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Rabbi Yisrael “Sruli” Motzen is the synagogue’s rabbi. He attended Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and is a graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinic College. Rabbi Motzen earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. He is the President of Libi Bamizrach, an organization dedicated to developing deeper connections with the land of Israel, and serves on the Rabbinical Council of America’s executive committee.

Rabbi Motzen became the rabbi of the synagogue in 2012, only the third rabbi to serve the congregation since 1961, when the synagogue opened at its present location. Since joining the synagogue, he has introduced numerous Torah classes, youth programs, special events, and holiday programs. Join him on Shabbat for his increasingly popular sermons, which grapple with current events in and out of the Jewish community while emphasizing a positive and upbeat approach to Judaism.

Rabbi Motzen is joined by his wife Rebbetzin Hindy Motzen who has re-energized the monthly women’s shalosh seudos, established a women’s beit medrash, and runs the very successful B’nei Mitzvah Program. The Rabbi and Rebbetzin have four children – Tehila, Shlomo, Shira, and Riki.

Below (L-R) Rabbi and Rebbetzin Motzen

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Life is sometimes too busy to find time to broaden our Torah-knowledge base. And yet, broadening our knowledge of Torah, our spiritual life-source, is too precious to let time get in the way. This blog is my idea of a compromise.
I will be posting sermons as well as the Daily Halacha – a two minute law that I teach every day after morning services. This way, whether you slept in, or are already on your way to work, you can still find time to connect to G-d through His Torah. So enjoy Ner Tamid from the comfort of your home, at a break from work, or while on the road.

Past Rabbis

Rabbi Chaim Landau

Rabbi Herschel Leibowitz

Chaim LandauRabbi Chaim Landau served the synagogue from 1986 to 2011, when he retired and became rabbi emeritus. Rabbi Herschel LeibowitzRabbi Herschel Leibowitz served the synagogue from 1958 to 1985.