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Ohev Sholom--The National Synagogue
Shmuel Herzfeld

Since 2004 Shmuel Herzfeld has been the Rabbi of Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC.

His communal responsibilities include teaching classes, attending to the elderly, the youth, and the sick, and ministering to the pastoral needs of the congregation which currently includes more than 400 families.

He received rabbinic ordination from the
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,
an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a
Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel
Graduate School of Yeshiva University.

From 1999-2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored
by Rabbi Avi Weiss.

He is a frequent guest columnist in newspapers.

Rabbi Herzfeld teaches the Daf Yomi class everyday as well as another daily Talmud class in his synagogue, and other Torah classes in his synagogue, plus a weekly Torah class in downtown Washington D.C., and a regular class on Judaism at the US Senate.

He has published five books, including:
*Fifty-Four Pick Up: Inspirational Torah Lessons
*Food for the Spirit: Inspirational Lessons from the Yom Kippur Service (The Orlofsky Edition)
*The Lieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah (The Orlofsky Edition) in English and in Hebrew
*Renewal: Inspirational Lessons of Rosh Hashanah (The Orlofsky Edition)
*An Extra Seat (A Children's Book) in English and in Hebrew.

His most recent book, "An Extra Seat," is an illustrated children's book about the plight of Soviet Jewry in the 1980s.

He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld, and children Lea, Roey, Elai, Max, Shia, Kolbi, and Bear.

He can be contacted at or 202-882-2040.

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