History Of Our Congregation
Congregation Shaare Shalom is a 501C non-profit organization which was established in April 1998 to serve the needs of the Middle Eastern Jewish community of Brooklyn New York and specifically the population of the Madison neighborhood. Our mission is to maintain a place of worship in accordance with the Orthodox Hebrew Jewish faith based on Sephardic Jewish tradition. In addition to being a place of worship congregants are encouraged to take advantage of the many classes offered in all aspects of the Jewish Faith so that they may increase their knowledge of Torah and Mitzvot thereby living their lives through the lens of Torah. Social functions geared towards strengthening community bonds are also an important part of our service to the congregants. All functions and activities of this congregation adhere to the dictates of the Written and Oral Torah, the Shulchan Aruch and Poskim, and in accordance with the Sephardic laws and customs of the Aram Sobah Sephardic Community of Brooklyn tradition.
The original founders of the synagogue were Joseph Torgueman and Joseph Falack. The roots of the synagogue actually date back to 1997 with 21 men praying in various private homes. The rapid population growth and demand for more space quickly became apparent and within 3 years two properties were acquired one located at 2021 Ave S and the other next door 2015 Ave S. This gave the synagogue a 100×100 footprint. In early 2015 the property directly across the street became available and was purchased by the synagogue. This building will be used to hold daily services while we begin our much anticipated construction on a brand new facility.
Rabbi Avi Harari is our current Spiritual leader and Chief Rabbi of the congregation. Shaare Shalom also has a vibrant youth organization with weekday and Shabbat programs for children 4 years through young adulthood. These programs are run by Rabbi Abraham Benhamu who heads up Bnei Shaare Shalom and Rabbi David M. Tawil who heads up our Father/son minyan. The daily activities of the synagogue consist of 3 shaharit minyanim in the morning with a daily Talmud class, Minha and Arbit in the evening with ongoing classes each day and night. The main Hazan of the synagogue is Rabbi Yohai Cohen, and the additional hazanim are Moshe Sardar and Dr. Nissim Bassoul.
Today the executive committee consists of 7 men, Joseph Torgueman, Phil Sherr, Eddie Schweky, Edmond Harary, Alan Shrem, Marc Mishan, and Morris Manopla. The executive committee is assisted by several sub committees made up of highly dedicated community men and women who direct the various areas of the synagogue operations. The current daily number of worshippers is 100, on Shabbat 400, and on the High Holidays 850.