David Hollander (rabbi)
In 1943 he was elected Rabbi of Mount Eden Jewish Center in The Bronx, and remained the Rabbi until its closing in 1980. When the synagogue closed he forfeited months of back-pay so the building would not be sold to a church. The building was demolished in 2005 and a new apartment building constructed in its place in 2006 (source: Save Our Synagogues.org) He was vice president of The Rabbinical Council of America, and in 1954 he was elected president.
He considered retiring when the Mount Eden Jewish Center closed, however, he was persuaded to continue in the rabbinate by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who told him "I am older than you are, and I am taking on additional burdens. By what right do you retire?" With the help of Rabbi Paul M. Fleischman, he became the rabbi of the Hebrew Alliance of Brighton Beach synagogue at 2915 Brighton 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
In 1956 he made his first visit to the former Soviet Union, bringing hundreds of prayer books and encouraging the Jews living under Soviet persecution there. he made 5 subsequent visits to Russia.
He was a regular speaker at Soviet Jewry rallies, and following a merger in the 1990s of the Hebrew Alliance of Brighton Beach with Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (F.R.E.E), the majority of his congregants were from FSU (Former Soviet Union) countries.
- Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, "Oldest Active Pulpit Rabbi Tells All"
- Hamodia, obituary.
- Chabad News, obituary.
- Shalom New York Photo: "Rabbi Shmuel Butman, Rabbi David Hollander (OBM), Rabbi Hershel Okonov"
- Lubavitch.com obituary.
- New York Times, "Rabbi Group is Preparing to Denounce Non-Orthodox" by Gustav Niebuhr