Rabbi Ashie and Elana Schreier begin their leadership roles at the Young Israel of Forest Hills on the Shabbos of August 18-19. Rabbi Schreier received s’michah from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) at Yeshiva University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Accounting from Yeshiva University.
For the past two years, Rabbi Schreier was the rabbinic intern at Kehillas Bais Yehudah, in Wesley Hills, New York. He is also the Staffing Coordinator at Caring Professionals, a job he will continue. The agency provides homecare for the aged and infirmed.
Rabbi Schreier said, “My philosophy is guided by my rebbeim at Yeshiva University whom I speak to on a regular basis.”
“I believe strongly in the centrality of Torah in all of our lives and that we can incorporate every aspect of Torah into our business and personal lives.”
Rabbi Schreier wants to continue the shul’s Talmud class on Sundays, as well as Halachos of Shabbos and Parshas HaShavua classes on Wednesdays. The rabbi also “wants to hear what people want.”
Rabbi Schreier’s paternal grandfather, Rabbi Max N. Schreier, a student of Rav Soloveitchik, was Rabbi of the Avenue N Jewish Center in Flatbush for 50 years. His maternal grandfather, Steve Savitsky, was President of the Orthodox Union and held leadership positions in many Jewish organizations.
Rebbetzin Elana Schreier studied at Sha’alvim for Women in Israel. She graduated Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and she earned a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from SUNY Downstate. She currently works at a school for children and young adults with special needs.
In an interview, the rebbetzin said, “I hope to partner with my husband in this venture and am excited to be a rebbetzin in this amazing community.”
Both the rabbi and the rebbetzin grew up in Woodmere, Long Island. Along with their two sons, Aharon (age 2) and Akiva (two months old), they plan on living in Forest Hills.
Rabbi Michael Weingarten was Rabbi of the Young Israel of Forest Hills before starting medical school in Syracuse, New York.
The shul’s search committee narrowed the choices for a new Rabbi to four candidates. Each rabbi spent a Shabbos at the Young Israel of Forest Hills, giving divrei Torah and answering questions. The synagogue’s membership voted between two finalists, electing Rabbi Ashie Schreier as their new Rabbi.
The President of the Young Israel of Forest Hills, Philip Belkin, said, “I have been impressed about Rabbi Schreier’s appreciation of the storied history” of the 66-year-old Young Israel of Forest Hills. “He seems eager to do what he can to maintain that reputation into the future.”
“I hope to work with him to create new programs that will attract new members and further unify the various minyanim of the shul into a more unified k’hilah. I feel that the rapport that Rabbi Schreier has with the Young Couples Minyan, who are his contemporaries, will be a plus in unifying the shul.”
By David Schneier