Oct. 15th, 2002, the membership of the Carlebach Shul
endorsed the Board's decision to appoint Rabbi Naftali
Citron as our new rabbi. Rabbi Citron assumed full-time
responsibilities immediately following Pesach, 5763.
Immediately before coming to the Carlebach Shul, Rabbi
Citron served as the spiritual leader of the Highland
Lakes Shul located in Aventura, Florida. Under his leadership,
that synagogue has become one of the more dynamic Orthodox
Jewish institutions in the South Florida region. At Highland
Lakes, Reb Naftali established numerous classes, events
and programs leading to almost a tripling of its membership
in four years. Reb Naftali's approach to Judaism is infused
with a joyful spirituality in the service of G-d inspired
by the legacy of his late grandfather, Reb Eli Chaim Carlebach,
zt"l, and his late great-uncle, Reb Shlomo Carlebach,
Since assuming the pulpit once held by his grandfather
and great-uncle, Reb Naftali has brought an energy level
to our shul not felt here in many years. He has also initiated
and been the driving force behind several new and exciting
programs, such as: The Rosh Chodesh Institute, Torah in
the Park, Saturday morning shiurim, and a fabulous community-wide
Lag Ba'Omer celebration in Riverside Park.
Rabbi Citron received his Rabbinical ordination from Tomchie
Tmimim Lubavitch in 1994. Because of the influence of
Reb Shlomo, zt"l, he remains committed to openness
and diversity in the Jewish community. Reb Naftali has
studied extensively the works of the great Chassidic masters as well as the traditional Jewish philosophical works.
read the Jewish Week's June 2003 article on Rabbi Naftali Citron.
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