Rabbinic Staff

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, New Jersey, for more than 31 years.   Prior to assuming his role at Ahavath Torah, he served as Rabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation, Potomac, Maryland, and Assistant Rabbi, Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverly Hills, California. 

Rabbi Goldin served for over twenty years as instructor of Bible and Philosophy at the Isaac Breuer College and the James Striar School of Yeshiva University and he continues to appear as a visiting scholar and lecturer in a wide variety of settings across the globe. He is a Past President of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the world’s largest association of Orthodox rabbis, and currently occupies the critical role of chairman of the committee overseeing the RCA’s policies and standards for conversion to Judaism.

Among others, Rabbi Goldin’s past positions include: President of the Rabbinic Alumni Association of Yeshiva University; President of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County and Chairman of its Kashruth Committee; Rabbinic advisor to the Jewish Youth Encounter Program; membership on the Executive Committee of the United Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey; membership on the Board of Directors of the Sinai Learning Disabilities Program of New Jersey; membership on the Board of the Orthodox caucus and Chairmanship of their Task force on Singles. Currently, Rabbi Goldin is a member of the U.J.A. Rabbinic Cabinet; the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds; the Rabbinic Alumni Cabinet of Yeshiva University; the board of the United Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey and the boards and advisory committees of numerous other communal associations and organizations. He has received many honors and awards for his decades of service to the Jewish community.

Rabbi Goldin’s recently published five volume set of studies on the weekly parsha, “Unlocking the Torah Text” is based on his numerous years of lecturing in school and synagogue settings and has earned wide popular and critical acclaim in the broader Jewish community. He and his wife, Barbara, are the proud parents of five children and, thank God, an ever-growing brood of grandchildren.


Email: rgoldin@ahavathtorah.org
Office: (201) 568-5860


Rabbi Chaim Poupko serves as the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Ahavath Torah of Englewood, NJ. Since 2004, Rabbi Poupko has held positions as Rabbinic Intern and Assistant Rabbi. During this time, Rabbi Poupko has worked with both youth and adults, coordinating shul programming, assisting the senior Rabbi in all facets of the Rabbinic responsibilities, and teaching dynamic lessons. Rabbi Poupko also teaches Tanach at the Torah Academy of Bergen County, serves as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, and serves as President of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County. He is married to Shoshana (née Klein) and they are the proud parents of Ayelet and Elana. Rabbi Poupko is a musmach of Yeshiva University where he studied with Rabbi Yonasan Sacks and Rabbi Yosef Weiss. Rabbi Poupko grew up in Skokie, IL and attended the Skokie Yeshiva, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshiva University. Rabbi Poupko can be reached at rpoupko@ahavathtorah.org or in his office at (201) 568-5780.

Dr. Shoshana Poupko has been teaching for the past 15 years at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Chumash Department and Director of Israel Guidance, and has served as Assistant Principal of Judaic Studies and coached the Torah Bowl Team. She strives to raise the level of Girl’s Tefilah in school and founded and coordinates a student-run store to raise money for tzedakah. Shoshana also serves as a trusted counselor and confidant to many students and alumni. She earned her BA, MS, and Ed.D from Yeshiva University and has taught in its Stern College for Women, the Ateret Seminary for Women at Queens College, and HAFTR High School. Shoshana teaches in the Isaac Perry Beit Midrash Program, gives special seasonal classes, studies with brides, and serves as a spiritual resource to members of the community. She is currently pursuing an MSW at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Shoshana can be reached at shoshanakp@gmail.com

Both Rabbi Poupko and Shoshana are available to learn with Chatanim and Kalot for their weddings. 

Rabbi Mordy Kuessous Serves as the Assistant Rabbi for the Benaroya Sephardic Center. Rabbi Kuessous, originally from the Syrian community of Deal, NJ, Has received his semicha from Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ and has studied previously at the Talmudic Research Center in Passaic, NJ under the mentorship of Rabbi Meir Stern and at the Sephardic Kollel Ahavat Shalom with Rabbi Yaakov Hillel. The BSC under the dynamic leadership and warmth of Rabbi Kuessous has seen  tremendous growth of sephardic families from all backgrounds. Rabbi Kuessous also teaches Talmud and Tanach classes at Moriah and is the Director of the Moriah School Sephardic Cultural Program. Rabbi Kuessous comes from a rich background in education having held positions in schools and summer camps in both Israel and the United states. He is the son of Rabbi Moshe Kuessous Z”L who was a well-known leader and educator in the Brooklyn and Deal communities. Rabbi Kuessous and his wife Myriam are the proud parents of Dina, Moshe, and Avi.

Email: rkuessous@ahavathtorah.org

Presently serving as Youth Rabbi, and formerly as Youth Director, Rabbi Shlomo Hyman has been the backbone of Youth programming in our shul for Kindergarten through 6th Grade for more than 25 years. Beloved by children and parents alike, Rabbi Hyman adds enthusiasm and warmth to the shul experience of our youngsters.  Rabbi Hyman is famous for inspiring our youth in his minyanim on shabbos and the chagim, his well attended class luncheons and innovative programming.   He also spearheaded the “Englewood Kids who Care” program, which promotes “Tikun Olam”. The Sunday evening minyan are the recipients of Rabbi Hyman’s inspiring shiurim.  He has also been a beloved Rebbe at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey since 1988.  Rabbi Hyman received his BA from Yeshiva College and his masters in Jewish education from the Azrieli Graduate Institute.  He received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he was also a member of the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel and served as the Rabbinic Intern at the Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater.    He is married to Freidi, who is running our new and dynamic “Bat Mitzvah Plus” program.  Freidi has experience teaching 6th grade at RYNJ and has learned with Englewood girls in preparation for their bat mitzvah.  Freidi is currently employed at the Frisch school, where she has been teaching for the past ten years.   Rabbi Hyman, Freidi, and their children are proud members of the Englewood community.

Email: rabbihyman@gmail.com

Rabbi Itamar Rosensweig, our Resident Scholar, received his Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he was a fellow of the Wexner Kollel Elyon and Editor-in-Chief of the Beit Yitzchak Journal of Talmudic and Halakhic Studies. He received his BA, with honors, in physics and philosophy from Yeshiva University and an MA in Philosophy from Columbia University. He also holds an MA in medieval Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Rosensweig studied Talmud closely with Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein at Yeshivat Har Etzion and the history of halakhah with Professor Haym Soloveitchik at Yeshiva University. He is a close disciple and studied for over a decade with his father, Rabbi Michael Rosensweig. Previously, he taught an advanced Talmud shiur at Columbia University's Kraft Center and was a fellow of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. 

Email: rosensweig.itamar@gmail.com

Rabbi Shaya First, our Rabbinic Intern for 5777,  is a fellow of the Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies, a division of the Kollel Elyon at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is concurrently working toward an MS in Jewish Education at Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and an MA in Medieval Jewish History at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. R’ First received his BA in 2011 in Mathematics from Yeshiva College, where he participated in both the Masmidim and Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Programs. While studying at RIETS, he was a member of the Semicha Honors program, as well as a fellow of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought. He comes to Ahavath Torah with past experience serving as Rabbinic Intern in both the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates and the Young Israel of Monsey and Wesley Hills. He has also been teaching part time at Yeshiva University High School for Boys for the past few years, and has spent his past six summers running the High School Kollel program at Camp Morasha. R’ First is excited to be joining the Ahavath Torah community for this coming year.

Email: sfirst14@gmail.com


Tue, July 25 2017 2 Av 5777