We at the New York Board of Rabbis understand that “Love your neightbor” not only refers to the person next door but to members of the local and global community. Is is said, “Some people do nothing and ask what can I do? Others do so much and ask what else can I do.” We are proud of our special relationships with diverse communities as we stand in solidarity with one another. 

Given our polarized world, it is most heartening to have our sacred space where people of different backgrounds and beliefs can communicate with one another. We often say in describing our NYBR community: “Here comes everybody.” 

Our logo depicts a tree with many branches and common roots. We are privileged to have a membership composed of the diverse Jewish community. We are many, and we are one.

2018 Chanukah Reception
"We remember Pittsburgh, with Pittsburgh Rabbis and First Responders of the Tree of Life Congregation" honoring those lives lost—and those who bravely responded—to the tragedy against the Jewish community in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018.
By Heather E. Smith

City of New York

Throughout our distinguished history, the New York Board of Rabbis has enjoyed a close relationship with both City and State Government. We are often asked for our guidance on issues impacting the Jewish and an general community. Tradition teaches us “Pray for the welfare of the Government.” We recognize that our prayers inside the santuary must be couple with performances in the streets.

2018 Chanukah Reception
NYPD Chief Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass,
By Heather E. Smith
2021 Night of Celebration
David Ushery, WNBC News 4 New York, honored with special FDNY commemorative helmet
By Ken Brown

As the primary address of the pluralistic rabbinate, we are honored to partner with religious and civic leaders as we confront the many challenges of the greater New York community. 


We are most proud of our chaplains and first responders that serve the State in various departments including FDNY, NYPD, NYC-DOCS, NYS-DOCCS, OEM (Office of Emergency Management), Port Authority NY/NJ, NYS-OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities), & NYS-OMH (Office of Mental Health).


International & Interfaith

2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan embraces Rabbi Lester Bronstein
By Heather E. Smith

The New York Board of Rabbis shares a very close relationship with the Interfaith community. We have often seen the words “no good if detached.” We understand that we cannot fulfill our stated mission unless we work together with the many members of the human family. We know that whenever there is an attack on our community, those of all faiths will stand with us. The word religion means to bind together. Our religions are at their best when we learn to work together with full respect to one another. Diversity and unity can live together.

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