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Meet The Rabbi

Rabbi Yisroel Hirsch was Brooklyn born and raised. His parents, Rabbi Mendel and Mrs. Dina Hirsch, welcomed him into their lives in late 1969. He attended Yeshiva Torah Temimah for elementary school and the Mirrer Yeshiva for high school, graduating as valedictorian. Post-high school, Rabbi Hirsch studied in Israel in Yeshiva Ma'alos HaTorah under Rav Shmuel Auerbach. He later learned in the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak and attended lectures given by Rav Yisroel Gustman, Rosh Yeshiva of Netzach Yisrael, and Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, Rosh Yeshiva of Slobodka-Bnei Brak.

Upon return to America, Rabbi Hirsch studied in Beth Medrash Govoha - the famous Lakewood Yeshiva. After four years there he received ordination at the age of 26. Since that time, Rabbi Hirsch has served as magid shiur (lecturer in Talmud) at Yeshiva Ishe Yisroel and as a magid shiur and coordinator of learning programs at Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim. Rabbi Hirsch has also supervised and lectured in Yeshiva Bais Shimon of Manhattan Beach. In addition to teaching, Rabbi Hirsch has been involved in Kashrus supervision and has served on the Flatbush Board of Rabbis' (Vaad HaRabbonim of Flatbush's) Kashrus division. Rabbi Hirsch has also served on a rabbinical court (beis din) officiating at divorces.

In September 2000 (Elul 5760), Congregation Shaarei Shalom proudly installed Rabbi Yisroel Hirsch as their first rabbi. His duties include a Friday evening lecture on halacha (practical law), a Shabbat sermon on the weekly portion, and a Saturday evening lecture on ancient Jewish history. He also serves the congregation with counseling, officiating at weddings, divorces and funerals, kashrus guidance, and ruling on intricate matters of Jewish law.