Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun - Sephardic Minyan
The KJ Sephardic Minyan was established five years ago to serve the growing need for Sephardic services in the neighborhood. We currently offer services on Shabbat, holidays, and weekday mornings. The Sephardic Minyan community spearheads various programs in the KJ community including Shabbat dinners and a communal Purim Night Celebration. Contact SephardicMinyan@ckj.org for more information.
The Sephardic Minyan is pleased to welcome KJ Rabbinic Scholar Rabbi Hayyim Angel, who will be leading services and teaching in the community regularly throughout the year.
Sephardic Minyan Daily Schedule
Monday thru Friday - 7:00 AM
Sunday & National Holidays - 8:15 am
Rosh Chodesh - 6:50 am
Shabbat Morning - 9:00 am
All Services to take place at KJ – 125 East 85th Street - Rohr Family Beit Knesset
Rabbi Angel leads the KJ Sephardic Minyan, and gives many Adult Education classes in the broader KJ community. He also is the National Scholar of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org). He also teaches advanced Bible courses to undergraduate, graduate, and rabbinical students at Yeshiva University, and lectures widely. He has published over 100 scholarly articles, primarily in Bible, and is author or editor of fourteen books. He received his B.A. in Jewish Studies Summa cum Laude from Yeshiva College, his M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, his M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and his Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
Dr. Benjamin Zalta
Dr. Benjamin Zalta, an Associate Professor of Radiology in the Cardiothoracic Division at Montefiore Medical Center and a native of Damascus, Syria, has been Chazzan at ther KJ Sephardic Minyan since its founding in 2011. He came to New York at the age of 18 to study at Yeshiva University, and went on to earn a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Steeped in the Syrian musical tradition, Dr. Zalta has served Sephardic congregations in Brooklyn and Deal, NJ and led the Sephardic Services at Fifth Avenue Synagogue for 18 years.