Rabbi Gideon Shloush
Rabbi Shloush is a young charismatic leader who has been an important part of the remarkable resurgence at Congregation Adereth El. Located in the heart of New York City - serving the Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, and Kips Bay neighborhoods of Manhattan -this Synagogue is New York's oldest Congregation on the same site. He has become the inspiration and coordinator of a wide variety of Jewish learning programs, lecture series, beginner's services and social events at the historic Synagogue, bringing in large groups of young singles and families. Under his leadership the Shul membership has tripled, a magnificent Beit Midrash has been built and the Synagogue recently underwent a major restoration for just the third time in its 155 year history. He also played a major role in the planning of the glorious 150th Anniversary celebration.
In 2002 Rabbi Shloush was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. The following year he was appointed as the Director of Rabbinic Learning and Enrichment at the RCA. In this capacity he is credited with the creation and overseeing of the Rabbi Steven M. Dworken Continuing Rabbinic Education program which offered a wide variety of Torah learning and professional development opportunities for nearly one thousand member rabbis around the world
In 2006 he was hired by RIETS to oversee the Rabbinic Internship and Training Program at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. In this capacity he is responsible for guiding students with the transition from the world of the Yeshiva to become professionally trained leaders within the Jewish community.
In April 2016 Rabbi Shloush was elected as the new President of the New York Board of Rabbis. The NYBR is comprised of more than 750 members across the tri-State area spanning the denominations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist. A sampling of activities of the NYBR include close ties with leadership at the United Nations, warm relations with the Cardinal and interfaith communities, training in family violence protection, solidarity missions to Israel and support for chaplains (hospital, military and prison) to enable them to offer compassionate care. The NYBR is committed to helping those in need while at the same time being the face of the Jewish community to the broader public.
Rabbi Shloush is an adjunct professor at Stern College where he teaches Tanach and Jewish Studies. Also, over the past decade he has served in leadership capacities within the RCA, the New York Board of Rabbis, RIETS Rabbinic Alumni and the Beth Din of America.
Rabbi Shloush is a descendant of a long line of distinguished Rabbis. He follows in the path blazed by his father Rabbi Eliahu Shloush (KBY '65-'69), a respected Rav and scholar. His grandfather, Rabbi David Shloush is the Chief Rabbi of Netanya in Israel. His great-grandfather, Rabbi Yosef Shloush, was the Rosh Av Beit Din and Rosh Chevra Kadisha of Jerusalem. He is also the great-grandson of Rav Meir Vaknin, the long-time Chief Rabbi of Tiberias. Rabbi Shloush's mother, Dr. Rita Shloush was the founder and Head of School of Yeshivat Rambam in Baltimore, MD. Several years ago, she was the recipient of the Jerusalem Prize from the President of the State of Israel
Rabbi Gideon and Bonnie Shloush are the proud parents of Yair, Micha'el, Ariella, Avigayil, Talia & Shmuel.
Rabbi Sidney Kleiman OB"M
Rabbi Sidney Kleiman served as the Rabbi of Congregation Talmud Torah Adereth El from 1939 - 1999. He continued attending services daily as Rabbi Emeritus until his passing at the age of 100 in the Spring of 2013. Rabbi Kleiman received Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination) from Rav Moshe Soloveitchik at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological seminary. He studied at City College, Columbia University and Yeshiva University where he received his B.S. in 1935. He also did Post Graduate work at Dr. Bernard Revel Graduate School.
Rabbi Kleiman was a respected member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the New York Board of Rabbis. In honor of his 100th Birthday, a gala celebration was held on January 6th, 2013 at the Museum for Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. Letters & Plaques were presented by the White House, Senators, Congressmen, Chief Rabbis and numerous other leaders of the Jewish community. Presentations were made by Adereth El's current rabbi, Rabbi Gideon Shloush, the executive vice president of the NY Board of Rabbis Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, renowned defense attorney Benjamin Brafman and NYC Controller John Liu. Rabbi Kleiman concluded the evening with a powerful speech in recognition and appreciation of this milestone birthday!
In 2006, Rabbi Kleiman received a special citation from the Rabbinical Council of America for 67 years of service . A few years earlier he was recognized by Bellevue hospital for fifty years of service as hospital Chaplain.
Rabbi Kleiman's great speeches and unique ability to relate to Jews of every generation and background made him a legendary figure in the history of New York's rabbinic community. He served his congregation for 74 years, nearly half the history of this Civil War era synagogue.