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Rabbi's Blog: Lavi & Primary Elections

08/23/2022 01:27:48 PM


Dear OZ family,


I heard wonderful news yesterday. An old friend, Lavi Greenspan, who davened at OZ many times, just became a chosson. His life has taken many twists and turns, and his faith never wavered. I have included a message that was sent yesterday to the OZ Women’s Living Emunah group, and it will brighten your day. This is a great week...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: 5K Shlep + More!

08/22/2022 11:28:46 AM



Dear OZ family,

Congratulations to team OZ for receiving the Best Fundraising Team Award, the second year in a row at this year’s 5k schlep. That is an annual race that the Rabin Medical Center in Israel sponsors to raise funds for breast, ovarian and prostate cancer research. Alisa was interviewed after the race and very movingly pointed out...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Mazel Tov, Mitzvot, and More...

08/18/2022 11:56:46 AM


Dear OZ family,


Now it’s Esti and Aaron’s turn. This has been an amazing summer of Simcha in our family. First, the birth of Menachem Mendel Schwartz, then the Bat Mitzva of Meira Bloom, then the birth of Shalev Tzvi Zolty, and now the birth of baby girl Feldman. We’d like to invite everyone to a Kiddush...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Baruch Hashem It's Shabbos!

08/12/2022 11:26:16 AM


Dear OZ family,


This is one of 10 Parshiyot of the Torah that makes reference to Shabbat. It is the holiest day of the year for us. The Shabbat davening is the showcase of any shul and it is the day that brings out the best in us. Recently, the newly revived 95th Street Block Association asked me for the...Read more...

Rebbetzin's Blog: The 5k Schlep

08/12/2022 11:07:16 AM


Dear OZ Family,

The NY 5K Cancer Schlep is only 10 days away.  If you would like to join Team OZ and walk/run witth us please register at When entering the registration information type Team OZ Alisa Schwartz in either the how did you hear about registration field or the running /walking in honor of field.  I would love to have you walk with...Read more...

Rabbi’s Message: The Power of Our Words

08/05/2022 02:45:02 PM


OZ Tisha B'Av Schedule + More:

Dear OZ family,


The Shabbos before Tisha B’av always begins Sefer Devarim, which means, “Words”. That is a reminder of the power of our speech, and harps back to the story mentioned in Parshat Devarim of the devastating effect of the report of the Meraglim to...Read more...

Rebbetzin's Blog: One Year Ago Today...

08/04/2022 04:14:48 PM


Dear OZ Family,

One year ago today, August 4th, I stood with the Rabbi and rang the bell at Sloan Kettering Hospital.  I had successfully finished my course of cancer treatments and I joined the group known as "survivors".  I was filled with tremendous gratitude to Hashem and to all of you for your prayers, love and, support during that difficult time.  B"H since then we have been blessed...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: With Gratitude to Hashem...

08/03/2022 12:58:47 PM


Dear OZ family,


With profound gratitude to Hashem, Alisa and I are very pleased to announce our grandson’s name, Shalev Tzvi. He is named after my father z”l, whose first name was Tzvi. When my father came to America in 1949, his relatives told him that he would need an English name. One cousin called him...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Mazel Tov, Meet & Greet, and Mitzvah Opportunities

08/02/2022 01:56:19 PM


Dear OZ family,


Alisa joins me in expressing our profound gratitude for the wonderfully warm Mazel Tov wishes we have received for Mindy and Yoni’s son. It’s hard to believe that our baby has had a baby. Every child born to our family is a slap of revenge at what the Germans did to my father’s parents’...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Like A Good Neighbor... OZ is There!

07/25/2022 02:42:31 PM


Dear OZ family,


Everyone knows about the life-saving work of Hatzala in many places. Their sensitivity, professionalism and prompt arrivals  save countless lives. I remember twice in one day travelling in the back of an ambulance with an elderly member of the community. First, I accompanied her in the back of a...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya - Leaving on a Jet Plane

07/13/2022 09:43:46 PM


Dear OZ family,

We just boarded our flight to JFK. It’s never easy to say good-bye to our family in Israel. We attended smachot here and we look forward to soon celebrating smachot in New York as well.

I caught a sunrise minyan today at the Sanz Shul in Netanya that started at 4:55am. Travel in Israel is very precarious right now because of President Biden’s visit, so we had to get a very early start.

I have been...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya, Graduation, and Divine Providence...

07/08/2022 11:45:02 AM



Dear OZ family,

Our days here are so packed tight that I hardly have a moment to send out my thoughts for the day, so I’m sending my thoughts for the week just before Shabbos.

I am amazed at the plethora of July 4th...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya, Diversity, and Unity

06/30/2022 03:04:13 PM



Dear OZ family,

Greetings from Netanya and Chodesh Tov!


We had a festive Rosh Chodesh tefilla and breakfast at Beit Elazraki today and I’m sending some pictures and videos. Beit Elazraki is a microcosm of what we’ve seen in...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya, Voting, AIPAC, and CUNY

06/28/2022 04:07:59 PM


Dear OZ family,

Greetings from Netanya!

It is a unique Israel experience to hear a public service announcement in a mall that alerts shoppers to an upcoming minyan for Mincha.

