Rabbi Ely Shestack

Since 2016, our congregation has been led by the dynamic team of Rabbi Ely and Chana Shestack. Rabbi Shestack is a Bergen County native. He grew up in Bergenfield and graduated from Torah Academy of Bergen County before studying at Yeshivat HaKotel and Yeshiva University, where he received semicha. Rabbi Shestack also spent a year studying at Yeshiva University’s Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem. During his semicha studies, he was a shoel umaishiv (teaching assistant) in the Mazer Yeshiva Program at YU. In 2019 he received a master’s in social work with a clinical specialization from Rutgers University.

Rebbetzin Chana Shestack

Rebbetzin Chana Shestack grew up in Hollywood, Florida. She graduated from Stern College and received a masters degree from Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS). She is currently the communications associate at Sinai Schools. Rebbetzin Chana is currently studying for her master’s in social work at Rutgers University. She hopes to focus on women’s health issues following graduation.

The Shestacks have three daughters, Adira, Nava and Shalva.


Yair Lichtman, Rabbinic Intern

Yair Lichtman has joined our shul as a Rabbinic intern. As our Rabbinic intern, R’ Yair will lead Zoom classes, participate in programming, and be a part of our Rabbinic effort to both maintain our communal connection and find innovative ways to re-engage.

Yair Lichtman is a Semikha student at Yeshiva University, where he is also pursuing graduate studies in Biblical Studies, Jewish Education, and Mental Health Counseling.  He has shared Torah with a wide range of audiences in schools, shuls, summer camps, and college campuses, and is currently a Beit Midrash Fellow at SAR Academy in Riveredale.  Yair completed his BA in Mathematics and Jewish Studies and is an alumnus of rabbinic student fellowships at the 92nd Street Y, AIPAC, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the UJA Federation of New York.  Yair aspires to a career in Jewish education, where he plans to combine the wisdom of the Jewish tradition with contemporary educational research in his classroom.

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