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Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe is Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Torah in Springfield / Longmeadow, MA, Dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law based in New York, NY, and Rabbinical Director for the Massachusetts Kashrut Commission.
The Institute offers lecture, seminars, and other programs, in person and online, throughout North America, as well as in Africa, Australia, Latin America, and Europe.
A particular focus of Rabbi Yaffe’s work has been the intersection of the concerns created by contemporary legal, scientific, medical, public and foreign policy issues with the ethics and values presented in three and a half millennia of Judaic law and thought.
Rabbi Yaffe has previously served as a pulpit rabbi at Hull Hebrew Congregation, Hull, England, the Young Israel of Hartford, CT, and Congregation Agudas Achim, one of the first Orthodox congregations in Connecticut, founded 1887.
He was rabbinic director of the Hartford Kashrut Commission and taught a full range of Judaic subjects for the Hebrew High School of New England for many years.
He is a past scholar-in-residence to Chabad at Harvard, where he served the greater Harvard and MIT communities, and has been a visiting scholar in several communities.
Rabbi Yaffe is a member of Rabbinical Council of America.
He was raised in Portland, ME, and Los Angeles, CA. He studied at Yeshivot (rabbinic colleges) in Miami, London, and New York and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch, Brooklyn, NY in 1989.
He was a fellow of the post-ordination program at the Leeds Kollel in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England from 1990- 1992.
He lives in Springfield, MA with his wife, Chana and their children.
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Rabbi Yakov Wolff served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel for more than a decade prior to the merger of local shuls and creation of Congregation B’nai Torah. He currently serves the CBT's Forest Park Minyan on Shabbat and holidays.
Rabbi Wolff received his rabbinical ordination from United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Brooklyn, NY. He has been a teacher and educator for the past three decades teaching all ages and groups. He is currently the Director of Education at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy and instructor of the Jewish Learning Institute, the largest growing adult education in the world serving over 360 locations worldwide.
Rabbi Wolff is the 2002 recipient of the Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and the 2002 recipient of the National Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
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A Message From The President
On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is our honor to serve the members of CBT and our guests. We are very proud of our vibrant and welcoming Synagogue, and our Jewish community at large.
B'nai Torah is a wonderful place for the entire family, young and old alike. As one can plainly tell, our Synagogue has so much to offer, from our daily inspirational services, to our enlightening classes. We have so many great opportunities to socialize and make some new friends.
Whether you are new to the area, or have lived in Western Massachusetts your entire life, I invite you to see for yourself how special our Synagogue is.
We hope that you find our website informative, however, please feel free to call the Administrative Office during office hours, should you have any further questions.
Joel Creeger Co-president
Robert Kushner- Co-president
Beverly Hirschhorn - Vice president
Gerry Lazarus - Vice president
Bruce Robinovitz - Vice president
Ken Gorenstein - Treasurer
Bette Gerstein - Secretary
Lisa has been the Office
Manager for Congregation B’nai Torah since 2013. She takes great pride for being involved in the Springfield/ Longmeadow Jewish community for over 20 years, and has always been a part of a Jewish community since my childhood.
Accounting / Bookkeeper
Annie Rivera has been working with the Orthodox community for 20 years. She is currently the synagogue's bookkeeper, and is responsible for handling all aspects of the Shul's Business Office. She has open office hours on Sunday, mornings.
During this difficult time, we have contracted with a professional individual to ensure that our facility is sterilized and cleaned properly. You can rest assured that we are following all of the CDC Guidelines to make our Shul safe.