Every mall has a shul and every store or outlet has a Mezuzah. Although Israel currently does not have a sitting government, the country is humming along quite smoothly. With new elections on the horizon, Israelis are...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: A Note from Netanya

06/23/2022 09:06:13 PM


Dear OZ family,


Greetings from Netanya!


We enjoyed a beautiful Bat Mitzvah celebration with our granddaughter Meira and her family. I attached a picture of Chani and her family below. (Chani was two years old when we came to OZ.)


My morning davening experience in Netanya has been quite interesting. Alisa and I are staying at Beit Elazraki, a children’s home in the Kiryat Sanz section...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: A Special Memorial Day Message

05/31/2022 03:01:56 PM


Dear OZ family,
The United States remembered its fallen soldiers yesterday on a day we call Memorial Day. In Israel, the translated, Yom Hazikaron Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: .. the Lord watches over the City

05/26/2022 04:27:27 PM


Dear OZ family,
The events of the day are the kind that accentuate our daily recital of Tehillim chapter 20. In that chapter, which we recite towarRead more...

Rabbi's Blog: D'vir Kadsho...

05/20/2022 12:06:31 PM


Dear OZ family,

I am sending a picture of a memorial that was recently unveiled at an overlook just outside my daughter, Chani’s town of Giva’t ZRead more...

Rabbi’s Message: Mission & Mazel Tov

05/06/2022 12:39:18 PM


Dear OZ family,


I share perspective today regarding two events in Israel. The first cuts to the heart of every Israeli. The ghoulish violence that took the lives of three Israeli and made orphans of 16 children in Elad, is broadly celebrated across Palestinian populations. Murderers of Israelis are handsomely...Read more...

Rabbi’s Message: Remembrance & Independence + Tachanun

05/04/2022 12:50:34 PM


Dear OZ family,       The calendar in Israel moves abruptly from one of the nation’s saddest days to one of its happiest. Today is Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, in which she pays tribute to her 24,068 fallen soldiers and her 4,217 civilian victims of terror. The 52 military cemeteries perform ceremonies in memory of the soldiers who paid the ultimate price to assure Israel’s existence and independence. That independence is...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Tov - the Power of 17

05/03/2022 06:32:48 PM


Dear OZ family,

Those who complete the entire book of Tehillim on a monthly basis completed today’s recitation with chapter 17, which ends with a prayer to behold God and to see His countenance in an awakened state, in charity. Some actually have the custom of reciting this verse whenever giving charity.

By rights, we should all selfishly cling to our own means of survival and support, as early man did, and as...Read more...

Rabbi’s Message: Yom HaShoah & Commemoration

04/28/2022 05:17:03 PM


Dear OZ family,


The choice of the 27th of Nissan for Yom Hashoah is underscored by its original name. The day to commemorate the horrors of the Holocaust was originally called Yom Hashoah Ugevurah, and was situated between the end of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and Israel’s Independence Day, which we will...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Story of our Salvation...

04/13/2022 01:18:05 PM


Congregation Ohab Zedek
Click HERE for Pesach Portal Dear OZ family,
The story of our salvation from generations of Eg

Rabbi's Blog: Mitzvah Morning + More...

04/07/2022 10:46:04 AM


Congregation Ohab Zedek
Click HERE for Pesach Portal Dear OZ family,

This is a special invitation to take part in this Sunday’s Mitzvah MRead more...

Rabbi's Blog: Keep the Dinner Spirit Going!

03/29/2022 05:47:30 PM


Congregation Ohab Zedek
Click HERE for 2022 Journal, Videos, & Photos Dear OZ family,

Last night’s annual dinner was a magical event.It h

Rabbi's Blog: Reflections on Rav Chaim Kanievsky z'l

03/25/2022 10:26:45 AM


Dear OZ family,   The family of Rav Chaim Kanievsky have risen from Shiva, and the Halachic world is searching for the replacement for the Gadol Hador.  At Rav Moshe Feinstein’s levaya, Rav Dovid Lifshitz said that the definition of a Gadol Hador is someone who doesn’t leave anyone behind who is on the same level. Fair enough, but Rav Chaim Kanievsky wasn’t on the level of the previous Gadol Hador at the time of that leader’s...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Shushan Purim 5782

03/18/2022 11:23:45 AM


Congregation Ohab Zedek
Click HERE for Matanos Le'Evyonim Dear OZ family,
Ramban begins his comments to Masechet Megillah with an observaRead more...

Rabbi's Blog - Purim: History & Hester Panim

03/16/2022 10:06:10 AM


Congregation Ohab Zedek
Click HERE for Updated Schedule Click HERE for Matanos Le'Evyonim Dear OZ family,
Megillat Esther is a story

President's Message - The OZ Annual Dinner

02/07/2022 01:19:00 PM


Dear Friends:

I am happy to announce that the Annual Dinner & Community Celebration will be held on March 28, 2022. Look for invitations in the mail shortly.

We welcome David & Nicole Debora as our Guests of Honor & Couple of the Year - they have quietly been reliable supporters of our shul for many years. Esther Rimokh and Heather Conn have distinguished themselves by their leadership in selfless acts...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

01/27/2022 05:04:30 PM


Dear OZ family,


Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and it is commemorated annually at the United Nations on the anniversary of the liberation of the most advanced murder machine man has ever crafted. On this day in 1945 the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp stopped murdering 20,000 people a day. The...Read more...

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