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Bio of Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe is the Rabbi of Congregation Agudas Achim of West Hartford, Connecticut, Jewish Chaplain to the Hartford Fire Department, a member of the Rabbinical Responder Team at ChabadOnline ( www.chabad.org ) , Continuing Legal Education lecturer and member of the adult education staff at Chabad of Midtown Manhattan. 

Rabbi Yaffe founded and directed the Institute for Jewish Literacy at Chabad of Greater Hartford from 1997 – 2000. The Institute provides a coherent body of Jewish knowledge to the entire spectrum of the Jewish community regardless of background or previous Judaic experience.

Rabbi Yaffe leads the Kabbalah Circle (1996- present), making Kabbalistic ideas and texts available to the Greater Hartford community and beyond . 

Rabbi Yaffe has also created WITS – the Women’s Intensive Textual/Torah Study Program, which draws women from throughout the spectra of our community for in-depth Torah study.

Rabbi Yaffe has lectured and led seminars throughout North America and in Europe.

Rabbi Yaffe was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Portland, ME, and Los Angeles, CA, He studied at Yeshivot in Miami, London, and New York and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in 1989.

His activities focus on adult and young adult education, seminars, and counseling. During his postgraduate fellowship at the Leeds Kollel in England (1990-1992), he created the Leeds Open Yeshiva, an institution devoted to bringing high quality in-depth Jewish learning to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

A significant aspect of his work is making the sometimes complex and abstruse world of Jewish mysticism accessible and useful in daily life.

Another area of activity is the application of concepts found in classic Judaic scholarship to the contemporary legal, social, and scientific issues our societies grapple with.

Rabbi Yaffe and his wife Chana, a veteran educator, live in West Hartford, Connecticut with their (bli ayin hara) seven children. He can be reached at syaffe@Juno.com, (860) 922-1415 or (860) 233-7643