Shaarei Tikvah, the Scarsdale Conservative Congregation, officially installed Rabbi Adam Baldachin as spiritual leader on Sunday, February 5.
Rabbi Barry Dov Katz of Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, NY, where Rabbi Baldachin served as rabbinic intern, delivered the main address. The program also featured Cantor Gerald Cohen, who composed and sung an original piece, as well as selections were performed by the synagogue’s religious school children, a trumpet quartet played and SHTYX a Capella group sang for an audience of 160 people. Congressman Eliot Engel and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin attended the festivities and brought proclamations.
Since Rabbi Baldachin joined Shaarei Tikvah on July 1, 2016, he has energized the community with his passion for teaching, outreach, both within and beyond the congregation, and unwavering commitment to social justice. In August, Shaarei Tikvah hosted an interfaith gathering on racism with 120 attendees. On January 15, Rabbi Baldachin spoke on “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Wading in the Waters of Activism” at the 3rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joint Worship Service at Calvary Baptist Church in White Plains.
Rabbi Baldachin previously was the Rabbi of Montebello Jewish Center in Rockland County. There he founded the Rockland Clergy for Social Justice, to advocate for equitable education for East Ramapo public school students. A native of New Providence, NJ, he received his B.A. from the Joint Program of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He earned his Rabbinical Degree at the Seminary, where he received the prestigious Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Rabbinic Leadership. Rabbi Baldachin resides in Scarsdale with his wife, Maital Friedman, and their three children.
Shaarei Tikvah, on 46 Fox Meadow Road, is the only synagogue in Scarsdale affiliated with the Conservative movement. With a dynamic religious school and multi-generational community, it offers a variety of educational, cultural and social programs, while maintaining a warm, welcoming atmosphere.