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FEBRUARY 2 - 4, 2018

Our CAI family is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Ari Lucas and his wife, Talya Oberfeld, to Agudath Israel for a visit the weekend of February 2-4. Please join us (and RSVP where noted) for any of the following events, so you can be part of this important process.


Rabbi Ari Lucas was born in Ventnor, NJ and raised in Roslyn, NY. Ari Lucas was ordained in 2012 by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, receiving a B.A. in International Relations. During his undergraduate studies, Rabbi Lucas spent a semester in Jerusalem at The Hebrew University. After college, he worked in Congressional politics – first for Congressman Steve Israel (NY-02) in New York and then for Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) in Washington – before deciding to pursue the rabbinate. Rabbi Lucas is also an alumnus of Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island and Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Rabbi Lucas and his wife Talya Oberfield joined the Temple Beth Am community in August 2012, welcomed their sons Gideon in 2013, and Shalev in March of 2015.



  • 9:00 - 10:00 am - ECC Parents are invited to join Rabbi Lucas in the Main Sanctuary for a schoolwide Shabbat sing-along followed by a parent meet and greet.
    Please click here to RSVP.  ​​​​​​
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Join Rabbi Lucas and his wife as they participate in our annual FAMILY SERVICE AND SUPER BOWL SHABBAT DINNER.
    Please click here to RSVP.


  • Please bring your kids and participate in our wonderful Shabbat morning children’s programming!  Rabbi Lucas will visit TORAH CHUG (10:15 - 11:00 am), TORAH FOR TOTS (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) and CAMP SHABBAT (11:00 am - 12:00 pm).
  • 11:45 am - Rabbi Lucas will deliver a Sermon in the Main Sanctuary and join the community for Kiddush following Services.  We ask that you let us know if you will be attending so that we can ensure that we have enough food and seating. 
    Please click here to RSVP 
  • 1:30 pm - Join Rabbi Lucas for a learning opportunity and Q&A in the Main Sanctuary.
    Please click here to RSVP.


  • 9:15 - 10:15 am - Parents of kids from “All Ages and Stages" (Elementary School through college) are invited to join Rabbi Lucas for conversation and breakfast.
    Please click here to RSVP. 
  • 10:15 - 11:30 am - Rabbi Lucas will visit our Religious School students.


February 9 -11
Congregation Agudath Israel 
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik 
of Southwest Orlando Jewish Cogregation, Orlando, Florida
Candidate for the Second Rabbi Position
Details on this exciting opportunity coming soon!

Rabbi Hillel Boaz Skolnik was ordained at Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May, 2011.  In the summer of 2011, Hillel and his family moved down to Orlando to become the Rabbi of the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation.

Born in New York, Rabbi Hillel spent his entire childhood in Forest Hills, Queens.  He is a graduate of both the Solomon Schechter School of Queens and the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island.  Before beginning Brandeis University in 2002, Rabbi Hillel spent the year in Israel as a participant on the Nativ Leadership Program where he enjoyed wonderful learning at the Conservative Yeshiva as well as volunteering in the potato and carrot fields of Kibbutz Saad.  In December of 2005, he graduated Brandeis University (cum laude) earning degrees in Politics and Near Eastern Judaic Studies.

Rabbi Hillel enjoyed many summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires first as a camper, then as a counselor, Rosh Edah (Division Head), and Operations Manager. Rabbi Hillel has also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, acting as a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. In addition, Rabbi Hillel served for a year as the Rabbinic Intern and Hebrew School Principal at the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY.

January 19,2018 /  3 Shevat 5778