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Rabbis

KJ is blessed with world-renowned clergy, who are known for their warm pastoral care, engaging sermons, sensitive halakhic direction, insightful classes, attentive spiritual guidance and passionate leadership.  

Chaim SteinmetzChaim Steinmetz, Senior Rabbi
212-774-5665 | rcs@ckj.org

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz has been a congregational Rabbi for nearly 30 years and has previously served pulpits in Montreal, Quebec and Mount Vernon, New York. He has always been deeply engaged in community affairs, and currently serves on the board of directors of the UJA-Federation of New York. When he was in Montreal, Rabbi Steinmetz 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, (and wrote a regular column for the Canadian Jewish News for many years), 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).

Haskel LooksteinHaskel Lookstein, Rabbi Emeritus 212-774-5650 | RHL@ckj.org

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).

Elie WeinstockRoy Feldman, Associate Rabbi
212 -774-5636 | RRF@CKJ.ORG

Rabbi Roy Feldman believes that a rabbi’s primary role in the twenty-first century is to articulate, embody, and exemplify the reasons why traditional Judaism remains relevant today. He obtained a BA from Columbia College, and his ordination and MA in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University, where is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Jewish History. For several years, Rabbi Feldman served as rabbi of the Modern Orthodox congregation in Albany, NY, and he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He is married to Rachel Minkin, and they are proud parents of Charlotte and Millie. (Sermons)

Meyer Laniado, Associate Rabbi
212-774-5636 | RML@CKJ.ORG

Rabbi Laniado joined KJ as the first KJ Sephardic rabbi to actively grow the KJ Sephardic community through new outreach initiatives and engaging programming. His vision, energy, and dedication have helped him be consistently attuned to the needs of the moment, developing programs, events, and opportunities for engagement. He received rabbinical ordination 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.

Wed, October 27 2021 21 Cheshvan 5782