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Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, New Jersey, since 1984.  He is a former instructor of Bible and Philosophy at the Isaac Breuer College and the James Striar School of Yeshiva University; the founding director of and lecturer at The Eve Flechner Torah Institute-an institute of Torah study located in the Bergen County community; and has served on the faculty of numerous other institutes.  Rabbi Goldin is a past President of the Rabbinical Council of America, past president of the Rabbinic Alumni of Yeshiva University, past President of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County and former Chairman of its Kashruth Committee; former Rabbinic advisor to the Jewish Youth Encounter Program; a member of the Board of Directors of the Sinai Learning Disabilities Program of New Jersey.  He is a member of the U.J.A. Rabbinic Cabinet; member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds; and charter member of the Rabbinic Alumni Cabinet of Yeshiva University.  Additionally, Rabbi Goldin is a member of the advisory board of EDAH; a past member of the Executive Committee of the United Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey and current member of the board; a member of the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Bergen County; and a member of the board of the Orthodox Caucus and chairman of the task force on singles.

Rabbi Goldin recently published five books “Unlocking the Torah Text: Bereishit” , “Unlocking the Torah Text: Shemot”, "Unlocking the Torah Text: Vayikra","Unlocking the Torah Text: Bamidbar" and "Unlocking the Torah Text: Devarim", a study of the weekly Parsha based on his numerous years of lecturing in school and synagogue settings.
chaim-poupko-headshot.jpg Rabbi Chaim Poupko
Associate Rabbi

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 Chumash at the Torah Academy of Bergen County and is a member of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County. He is married to Shoshana (Klein) who is chair of the Chumash Department at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School 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.
p4140105.jpg Rabbi Mordechai and Shoshana Gershon
Assistant Rabbi, Sephardic Minyan

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon, his wife Shoshanna and their daughter Leba recently moved into Englewood.  Following a year and a half of intensive study at Israeli Yeshivat Hesder Shal'alvim, Rabbi Gershon received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University.  After developing a great interest in the rabbinate, Jewish Education and Jewish communal work, he began his studies at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while simultaneously pursuing an MS in Jewish Education from YU's Azrieli Graduate School.  Rabbi Gershon, Shoshanna and their daughter Leba spent two years living in Yerushalayim and studying at the RIETS Israel Kollel and Women's Midrashiya Program.  Before returning to the U.S., he received Semicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, shlit"a, Dayyan on the Bet Din HaGadol of Yerushalayim, and served as an intern rabbi at a Jerusalem based Carlebach style synagogue.  Shoshanna, a graduate of the Sy Syms School of Business, is an accountant at Deloitte and Toushe.  Rabbi Gershon and his family, which now includes daughter, Sara Rivka, have become an integral part of the Ahavath Torah community.
Rabbi Shlomo Hyman
Youth Rabbi

Presently serving as Youth Rabbi, and formerly as Youth Director, Rabbi Hyman has been the backbone of Youth programming in our shul for Kindergarten through 5th 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. He is joined by Elyashiv Kramer, Youth Coordinator, who runs the Youth Minyan and activities for teens.

Rabbi Itamar Rosensweig
Rabbinic Scholar

Rabbi Itamar Rosensweig is a semicha student and Wexner fellow at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.  He holds a BA in Physics and Philosophy from Yeshiva University and an MA in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School.  He teaches advanced Talmud at Y.U. and at the Columbia University Kraft Center.  Itamar previously studied at Yeshiva Har Etzion in Israel and was a fellow at the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought.

His wife, Esty, is a third year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She graduated from Stern College with a BA in Biology and Judaic Studies.  They are the proud parents of Ayelet Miriam.

Rabbi Sammy Bergman
Rabbinic Intern

Rabbi Sammy Bergman is a student at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological seminary and a fellow of the Wexner Semikah Honors Program.  Sammy grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey where he led the local teen minyan. After high school, he studied in Yeshivat Sha'alvim for two years. He then attended Yeshiva University where he was a member of the Masmidim Honors Program and received a BA in accounting from the Sy Syms School of Business. In the past, Sammy has served as a Rabbinic Intern for the Riverdale Jewish Center, and the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates. He has also taught Talmud at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy. In addition to serving as our Rabbinic Intern, Sammy will be teaching middle school students at the Yeshiva of North Jersey. Sammy's wife Ahuva is a fourth year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.