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 two daughters, Adira and Nava.
Chayim Rosensweig will be joining our shul as a Rabbinic intern. As our Rabbinic intern, Chayim (and his wife, Shayna) will come to Ahavat Achim for shabbat roughly once a month. Chayim will give the drasha regularly at the hashkama minyan and will have the opportunity to give the drasha upstairs on an occasional basis. Chayim will also be afforded the opportunity to give shiurim on shabbat (Friday night, at communal meals, after the kiddush, seudah shlishit, etc.).
Shayna Rosensweig is in her second year of a clinical Psychology PhD program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.