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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 Steinmetz

Senior Rabbi


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).

212-774-5665 |


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).

212-774-5650 |



Rabbi Meyer Laniado
Assistant Rabbi, Sephardic Minyan

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.

212-774-5640 |

Thu, May 13 2021 2 Sivan 5781