Shmuel Herzfeld

What people call you: Rabbi Shmuel

Congregation: Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue

Location: 1600 Jonquil St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Denomination: Orthodox

Ordained from: Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

What do you love most about your work? I love spreading the beauty of Torah to the world.  The Torah gives me so much enjoyment and excitement that it is a great honor to be a rabbi charged with the responsibility of spreading the teachings of the Torah.  I love everything about our faith.  Look for me around town with me car menorah on chanukah, my sukkah in the parks of downtown DC, or my matzah suit on Pesach.

How is Judaism valuable in your life? Judaism is my guide.  It motivates every single thing I do in life and anchors me at all times.  I became a rabbi because I felt that I had a calling from Hashem to teach the Torah and connect with as many people that are interested in learning more about the teachings and traditions of our ancestors.

Programs/Services you run/offerWeddings and other Lifecycle Events, Group Learning, LGBTQIA Counseling, One on one Learning Opportunities, Conversions, Shabbat Services, Holiday Services, Couples Classes, Young Family opportunities, Adult B’nai Mitzvah, Counseling