Font Size


Rabbi's Blog

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 $55K. Well, this week that number has grown to $60K!!!!! Please see below for the list of the 103(!) participating families. 

In this week’s parasha, we read how Jacob, on his deathbed, prepares his family for life after his passing. Fittingly, the National Association for Chevra Kadisha (NASCK)  has dedicated this Shabbos, Parashat Vayechi, to generating awareness and educating the Jewish community about end-of-life decisions. Adath Israel is proudly participating in this effort along with over 600 shuls in North America. For more information on why and how you can prepare your family, I encourage you to read this article by my colleague, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, on end-of-life planning.