Sunday, April 10, 2016

Passover Sedarim (Seders) April 22 and 23, 2016

Please Join Us for Delicious 
 Traditional Passover Sedarim

The First and Second Nights
 of Passover

 Friday, April 22, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Following 7:25 pm Services Friday Night
Following 8:25 Services Saturday Night

$60 per person/per night

Led by Rabbi Mike Moskowitz

Free and low cost seats are available

To reserve a seat, or for more information 
please email Abby Lopez at or call 201 315 9720.
To complete your reservation, please  
also send a check for the appropriate amount
 made out to “Old Broadway Synagogue” 
and send to Old Broadway Synagogue, 
15 Old Broadway, New York, NY 10027

!מיר וואונטשן אייך א זיסן כשרן פסח
!חג כשר ושמח

Monday, January 11, 2016

An Evening of Music and Inspiration

An Evening of Music and Inspiration

Join us for divrei torah
and a tour of Jewish music from 
cantorial to Carlebach

with Rabbi Cantor Reuven Hoff

8:15 p.m. on Motzoei Shabbos, March 5, 2016

Wine and Cheese Reception 

to Follow the Concert

Admission Free!

Rabbi Reuven Hoff has been the beloved High Holiday chazzan at the Old Broadway Synagogue for over 10 years. He studied voice with maestro Burhon Buriev in Washington Heights and other voice coaches. He is acclaimed for his lyric tenor voice and ability to engage the audience. He teaches Judaic studies in the Rosenberg Yeshiva of North Jersey in River Edge, New Jersey, where he teaches new songs to his students and accompanies them with his guitar. Rabbi Hoff received semicha in 2001 from the Breuers Yeshiva 
in Washington Heights.

at the 
Old Broadway Synagogue

For further information please email Paul Radensky at 

or leave a message at 212 662-9767

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Remember the Old Broadway Synagogue in Your Year-End Giving

Teves 5776
December 2015

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.

I want to share with you some very positive news about the Old Broadway Synagogue and to ask for your help as we continue to build for the future.

Now that we have completed our first year with Rabbi Mike and Rebbetzin Keren Moskowitz, I am very pleased to report that we have made a very good match. In addition to speaking at each of the services on Shabbos, Rabbi Moskowitz presents a shiur (class) on Koheles (Ecclesiastes) before Shacharis,shiur for women after kiddush every week as a well as a session on Jewish customs every Sunday morning after the services. He also teaches or has arranged others to give shiurim on Jewish ethics, the Hebrew language and other subjects so that there are classes practically every night of the week.  Rabbi Moskowitz has also brought in several guest speakers this year. Most recently, he arranged for Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz, a lecturer at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem and a former law professor at the University of Maryland, to give a fascinating talk to a packed audience in the shul on “The Crisis of Rabbinic Leadership.” 

Rabbi Moskowitz has focused much of his outreach efforts on the Jewish students at Columbia University. In recognition of his work there he was appointed as a "Religious Life Adviser" by the Office of the University Chaplain in partnership with Aish Hatorah New York.  Rabbi Moskowitz has held several Aish co-sponsored events at Old Broadway and some of the students he has worked with through Aish have started to attend Old Broadway.

Following the tradition of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Kret, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Moskowitz regularly open their home and invite many Jews from the neighborhood to their Shabbos table every week. These efforts have resulted in more robust attendance every Shabbos and the understanding that Old Broadway is a happening place.

Another exciting development: the shul has been contacted by a group of Columbia staffers who work in the Manhattanville campus and who would like to have a regular Mincha minyan. The Columbia people, together with some of the Old Broadway regulars, have been meeting daily for Mincha since the beginning of December. This is the first daily minyan that has met at Old Broadway since the 1970s. The service takes place at 1:00pm Monday through Thursday at the shul and we invite you to join us. We look forward to seeing our new Mincha minyan grow.

Thanks to your help, the exterior restoration of the synagogue is largely complete. The façade and the back wall have been repointed and the windows and doors have been repainted. The fire escapes have been repainted and the four rear exit doors have been replaced with new kalamein doors and have been weather-sealed. Also, the rear stained glass window has been rebuilt and new stained glass has been installed, complete with a protective screen in the back.

Under Rabbi Moskowitz’s spiritual leadership and thanks to the nearby expansion of Columbia University, we are very optimistic about the future of our community and our shul. We want to be ready to take advantage of new opportunities as they develop and to continue to be the warm beacon of Torah and learning that we were under  Rabbi Jacob and Rebbetzin Chana Kret, zt”l. We are fortunate that Torah Umesorah has renewed their grant to help pay a part of Rabbi Moskowitz's modest salary, but we need your help to pay the rest, not to mention our  operating expenses including the High Holiday baalei tefilah, food for kiddush, insurance, utilities, and ongoing maintenance.

