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Rabbinic Search

 שינוי מועד הישיבה


עקב תכניות החופשות של מספר חברי הקהילת אשר לא יוכלו להגיע לישיבה שנקבעה, יידחה התאריך של המפגש הפתוח עם שני המועמדים לתפקיד רב בית הכנסת.  התאריך החדש הינו יום ב' , ה תשרי, 25 ספטמבר.


פרטים נוספים יינתנו בהמשך.





Because of holiday plans many of our members have asked that the Public Meeting with the two candidates for the position of rabbi be postponed until September. The new date for the meeting will be Monday 25th September, 5 Tishrei. Further details will be given nearer the time.

This week, Parashat Dvarim, we will host a visiting candidate Rabbi, Rabbi Yosef Ote.


There will be an opportunity to meet Rabbi Ote informally in the pergola after davening and the English shiur. Light refreshments will be served.



Friday night: The rabbi will give a short Dvar Torah between Mincha and Maariv in English at the early minyan and in Hebrew at the second minyan in the main shul.  


Shabbat morning: The rabbi will visit briefly the 7.30 and 8.45 minyanim. He will give a drasha in Hebrew at the 8.15 minyan and an English shiur following the davening. TOPIC:  Unlocking The Secret to Redemption



Shabbat afternoon: The rabbi will give a shiur in Hebrew between mincha and maariv TOPIC:  Ha'im Tisha B'Av hu Hechrechi?


He will also give the Daf Yomi ( 6:30 PM).   


The visit of Rav Yosef Ote is part of the process for the selection of a rabbi  for the Bet Haknesset to succeed Rav Avigdor Burstein. The Interview Panel has produced a  short-list of four candidates. Following the visits, the Rabbinic Search Committee will advise the Vaad on selecting the new rabbi. 


U.S. born Rabbi Yosef Ote was raised and educated in Israel. A talmid of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein Z”L, he studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion (1995-2003) and received semicha from Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.  He has a B.A. in Judaic Studies and an M.A. in Science, Jewish Law and Education from Bar Ilan University. He served as a Combat Unit Commander in the Givati Brigade of the IDF. He is currently the Rabbi of Noam School for Girls in Pisgat Ze’ev, as well as the Director of Educational Projects in Rav Rimon's Halacha Education Center, creating the Mishna curriculum for American Jewish Day Schools. He is also the rabbi and spiritual leader of Young Judaea Israel and a member of Tzohar Rabbinical Organization.


Previously, Rabbi Ote served as a Rosh Beit Midrash, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shalem, a night seder rebbe, a counselor for 2nd year overseas students and an elementary school teacher. He is a skilled Baal Kriah and he is familiar to us at Hovevei as the Baal Kriah for Eicha over the last several years. He lives in Pisgat Ze'ev with his wife, Atira, and their five children .



Rabbi Warren Kaye was born in England and made aliyah at age 22.  He received a degree in Jewish Studies from Jews College London and smicha from the Israeli rabbanut.  He also studied at Herzog CoIlege, has an MA in Jewish History and Toshba (Torah Sheb'al Peh) from Touro College in Jerusalem, and is currently a graduate student at Bar Ilan University. In the IDF he served in a tank unit in Miluim and as a Rav of an Infantry Brigade   He spent 2006-2009 in London as Rav central  Bnai Akiva Shaliach where he was on the faculty of the London School of Jewish Studies. He has taught at a Shiluv yeshiva in Ein Tzurim, and at schools in Kiryat Malachi, Modiin, and Efrat. Since 2009 he has been on the faculty of the Mamlachti Dati Torani school Shivtai Yisrael in Modiin.


Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth studied at Golan Yeshiva in Chispin, 1998-2002 where he received smicha. In 1991 he received a B.A. from Bar Ilan University in Mathematics and Computer science. His professional experience includes being Rav Shaliach of Bnei Akiva in the USA, lecturer at Midreshet Aviv College, Tel Aviv, lecturer  at Sha'arei Mishpat Law School and MATAN. In the IDF, Rav Neuwirth served in the Navy, including Shayetet , from 1992-1997, rising to the rank of Captain. Rabbi Neuwirth's rabbinical resume includes Rabbi of Moriyah  Congegation in Petach Tikva and Rabbi (2008-16) of Ohel Ari  Congregation in Raanana. He has been a senior staff member in Tzohar, including heading a Communities Project to mentor community rabbis. He was the founding Executive Director of Beit Hillel, and is currently President of VeAhavTA--Tel Aviv Jewish


Rabbi Itiel Oron was born in Tel Aviv, attended Yeshivat Bnai Akiva Ra'anana (bagrut) and Yeshivat Har Etzion (1995-2005) where he received smicha. He also received a B.Ed. in Education and Jewish Philosophy from Herzog College. He was Director and Rosh Kollel, Torah Mitzion Kollel, New York, and Director of Beit Midrash, SAR High School, Riverdale, NY and as scholar in residence at many US synagogues and campuses. He served in the IDF and informally as a congregational leader. He has been on the senior faculty of Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi since 2010 and of Midreshet Lindenbaum since 2011. He was recently certified as a medical clown and currently volunteers at Shaarei Zedek Medical Center. He is a member of the Tzohar rabbinical organization.

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