Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun

On Rabbi Lookstein’s Judgment

07/18/2016 - 16:03

I was privileged to have Rabbi Lookstein as a teacher during my rabbinic studies at Yeshiva University. While his class met only one day a week for a year, the practical advice that he offered was based on Torah scholarship, his many years of experience and his desire to mentor a next generation of Jewish leaders.

Rabbi Shalom Baum

The Communities That Shaped Me

12/22/2015 - 15:13

I credit much of who I am today to the communities of the Ramaz school and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. Under the guidance of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, these two communities have taught me the importance of living a life devoted to learning, Israel and Judaism, and menschlichkeit. In addition to growing up in a community that has shaped my values, I have been fortunate to have been a participant in many Jewish programs that have furthered my passions and interests. One program that has significantly influenced who I am and the causes to which I devote myself in college is The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel, an intensive two-year high school Israel advocacy program.

Rachel Huebner

What Unites Us — Not Divides Us — Is The Key

12/22/2015 - 13:11

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, honored by The Jewish Week as a community builder, has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun since 1958 and principal of the Ramaz School since 1966. His office in the Upper East Side synagogue is lined with memorabilia that speaks of the history of New York Jewry as well as his passions: photographs of his wife, Audrey, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his father, Rabbi Joseph Lookstein; his teacher Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik; Natan Sharansky borrowing his tallis and tefillin in Moscow; and a poster-sized photo of the rabbi wearing a Mets jacket and hat, after “an incredible-season.” 

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, (left) 2015 honoree.

As KJ Returns To A Restored Shul, Rabbi Passes The Torch

Four years after a fire damaged Kehilath Jeshurun, the building reopens with a revamped space and a new senior rabbi.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In June of 1958, 26-year-old Rabbi Haskel Lookstein sat on the bima of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and delivered his first sermon as the Upper East Side Modern Orthodox congregation’s assistant rabbi.

Congregants of Kehilath Jeshurun carry Torah scrolls during the dedication ceremony. Courtesy of Kehilath Jeshurun

Montreal Rabbi Takes Over At KJ

For first time in 100 years, outsider tapped to lead Looksteins’ synagogue.

08/03/2015 - 20:00

For the first time in about a century, a rabbi from outside the Lookstein family will lead New York’s storied Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, who has led Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem in Montreal for 20 years, will take over as senior rabbi.

For First Time In 100 Years, Outsider Tapped To Lead Looksteins’ N.Y. Shul

08/03/2015 - 20:00

For the first time in about a century, a rabbi from outside the Lookstein family will lead New York’s storied Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein vowing to rebuild on the night a fire at Kehilath Jeshurun caused major damages. JTA

Kehillat Jeshurun's Old Look, New Materials

A year after fire, East Side shul unveils plans for rebuilt, enlarged and safer building.
07/16/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Bigger, safer, more accessible.

A year after a devastating fire severely damaged the main sanctuary of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a prominent Upper East Side Modern Orthodox synagogue, and the Fire Department’s firefighting efforts caused minor water damage at the Ramaz Lower School, the congregation’s adjacent day school, congregants last week heard plans for the synagogue’s imminent rebuilding.

An artist’s sketch of the new KJ, with two added floors above the synagogue building.

The Fire This Time

07/11/2011 - 20:00

Our hearts go out to the members and leadership of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, the landmark synagogue on the Upper East Side that suffered serious fire damage this week.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the venerable spiritual leader of the 140-year-old congregation, expressed gratitude that no one was injured in the four-alarm blaze and that, since the synagogue had been under renovation since May, no Torah scrolls were on site.

Buying Israeli, First Hand

05/16/2002 - 20:00
Editor & Publisher
Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda mall came to Manhattan for a day last Sunday and the results were profitable, and inspiring. More than 5,000 people streamed into Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side to show their support for Israel by buying virtually everything on sale, and then some, from at least seven Israeli vendors who were flown over for the occasion by the congregation.
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