Also, we have now begun to think about the next step for our building, restoration of the interior. This will involve several major, but necessary projects that will have to go on more or less simultaneously. They include upgrading the electrical system, restoring (either by repair or by replacing) the tin ceiling, removing the paneling and replacing the walls, and recreating the elaborate decorative scheme that was on the balcony panels and along the walls.  The budget for the interior restoration is likely to fall between $150,000 and $250,000, if not more. We will explore historic preservation and other grants, but since only the exterior of the building is landmarked, it is likely that we will have to raise the lion’s share of the money ourselves.   

So, we ask you to remember us generously in your year-end giving. Checks may be made payable to the Old Broadway Synagogue and sent to the shul at 15 Old Broadway, New York, NY 10027. You may also donate via PayPal here.

We have achieved what we have up to this point thanks to your help. We hope to continue to be worthy of your assistance, and we thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

Warm regards,

Dr. Paul Radensky

Friday, August 7, 2015

ROSENWALD Documentary Filmmaker & Granddaughter Inform and Inspire at Old Broadway Synagogue

Before Old Broadway Synagogue’s historic bima on Wednesday (8/12/2015) mostly forgotten history from the period of its founding came alive again a century later in the presentation by documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner and Elizabeth Varet.  Ms. Varet provided a passionate, family perspective and reminiscences on her grandfather Julius Rosenwald’s remarkable and inspiring life and works of tzedakah and tikkun olam in one of the 20th Century’s most successful and transformative Jewish and Black collaborations. 

Recounting the making of the documentary film, ROSENWALD (which played in late August at the Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema on Houston Street), Ms. Kempner provided background of her work in documenting under-sung Jewish heroes with the Ciesla Foundation.  That work led her to discover the astounding tale of Julius Rosenwald.  Rosenwald rose from walking peddlers' trails across the midwest as a German Jewish immigrant’s son, to growing into the business genius who partnered with Sears’ sales and marketing genius, to build America’s biggest retailer.  In doing so, he also built one of America’s great fortunes.

It was his learning of the Jewish values and mitzvot of tzedakah and tikkun olam from his rabbi, Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch, of the Chicago Sinai Congregation. Hirsch, as well as the plight of black America from the works of Booker T. Washington, that led to his historic collaboration.  Teaming up with Washington, Rosenwald became increasingly engaged in helping to provide solutions to some of Black America’s most pressing problems:  accommodations, secondary and higher education, middle class housing, and cultural and intellectual development.  During his life through his Rosenwald Fund he gave over one third of his wealth, more than $1.3 billion in today’s money. The more he learned of oppression, the more Rosenwald gave. 

Ms. Varet helped provide an even more intimate portrait of her grandfather as a heimish and caring mensch and a real person -- someone any of us could aspire to be more like.  She herself has clearly been inspired by him, having devoted so much of her own life and resources to the same mitzvot.  After an early career in art, Ms. Varet went on to become a pioneering feminist leader on Wall Street, and is now deeply engaged in the Jewish community. 

 The crowd was all the more engaged for its intimacy.  Fascinated by the scope, breadth and impact of Rosenwald’s philanthropy, and the presence of the redoubtable Ms. Varet, discussion flowed freely, passionately, and with sometimes touchingly intimate detail.  Much of Black America was touched by this Jewish-Black collaboration, including many leading thinkers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance and political leaders today.  Some in the audience recounted their own connections to Rosenwald’s tzedakah. 

The event was an excellent object lesson and nefesh-to-nefesh experience of the power of tzedakah leading into Rosh Chodesh Elul.  By all accounts, everyone was inspired to learn and do more. 

Adam Rosenberg

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Weekly Schedule of Shiurim at the Old Broadway Synagogue

We are pleased to offer new and continuing shiurim 
(classes) at the Old Broadway Synagogue:

Sunday Morning:
8:00am Shacharis
Halacha Shiur with Rabbi Moskowitz 

Parashah Shiur with Rabbi Fridman

Moed Katan Shiur with Rabbi Moskowitz

Sunday Night:
7:30pm Mincha
Followed by Rabbi Moskowitz on 
Rabbi Moshe Hayyim Luzzato's Derech Hashem
8:30pm Maariv

Tuesday Night:
7:30pm Mincha
Followed by Rabbi Moskowitz on the Slonimer Rebbe's 
(Rabbi Sholom Noach Berezovsky's) Nesivos Sholom
8:30pm Maariv

Thursday Night:
7:30pm Mincha
Followed by a class in introductory Hebrew 
with Rafi
8:30pm Maariv

Friday Night:
Shiur between Mincha and Maariv

Saturday Morning:
8:55am Koheles Shiur

Shabbos day after Kiddish:
 Derech Hashem Shuir for women