Since 2016, our congregation has been led by the dynamic team of Rabbi Ely and Chana Shestack.

Rabbi Ely Shestack

Rabbi Shestack grew up in Bergenfield, NJ and briefly the US Embassy compound in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from Torah Academy of Bergen County, Yeshivat HaKotel and Yeshiva University. After graduating with a major in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics, Rabbi Shestack received semicha from RIETS. During his semicha studies, Rabbi Shestack spent a year studying at Yeshiva University’s Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem and upon his return served as a shoel umaishiv (teaching assistant) in the Mazer Yeshiva Program at YU.

Rabbi Shestack received a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). He is a staff therapist at Achieve Behavioral Health in Monsey, NY and works with adults and couples, utilizing an attachment-based, emotionally-focused, psychodynamic approach.

Rabbi Shestack seeks to engage our congregation in enhancing individual spiritual commitment and helping congregants attain greater fluency in Torah learning and mitzvah observance. He is dedicated to facilitating communal involvement, harmony, and sensitivity. He seeks to provide caring and committed pastoral, spiritual, and halachic leadership to the members of the kehilla.

Rebbetzin Chana Brauser Shestack

Rebbetzin Chana Brauser Shestack grew up in Hollywood, Florida. She attended Michlalah, graduated from Stern College, and completed a master’s degree at Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS). Chana is certified as a kallah teacher from Nishmat and the OU and teaches women within and beyond the shul community.

Chana is a licensed social worker (LSW) and works as a psychotherapist specializing in perinatal mental health.

The Shestacks are blessed with three daughters, Adira, Nava and Shalva.

Congregation Ahavat Achim
18-25 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Phone: (201) 797-0502