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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 Ph.D. 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.

Sat, April 21 2018 6 Iyyar 5778