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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 28 Apr 2017 05:18 PM and ends Sat 29 Apr 2017 06:16 PM
י"ז תמוז ה' אלפים תשס"ז
Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald is one of the leaders in the movement of Jewish return in America today. He has pioneered and developed many of the most dramatic and effective outreach programs in that country.
Ordained at Yeshiva University, where he was a student of Rabbi Dr. J. B.Soloveitchik, Rabbi Buchwald served from 1973 for 15 years as the Director of Education at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, which has become one of the largest and most successful centers for adult Jewish education programs in America. He also established and coordinated Lincoln Square's celebrated outreach program.
In 1974, Rabbi Buchwald came to Australia as a member of the Counterpoint team conducting programmes at Mount Scopus College and in the Melbourne.
Since 1975, Rabbi Buchwald has led the now renowned "Beginners Service," a special Shabbat service for people with little or no synagogue experience NJOP sponsors the acclaimed SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA/CANADA and READHEBREW AMERICA/CANADA campaigns, establishes Beginners Services and offers the TURN FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SHABBAT, PASSOVER ACROSS AMERICA and SUKKOT ACROSS AMERICA programs, as well as free "Crash Courses" in Hebrew Reading, Basic Judaism and Jewish History.
These programs are now hosted by more than 3650 locations across North America, and in 36 countries worldwide. Through these much admired programs and the innovative Jewish consciousness raising advertising campaigns, NJOP has successfully engaged many 'lost' to Jewish life.
In May 2001, Rabbi Buchwald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Yeshiva University in recognition of his pioneering outreach work.
In November 1997, he was named to the Forward 50, a list of America’s 50 most influential Jews, and in April 2007 was included in Newsweek’s list of the top 50 Rabbisin America.
Rabbi Buchwald was founding President of the Association for Jewish Outreach Professionals (AJOP). He lectures across the country, and overseas, and leads experiential programs in cities throughout the world.
He and his wife Aidel, reside in New York City, and are the proud parents of four children and three grandchildren.