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KJ is blessed with world-renowned clergy.  Talented, qualified and experienced, our professionals are unmatched.  KJ clergy are known for their warm pastoral care, engaging sermons, sensitive halakhic direction, insightful classes, attentive spiritual guidance and passionate leadership.  Our clergy are ready to partner with and serve you.  

Haskel Lookstein


Haskel Lookstein

Rabbi Emeritus



Rabbi Haskel Lookstein has been the Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun since 1958 and principal of the Ramaz School since 1966. He is the Joseph H. Lookstein Professor of Homiletics at Yeshiva University, vice president of the Beth Din of America, and a member of the Board of Directors of the UJA Federation of New York. Rabbi Lookstein is also a commissioner of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He received his B.A. from Columbia College and earned his ordination, Master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Yeshiva University. (SermonsNusach Recordings).


Chaim Steinmetz Rabbi

Senior Rabbi


Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz has been a congregational Rabbi for over 20 years and has previously served pulpits in Montreal, Quebec and Mount Vernon, New York. He has always been deeply engaged in community affairs, and in Montreal served as a Vice President of the Federation, and held executive positions in the Hillel and the  Canadian Jewish Congress. He has written for many publications, writes a regular column for the Canadian Jewish News, and has a blog called the "Happiness Warrior". Rabbi Steinmetz received his ordination from Yeshiva University, where he was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon and has an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and an M.A. in Education from Adelphi University. He is married to Lisa Schwartz, and they have four children (Sermons).


Elie Weinstock Rabbi Elie



Rabbi Elie Weinstock is a veteran of both formal and informal educational programs and a Yeshiva University graduate. He received his Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and a Masters in Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate school. Rabbi Weinstock serves as custodian of the highly developed KJ Beginners Program and is member of the Talmud faculty at the Ramaz Middle School (Sermons).

Rabbi Elie Weinstock Class Recordings


Rabbi Meyer Laniado
Sephardic Rabbi

Rabbi Meyer Laniado has served as a Rabbi in the Sephardic community for four years as an associate rabbi at Congregation Magen David of West Deal and as a Rabbi at Hillel Yeshiva Middle and High School. He received semicha from Yeshiva University – RIETS and the Sephardic Bet Din of Queens.  He holds a B.S. in Management from Yeshiva University – Sy Syms School of Business and has a Masters in Talmudic Studies from Yeshiva University – Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779