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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  ( has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


This past Monday night, around fifty people participated in our Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzmaut commemoration/celebration. The program consisted of a variety of inspiring YouTube presentations, prayers, responsive readings, and an hour long Zoom meeting with the parents of Adi Vital-Kaploun ob”m, who was murdered on October 7. The feedback from the participants was very positive, and people felt that it was a very meaningful experience. This was especially true regarding our meeting with the Vitals. Here’s a brief clip on Adi's life and a short Channel 13 news report on what happened to Adi and her two sons, Negev and Eshel.  

Almost all of the people who attended have chosen to donate through the Shul to a fund that was set up in Israel for Adi’s sons. If you’d like to join them, please note that the funds are for the Negev and Eshel Fund. 

Speaking about remarkable women, at this week’s Shabbat Kiddush/Lunch we will be privileged to hear from Rebbetzin Hindi Posy on the topic of Responding to Trauma & Maintaining Jewish Pride. There will be a special session for women and girls at 2:30pm titled "Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From The Torah," as well as a Q&A on life as a Rebbitzen, doctor and mother of 9.    

Hindi Stohl, MD, JD

Who exactly is Rebbetzin Posy? Well, she is both an MD and JD who is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with a subspecialty in high-risk obstetrics. Dr. Posy is the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. At Harbor-UCLA, Dr. Posy chairs the Medical-legal Committee and is a member of the Medical Ethics Committee. She is also active as a medical-legal consultant and an expert witness in obstetrics.

Dr. Posy has been a Rebbetzin at Beth Jacob Congregation in Los Angeles since 2010, where her husband, Rabbi Adir Posy, is the Associate Rabbi in addition to his position as the National Director of Synagogue Initiatives at the Orthodox Union (OU). Dr. Posy is also on faculty at YULA High School Girls Division, where she teaches a variety of seminars, including Women’s Health in Tanach and Living as a Frum Woman in the Secular Professional World.

Dr. Posy grew up in Los Angeles, attending local Jewish day and high schools. She then studied at Michlalah Yerushalayim, where she completed the Certificate of Teaching program there. Dr. Posy earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Posy then completed a law degree at Southwestern Law School, after which she passed the California State Bar.

Dr. Posy has won multiple teaching awards and is a sought-after lecturer and speaker both locally and nationally. In addition to the many shiurim she gives within her Los Angeles community, Dr. Posy has been an invited plenary speaker at national conferences and has run a myriad of workshops on Women’s Health in Tanach and Halacha and on leadership, parenting, time management and work-life balance. Dr. Posy loves being involved in the Jewish community and gives shiurim regularly and volunteers as assistant coach for her boys’ sports teams. Most of all, Dr. Posy loves being a mom to her nine sons.