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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. B”H, we’re having a great time with family and friends. As usual, my days begin before sunup and go deep into the night. The weather has been pretty good, hot, but not unbearably so. 

As you may recall, this Shabbat you will have the pleasure of hearing from Rabbi Jonah Keyak. 

For those of you who don’t know him (and even for those who do), Jonah is the son of Vicki & Jeff ob”m. He is a fourth generation San Franciscan and his great-grandfather, Max Weiman, helped construct Adath Israel. After attending both OHDS and JCHS, Jonah continued his studies at Kerem B’Yavneh (KBY) in Israel. He then began his studies at Yeshiva University, where he studied under R. Mordechai Willig shlit”a and Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler ob”m.

Under the guidance of Rav Tendler ob”m, Jonah did shimush (apprenticeship) and learned the intricate halachos of Tahoras HaMishpocha (Family Purity) and Shalom Bayis. During this time, Jonah was trained by Dr. John Gottman himself and became a certified marriage counselor in the Gottman Method. 

With his MSW, Jonah started as a public high school therapist in Harlem, where he worked with at-risk male youth. Currently, he spends his days in Brooklyn, where he's a therapist for challenged Jewish Syrian youth. He then spends his afternoons as a “Live Chat” Rabbi for Aish HaTorah, where he answers questions and provides guidance to Jews and non-Jews alike from all over the world. 

At night Jonah has his own private practice where he counsels both pre and post-marriage couples virtually. Additionally, Jonah bridges mental health and halacha with his Choson (pre-marriage) classes as a certified Rabbanut Choson teacher through Mercaz Eden out of Yerushalayim. He has written for The Times of Israel, Algemeiner, The Jewish Herald and has been featured on the CrazyWildBocher podcast. 

Rabbi Keyak will be giving the drasha. In addition, for the discussion in between lunch and mincha, he will lead an interactive exploration of the Islamic Sharia law process and our own Halachik process. Comparing Sunnahs and Hadiths to the Talmud and Shulchan Aruch. Additionally, he’ll look to debunk common myths like “Hijabs are for modesty” and the real reason that lies under the sheitel, or wig, some married Jewish women wear.