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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.


Last week, I reported to you that our matching funds campaign had raised approximately $45K. Well, this week that number has grown to $55K! It could be that our final number will be even higher. Please see below for the list of the 98 (!) participating families. 

Baruch Hashem, our Chanukah party was a big success. Everybody loved being able to hangout and chill with their friends while enjoying really good jazz music, great food and amazing drinks. We are exploring having a similar Saturday night event in January. We are also looking to have a Friday night dinner in the near future. Keep ya posted. 

Meanwhile, as we slowly transition back to normalcy, we need to rethink whether certain modes of behavior that were once commonplace should be continued or not. In this article from the Times of Israel by Neshama Carlebach, she shares her take on this issue in a very personal way.