Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Shabbat, February 13
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, NY. Although his family was not religiously observant, he attended the Yeshiva of Brooklyn, where he was influenced to adopt a more Orthodox lifestyle. He graduated from YU in 1960, and became an ordained Rabbi under the guidance of Rabbi Joseph Soloveichik. In 1963, Rabbi Riskin received an MA in Jewish History, and in 1982 he completed his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from NYU. He was the founding Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue in NYC from 1964-1983. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a leader of the movement to allow free and unfettered emigration for Soviet Jews and made several trips to visit and strengthen the Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union. In 1983, Rabbi Riskin emigrated to Efrat, Israel, with his family to become the city’s Rabbi, a position he holds today.
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer
Shabbat, February 12-13
After his ordination as a rabbi, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer served as the US Air Force Chaplain in Japan. Upon discharge, he returned to Tokyo to serve for eight years as the rabbi for the Jewish community of Japan. He wrote 20 books in Japanese, including several bestsellers; discovered literally the last of the Chinese Jews; located a long-lost Jewish cemetery in Nagasaki; contributed to the Encyclopedia Judaica; acted as a bridge for many travelers between East and West; served the needs of his congregation; and became spellbound by the threads of a story which he began piecing together. His investigation of the facts took him throughout Asia, to Israel and Washington D.C. as he searched for documents and tracked down the people, both Jewish and Japanese, who had taken part in the rescue of Jews from the Holocaust. After his time in Japan, he founded and led the Cherry Lane Minyan shul in Great Neck, NY, for 14 years, while leading tours of Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. He and his wife are the parents of four children and grandparents of 15. Rabbi Tokayer is now in high demand for his dynamic presentations, scholarship, and tours of Jewish Asia.
Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Marvin Tokayer
Please RSVP to the Synagogue office at 561-838-9002, ext. 4 or online at