Rabbi Brander

Israel Before All Else

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Israel before all else The government has not yet decided what to do with them; even among Israelis of Ethiopian descent not everyone is thrilled by their arrival; and in their native country, this voyage came at great expense.  However, eight members of the Falash Mura who came here on a special leadership program do …

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Staying Connected

Since taking on the mantle of leadership at OTS, President Rabbi Kenneth Brander has made a priority of remaining engaged with both students and staff, visiting the various institutions and programs to give shiurim, dialogue and answer questions, as well as hosting OTS students – along with his wife, Ruchie –  on a regular basis …

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Old City Tour with Rabbi Brander

Old City tour with Rabbi Brander

OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander is well known as a scholar and a builder of institutions and communities, but his skills as an inspirational tour guide were also on full display as he brought a group of 47 special visitors to the Old City of Jerusalem, using Tanach and Gemara to complement …

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USA Investiture of Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

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At a festive Investiture Dinner in New York City on December 19th, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander was installed as President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, one month after the investiture season was launched with an Israeli event at the Jerusalem Theatre. Photos Message from Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks HIGHLIGHTS: ISRAEL INVESTITURE Scores of …

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Passing the Baton

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Passing the Baton After filling the position for decades, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin – founder of the Ohr Torah Stone network – is passing the torch to his successor, Rabbi Katriel (Kenneth) Brander.  In a joint discussion, the two speak about burning issues in the world of education and the rabbinate, and of their aim of …

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“Aliya has complex ramifications…”

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“Aliya has complex ramifications, and we must deal with them” After leading the transformation of a small Florida community into one of the most influential Jewish communities in the United States, Rabbi Katriel (Kenneth) Brander was appointed Vice President of Yeshiva University. He certainly astonished a great many when he decided to leave it all, …

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The Future of Modern Orthodoxy

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“What is the Future of Modern Orthodoxy?”

A fascinating ​dialogue​ took place on June 13th between Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin and Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander at a standing-room only event in Teaneck, NJ, chaired by Laurence and Daniela Schreiber.

Moderated by Jerry Silverman, President & CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Brander spoke about what it means to them to be Modern Orthodox, and what the future has in store for the movement, in Israel and abroad.

Watch, and be inspired by these two great leaders!

A Teaneck Community Event

     “What is the Future of Modern Orthodoxy?”           Join us for a conversation between       Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Founder and Rosh HaYeshiva and Rabbi Kenneth Brander, President-Elect and Rosh HaYeshiva      Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM    Event Moderator: Jerry Silverman, President & CEO, Jewish Federations of North …

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After Death, Holiness is Proclaimed

After Death, Holiness is Proclaimed: Reflections on being in Israel for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut by Rabbi Kenneth Brander – APRIL 25, 2018 As my plane touches down on the Newark tarmac, I am reflecting upon the events of last week, my first opportunity of being in Israel for Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom …

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Rabbi Brander on Spirituality and Leviticus

Click here to listen to Rabbi Kenneth Brander’s shiur on “Spirituality and the Search for Meaning: Lessons from the Book of Leviticus” In his first official appearance in Israel as President-Elect and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander met with students from the “ORA” program at Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Maria and Joel Finkle …

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