Yaakov Feitman

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Yaakov Feitman is a rabbi, speaker and author [1] who helped build and expand congregations in more than one geographic region and was the founding principal [2] of three schools.[3]

Feitman was born in a Displaced Persons camp to Holocaust survivors.[4][page needed]


He received rabbinical ordination from rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Yitzchok Hutner.[5]

Feitman is a past president of the Young Israel Council of Rabbis, has been a Scholar-in-Residence [6] all over the world and spoken at OU, Torah Umesorah and Agudah conventions.[7]

Congregation Builder[edit]

Presently the rabbi of the popular "Red Shul", Kehillas Bais Yehuda Tzvi in Cedarhurst, New York), he has held pulpits in Cleveland, Ohio and Teaneck, NJ.

Cleveland, Ohio[edit]

In 1983, moved from Brooklyn to become the rabbi of Young Israel of Cleveland, which at the time [4][page needed] had congregations in Cleveland Heights and South Euclid. Feitman divided his time between and duties between the 2 locations and helped guide these congregants, over a period of years, through this transition. Later he helped with another transition in what became the Young Israel of Beachwood, located in a Cleveland-suburb.[8]

Those years involved not only religious matters but dealing with extensive problems regarding land use and discrimination [9] .[10]



  1. ^ and "a contributing editor to The journal of Contemporary Halacha and to the ArtScroll Judaica series. http://www.ou.org/chagim/pesach/dance.htm
  2. ^ Dr. Marvin Schick thanked him in a 2005 Blog, http://mschick.blogspot.com/2005/05/rjj-newsletter-may-2005.html, for what he did in Staten Island for RJJ "thirty years ago"
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  4. ^ a b book Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle For The Soul Of American Jewry by Samuel G. Freedman, ISBN 0-684-85945-9
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  6. ^ and in Yarchei Kallah programs
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  8. ^ An article in the Jan. 12, 1998 issue of Jewish World Review described the area as a "predominantly Jewish Cleveland suburb."
  9. ^ court case 2006-Ohio-4379; earlier the local ADL and Zoning.
  10. ^ and dealing with opposition from fellow Jews: "If you want to move in, move in... But when you bring all the baggage with you -- two synagogues, the mikvah, the school, the whole shtick -- you're taking over." https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/13/magazine/the-jewish-tipping-point.html&pagewanted=print
  11. ^ Halakha#Sources and process

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