Rabbi Haskel Lookstein

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

Rabbi Lookstein Withdraws From RNC Appearance

KJ rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump responds to pressure from Ramaz alums, congregants.

07/15/2016 - 13:20
Editor and Publisher

After a firestorm of criticism from former students, congregants and others, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein told The Jewish Week on Friday he decided not to give the opening invocation on Monday afternoon at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein. Courtesy of JTA.org

The Lookstein Lockout

06/29/2016 - 09:18

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s rejection of a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, a longtime leader of the Modern Orthodox rabbinate here, is only the most recent and flagrant example of a dysfunctional religious bureaucracy in Jerusalem causing personal pain to sincere, would-be converts and dishonoring rabbis as it widens the gap between diaspora and Israeli Jews.

Conversion Crisis Goes Beyond Rabbi Lookstein

06/28/2016 - 12:30
Special To The Jewish Week

Since last Thursday, when The New York Times reported that the Israeli Rabbinate rejected a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side and one of the senior members of the American Orthodox rabbinical establishment, there has been an outcry around the world against the rabbinate.

Seth Farber

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

Ramaz Clarifies Advice On Concealing Kipas

Confusion comes in wake of Upper East Side attack.

09/01/2014 - 20:00

When Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the principal of Ramaz, an Orthodox day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, first heard about last week’s attack in the neighborhood on a Jewish couple by a mob bearing Palestinian flags, he had an instinctual response. Maybe the male students at his school should consider wearing baseball caps over their yarmulkes when wandering around the neighborhood, he thought.

Ramaz Would Permit Girls To Wear Tefillin

SAR High School is allowing girls to wear phylacteries during morning minyan, and Ramaz would do the same, if asked.

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Following news that the Modern Orthodox SAR High School is now allowing girls to wear tefillin during morning prayer, the principal of Ramaz, a similar institution, said he’d be happy to do the same — should anyone ask.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein

On Election Eve, A Rabbi Senses Anger

Differences Of Opinion Are Acceptable; Divisiveness Between People Is Not
10/30/2012 - 20:00

I am not endorsing a candidate for the November 6 election.  I do have a strong opinion but that opinion is personal.

The reason for this message is because I sense a great deal of emotion – actually, anger – in the Jewish community as it faces a critical choice for America.  The anger is beneath the surface but every once in a while it reveals itself in vituperative and mean-spirited language that is expressed between otherwise well-meaning people.

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.
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