07-TAY - Zahavi - IMG_7896TAY welcomes Rabbi Yehoshua Zehavi

By Sonali McIntyre

Temple Adath Yeshurun welcome Rabbi Yehoshua Zehavi and his family to the congregation. Rabbi Zehavi was elected rabbi at a special congregational meeting held in early May.

Temple Co-President Andrea Knoller said, “Chaim Jaffe and I extend a very warm welcome to the newest members of our Temple Adath Yeshurun family: Rabbi Zehavi, Ashira, Nadiv, and Boaz. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to share many enriching experiences in the months and years to come. We also look forward to building upon the legacy of YIDDISHKEIT that our beloved Rabbi Paul Drazen, z”l established during his all too brief tenure here.”

Rabbi Zehavi most recently served at Congregation Agudat Achim in Leominster, MA, where he focused on strengthening a sense of community and expanding educational programming, while also elevating the experience of worship. Teaching is his passion and “looks forward to forming deep relationships and growing with Temple Adath Yeshurun in Jewish life and expression.”

The opportunity to share Torah and people’s lives is part of what makes learning together so fulfilling according to the rabbi, who said, “I am excited to build on the close and caring relationships between members of the community and the deep commitment so many have to this SHUL. I especially look forward to building a rich, meaningful, and accessible Jewish experience together that, God willing, will elevate all areas of our lives.”

Rabbi Zehavi received a bachelor’s in philosophy and human rights at Columbia University, after which he moved to Jerusalem, where he performed his Israeli army service, worked, learned at the Conservative YESHIVA and studied law for two years at Hebrew University. He received rabbinic ordination and master of Jewish arts in Jewish studies from Hebrew College in Boston, and is currently completing training as a SHOHET (kosher slaughterer).

Rabbi Zehavi and his wife, Ashira, have two young sons, Nadiv and Boaz. In addition to spending time with his family, the rabbi enjoys music, the outdoors, and growing and cooking food. He said he is “looking forward to exploring what Central New York has to offer in the way of skiing.”

Rabbi Zehavi added, “My family and I have been touched by the warm and enthusiastic welcome from the TAY community and beyond. We can’t wait to get to know everyone better in the months and years ahead.”

Rabbi Zehavi can be reached at For more information about Temple Adath Yeshurun and its programming and services, please call 315.445.0002 or visit