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Young Israel of Woodmere rabbi tapped by the Orthodox Union

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Rabbi Shay Schachter, a Woodmere resident, and director of Young Israel of Woodmere’s adult educational programs, was named to serve as rabbinic and Jewish law adviser for the Orthodox Union’s Yachad, the leading group for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community. Schachter is a former assistant rabbi at Congregation Kneseth Israel, The White Shul, in Far Rockaway.

He will provide ongoing guidance concerning to the spiritual components of Yachad, including deciding Jewish law matters relevant to the organization; enhancing spiritual growth of its participants, staff and volunteers; and assisting in the development of religiously appropriate content for programming.

Schachter received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an additional rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Asher Weiss of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in Jewish education and administration from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration. He and His wife, Rina, have four children.

“As Yachad continues to grow, there is a greater need to have a codified halachic (Jewish law) response to issues that come up with our participants, families and staff,” said OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin, also a Woodmere resident. “We’re pleased to have Rabbi Schachter join us and contribute his extensive halachic expertise.”