Professor Joseph Rosenstein, educator, editor of Siddur Eit Ratzon

How to get the most out of your prayer experience

Joe, as he prefers to be called, is the editor of our Siddur Eit Ratzon and will share with us the background of this prayer book, and how to best use its contents. His knowledge of liturgy (and other Jewish topics!) is soul deep. Over the course of the weekend Joe will share with us some of his gleanings, encourage open discussion, and happily answer questions. Joe is a delight. You will be moved, inspired, enlightened.

There are several opportunities to take part in this special weekend:

Friday November 15: Shabbat Service at 7:30 PM (followed by Oneg Shabbat)
“How and why someone goes about writing a Siddur/Prayer book”

When you look at a prayer book, do you ever wonder what the people who wrote it were like? Well, here is a chance to actually meet the author of our new prayer book, Siddur Eit Ratzon.

During Friday night services, Professor Rosenstein will discuss the making of his prayer book as part of First Hebrew Friday Speaker Series beginning this fall. All are welcome!

Saturday November 16: Shabbat Morning at 9:30 AM (includes Kiddush Lunch)
“When the Siddur comes alive you will too”

On Saturday, Professor Rosenstein will join us for our Shabbat service, weaving meditations and teaching throughout the Shabbat service

Saturday evening November 16: Havdalah and dessert reception
“Open discussion with Joe about Jewish topics that matter to you. Bring your questions!”
This event will take place at a private home; call the office if you wish to attend.

Sunday November 17 at 10:00 AM includes breakfast, sponsored by Sisterhood and Men’s Club
“Study Session on Hallel: Psalms of joy and Thanksgiving”

On Sunday, Professor Rosenstein will be teaching about The Psalms of Hallel, which are life affirming celebratory songs of praise, joy and gratitude sung on certain holidays. Please join us.


Joseph (Joe) Rosenstein recently retired as a professor of mathematics after 48 years at Rutgers University, where he focused for the last 30 years on K-12 mathematics education. He has written Siddur Eit Ratzon, Machzor Eit Ratzon, Memorable Verses in the Torah, as well as a number of books related to mathematics and math education. He is currently working on several other books, including one on Psalms in the Liturgy and one on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). He is a founding member of the Highland Park (NJ) Minyan, still going strong after 40+ years, and was a founder and Chair of the National Havurah Committee and its summer Institute. He and his wife Judy, a therapist and artist, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They have five daughters, 12 grandchildren from 0 to 18 years of age, and two small white dogs.