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Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Since 2004, Shmuel Herzfeld has been the Rabbi of Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC. His communal responsibilities include teaching classes, attending to the elderly, the youth, and the sick, and ministering to the pastoral needs of the congregation, which currently includes more than 375 families. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Masters in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. From 1999 to 2004, Rabbi Herzfeld was Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he was mentored by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Herzfeld teaches the Daf Yomi class everyday as well as another daily Talmud class in his synagogue, at least two other weekly Torah classes in his synagogue, a weekly Torah class in downtown DC, and a regular class on Judaism at the US Senate. His Torah sermons and thoughts can be found at as well as on the Ohev Sholom's website ( Rabbi Herzfeld is also a founding member of the Beltway VAAD. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld, and seven children.

Rabbi Herzfeld has published five books:
Fifty-Four Pick Up: Inspirational Torah Lessons
Food for the Spirit: Inspirational Lessons from the Yom Kippur Service (The Orlofsky Edition)
The Lieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah (The Orlofsky Edition) in English and in Hebrew
Renewal: Inspirational Lessons of Rosh Hashanah (The Orlofsky Edition)

An Extra Seat (A Children's Book) in English and in Hebrew

To purchase, please contact the shul office at (202) 882-7225.