Rabbi Raymond Harari

          Rabbi Dr. Raymond Harari has been the rabbi of Kol Israel since 1998. Rabbi Harari and his wife, Vicky, are the proud parents of 5 and grandparents of 4. Rabbi Harari received his semikhah from Yeshiva University in 1979. He also received a Masters Degree in Jewish Philosophy from Bernard Revel in 1979, and his PhD in Judaic Studies from New York University in 1995.

          Before coming to Kol Israel, Rabbi Harari led B’nei Shaare Zion from 1980-1998. He has also been a teacher in the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School since 1980 and became the Rosh Yeshivah there in 2005.
Since joining our community, Rabbi Harari has stressed community involvement in religious and social activities including daily shiurim, youth and family events, as well as Israeli awareness and support programs. His vision is for the synagogue to be a central place for all community members to embrace their Sephardic Jewish heritage and experience an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle.

Rabbi David Shweky
Rabbi Moses Haber

          Rabbi Moses Haber graduated from Magen David Elementary and Yeshivah of Flatbush High School. After spending a year and a half studying in Bet Midrash LeTorah (BMT) in Jerusalem, he went to Yeshiva University where he recieved a bachelors degree in Psychology.

          After college, Rabbi Haber spent six years as co-owner of retail and wholesale operations in the optical industry.
In 1999 Rabbi Haber was recruited to join the Sephardic Rabbinical College. The brainchild of Mr. Ezra S Eshkenazi and led by Rabbi Shimon Alouf, the college's goal was to produce rabbis to teach Torah in community synagogues and educational institutions. Rabbi Haber received semicha from the Sephardic Rabbinical College in 2004.

          Rabbi Haber currently teaches Torah, Tanakh, Halacha and Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva of Flatbush High School. While at Kol Israel Congregation Rabbi Haber has taught classes on Mishnah, Halacha, Minhag and Jewish Philosophy. His programs include; High School Friday Night Speaking, Hebrew Refresher Course, the weekly bulletin, synagogue librarian, High School and college level classes as well as daily and weekend shiurim for adult men.
Rabbi Naftali Besser


Shlomo Shemer - Hazan

Shlomo Nissim Shemer was born in Jerusalem, Israel. From the young age of 9, he started to sing and assisted in Bakashot in local synagogues. When he was 11, he became a Ba'al Kore, and a few years later he became an official hazzan. He did so until he joined the Israeli army at the age of 19.  In 1973 after he completed his military service, and he left Israel for the first time and headed to Panama, where he worked closely with Rabbi Tzion Levi ZTL. In 1980, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he got married to his wife Adrianna. In 1985, he became the hazzan for the Magen David Community in Mexico. From 1996 to 1998, he was hazzan in our Kol Israel. In 1998, he returned to Mexico and has lived there since. We are very happy and excited to welcome our hazzan extraordinaire and his family back to our congregation!   .

Evan Tobias - Ba'al Koreh
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