Sunday, December 24, 2017

Exploring the Trump Administration's Statement on Jerusalem

Huffington Post Columnist
Micah Halpern
will be speak on

Political Football or Eternal Capital

at the Old Broadway Synagogue
 on Shabbos Parashas Vayechi 
 (December 30, 2017) at kiddush. 

Please Join Us!

The Old Broadway Synagogue is located at 15 Old Broadway, which is half a block east of Broadway between 125th and 126th streets.

Micah D. Halpern is a columnist and a social and political commentator. He is a dynamic speaker who specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance for and impact upon Jewish communities at home and in Israel.

Halpern’s most recent book THUGS spent time on Amazon’s list of bestselling books, he is also the author of What You Need to Know About: Terror. He maintains The Micah Report, a daily commentary offering perspective and insight on important national and international issues. His range of subject matter is broad. Micah Halpern is also an expert on kosher wines - he reviews them, speaks about them and enjoys them.

His voice is recognized by listeners to talk radio across America and to his weekly feature, A Safer World, on USA Radio Network and his daily 1 minute feature I’ve Been Thinking on Town Square Radio Network.

His face is familiar to viewers on CBS, FOX, MSNBC and to those who watch documentaries on PBS, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, Discovery the Food Network. Micah is a regular commentator on Shalom TV. Following 9-11 he was the CBS-2 commentator on terror. On 9-11, 2003 he was the guest expert on ABC's The View.

Halpern, a syndicated columnist, is also a well-known social and political commentator, educator, and historian. He lectures frequently, both in the United States and Israel, on issues relating to terror, foreign affairs, Israel and the Middle East, as well as wine history, and popular culture. In 1997, Micah Halpern was appointed Israel columnist for America OnLine and continues, until today, to write a weekly, now syndicated, column on foreign affairs, the Middle East and terror.

Micah taught at Yale University and was a long-standing educator with Young Judaea. He has also taught at Brandeis University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Halpern continues to lecture to student groups in the fields of political terror and world terrorism, Middle East dynamics, Jewish history, Holocaust, Zionism and Israeli society and politics.

For fun, Micah Halpern writes a column on Kosher wines. He is one of the only exclusively kosher wine reviewers in the world.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Old Broadway, 1944

Dear Friends,

I came across this damaged sign today at the Old Broadway Synagogue. It advertises that the Old Broadway Synagogue, Rabbi Chaim Shabsai Broyde and M. Bleicher, President, has invited the famous Cantor R. Yitzchok Eliezer Reinhold to lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, which will be on the 18th, 19th 26th and 27th of September 1944. If anyone has any recollections of what the shul was like in the 1940s, or knows something about R. Reinhold, please email me. Thank you!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

High Holidays at the Old Broadway Synagogue, 5777


Please join us for inspiring Selichos services 
led by our own Orrin Tilevitz
 at 12:30am late Saturday night 
(motzoei Shabbos), 
Selichos September 16/17, 2017

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

Please email Paul Radensky at if you are interested 
in attending the Rosh Hashanah dinner 
following services on Wednesday night, 
September 20, 2017. Seats are $40 per person.

Rosh Hashanah: September 20-22, 2017
Yom Kippur: September 29-30, 2017

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

Purchase your High Holiday tickets now!
Reservations are $75 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.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Learning at Old Broadway

The Old Broadway Synagogue is proud to present two exciting learning opportunities (and breakfast) on alternate Sunday mornings (email us for the exact schedule) following 8:00am Shacharis:

Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Chayes and His Defense of the Tradition

With Rabbi Elie Pollack

Join us for a spirited examination of the writing of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Chayes, one of the leading19th centuries leading defenders of traditional Judaism, as he dives into the sea of rabbinic Judaism to demonstrate its logic, its beauty and its profound spirituality.

R' Elie Pollack grew up in The Detroit area but he now resides in Brooklyn as a kollel member in Torah V'daas. He merited to have a strong relationship with the late Rosh Yeshiva, the venerated R' Yisrael Belsky, in whose Yoreh Deah shiur he studied for the better part of a decade. When he is not studying or teaching, he enjoys public-speaking, writing, and translating. He had released two kuntreisim (pamphlets) regarding teachings of R' Belsky as well as a tribute to Detroit's late kollel pioneer, the beloved R' Moshe Schwab. He also has published two articles The Logic of the Orthodox Dating Sytem (March 2010) and The Downward Spiral of Golus (Dec. 2013) in The Five Towns Jewish Times.

He and his wife have been blessed with five wonderful children.


Inyanei d'Yoma: Spiritual Opportunities in the Jewish Calendar

With Rabbi Avi Heller

Join as as we explore the various holidays and fast days of the Jewish calendar and develop a deeper appreciation of their meaning for us as a community and for each of us as individuals. The upcoming shiurim are as follows:

July 16 - Eating Meat and Drinking Wine during the 3 Weeks

July 30 - What Are the Reasons the Beit ha-Mikdash was Destroyed?

Rabbi Avi Heller is the Regional Director for Synagogues in New Jersey and Rockland County. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Rabbi Heller has been the Director of Education for the Manhattan Jewish Experience and, prior to that, the co-director of the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Boston University. He has also served as the Director of the Boca Raton Community Kollel, the Rabbi of the BRS West Synagogue and the Bronfman Fellow at Hillel International. He received his BA from Boston University, semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and also completed his MA in Tanach from the Bernard Revel School of Graduate Studies. He and his wife Shira live in Teaneck, NJ.