Sunday, April 14, 2019

Warm wishes for a Zisn, Kushern Pesach!

Nissan 5779
April 2019

Dear Friend,

I hope this note finds you and your family well.

The recounting of the Ten Plagues is one of the most dramatic and theologically challenging sections of the Torah. In their way the plagues represent a kind of nightmarish undoing of creation. Water, which represents life, becomes blood, the weather and the animals go beserk and the crowning blow is not the emergence of man, but his death. All the Egyptians suffer because Pharaoh refuses to change his mind – God will not let him. Why? “So that the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord when I stretch my hand over Egypt and take the children of Israel from their midst.” 

Perhaps the Egyptians are the primary audience for the plagues as they are related in the Book of Exodus but subsequently, for the generations, they are to remind Israel of God’s might. For this reason, the recitation of the plagues plays a prominent role in the seder. As horrific as they were, for the rabbis, ten plagues were not enough. Rabbi Yose the Galilean, Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Akiva seem to compete with each other to say that at the Red Sea there 50, then 200, then 250 additional plagues.

The rabbis are doing more than playing math games. They are illustrating God’s awesome power, one that is sometimes is not fully recognized. As we think about the many miracles that God performed for our ancestors, we should also think of those He has done for us as individuals, as families, and as the Jewish people. I daresay that we will be able to count to a high number as well.

Sometimes it seems that what we have accomplished at the Old Broadway Synagogue, thanks to your support, is, lehavdil, miraculous as well. We have had wonderful Shabbosim with Rabbi Avi Heller of the Orthodox Union, and Cantor Eric Freeman of the Belz School of Jewish Museum at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Heller and Rabbi Elie Pollack continue to give fascinating shiurim after davening on Sunday mornings. Under the leadership of Rhonda Taylor-Ramsuer and Laura Radensky, our Women’s Rosh Chodesh group meets every month for learning and fellowship.

Songwriter, guitarist and singer Lazer Lloyd gave an inspiring Chanukah concert, and we also had a lively Chanukah party that featured arts and crafts for the children and a visit from New York City Council Member Mark Levine. Greek-Israeli musician and singer, Avram Pengas, performed at our Purim party.

We celebrated with Josie Steinhauer and Spencer Katzman the naming of their daughter, Hattie. We also celebrated the bris of Mathias and Sara David’s son, Josh, welcomed the arrival of my grand-daughter, Bayla Yosefa, and celebrated the wedding of my son, Asher, to Georgia Trester. We are looking forward to more simchas in the future.

As I wrote in a previous letter, the beams in the ceiling above the electrical room have slipped significantly. This problem is made more urgent by the fact that the stairs to the second floor begin on this part of the first floor and are being compromised by the damage. We hope to jack up the floor and install a steel beam on posts across the basement and the Ladies Room to shore up and stabilize the first floor and staircase. We will have to move the electrical, gas and water service, and accordingly, the cost for the entire project will be about $75,000. We have applied for a $25,000 matching grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy and hope to hear soon whether if we will be awarded the funds. We have also raised $30,000 towards this project. Although we have come a long way, even if we receive the grant, we will still be $20,000 short. We hope that you will help us with this project, as you have helped us in the past.

Thank you for your generous support of our programming and for the restoration of our historic building. You have enabled us to welcome people in the tradition of Rabbi and Mrs. Kret, zikhronam le-vrakhah, with meaningful davening, a beautiful shul and a warm community. As Passover approaches, 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.

Thank you in advance for your help. 

Warm wishes for a sweet and kosher Pesach.
Paul Radensky

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Seats Available for Passover Seder, April 19, 2019

Please Join Us for a Delicious 
 Traditional Passover Seder

 Friday, April 19, 2019

Following 7:20pm Services

Limited Spaces Available!

$100 (recommended); Members $80;

Children under 13 years old $50; Children under 5 years old free

Seder Plate, Four Questions and Afikomen Sponsorships

 are still available ($500 each)

To reserve or for more information,
please email 
or leave a message at 212 662-9767
and pay the appropriate amount via PayPal or
make a check out to Old Broadway Synagogue and send it to:

Old Broadway Synagogue
15 Old Broadway, New York, NY 10027. 

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

Monday, March 4, 2019

One Holiday We Take Very Serious: Purim at Old Broadway

!משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה

Purim at 

Old Broadway!

March 20, 2019

Minchah, 6:40pm

Maariv and Megilah: 7:30pm

followed by a breakfast including 

pizza and hamentashen

and the music of the great Greek-Israeli virtuoso

Avram Pengas!

