhattan and as Rabbinic Assistant at the Young Israel of Woodmere. He graduated with honors from Yeshiva College with a BA in Psychology, studies Medieval Jewish History at YU's Bernard Revel Graduate School and is currently pursuing a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics. Rabbi Hain was also an inaugural fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon at RIETS, where he was ordained in 2000 and where he taught advanced Talmud classes to semikha students and undergraduates from 1999-2012.

Rabbi Hain and Shari, Senior Physician Assistant of the Ear Nose and Throat Department at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospitals, along with their five children, Eitan, Akiva, Judah, Nate, and Rayli, cultivate a warm, communal feel at YIOZ by opening up their home to the YIOZ community. They spend summers at Camp Morasha where Rabbi Hain serves as Camp Rabbi.

 

Sopher Community Scholar - Ms. Shuli Taubes

Ms. Shuli Taubes was recently appointed the Sopher Community Scholar at Young Israel Ohab Zedek where she will give shiurim and serve in a pastoral role. A native of Teaneck, NJ, Shuli received her Masters in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and her BA in history from Barnard College. She currently serves as a faculty member at SAR High School in Riverdale, New York, where she teaches Tanakh, Jewish Identity, and chairs the Jewish Philosophy department. She has also developed and teaches a curriculum for educating Modern Orthodox high school students in comparative religion. She recently represented the American Jewish Committee at inter-religious conferences in Berlin and Jerusalem. Shuli also lectures in synagogues throughout the New York area as well as at The Drisha Institute and Yeshiva University's Midreshet Yom Rishon. Shuli and her husband Ari Gordon live in Washington Heights, New York.

Saturday, May 27 2017 2 Sivan 5777