Thursday, August 13, 2015

High Holidays at the Old Broadway Synagogue, 5776


Please join us for inspiring Selichos services 
led by our own Orrin Tilevitz
 at 12:30am on Sunday morning 
(motzoei Shabbos), 
Selichos September 5/6, 2015

Cantor Joelson leadng the Kol Nidrei Service in "The Jazz Singer"
(source: Museum of Family History)

We are now taking reservations for our 
Rosh Hashanah Seder and Dinner, 
on Wednesday night, September 13, 2015
 following 6:45pm services.

The cost for the dinner is be $40 per person.

Rosh Hashanah: September 13-15, 2014
Yom Kippur: September 22-23, 2015

We are delighted to announce that services
 will be led by the talented baalei tefilah
Rabbi Reuven Hoff and Mr. Yosef Tannenbaum.

Derashos will be given by Rabbi Mike Moskowitz

Purchase your High Holiday tickets now!
Reservations are $60 per person.

To reserve please send a check for the appropriate 
amount made out to 
“Old Broadway Synagogue”and send it 
to the shul at 15 Old Broadway, 
New York, NY 10027.

Friday, August 7, 2015

This week at Old Broadway

Hear and Meet ROSENWALD Documentary

Come hear and meet award winning documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner, who will speak about her new film ROSENWALD, the inspiring story of one of the 20th Century’s most successful Jewish-Black partnerships which bent the arc of the American moral universe toward justice. 

Old Broadway Synagogue
15 Old Broadway @ 126 Street in Harlem.

Wednesday,  August 12, 2015,  6:30pm 
 Admission Free

Aviva Kempner’s ROSENWALD is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, a humble man who, though never having finished high school, built Sears into the world’s leading retailer, and thus built one of America’s great fortunes, and then gave much of it away building one of America’s most effective philanthropies.
Inspired by Jewish values of tzedakah (charity-justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), his own experience of ethnic oppression, and by educator Booker T. Washington, Rosenwald joined forces with African American communities across the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools and support a generation of Black America’s leading intellectuals, artists, and scientists during the first half of the 20th century.
Award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner, whose credits include Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Today I Vote for My Joey, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, and Partisans of Vilna, is director and founder of the Ciesla Foundation.   More info:, Trailer:   

ROSENWALD opens August 14
 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema 

143 E. Houston Street, New York, NY 10002
212 260-7289

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meet Rabbi Mike and Rebbetzin Keren Moskowitz!

The Old Broadway Synagogue is pleased to introduce you to our new Rabbi and Rebbetzin, Mike and Keren Moskowitz. Mike hails from Richmond VA, where he lead a kollel and substantial outreach efforts. Keren works at Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future in the Rabbinic Placement Department. 

Mike and Keren's engagement photo.

Please introduce yourself  to Moskowitzes and wish them a mazel tov.                         
                                     They look forward to meeting you!                                                                            

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our President's High Holiday Letter, 5775

Elul 5774
September 2014

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter finds you and your families well.

We have exciting news to share! After thirteen years without a rabbi, we have finally found an outstanding spiritual leader for our community, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz. He is warm, energetic and as enthusiastic to be the rabbi of Old Broadway as we are enthusiastic to have him. Rabbi Moskowitz studied in the major yeshivos of Mir and Lakewood, and received his semichah from Rabbi Nehemia Zalman Goldberg in Israel. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he returned there after finishing his studies and became the mashgiach ruchani (dean of students) at the Yeshiva of Virginia. Later Rabbi Moskowitz created the Torah Learning Center in Richmond, in which he directed a kollel for advanced students and established a number of outreach activities including a beginners’ minyan. After the high holidays, Rabbi Moskowitz will be joining our community with his wife Keren, who has long been involved in Jewish life in New York and is an administrator in the rabbinic placement department of Yeshiva University.  

With more Jews moving into Harlem and with Columbia building their new campus two blocks away, now is the time to raise Old Broadway’s profile to make it an even more exciting and welcoming for the neighborhood’s growing Jewish population. Rabbi and Mrs. Moskowitz will employ their energy, vision and learning, walking in the footsteps of Rabbi and Mrs. Kret, to grow the shul both in people and in Torah. We will need your help to fund Rabbi Moskowitz’s salary, but I can say with confidence that your contribution will be a great investment in the Jewish future.

The situation in Israel this past summer has set everyone in the Jewish community on edge. We are reminded once again that the very existence of the Jewish people is a threat to those who wish to do evil.  Our anxiety about Israel and the Middle East this year finds an echo in the Jewish liturgical calendar during the late summer and early fall. The Haftaros from the Shabbat following Tisha ba-Av to the Shabbat preceding Rosh Hashanah are called the Sheva de’Nechamta (Seven Haftaros of Comfort), all taken from the Book of Isaiah.

The Haftaros acknowledge the presence of our enemies, but remind us that they are nothing before God (40:17). Ultimately, the nations will acknowledge us (49:22-23). We will spread out and will not be ashamed (54: 3-8) and finally, we will be able to live in our land in peace and security, as the prophet says, “No longer shall violence be heard in your land, [nor] plunder and breakage in your borders, but you shall call God’s salvation your [protective] walls and [His] praise your gateways” (60:18). Although Isaiah prophesied over 2,700 years ago, his words continue to give us consolation and hope today.

We are looking forward to the High Holidays. We will be holding our joint Selichos service with the Colunbia/Barnard Hillel at 12:30am on Motzoei Shabbos, September 20th/21st.  The service will be led by Orrin Tilevitz, as he has done beautifully for many years. This year we will celebrate our twelfth annual Rosh Hashanah dinner. I am delighted to note that our wonderful High Holiday baalei tefilah, Yosef Tannenbaum and Rabbi Reuven Hoff, will be back again to lead us in davening this year.

As I reported previously, the New York Landmarks Conservancy awarded us a $25,000 Jewish Heritage Fund matching grant to help pay for repointing of the exterior of the building, replacing the rear exit doors, repainting the fire escapes and restoring the rear stained-glass window.  Thanks to your help, we raised the $35,000 in matching funds needed to be eligible for the grant. Since then, the Landmarks Conservancy has given us an additional $7,000 grant but has asked us to expand the project to include the façade of the building so that the total cost will be $80,000. This means that we will have to raise another $13,000 to cover the cost of the project. We hope that we can turn to you again for assistance. Your support will enable us complete the exterior and move on to restoring the interior of the building.

We have had a good spring and a good summer. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we were able to accommodate all fifty people who wish to attend our popular Passover Seder.  Raif Melhado, a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, taught at the Shavuos dinner. Micah Halperin, a rabbi, author and columnist for the Huffington Post, served as a guest scholar in the spring and in the summer. Rabbi Daniel Fridman continues to give his excellent shiur every Sunday morning after Shacharis.  Thanks to Dale Brown’s efforts our garden in the back provides a verdant and welcome place for contemplation. Dale also led us this past July on another very successful visit (I believe it is our thirteenth) to the Old Broadway section of the Riverside Cemetery, where we tended to the graves of our deceased members and recited Kel Male in their memory.  

I would like to thank you for your ongoing generous support. You have enabled us to welcome people with beautiful davening, a beautiful shul and a warm community. As the New Year approaches, and as we hire a new rabbi, we turn to you again. We hope that we continue to be worthy of your assistance so that we may continue to be a beacon of Yiddishkeit and Torah to many Jews in Harlem, Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side.  May Hashem inscribe and seal you and your families for good health, happiness and success for the New Year.

,לשנה טובה תכתבו ותחתמו
,א גוט געבענטשט יאר
Dr. Paul Radensky