$15 suggested contribution

* * * * * 

 ... and the fun continues on  Thursday, March 21, 2018

at 7:00am with Shacharis, Megilah Reading and Breakfast

During breakfast,

Rabbi Dr. Abe Ungar

of Wagner College will speak on

Maimonides on Purim:

An Ethic of Responsibility

מיר װינטשן אײַך

! אַ פֿרײליכן פּורים

Monday, December 17, 2018

Help Secure the Future! Capital Campaign 2018

Help Secure the Future!
Old Broadway Synagogue
Capital Campaign 2018

Click here to donate online via PayPal

In the fall, our conservator, Ed Kamper and structural engineer, Jay Butler, opened the wall under the stairs and the ceiling above the electrical room and discovered that the beams had slipped significantly. This problem is compounded by the fact that the stairs to the second floor begin on this part of the first floor and could be compromised by the damage. Mr. Kamper and Mr. Butler propose to jack up the floor and to fabricate and install a steel beam on posts across ceiling of the basement and the Ladies Room in order to shore up and stabilize the first floor and staircase. Unfortunately, this will necessitate moving the electrical, gas and water service, and accordingly, the cost for the entire project could be as much as $75,000.

We have already begun our efforts to raise funds for this project. We will be applying for two grants from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. If we are fortunate and we are awarded the grants, they will cover about $25,000 of the expenses. In addition, a generous friend of the shul is offering us a challenge grant of $15,000. If we can raise the matching amount of money (or at least get pledges for that amount) by the end of the calendar year, we should have enough to start the project. I know that with your support we can achieve this goal. As such, we will keep the shul safe and functional for many years to come.

Make Your Donation Go Twice as Far!

Thanks to the generosity of the new donor, you have the opportunity to double your donation with a 100% match (up to $15,000) on behalf of the Old Broadway Synagogue.

The PayPal Giving Fund will match 1% extra for all donations through this link and charge us no processing fees for credit card payments.

We also welcome checks! Please make them out to Old Broadway Synagogue and send them to us at Old Broadway Synagogue, 15 Old Broadway, New York, NY 10027.

We have sponsorship opportunities for this and other projects at the shul. Please inquire if interested at

Thank you for your help!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Please join us to welcome Chanukah with music!

Rocking Chanukah Concert 

with Lazer Lloyd

December 2, 2018, 7:00pm

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lazer Lloyd will bring his unique blend of roots rock, Americana, folk, blues and country with a psychedelic twist to Harlem for a special Chanukah holiday concert open to the public at the historic Old Broadway Synagogue on Sunday, December 2nd at 7PM.  

This special show comes on the heels of his sold out NYC show in late October and will provide the Harlem audience an opportunity to hear this exciting artist live for the first time in a community that is a pillar in the foundation of the arts and music performance in the United States. Tickets available at or at the Synagogue beginning at 6:00pm the night of the performance.

Lazer's breakout hit "Backstreets" is about to hit 1,000,000 streams. He is now preparing studio material with several important producers: Eric Paul (Townes van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson) and Chris Bell (Don Henley, Eagles, Eric Johnson etc) both for release in 2019.

Lazer's global social media community enjoy sharing clips from his concerts, touring everywhere from New York and Toronto to Winston-Salem and Bulls Gap TN, from Mammoth Lakes CA to Lindale TX, from Nashville to Miami.  A loyal audience tunes in to his weekly personalized live feeds from his back porch overlooking the Jerusalem mountains.

Meet the man in person and you experience his kind aura through the eyes that crinkle with his frequent smiles, the humor in his stories, his concern for others and always in the personal attention he gives when listening to you. Meet him on Facebook or Instagram and even through the lens of social media his positive message shines through, from the lyrics in his music videos to the personal responses he gives to comments, and his hugely popular live Sunday morning Facebook segment, a mix of music, inspiration, and community. See him in concert and you're treated to all of it at once - the stories, the care and the love all delivered with his masterful musicianship and amazing guitar work. Not to mention that deep, warm voice!

Born and raised in the U.S., as a young man Lloyd followed a musical path to Israel where he still makes his home with his wife and children. Lloyd tours the world much of the year, meeting people from all over the country and world, listening to their life stories, absorbing their struggles and victories.  Look for the videos that will tell the whole story of the tour on his Facebook page. Better yet, come experience Lazer Lloyd in person on December 2nd in Harlem!