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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.


Shalom again from Israel. This coming Shabbat is the Bar Mitzvah of my grandson, Yehuda David, and our three sons from the East Coast have all flown in for the simcha. So, B”H our nuclear family will be together once again, which is something that doesn’t happen too often. 

The past week has had two major highlights. The first was gathering with most of my brothers’ families (I have three brothers) in a park in Jerusalem. My parents’ children (4 + spouses), grandchildren (24 + spouses) great grandchildren (95 + spouses), and great, great grandchildren (who knows how many? As a matter of fact, one more was born this week) add up to a lot of people. In retrospect, it's truly amazing to see how my parents' commitment to Judaism and Israel has resulted in a human geometric progression benefiting the Jewish people, that will go from hundreds to thousands over the coming years. 

The second highlight was taking my four oldest grandsons on an overnight to the north and hiking with them in the Golan Heights. Although the boys were cute when they were younger, they are much more fun as they get older. 

In addition to enjoying my time here, I’ve been busy working with Shoshana (the person responsible for all our digital material) on the new and improved A.I. Calendar for 5783. We’re almost done and hope to get the calendar to you ASAP.